St. Francis Convent Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

September 25, 2018

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity celebrate the thirty year anniversary of St. Francis Convent. Thirty four of the thirty seven Sisters missioned to St. Francis Convent for the 2018-2019 year are present in the photo below.

Manitowoc, Wisconsin—It was thirty years ago this past July 5th and 6th that Sisters first moved into the newly constructed St. Francis Convent. The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Community periodical entitled the Sampling Vol. 17, No.1, states: “Though the acquisition of San Damiano Convent [Slinger, Wisconsin—1985] temporarily eased the retirement problem, it soon became apparent that Ozanam Home in New Berlin was in need of major repairs. Considering the distance of this facility from the Motherhouse, the great expense involved in renovation, and the inadequacy of space in the future, the Administration began considering the alternatives of building a new retirement home for the Sisters. After once again consulting the community members, Sister Ritarose [Stahl] and her council decided in 1986 to put Ozanam up for sale and to build a 52-bed residential home for our retired Sisters on the Motherhouse property. . . . .Since the General Chapter in 1983 had mandated the establishment of a House of Prayer for the use of community members one wing of the new structure was designed to serve this purpose.”
According to the Community’s  Monthly Memo, October, 1988: The Convent was dedicated and blessed on the feast of St. Francis, October 4, 1988 by the bishop of Green Bay, Most Reverend Adam Maida. “In his homily, Bishop Maida complimented the Community for the living proof of stability and respect for life that our leaders provided for our retired Sisters.”

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