Franciscan Sister Teaches at Catholic College

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sr. Marcolette Madden, who serves in the Department of Education at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, Manitowoc, Wisconsin, invites those called to the profession of teaching to consider the college. If God is calling you to be a Franciscan Sister and a teacher, this invitation is especially for you. Click here to watch this video and more on our calledtobeFranciscan channel.

Silver Lake College is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. It is a dynamic value-centered learning community that empowers students through quality liberal arts and professional preparation. SLC offers an educational environment of mutual respect and concern for each person, based on the principles and truths of Franciscan Catholic tradition. Learn more at



Franciscan Sisters Podcast: Franciscan Ways to Discern

Franciscan Sister Anne Marie Lom OSF offers discernment insight from her Franciscan perspective. Click here to listen to this podcast.


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Franciscan Sisters’ Song: Wondrous Love by Ensemble Phoenix Munich

This May Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity feature a gorgeous rendition of the traditional gospel-folk song “Wondrous Love” by Ensemble Phoenix, under Joel Frederiksen. It is found on recording “Rose of Sharon: 100 Years of American Music (1770-1870)”, on the Harmonia Mundi label. The song’s lyrics express awe at the love of God and are reminiscent of the text of John 3:16.

“The hymn is sung in Dorian mode, giving it a haunting, endearing quality. Though The Southern Harmony and many later hymnals incorrectly notated the song in Aeolian mode (natural minor), even congregations singing from these hymnals generally sang in  Dorian mode (spontaneously raising the sixth note a half step wherever it appeared). The hymn has an unusual meter of 6-6-6-3-6-6-6-6-6-3. Read more. Lyrics are perfect for the Easter Season reminding us of the hope of resurrection, eternal life. “What wondrous love is this!”

About Ensemble Phoenix Munich (EPM)

EPM was established in 2003 by Joel Frederiksen, leading early music specialist, after moving to Munich, Germany. The ensemble is heir to Mr. Frederiksen`s previous group, L`antica musica New York (1989-2001) which toured America and ran a successful concert series at St. Bartholomew’s Church on Park Avenue in New York City. Since 2007, the group has presented a concert series in Munich at the Bavarian National Museum and performed at leading international festivals. EPM records for harmonia mundi France.

EPMs programing reflects the wide-ranging interests of its founder and director, Joel Frederiksen, presenting music from the European Renaissance and Baroque (c1500-1650) to Early America (c1800-1900). The ensemble has even commissioned new works. For “Project Martinelli”, for instance, the ensemble commissioned pieces from composers Laurence Traiger (USA/Munich) and Willem Ceuleers (Belgium).


Catholic Journey of Hope Pilgrimage in Wisconsin

Having encountered God, pilgrims ponder what God is speaking to them after an Immigration Awareness Pilgrimage, A Journey of Hope on September 7, 2008. You are invited to do likewise.

The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross, the Norbertines of St. Norbert Abbey, the Diocese of Green Bay, and the Franciscan Friars (OFM) of the Assumption BVM Province collaborated to make this day possible. Members of St. Philip, St. Willebrord, St. Mary of the Angels and St. Francis Xavier Cathedral parishes of the Diocese of Green Bay, WI were also involved in the planning.

What longings, desires, fears and questions surfaced as you listened deeply and pondered prayerfully this day of pilgrimage? How might this pilgrimage influence your/our activities and involvements in the future? Is there any special memory that lingers in your heart?

Called to Be Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Hawaii Mission Part Two

Continue the story of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity serving among the good people of St. Theresa Parish, Kekaha, HI.

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Franciscan chapel

Fr. Roch Niemier, OFM in his book In the Footsteps of Francis and Clare devotes one chapter to prayer and mountain spirituality. As you view this podcast, is it possible to translate this paragraph to prayer and ‘ocean’ spirituality or whatever is your ordinary natural setting?

The spirituality of Poggio Bustone, or ‘mountain spirituality’ calls forth deep contemplative prayer. Heart-centered prayer or contemplation, is not so much our praying or speaking to God as it is becoming aware that it is God who is pursuing us and praying us, drawing us upward. All of Scripture reveals this wonderful mystery of our God. It is God who comes in search of us: it is God who desires us, desires to be one with us; it is God who loves with passionate longing. It is God who comes to us with overwhelming compassion.

Come Holy Ghost/Enkindle by Kataluma (WYD Song) Illustrated

The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity feature “Come Holy Ghost/Enkindle”, an energetic musical journey for Catholic young adults, those recently confirmed, those preparing to attend World Youth Day in Sydney, Australia and those who are not able to attend but are well aware of the Holy Spirit’s action in their daily lives in the here and now. Kataluma is the name of an occasional coalescence of Wisconsin musicians and creatives. In this instance, it comprises John Tanner, Sue Bruk, Bob Monagle and Mark Kolter. Download this song free  -click on the link and select save as on PCs�

Read more about these spirited musicians.

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Franciscan Building a Culture of Life in Women’s Healthcare

The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity feature the vocation reflections of Sister Renee Mirkes, OSF, director of the Center for NaProEthics, the ethics division of the Pope Paul VI Institute recognized internationally for building a culture of life in women’s healthcare especially in the field of natural fertility regulation and reproductive medicine. Franciscan Sister Renee

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Sister Renee offers workshops and presentations on the Catholic Church’s position on: marriage and procreation, infertility, embryonic stem cell research, sexuality, human personhood, feminine anthropology and more to a variety of audiences. Thomas W. Hilgers, MD founded Pope Paul VI Institute in 1985 in Omaha, NE.

Walk a Lourdes Grotto Procession

On this eve of the Our Lady of Lourdes feast, walk with Camp Franciscan participants in a procession to the Lourdes Grotto on the Motherhouse grounds of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in Manitowoc, WI. If you would like to attend Camp Franciscan 2008, the Third Summer of the Sisterhood, please contact us. Click here to experience a Camp Franciscan Lourdes Grotto Procession.

Franciscan Sister Theology Studies

Sr. Marie Kolbe, a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity, discusses her studies at the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.