Michigan’s Lake Superior State University students requested some time to just hang out with Sisters. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity responded by taking a recent road trip to Sault Ste. Marie. We were warned by one of the students that it always snows some place on the journey north to that location. Well, it didn’t. We saw snow on the ground, but not in the air. Spring must soon be here.
Students desired to get a down to earth picture of Sisters. Play Minute to Win It and you couldn’t help but see anyone in a new light! Sister Marsaia did well on a cookie challenge. Postulant Megan was up to ping pong balls and spoon racing. Fast cup construction, moving small pieces of Cocoa Puffs with chopsticks , etc. brought whole-hearted cheering from everyone. Needless to say, we were all well-fortified with a student-prepared barbeque and Italian chicken meal to offer ourselves for the common good.
Campus Minister Danna Schmitter made arrangements with Chris and Larry Stan with Glorfy the beloved dog for our overnight accommodations. It was a home away from home.
Our stay was enhanced by a pilgrimage to Holy Name of Mary Church, the Pro Cathedral associated with Bishop Frederick Baraga. What a beautiful church! We were captivated by its ornate exterior design and beautiful stain glass. Also in town, St. Joseph Church’s windows told the story of it’s patron. Given St. Joseph’s recent patronal feast, it was a perfect find. This parish community is near the Newman Center whose own chapel is too small for the number of students that come to Sunday Eucharist. What a great problem to have!