Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s summer calendar included a continuing formation program ‘On The Journey Together’. Sister Carol Seidl, one of the participants, comments on the July event that included common life experiences (e.g. Eucharist, prayer, meals, recreation) and speakers Bishop Robert Morneau, Sister Natalie Binversie, Nancy Siskowic, and Sister Louise Hembrecht. Sister Patricia Linssen took the lead in program planning.
Laughter, prayer, questions, sharing were all part of the On The Journey Together days I spent with other Sisters around my age. It was a very joyful and refreshing time. Sisters who I entered the convent with or were just a few years older than me gathered together at our Motherhouse to share our journeys of our midlife years.
It was interesting to see the many paths our calls as a Franciscan Sister took us. We almost all started out as teachers in grade school or nurses. But few of us remained on that path. We were called to branch out and try other ministries. Stories were shared of “the olden days” at the Motherhouse but yet thinking “we aren’t old”.
From the many speakers we gleaned bits of wisdom to help us through the midlife years. It was great fun to gather down on the volleyball courts where we spent many recreations while in formation. That laughter that bubbled forth playing games together and winning prizes was truly an experience of community and Franciscan joy in the simple way. We all agreed that some day one of us would be pushing the wheelchair of the other. It will be interesting to gather in another 10 years to see what other paths of life we have taken as a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity. A big thank you to our Administration for providing these days for us.
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