A Franciscan Sister’s Call from NY to AZ to WI

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

August 14, 2016

Franciscan Sister Mary Ann Feminella reminisces God’s call from snowy New York to the deserts of Arizona. Being a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity is more than a destination. We invite you to consider life with us. Click here.

I am the older of two children. We lived in a two family house in Brooklyn, New York; my family lived upstairs and my grandfather lived downstairs.Franciscan Sister Mary Ann Feminella grandfather

My sister Angel and I attended St. Cecilia’s grade school. The Sisters of St. Joseph from Brentwood, Long Island taught us. During my time at St. Cecilia I can remember going to Benediction as a young girl; I probably was in 1st or 2nd grade when I had gone to Benediction for the first time. I had to be there to wait for an older friend who would walk me home. It was then that I remember having a very peaceful feeling at Church. I didn’t understand that Jesus was in the monstrance but I felt something different. As I got older my friends and I would pay short visits to Church, especially when we had 36 hour devotion. I felt drawn to this devotion, somehow.Franciscan Sister Mary Ann Feminella mother

After 8th grade I attended All Saints High School, in Brooklyn. While there I was taught by the Dominican Sisters, from Long Island, New York.

All the years I spent with Religious Sisters I never thought about becoming a Religious; and no one asked me about it! Read on, click here.

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