Franciscan Sisters Own Summer Heritage Tours

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

July 21, 2015

This summer Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity hosted our own Heritage Tours for Community members and our Motherhouse employees and their families. Archivist Sister Caritas Strodthoff and special event planner Sister Anne Turba researched our past Sisters’ annals and organized not only inside, but outside scenes to grow in appreciation of our precious Community history.

Franciscan Sisters Heritage Days in Manitowoc WIIn the oldest cemetery some of our current members re-inacted the lives of some of our  first founding Sisters. Of course, this meant  wearing our original habit. Auto-biographical tales became believable and heaven touched earth in a very real way.  Vocation calls became common language and the wonderful support of family and friends was retold.  Ordinary, yet determined, faith-filled women talked of becoming followers of St. Francis’ Gospel way. Local Manitowoc history was also relived while recounting tales of our early neighbors.

Franciscan Sisters Inside Heritage Day ToursInside our convent home, basic facts of space utilization throughout the ages was illustrated with photos. Sister guides recounted how the building changed with the needs of the Sisters. While an early fire gutted out the original Motherhouse, reconstruction and continued renovation keeps our home simple, yet purpose-filled. Enjoy our many photos.

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