Franciscan Sisters Called to Reflect on Cross

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

March 28, 2018

 As Saint Francis of Assisi had special devotion to the mysteries of the Incarnation, the Eucharist and the Cross, so too, do Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity reflect this Holy Week on these realities. This photo from Saint Frances Cabrini Church, West Bend, Wisconsin is a moving depiction of the tremendous love of our God for us.

Fittingly, Franciscan Sister Sharon Paul and our Sisters of St. Benedict Convent, Cambridge, Ohio, received a vocation cross as a sign of a commitment to pray for vocations to the Church in a special way during Holy Week. Sister Sharon shares about what this means for the Sisters.

The parishioners at St. Benedict’s Church, Christ Our Light Parish, Cambridge, Ohio pray in a special way for Religious Vocations during the Season of Lent. Parishioners: single, married, families or Communities sign up at one of the four Masses to pray for a week for this intention. At the end of the week-end Masses, the priest celebrant has the person or persons come up to the front and receive a Vocation Cross with a booklet to use for prayer. The whole faith community joins their prayers during the week with that person or family.

One of the prayers asks: “Lord, enkindle in our communities a missionary zeal to send workers into your fields and to come and follow You.”

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity serving at St. Benedict’s, Cambridge, Ohio, offered to take the cross for Holy Week on Palm Sunday at the 8 A.M. Parish Mass and to pray in a special way for Religious Vocations.