Here’s Camp Franciscan Feedback

On this Father’s Day, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity share feedback on the recent Camp Franciscan from the campers themselves. The 34 campers traveled from 5 states to be with us June 11-14.

What touched your heart during Camp Franciscan?

  • Sitting in Saint Francis Chapel and singing Praise and Worship Music
  • All the Sisters hanging out with the campers
  • All the Sisters that I got to meet and their stories
  • The special breakfast for the campers
  • All the Sisters and Fathers
  • How the Sisters were so happy we sang for them
  • Adoration- I felt the closest I ever have before to Jesus and Mary

What part of the camp did you find the most helpful?

  • Talking to the Sisters in the cafeteria was pretty great!
  • Melissa and Katie’s talks
  • The name tag size schedules
  • Alpha Youth videos were amazing; there were some deep conversations.
  • Living rosary
  • Visitingwith the Novices and Hilda
  • Scrapbooks
  • The groups helped me make friends easier
  • I really love being able to have Mass daily
  • Sisters’ dedication and love

The Lord bless you and all of our families! Are you interested in a summer discernment option with us? Call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632.

Camp Franciscan 2018: Do Not Be Afraid…

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are welcoming Camp Franciscan Campers for an exciting June 11-14, 2018 week. Thirty-four high school and college age young women are arriving from Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Ohio and Wisconsin.

They represent 19 parishes and 7 (arch)dioceses. The days can only be memorable.

Add to this mix of campers, many enthusiastic Sisters, friars of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary and Sacred Heart Provinces, and two young teachers witnessing their strong faith.

Are you curious, as to what is planned? Our theme is: Be not afraid. You have found favor with God.

Watch for photos on facebook and Instagram of community building and spiritual growth.

Our Blessed Mother will be a focus, but more importantly, building a deeper relationship with Jesus. Our hope is that campers will have a first hand experience of community life with each other and with our Sisters.

Honoring 60 Years of Franciscan Consecrated Life

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Community Director Sister Natalie Binversie shares her congratulations to the Sisters celebrating their 60th jubilees of Religious Profession.

Good morning on this Feast of Corpus Christi, The Solemnity of the Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ! This is the group feast day of the “Sentinels of the Eucharistic King,” our Sisters, who are celebrating their 60th Anniversary of Jubilee today. Congratulations to Sister Adrianna Schouten, Sister Andrene Flasch, Sister Jolynn Kohlbeck, Sister Judanne Stratman, Sister Margaret Ann Wallander, Sister Mary Beth Prinz, Sister Ritarose Stahl, Sister Thereselle Arruda and Sister Verone Leeman. Joining you today in spirit are your classmates who have joined the Communion of Saints, Sister David Marie Long, Sister Judith Simons, Sister Emma Darrow, Sister Marie Voborny and Sister Sara Hale.

Today we celebrate the transubstantiation, the real presence of the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, in the Eucharist. The Scripture readings that will be proclaimed at Mass this afternoon will connect our Salvation History through the Covenant that God made with Moses and the People, to the sacred events of Holy Thursday and the Paschal Mystery. This is a reminder that Jesus is alive, celebrating His hospitality, compassion and love, as we hear in the Alleluia Verse, “I am the living bread come down from heaven, whoever eats this bread will live forever.”

At the end of Mass on the Feast of Corpus Christi, there is often a procession of the Blessed Sacrament displayed in a monstrance. Today, as every day when we celebrate Mass and receive Holy Communion, we become the monstrance. Jesus is seen in and through us. A Sentinel is a guard whose job is to keep watch. For 60 years of Consecrated Life, the Sentinels of the Eucharistic King have lived their title by keeping watch. They have been faithful to their covenant promise of living the Vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience as Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity which they made at their First Profession, August 15, 1958.

Through your group title and the witness of your life, may we be reminded to be watchful and know that Jesus is with us. May this day be filled with much joy and many blessings as you celebrate with your Sisters in Community, with your family and with your friends. God bless you!

Is God calling you? We invite you to consider one of our discernment invitations. Click here: FSCC_Summer Retreat Banner_2018_8.5x11_01_02

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Young Adults Explore Franciscan Consecrated Life

Early this year  Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity received an invitation from Jessica Bauer, a junior at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota in Winona, MN. She was planning (in collaboration with the campus ministry office) a vocation exploration to help discerning students understand and get a first had experience of a variety of men’s and women’s religious communities. On May 13-14 students arrived at our Motherhouse in Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

The students received a grant from the Forum of Theological Exploration that supported the desire to expose students to religious life.  Our guests had dinner with Postulant Hilda and our Novices. Women continued the conversation during recreation with those in Initial formation.

Franciscan Friars Minor of the Assumption BVM Province who serve our Sisters  and Holy Family Memorial were also generous in hosting a conversation on religious life at the friary. Opportunities for prayer and tour were also part of the road trip stop.

