Franciscan Community’s Podcast Welcomes New Postulants

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Novice Sister Cecilia Joy produces a community podcast welcoming our new Postulants.

Postulants Yazmin and Lindsay introduce themselves after they receive the Franciscan Insignia and are welcomed into our community. As Lindsay says, “We are a family.””

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Healthy Community Living Important to Franciscan Sisters

Desiring to live a healthy Community life together, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity hold an annual health day addressing issues important to the Sisters. This summer Sister Anne Marie Lom facilitated a summary and application of cognitive behaviors that would improve communication and assist with normal conflict resolution. Information was given to assist an individual in personal transformation.

Cognitive Distortions and their implications for community living and for ministry were discussed. David D. Burns, M.D.’s concepts were commented on.

  • All or nothing thinking (if I’m not perfect, I’m not at all effective)
  • Overgeneralization (use of “always” and “never”)
  • Mental filter (pick out a single negative detail and dwell on it)
  • Discounting the positive (positives don’t count as much as negatives)
  • Jumping to conclusions (interpreting things negatively when there are few or no facts to support that conclusion)
  • Magnification/Minimization (exaggerating importance or shortcomings, make less of desirable qualities)
  • Emotional reasoning (assume that your negative emotions reflect the way “things really are”)
  • Should statements (addiction to an ideal, things “should” be a certain way)
  • Labeling or Stereotyping (I am a loser, my child is dumb, my family is a mess)
  • Personalization and blame (holding myself personally responsible for an event that isn’t entirely under my control…where did I/we go wrong?)

Sister Anne Marie, a trained Franciscan Spiritual Director and member of our Congregation’s General Administration, accepted questions and insights from the Sisters.

Novice Received into Franciscan Community

On the Franciscan feast of St. Bonaventure, July 15, 2018, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity witnessed the Rite of Initiation into Religious Life for Sister Concepcion (Hilda Concepcion) Medina . The ceremony occured at 2 p.m. in St. Mary Chapel.

At the beginning of the ceremony, Sister Natalie Binversie, Community Director, questioned the new Novice about her desires for her life. She responded: “Drawn by God’s mercy, I have come here to learn your way of life. I ask you to teach me to follow Christ crucified and to live in chastity, poverty and obedience. Teach me to persevere in prayer and penance, in the service of the Church and mankind. Teach me to be one with you in heart and mind. Help me to live out the Gospel every day of my life. Teach me your Rule and help me to learn to love our Sisters as Christ commanded us. ”

After being questioned again whether it was her wish to learn the way of life of a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Hilda replied “Yes, it is”. Next she received her habit and veil, signs of the consecrated life, as well as her Sister name, Sister Concepcion .

Sister Mariadele Jacobs, OSF, was entrusted with the responsibility to carry out the purpose of the Novitiate which is to ensure that the Novice learns the primary essentials of Religious Life and to live out the evangelical counsels. Here are Community Director Sister Natalie’s remarks: Comments for Novice Sister Concepcion on Entering the Novitiate

Do you desire to give your life to God as St. Francis did with all his heart? Call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920323-9632.

Community Discussion on the Sunday Gospel

During this month every local community of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity will share on the Sunday Gospel and make their own plans for celebrating Christmas together. Christmas at Holy Family Convent Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Motherhouse