Why a Franciscan Community Chose to Be at Sheboygan Catholic Prayer Conference

Paul Keggington

October 24, 2010

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity were inspired and enriched in faith and prayer with many others at  ‘Conversations with God’ Conference,  a joint collaboration of all the Catholic churches in Sheboygan County on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Kohler Memorial Theatre.

Franciscan Community at Sheboygan Catholic Conference

On Oct. 23, 2010 Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity were present for closing liturgy with Archbishop Jerome Listecki at Sheboygan, WI, 'Conversations With God' Prayer Conference.

Here’s a few reasons why we ‘showed up’.

With our Motherouse only 20 minutes away, the  day was a perfect opportunity to set up a booth on our community complete with photos, brochures, discernment retreat opportunties, and of course the best of give-aways.  Exhibit visitors received hand-crafted tau crosses and cards announcing where to find our Streaming Songs of Peace for this month of October, along with a few other St. Francis bookmarks and a smaller version of our latest vocation poster. 

Saturday’s conference was also an opportunity to build on relationships ie. , pastors, families, former teachers in Plymouth, Catholic organizations, Silver Lake College alumni.

One of the guest presenters, Father Marty Pable, OFM Cap, is a friend of the community over the years.  We couldn’t help but feel at home when Franciscan spirituality ‘Deepening Our Relationship with God’ was the first talk of the day.

Advertised as an event that envisioned John Paul II’s call to new evangelization, we found the collaborative planning of this event supported our current Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI’s  impetus for renewal and was an expression of strength given to all the people of God. It was a blessing to be with other committed Catholics.

 Sister Natalie Binversie, Sister Elaine Turba, Novices and Postulants arrived mid-afternoon to hear Father James Kubicki, SJ, the national director of the Apostleship of Prayer, speak on ‘The Eucharist in Our Daily Lives’. What better instruction for those discerning religous life especially when the Apostleship of Prayer finds a home in our own community prayer. (See previous posting.)

Lastly,  the decision to celebrate the closing Liturgy with Archbishop Jerome Listecki was another highlight of the day. For Postulant Leslie Gonia who is from the Diocese of LaCrosse, WI  and was present for the Archbishop’s reception of the pallium in Rome in June 2010, it was an especially heart-warming reunion. Read more about Leslie and the other postulants.

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