What do Franciscan Sisters do on holidays? Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity serving at Christ Our Light Parish, Cambridge, Ohio, share their Labor Day activities including meeting seminarians from the Josephinum Seminary, Columbus, Ohio, on the road at a parish picnic.
Sisters at St. Benedict Convent, Cambridge, Ohio, Sister June Smith, Sister Jan Villemure and Sister Sharon Paul traveled through the beautiful, rolling hills to St. Mary of the Immaculate Conception Roman Catholic Church, Fulda Rd., Caldwell, Ohio, for the 87th Labor Day Homecoming Picnic. All festivities started with Mass. Father Chet Pabin, friend of the Sisters, presided at the liturgy that drew many descendants of the founders of this German settlement. (In fact, this was the home of our deceased Sister Cordea and Sister Benita Marie Hohman.)
At Mass we met three Seminarians from the Josephinum Seminary. All three had connections to our Sisters. Michael Gorman is from Harbor Springs, Michigan. He attended our former St. Francis Xavier School in Petoskey where Sister Jan taught in the 70’s. Nathan Blanchard is from Flagstaff, Arizona. He knows Father David Loeffler from Yuma, a former student of Sister Jan’s from Yuma Catholic High School. Christopher Crum is from Woodsfield, Ohio where Sister Sharon taught at St. Sylvester’s School. A significant piece of trivia, Christopher is a distant relative of our Sisters Cordea and Sister Benita Marie, so he was experiencing a homecoming with his relatives.
Some activities throughout the day included a cornhole tournament, round and square dance, games, and baked goods and homemade noodles were for sale. There was also free admission to the square dance from 4-7 p.m.