Franciscan Sisters Say Aloha and Mahalo to Hawaii

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

May 24, 2017

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity bid aloha and mahalo to St. Theresa Parish, Kekaha, HI this June 2017. We do this recognizing the beauty and abundance of gifts in the people of St. Theresa Parish, Kekaha, HI to serve each other. Watch for more coverage on our Congregation responding to new sites in need of service and the celebrations of young women responding to God’s call to become Franciscan Sisters.

From 1946 to the present, Hawaii school children and parishioners have reaped the blessings of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. On June 7, they will say their final ‘aloha’ as the last three sisters leave St. Theresa School in Kekaha, Kauai and move back to their ‘Wisconsin motherhouse and on to other missionary work…

The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, were founded  in 1869 by Teresa Gramlich, Rosa Wahl and three other women who had come together three years earlier to teach catechism and start a school in Clarks Mills, Wisconsin.

Seventy-seven years later, on Aug. 7, 1946, four members of their growing congregation set sail for Honolulu from San Francisco on the S.S. Mariposa.

On Aug. 15, the Feast of the Assumption, Sister Rita Forgach, Sister Bridgetine Gauthier, Sister James Van De Hey and Sister Margaret Rufus stepped off a small plane on Kauai to begin their apostolate of education to the westernmost parish of the United States, St. Theresa in Kekaha…

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