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The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity boast of a record number of priests who have served generously as chaplain for the Congregation. Today, Saturday, September 5, 2009, Father De Paul Sobotka, OFM, was recognized at a simple reception for his goodness and sacramental care since 1998. Father De Paul will be moving on to serve his own Franciscan Friars Assumption BVM Province at Queen of Peace Friary, Burlington, WI.
Known for his pleasant disposition and down to earth personality, Father will be remembered for his eleven years of genuine brotherly goodness, beautiful perfect-pitch singing voice and his sense of humor which was streamed in homilies that were thoughtfully researched and prayed over. Important to the spiritual growth of the Sisters are the priests who have fulfilled the need of chaplain who came from the Diocese of Milwaukee in the early years and now from Religious Orders.
Do check out this flick’r site. During this year of special intercession to St. John Vianney, the Franciscan Sisters continue to submit photos of priests who are generous in their service to God’s people today.
Follow this link to read a good story about St. Martin of Tours that explains the etymology of the word chaplain.
Any comments on chaplains that you know?