Francisan Novice Returns to Warhawk Catholic Home

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

March 19, 2019

Franciscan Novice Sister Cecilia Joy shares on her homecoming to Warhawk Catholic, University of Wisconsin,Whitewater.

God blesses us with the gift to be a part of many different families throughout our life. The UW-Whitewater Catholic Student Coalition (now Warhawk Catholic) was very much a supportive family for me when I was working towards a degree and discerning religious life a few years ago. God gifted me with the opportunity to return as a religious sister to visit during one of the Warhawk Catholic’s weekly sessions on March 13th.

It is not everyday that I am able to share my vocation story with people who were there as God unfolded His plan. Brian Zanin, the campus minister, surprised me by inviting some of my friends who have also graduated or are almost graduating to the event. This was a surprise that answered unspoken prayers. There were many laughs and memories shared, but it was the questions asked which carried the night. Even though I had just met many of the students, I could also feel a sense of family as they asked about discernment, growing in faith during college, and favorite Bible verses.

If you would like the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity to visit your campus ministry group, feel free to contact Sister Julie Ann at

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