Franciscan Sisters Cheer for Bishop Rosecrans Basketball Team

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, wherever they are, are often found on the bench cheering their students in sports. It is part of showing interest in their lives and for families in the parish, but is also a love of the game. At this time of the year, it makes for great winter recreation.

One team that Cambridge, Ohio St. Benedict’s Convent Sisters are following are the boys’ basketball games at Bishop Rosecrans High School in Zanesville, Ohio.

What makes it especially fun this year is that there are three starters on the varsity team who previously attended St. Benedict Catholic School, Cambridge, Ohio.  It’s a great opportunity to show support and it allows for visiting time with all members of the family. Conversations are ever precious.

Franciscan Sisters Charism Part 3 Conclusion Podcast

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity invite you to view a brief concluding video in our Charism series.

Click here to watch the video. We appreciate your interest in our charism and Franciscan Life fully lived. If you’d like to learn more about how and where and why we serve in Arizona, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Mississippi and Missouri, please visit us at

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Franciscan Sisters February Favorite: Song of Bernadette by Jennifer Warnes and Leonard Cohen

On the Franciscan calendar all feasts of our Blessed Virgin Mary are ours to celebrate. As we near the day set aside to remember the significance of Our Lady of Lourdes, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity highlight the beautiful Song of Bernadette, one of our favorite hymns created with the collaborative energies of Jennifer Warnes and Leonard Cohen.

This hymn of exquisite melody and meaningful lyrics is truly our February favorite. Bernadette, a young maiden who truly believes in the beautiful lady who comes to her so that many souls are healed through her son Jesus, is humbly portrayed.

Jennifer, singer, songwriter and recording artist reflects:
I was given the name Bernadette at birth. But my siblings preferred the name “Jennifer” so my name was changed one week later. In 1979, on tour in the south of France with Leonard Cohen, I began writing a series of letters between the “Bernadette” I almost was, and “Jennifer”–two energies within me. One innocent, and the other who had fallen for the world.
The letters were just an experiment: “Dear Bernadette, I’m so lost right now.” “Hello dear Jennifer, don’t worry, I’m here, and it’s gonna be okay.”
I showed Leonard my letters to which he replied, “There’s a song in here…just start at the beginning…”There was a child named Bernadette, I heard the story long ago…and then keep going….”
So the song arose in a bus nearby Lourdes. I was admiring Bernadette’s countryside from the bus window, thinking about the great Saint who held her ground so well, and was not swayed from what she knew to be true.
But the song is also about me longing to return to a place that was more pure, honest and true. I still long for this, and I think others do too.
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Franciscan Sisters Charism Podcast Introduction Part II

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity offer the second in a a series of brief reflections on our community’s Franciscan charism. We hope you find learning about our life enjoyable and enlightening. Here’s our next episode produced by Novice Sister Cecilia Joy.

Click here to watch Part II. To learn more about how we serve in the Arch/Dioceses of Green Bay, Marquette, Lincoln, Columbus, Steubenville, St. Louis, Jackson MS, Tucson and Phoenix. Call or text Sister Julie Ann at 920-323-9632 with your discernment questions.

Franciscan Sisters March For Life in Chicago

Starting and eventually returning to Federal Plaza, Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity recently joined approximately 6,000 pro-lifers march downtown Chicago.  Pro Life Wisconsin organized the bus trips and brought people from across the state. Knights of Columbus chapters from Wausau, Merrill, Plum City, Pewaukee, Sparta, Denmark, Boscobel, Luxemburg, Bruce, Sister Bay, New London, Spooner, Colby, Rhinelander, Hilbert (just to name a few) contributed to the venture. It was real pilgrimage showing love for life, a journey with a moral and spiritual significance. Although this year’s temperatures were more pleasant, there was sacrifice and prayer involved along the way. The theme of this year’s Illinois march was ‘Unique from Day One.’

Jeanne Mancini, National President for March for Life and Radiance Foundation president Ryan Bomberger served as the event’s keynote speakers. The crowd also heard remarks from Archbishop of Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich, Chicago Bears co-owner Pat McCaskey, Reps. Darin LaHood and Dan Lipinski, as well as an Aid for Women client. The last speaker was a weDignify College Student Leader.

Musicians added much to the actual march. Participants kept the beat carrying a variety of signs.

The white veils of Novices Sister Cecilia Joy and Sister Concepcion helped keep our own Franciscan Sister group together. Postulant Yazmin and Sister Mary Frances Maher, Sister Elaine Turba, Sister Julie Ann Sheahan and Sister Louise Hembrecht represented our religious Community. Silver Lake College of the Holy Family students also were among the pilgrims.

Franciscan Sisters Charism Introduction Part I Podcast

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity offer a series of brief reflections on our Community’s Franciscan charism. We hope you find learning about our life enjoyable and enlightening.

Click here to view the first youtube video.

To learn more about our life and how we serve in the Arch/Dioceses of Green Bay, Marquette, Lincoln, Columbus, Steubenville, St. Louis, Jackson MS, Tucson and Phoenix, contact us here.

