Why 3 Universities ‘Spring Break’ with Franciscan Sisters

Paul Keggington

March 10, 2012

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Motherhouse is a popular March hang out for undergraduate, as well as graduate students. Curious as to why students would choose a Wisconsin Motherhouse as an alternative spring break destination spot? Read and learn about the real relationships that exist beween our Sisters and young people interested in volunteering and in completing masters level research.

What 3 universities?

Northern Michigan University, Marquette, MI; University of Toledo, Toledo, OH; Winona State University, Winona, MN

How did the students come to visit our Franciscan Motherhouse?

Northern Michigan University students volunteered this week at Salvatorian Warehouse, St. Nazianz, WI and Fr. Carr’s Place to Be, Oshkosh, WI. Manitowoc is not far from either location.

Newman students know Sister Ludmilla Gramann, who provides soup for an evening meal at the Catholic center on campus back in Marquette, MI. Vocation Team Sister Mary Ann Spanjers and Sister Julie Ann Sheahan know the students by name, because of spending Wednesday evening meal times and sitting in on thoughtful sessions about the Catholic faith with them.  Fr. Nicholas Thompson, assistant pastor at St. Michael Parish, Marquette, MI,  and young people received a special invitation for an evening meal, tour, campfire conversation with Novices and Postulant Regina and night prayer in St. Francis Chapel whenever they could work it in between their other volunteering.

University of Toledo and Winona State University Graduate Students are participating in a field study for master’s degree students. Drs. Judith Bautch and Phyllis Gaspar have directed a Health Status and Health Beliefs of a Select Group of Religious Sisters through our Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Nurse Practioner Sister Caritas Strodhoff  since 1991. 

Our Religious Sister  homogeneous lifestyle characteristics provide a unique population for a study on the aging process. The goals of the study are to guide the future direction for the development of healthcare and environmental changes. Concepts of depression, food habits and body mass inventory, falls, cognition and mobility are being tested through individual questionnaires, walking speed, lift weights, hand grip, hearing check up, blood pressure, weight, height, waist and hip line measurements.

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