Here’s One Franciscan Sister Who Makes Maple Syrup

Paul Keggington

April 05, 2014

Benjamin Wideman, Diocese of Green Bay The Compass, interviewed Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Louise Hembrecht on her new hobby of making maple syrup. Follow the link below to the complete article.

Sr. Louise Hembrecht enjoys learning to do something , each year. This year, that happens to be producing maple syrup.

Sr. Louise Hembrecht, a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in Manitowoc, pours sap from maple trees into one of two large pots positioned over a fire on a patio behind Chiara Convent, located behind Silver Lake College and near the motherhouse. (Benjamin Wideman | For The Compass) “It’s the first time I’ve ever done this,” she said, noting the idea came on a whim while walking past some maple trees last fall. “I figured that if other people can do this, I can catch on and do it too.”

Sr. Louise has devoted dozens of hours since mid-March harvesting sap from maple trees on the grounds of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity motherhouse and nearby Chiara Convent and Silver Lake College. She began planning last fall, when she could recognize which trees were maple trees based on their leaves. She marked about 20 of those trees with red ribbons so they’d be identifiable. Read more.


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