Celebrating Commitment to Franciscan Consecrated Life 75 and 60 Years

Paul Keggington

June 29, 2014

Imitating St. Francis’ joy in God’s abundant faithfulness, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are ever happy to celebrate our Sisters commitment to 75 and 60 years of Consecrated Life.  Today, June 29, 2014, on the feast of Saints Peter and Paul, we recognize the love-filled lives of these Sisters:

75 years

  • Sister Ann SpennerFranciscan Sister Mary Fidelia Mindeman and Sister Peter Stengl
  • Sister Mary Fidelia Mindeman
  • Sister Peter Stengl

60 years

  • Sister Carletta Christiansen
  • Sister Catherine Gilles
  • Sister Deborah Shepeck
  • Sister Eloise Biedenbach
  • Sister Elora Schmidt
  • Sister Kay Elmer
  • Sister Leone Wellner
  • Sister Marcus Steede
  • Sister Marie Bernadette DornFranciscan Sisters jubilarians 60 Years 2014
  • Sister Marion Gillis
  • Sister Mercita Vanden Avond
  • Sister Patricia Touhey
  • Sister Paula Vanden Hogen
  • Sister Rose Ulmen
  • Sister Thelma Wiese

What can one expect in a Franciscan jubilee celebration? Saturday afternoon there was a practice for the Sunday Eucharistic liturgy followed by a reception just for the jubilarians. This was the time for the Sisters to relive memories that they have shared together over the years. This morning the Sisters sat at a specially-prepared,  colorfully-decorated breakfast table in our Motherhouse cafeteria. Community Director Sister Natalie Binversie delivered a congratulatory message including Sisters in these two groups who celebrate today in heaven. Family and friends are arriving as they are able for the afternoon Mass at 2 p.m.. Diocese of Green Bay Bishop David Ricken will preside with these priests also around the altar: Father Hilary Bryezinski, OFM, Father Thomas DeWane, Father Joel Szydlowski, OFM, Father Gerald Foley, Msgr. John DeWane, Father Gerald Falk, Father William Van De Loo, Father Finian Zaucha, OFM, Father Placid Stroik, OFM, Father Ralph Gilles and Father Paul Vanden Hogen. After Mass all are invited for a plate dinner with jubilee cake and ice cream served for dessert in our convent cafeteria. Count always on much joy, smiles and laughter as visiting continues. Do you desire to give yourself to God and His service? Click here to join our Sisters at a coming Silent Retreat to discern your own relationship with God.

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