Franciscan Sisters Pray for Pope Francis

Remembrance of Pope Francis is a Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity constant petition. He receives special mention in our Morning Offering, our Morning and Evening Prayer and of course, all the Masses that our Sisters participate in throughout the country.

Franciscan Sisters Leone, Karen and JohannaWe are also making a special vocation chaplet for the Year of Consecrated Life that we are distributing at youth and young adult events. It includes an Our Father, Hail Mary and Glory be for the intentions of Pope Francis.

Then there is our Franciscan Crown. All Franciscans conclude our rosary with prayers for him.

Yes, we can never pray for our Holy Father enough.

Hail Mary full of grace… 

Find Peace in Franciscans Downtown

Recently, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity dropped in at Franciscans Downtown, a place of peace and connection that believes that ‘Everyone Is a Story….” Franciscan Sister Elaine and others at Franciscans DowntownInterested in such a destination? Found at 1000 Main St., Stevens Point, WI-across from Library, this corner space has a mission of presence for all. It has space for personal reflection, books and media to use on site or borrow, two floors of meeting space with free friar Father Placid Stroik’s cookies and coffee, tea and water. Conversation is encouraged allowing for real stories to be told.Franciscans Downtown You will find people of all ages there. We did. We met a young woman attending UWSP, a caring couple wise in raising a family, an avid reader, a dedicated host who has served people in church and secular settings who is himself taking a class to broaden his own perspectives, etc.. Besides all the inspiration on the walls and in the many books, people are the foundation of this worthwhile stopping point in Stevens Point. Franciscan Friars of the Assumption of the BVM Province are sponsoring this ministry of presence. Read MorePlace of peace and refreshment

Here’s Franciscan Fall News from Cambridge OH

Franciscan Sister Sharon Paul shares fall Cambridge OH news from Christ Our Light Parish and St. Benedict School.

School Bells are ringing all over the world and this is true at St. Benedict’s School in Cambridge, Ohio.

Francisan Sister Anna on cafeteria duty Sister Anna Maar visits with the students at LUNCH. “Oh, am I HUNGRY!”

Franciscan Sister Helen Marie as librarian

Sister  Helen Marie Paul in the Library and the children are delighting in finding a good book.

REady to swim winners

Students at St. Benedict’s School, Cambridge, Ohio, completed their required Summer Reading of a variety of books.  Their reward was SWIMMING at the City Park for three hours.  The large pool features a slide, two diving boards and a MUSHROOM that rains down water.  The Lord provided a beautiful, sunny day.  Praise Him!

Franciscan Sister Carolee work crew boardSister Carolee Vanness enjoys inspiring her students with 3D boards to serve each other. Franciscan Sisters listen as Bishop Jeffrey explains cathedral plans

Sunday, September 7, 2014, Bishop Jeffrey Monforton came to the Basilica of St. Mary of the Assumption in Marietta, OH, to celebrate a parish noon Mass to honor and celebrate the Sisters who serve in the Steubenville Diocese. Monsignor J. Michael Campbell, Pastor and Vicar of Religious, concelebrated with the Bishop.  A delicious dinner followed in the Lower Level. Bishop Monforton unveiled the plans for the renovation of Holy Name Cathedral in Steubenville, Ohio which begins soon. An inspirational day was had by all.

Franciscan Sister Shares on Institute’s Events in NE and TX

Franciscan Sister Renée Mirkes shares about Pope Paul VI Institute summer events in Omaha, NE and at John Paul II Life Center, Austin, TX.  

This was a serial summer at the Pope Paul VI Institute: one event after another. These are some of the celebrations I caught on camera.Franciscan Sister Renee at Pope Paul VI Institute

On July 29, Dr. Steve Hilgers OB/ Gyn graduated from his year of fellowship—Surgical Fellowship in NaProTECHNOLOGY. He was one of the most interesting and interested students in my ethics seminar section of his fellowship. Pictured here with his dad, Dr. Thomas W. Hilgers, Dr. Steve returns to Houston Methodist Hospital with his family. We will miss him, but are confident he will carry the torch of NPT to Houston and beyond.


Aaron Johnson and his sister, Hannah, are a part of a new Institute family with Dad, Matt, assuming our graphic design and IT position. I get to meet all the children of our employees and keep my candy dish full just for them!

Franciscan Sister Renee

On August 28th, I presented at the Headliner’s Club, downtown Austin, TX at a dinner in honor of the priests of the Austin diocese who have supported the work and activities of the John Paul II Life Center, one of the clinics that features NaProTECHNOLOGY. Pictured here are a few of the folks in the audience.


Franciscan Sister Renee speaks at John Paul II Life Center Austin TX




Franciscan Mission Convent Destroyed 50 Years Ago

Franciscan Sister Sister Carla Riach marks the 50th anniversary of a tornado that struck the San Xavier Mission destroying not only the Franciscan Sisters Convent, but killing a young mother and young child in a neighboring house.

Fifty years ago this past August 27th a tornado ripped through San Xavier Village destroying six homes and the Convent. The Norris home across the road was leveled burying everyone. The mother, Lucy and 10 month old Manuel were killed.Tornado 003

Some of the Norris family and friends gathered August 27th for a Mass to pray for their family. Sister Carla was fortunate to be able to participate and meet Belinda, one of the survivors. The villagers were remembering that terrifying experience throughout the week.