Celebrating 25 and 75 Years of Consecrated Life

Each year Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity celebrate the jubilees of our Sisters with appropriate emphasis at the time of 25, 50, 60 and 75 years. Jubilee years are counted from the date of our first profession. Find Community Director Sister Natalie Binversie’s words to Sister Maria Casetta, Sister Mary Jane Mertens, Sister Charles Ann Champeau, Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora and Sister Veronica Schad.

Good morning on this joyous occasion of great celebrations. Today is the Feast of Pentecost, the Birthday of the Church! What a wonderful day to celebrate the Jubilees of our Sisters who professed the Vows of Poverty, Chastity and Obedience 75 and 25 years ago!

Congratulations to the Wellsprings of Hope: Sister Maria Casetta and Sister Mary Jane Mertens who celebrate your 75th Jubilee! Celebrating with you are 15 classmates who have joined the Communion of Saints: Sister Ronald Held, Sister Anne Brochtrup, Sister Jean Heppler, Sister Blanche Bilodeau, Sister Janet Tess, Sister John Bosco McKee, Sister Martin Flavin, Sister Mary Dolores Meyer, Sister Mary Kevin Mitchka, Sister Mary Regis Traubert, Sister Mary Angela Micke, Sister Mark Szczepanik, Sister Constantine Fabian, Sister Kristin Pollak, and Sister Mary Veronica Gressel. We know that they are with us here today and interceding for all the needs of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.

It has become a tradition in the past few years to honor the Sisters celebrating their 75th Jubilee by giving a donation to a charity of their choice. This year Sister Mary Jane has chosen Peter’s Pantry which is a supplemental food pantry that distributes perishable and non-perishable food to those in need. Sister Maria’s choice is The Crossing which is a non-profit organization whose primary concern is for children, enabling parents to better provide for, nurture and give value to their families. Thank you Sister Mary Jane and Sister Maria for witnessing this outreach to the poor and the less fortunate.

Special congratulations to the Spouses of the Holy Spirit who celebrate 25 years of Vowed commitment: Sister Charles Ann Champeau, Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora and Sister Veronica Schad. Your title is a reminder of the Holy Spirit’s dynamic presence in your life and in the life of the Church. In the Eucharistic celebration this afternoon we will hear about the first Pentecost. It was the time when the followers of Jesus were called to realize their potential. The disciples found the ability to leave the security of their upper room and head down into the market place to share the Gospel message of Jesus. When the Holy Spirit came they were able to act in the power of God. That was your call and continues to be the call for all of us to be missionary disciples of the New Evangelization.

Thank you to all the Jubilarians for your witness as a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity. You are assured of our prayers. Enjoy this day with Community, family and friends. God bless you!

Franciscan Sister Called to Use Gifts

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Community Director Sister Natalie Binversie shares on the many talents God bestowed on Sister Renita Tadych. Read the entire reflection: Franciscan Sister Renita Tadych Reflection

Sister Renita loved being a Sister and a teacher. As a teacher she taught in Ohio, Michigan, California, Illinois, Nebraska, Arizona and Wisconsin. Sister Renita taught Elementary Grades for 13 years, High School for 16 years, 20 years in College and two years were spent as an Elementary School Librarian. Sister Renita also loved being a student. She prized the educational opportunities given to her which broadened her knowledge base and enabled her to share so much more with her students.

Since her dissertation covered Franciscanism in the Nature Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins she presented a course three different summers for Continuing Formation either for audit or for credit. The past few years she has led Book Discussions. She was beginning to outline the book chosen for this summer, Treasures Uncovered: The Parable of Jesus. From her perspective now, many unknown treasures have been uncovered for Sister Renita.

When asked about her special talents, skills, hobbies and interests Sister Renita said she liked to knit, crochet, draw, play piano, sing, cook, read, sew and tutor. Sister Renita said, “God gave me many talents and I hope that by sharing them with others I can enhance their lives and their perspectives on life. My deepest joy, however, is not being a teacher, though that is a close second. My deepest joy is trying to be the religious the Lord wants me to be. Being able to see the good in things that happen and not ‘sweating the small stuff’! …. When my health broke down and I could no longer go out to teach, I realized that this was part of the ‘small stuff’ and that the Lord would set it aright.’” Sister Renita earned many prestigious awards in her lifetime. In the past few years we can add the achievements of the International Sister Students whom she encouraged and challenged in her tutoring. Read more Franciscan Sister Renita Tadych Reflection

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Franciscan Sisters and Cistercian Nuns Discernment Retreat

Together Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and Cistercian Nuns of Valley of Our Lady Monastery, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin offered a Discernment of Spirits Retreat on the feast of Saint Anselm. Saint Anselm’s writing was used as a focus to begin the day:

O insignificant man, escape from your everyday business for a short while, hide for a moment from your restless thoughts. Break off from your cares and troubles and be less concerned about your tasks and labors. Make a little time for God and rest a while in Him.

Enter into your mind’s inner chamber. Shut out everything but God and whatever helps you to seek Him; and when you have shut the door, look for Him… -Prayer of Saint Anselm

Cistercian Nuns offered hospitality in one of their visiting parlors and developed prayer booklets for The Divine Office hours. Franciscan Sister Jacqueline Spaniola facilitated the talks offering Saint Ignatius’ Rules for Discernment, as well as his guidance to discerning the will of God.

