Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invited Bishop David Ricken of the Diocese of Green Bay to preside over the Rite of Installation of our new leadership 2019-2025. During the Eucharistic Liturgy Bishop Ricken declared the recent General Chapter election valid. He then spoke words of encouragement to Sister Natalie Binversie, re-elected as Community Director. Sister Natalie responded with these words:
“Most Reverend Bishop and Sisters:
I publicly affirm my faith in God, the Father of all; Jesus Christ, His Son and our Savior; and the Holy Spirit, the Giver of life. I affirm my devotion to the Church and to her mission in the world. I publicly affirm my belief in the graces that will accompany me.
I will fulfill my responsibilities to the best of my natural ability, graced by God’s strength. I beg of all my Sisters their constant prayers for me.”
Sister Natalie next said her oath of office.
I, Sister Natalie Binversie, Community Director of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, promise before God, our Seraphic Father Francis, all the saints, and you, Most Reverend Bishop, in the presence of this assembly of my Sisters, and before our entire Community: obedience to the stirrings of the Spirit in our lives; an abiding faith in God’s enduring, loving kindness; love, loyalty, and obedience to the Church; and fidelity to our Rule, Constitutions and Directory. I promise you, my Sisters, loving service and abiding concern in your regard and well-being. I recommend myself and all the needs of our Community to your constant prayers and to the mercy of Almighty God. Amen.
Sister Natalie serves with four councilors. First Councilor Sister Myra Jean Sweigart, Second Councilor Sister Theresa Feldkamp, Third Councilor Sister Leonette Kochan and Fourth Councilor Sister Jane Kinate also made a public oath of office.