Survivors of the 1964 tornadoSisters Juanita, Georgeen and Martha could tell the story as first-hand witnesses. The Convent annals’ entry for August 27, 1964 says, “Sisters Martha and Juanita ran to a shelter in a part dug out under the convent. Sister Georgeen was in her classroom with a child. She closed the door and windows and they ran to the farthest corner.” Ivan Burrell shared that his aunt, Gloria Orosco was the child with Sister Georgeen.

The sisters were housed by the Mother Seton Sisters of St. John’s and later with the Holy Cross sisters of Santa Cruz Parish until trailers were set up for them. The front windows in the school, ceilings and roof were repaired and school started September 21st that year.

To read more about the tornado and see pictures of the damage Google August 27, 1964 Tornado in Tucson. The report of the Fire Department has a photo of the sisters surveying their damaged home.

Franciscan Sisters Convent damaged in tornado 50 years ago

7 Quick Takes Friday: Franciscan Sisters Blogs Make Good Reading

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Franciscan Good News is increasing! Yes, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are doing their share to add a positive spirit in our world. Today’s post is about to prove this point. We report on our variety of Community blogs and make it easy for you to check out each one to find out if they truly Franciscan at heart!

St. Francis of Assisi in flowers

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Franciscanized World Blog: our latest post encourages to you join us for the International Coastal Clean Up on September 20, 2014. Click here for more information. St. Francis treasured Sister Water! Franciscan Sisters lead efforts on behalf of International Coastal Clean Up on part of  Lake Michigan Shoreline Manitowoc WI

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Mississippi Sisters Blog: Kindergarten wisdom is here to stay. Click here for a reminder that education is basic to social justice. Franciscan Sister Kathleen's Kindergarten class

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Mississippi Sisters also added a video anticipating the Year of Consecrated Life. Click here to view Sister Elena’s insights on her first days at St. Francis of Assisi in Greenwood, MS. Franciscan Sister Elena and Bishop of Diocese of Jackson MS

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Sierra Vista Sister-Franciscan Blog: Sister Carol captures some great images of the Southwest monsoons. Click here to read more about this wet season in the wild west. Franciscan Sister Carol captures Monsoon Season

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Franciscan Retreat Blog: Looking for a Fall Franciscan Vocation Discernment Retreat? Click here. Anticipate the Year of Consecrated Life by getting an inside view of Franciscan Gospel life. Discerning-Vocation-Journey-as-Franciscan-Sister

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Coming soon–a new blog! We invite you to watch for an announcement on our Franciscanized World Blog! Franciscan Sisters new blog

For more Quick Takes, visit Conversion Diary!

Franciscan Sisters Invitation for International Coastal Clean Up

It’s time for some beach reflection. Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you NOW to join us  and others across the globe for the International Coastal Clean Up on September 20, 2014. Save the date.Franciscan Sisters invite you to the International Coastal Clean Up

For more information click on this link: Internationalcleanup2014

Franciscan Sisters lead efforts on behalf of International Coastal Clean Up on part of  Lake Michigan Shoreline Manitowoc WI

How a Nurse Becomes a Franciscan Sister

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Golden Jubilarian Sister Sheila Kasten recalls her journey in first becoming a nurse and then a Consecrated Woman Religious.

Franciscan Sister Sheila and parentsOn a cold, icy night, January 27, 1932, the oldest, middlest and youngest child of Ervin and Leone (nee Tennessen) Kasten was born in Appleton, Wisconsin. I’ll let you ponder that statement for a few seconds. I had a wonderful childhood and future life with two loving parents. We did things as a family.

Kindergarten and first grade were spent in Appleton schools. In second grade we moved to Neenah, Wisconsin because Dad’s office assigned him there. St. Patrick School, Menasha, Wisconsin was the setting for grades 2, 3, 4 and 5 under the direction of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. This school was only a couple of blocks from home but Nicolet Boulevard separated Neenah from Menasha.

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How is Our Franciscan Rule a Model of Transformation

Francis looked to the Gospel as his rule of life. He became a changed person. Today, we too, look to be transformed Practically speaking, how does this happen?

Franciscan Consecrated Life begins in Community PrayerFor us, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity,  we take time to focus on our spiritual documents. Each month we gather to prayerfully read aloud in common a section from our Constitution and Directory. It is amazing what a difference hearing these words proclaimed does for the soul. We also do the same thing with our Rule of the Third Order of St. Francis.

In addition, we discuss how one of the Sunday Gospels and especially our Constitutions’ spiritual document inspires us to live our core values as women living Consecrated Life today. Talk about relevant conversation.

Further, there is an invitation to share some readings and ideas around the theme of Consecrated Life from various sources including Church Documents and writings of Pope Francis. Our Franciscan life is alive between the lines of other sources.

Transformation happens as we realize the power of Love and find God in our world each day. Read more how one convent of Sisters begins a new year in community. Looking for a song that encourages transformation? Click here. Franciscan Rule and Costitutions and Directory

One Way Serrans Support Catholic Women Religious

Manitowoc, WI has a Local Serran Group which is drawing new members. They also like to involve high school students in their own outreach projects in showing support for Catholic Women Religious.

Franciscan Sisters were guests of the Manitowoc Serrans

One such time was a recent event involving Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, other religious and priests in the area and Roncalli High School students. There were over 100 Sisters alone who signed in at the door.Roncalli Students were guests of the Manitowoc Serrans

Manitowoc Serrans hosted a picnic meal and social at Newton Sportsmen Park. Prayer, lots of camaraderie and good food made the gathering a special time of mutual support for all.

Manitowoc Serrans hosted Franciscan Sisters