This is what touched the hearts of the retreatants regarding the day long retreat:

  • Taking a step back from everything helped me to let God back into my heart today. The knowledge and joy you have brought to this retreat is really inspiring to me.
  • Distinction between memorized prayers and silent prayer/meditation and need for silence
  • The need for Step 1 on Discerning God’s will, how God will help us through this all-and how important His peace is.
  • The Silence! Talking to the Sisters.
  • Having the freedom and tools to take my life to pray with God. Thank you for outlining why it matters to us and to God to take the time and attention needed for discernment.

If you are interested in a retreat, visit or conversation on consecrated life with Franciscan Sisters, we invite you to call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632 or click here.


Franciscan Convent Hosts Xavier Appleton Silent Retreat

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s home, Holy Family Convent, was visited by Xavier High School, Appleton, Wisconsin teachers Katie Wesolek and Ann McKnight and students. The Theology teachers planned a silent retreat for a few junior and senior girls. All arrived later afternoon Friday and departed about the same time on Saturday.

Near the end of the retreat, a few Franciscan Sisters served on a panel with the retreatants. Represented were Sister Catherine Gilles, a former principal of Xavier, Sister Katherine Warning, former student of the school and Sister Mary Teresa, a current Novice teaching at Roncalli High School, Manitowoc, Wisconsin. Students were free to ask their own questions of the panelists.

Discern Your Calling at Franciscan Camp

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are preparing for Camp Franciscan 2018: Do Not Be Afraid! You have found favor with God, June 11-14, 2018. Campers are already representing 5 states. Is God calling you to come?

Here are some reasons why some young women are coming. Do they sound like you?

I have many reasons for wanting to go to camp this summer. Ever since I was a young girl I have always been religious. I thank my parents for planting the seed of faith in me and nourishing it until I was old enough to do it on my own. As a little girl, I have always been intrigued with dedicating my life to God, to living a religious life. I know I am one of many girls and boys who face this problem, who don’t know if a religious life is truly their vocation. This is why I would love to go to camp, to see if this is truly my vocation, to see if that is the life God has planned out for me. – Ana

I would like to experience life as a Sister. To be honest, I really don’t know if I want to be a Sister, but I think if I go to the camp and experience the life of a Sister, I will see if the Sisterhood is for me. My Mom has always told me that if I want to be a Sister, she supports me with my choice. I think this is going to be an amazing adventure and experience for my life. -Jacqueline

I think that an opportunity like this does not come around often and you have to seize every moment. I would like to attend Camp Franciscan for the different learning opportunities. I would definitely love to learn more about the Sisters and how they knew the Sisterhood was their vocation from God. I also feel as this might affect my relationship with God in a positive way. -Katherine

Call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632 with any questions. Find registration here. Campers are arranging fundraisers to pay for airline costs. We are grateful to the many generous people who support this experience. Sister Mary Ann Spanjers shares on our Sisters at San Xavier Convent Camp Franciscan Fundraiser.

Some highlights of our Camp Franciscan Fund raiser!

A sunny Sunday in April was filled with lots of home-made bakery, hand-made beautiful items made by the Tohono O’odham Natives, generous gift card donations from Tucson restaurants and donated yard-sale items. The parishioners and visitors of the San Xavier mission supported the fund-raiser for air-fare for the 11 young women going to Camp Franciscan. Many of the young women spent most of the day with the Sisters in the 90 degree sun selling and visiting with all the many people who were so generous with their support. Wisconsin here we come!!!


Discernment of Spirits Retreat: Career or Calling

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Jacqueline Spaniola offered a recent Discernment of Spirits Retreat at St. Anne Parish, Chassell, Michigan. We’d like to share thoughts from the retreatants in hopes that others might still consider an April 21 retreat that we are hosting with the Cistercian Nuns at the Valley of Our Lady Monastery, Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin.

Here’s what touched the hearts of the young women from St. Albert the Great Campus Ministry, Houghton, Michigan.

  • Biggest thing was learning about discerning spirits.
  • The way in which struggles I have are connected.
  • After learning the process of discerning God’s will, I went and prayed for Holy indifference. I would never have thought to ask for that grace.
  • Some of the information were ideas that I had contemplated, but had a hard time putting into words. The time of silence to reflect and learn more touched by heart most.
  • Today, God reiterated to me the goodness that He created me with and asked me to go back to just being with Him instead of always trying to ‘do’.
  • Having the silence during the Reflection periods was a really beautiful way to help me to be open to listening to God in Scripture. He is so good!

To register for the April 21st Discernment of Spirits Retreat with Franciscan Sisters and Cistercian Nuns of Valley of Our Lady Monastery, Prairie du Sac, click here. Call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632 with any questions or for more information. One on one time with Sister Jacqueline or one of the Cistercian Nuns is also built into the day for those who desire this time.