Historical Countdown of Franciscan Sisters’ Founding

Anticipating the 150th Anniversary of the founding of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, Sister Caritas Strodthoff, Archivist, started a 352 day historical count down to lead up to the celebration on November 9, 2019. Our Epiphany gift to you is an invitation to read about our precious history. We are confident that you, too, will see evidence of God’s enduring love and care for us.
To view these daily posts click here.

Here are two samples.

17 Sisters left Gieboldehausen, Germany traveling by wagon , then by train to Munich and onto Rotterdam, Netherlands—a distance of about 750 miles. Above is the passenger list of the first 17 Sisters to leave. Mother Augustine heads the list. They arrived in Manitowoc, WI October 8, 1875.

Take time to catch up on other interesting facts on our Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity facebook page.

Find Franciscan Sisters at SEEK2019 in Indianapolis

Find Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in the crowd at SEEK2019 January 3-7. We are arriving by van with Focus Missionaries and St. Albert the Great Catholic Campus Ministry Students at Michigan Tech.  University of Wisconsin Green Bay students are also joining us on the ride. Our home for these 5 days will be downtown Indianapolis at the Indiana Convention Center.

This is not our first experience at this event organized by Fellowship of Catholic University Students. Campus Minister Sister Jacqueline Spaniola was introduced to the program in Florida with St. Albert the Great Parish, Houghton’s Focus Missionaries. She also attended the 2018 Chicago Leadership Summit. Others of us have good memories of previous gatherings in Nashville, Tennessee and San Antonio, Texas.

We are confident that anyone who goes with an open mind and heart will be transformed.

If you would like to meet up with us along the way, feel free to send Sister Julie Ann a text or call 920-323-9632. We look forward to many conversations and many, many blessings! Know of our prayers!


Franciscan Sisters’ Memories of the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Novice Sister Cecilia Joy shares some memories of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity’s Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe 2018.

“Buenos días, Paloma Blanca, hoy te vengo a saludar. Saludando tu belleza, en tu trono celestial.” These lyrics began our morning as Sister Concepción and I (Sister Cecilia Joy) joined Sister Francis, Sister Marie Kolbe, and Yazmin in singing during morning prayer on the Feast of our Lady of Guadalupe. Who knew they were also going to be some of the closing words we would sing in Mass at the Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines, Illinois later that day!

Sister Concepción and I joined Sister Elaine and Sister Julie Ann on this blessed pilgrimage. We arrived just in time to see the Shrine almost completely adorned with roses and candles. More pilgrims were walking along with us on the fenced paths to present their candles and flowers as well. It was truly a sight to behold. I never knew it was possible to see so many flowers in one place. Celebration of our Lady was in the smiles of joyful people, the flickering candles, and even in the movement of dancers in the square.

After spending some time at the Shrine, we proceeded to St. Joseph Chapel where a Spanish Mass was going to be held. This chapel was truly unique as it used to be a gym and was recently remodeled. Roses created an impressive border around the altar space. Musicians were practicing as we knelt to offer a few prayers. Mass was truly the climax of the day. Sister Concepción and I both agreed it was one of our favorite Spanish masses. The homily was inspiring, the songs were uplifting, and we enjoyed being a part of such a special celebration.

If you would like us to meet you at a Spanish mass in your area, please feel free to contact Sister Julie Ann through our website.

Franciscan Sisters Convoke General Chapter

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Community Director Sister Natalie Binversie, OSF,  convoked our General Chapter on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. We share apart of this official announcement.

We are all in this journey of deepening our Franciscan call and mission in the world. These past days the Delegates and Alternates began the more immediate preparations for Chapter. While we are grateful for Francis’ final words to us, “I have done what was mine to do, may Christ teach you what is yours to do,” we know his words call us to the responsibility that is ours in praying for blessings on the work of the Chapter.

According to our Constitutions, the primary purpose of the General Chapter is:

a. to protect the intention of the foundresses concerning the nature, purpose, spirit and character of the Congregation ratified by the Holy See, as well as wholesome traditions of the Congregation, all of which constitute its patrimony;

b. to promote suitable renewal in accord with this patrimony;

c. to elect the Community Director and her Council;

d. to treat major business matters;

e. to publish norms which all are bound to obey.

With the deliberative vote of the Council, as Community Director, I formally convoke the 2019 General Chapter of Elections and Affairs of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. The Chapter will convene at the Motherhouse, Holy Family Convent, Manitowoc, Wisconsin on Monday, June 17, 2019. It will be preceded by a Day of Prayer and Recollection on Sunday, June 16.

United in prayer and support, we ask that from December 8, 2019 until the close of Chapter, all members of the Community participate in the following…May our Blessed Mother, on the feast of the Immaculate Conception, intercede for us that our 2019 General Chapter will be pleasing to her Son, Jesus.

Note: Sister Natalie asked that we remember the intention of the Chapter at Morning or Evening Prayer in the intercessions. Each local mission will have a monthly Mass offered for the intention of the Chapter from December 8 to June 2019. Each local community will also pray together daily a special General Chapter prayer. Individually and communally all are to spend prayer time before the Blessed Sacrament asking for the graces needed to “Pray with Faith. Listen with Hope. Respond in Love and Trust.”