Discerning a Religious Calling and Violin Podcast

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Novice Sister Cecilia Joy is taking violin lessons. How does learning how to play the violin relate to discernment and growing as children of God? Watch this video series to find out!

Click here to enjoy part one.

Franciscan Religious Join San Xavier Mission Mary Procession

Franciscan Sister Mary Ann Spanjers shares a recent festive Blessed Mother procession at San Xavier Mission, Tucson, Arizona.

The Sisters at San Xavier joined the Tohono O’odham as they processed up the mountain to celebrate the Mass of the Assumption at the grotto! It was a glorious day. Young and old walked with special intentions in their hearts and on their lips.

The tradition of carrying statues of our Blessed Mother to be blessed and be a blessing for the homes of their families is an inspiration.

The 98 degrees did not quelch the enthusiasm, music, singing or prayers of intercession to Blessed Mother Mary.

This was Sister Rosalyn’s first procession experience on the mountain. It was a great time to meet new people.

Franciscan Religious at IRL National Meeting

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Sister Jean Anne Moser and Sister Mariella Erdmann reflect on the 2018 Institute of Religious Life (IRL) National Meeting at the University of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein, Illinois held April 6-8.

The theme was Religious Life . . . Ever Ancient, Ever Beautiful. The days were filled with inspirational speakers, great sharing among other religious and those discerning a vocation to religious life as well as faith-filled liturgies. The meeting helped us to return home with renewed joy and dedication to carry on the mission given by Christ.


The two Keynote Speakers, Rt. Rev. Austin Murphy, O.S.B. and Father Cassian Folsm, O.S.B. were especially good in showing how there is a need for structure in religious life. This structure that does not go against the free spirit but rather allows for much expression of a spirituality that can become truly counter-culture and once again show that we have a God that is worth living and dying for. The life of common prayer, meals, recreation, and work fosters personal growth in Jesus Christ and leads to personal conversion. We need to return to the spirit of the founder. We do not need more documents from the Church. Perfectae Caritatis is a key source for the renewal of Religious Life. What we need is the personal conversion of each member in our Community. Without a radical return to the sources we cannot survive.

The above are only a few ideas from the talks. There were, also, workshop sessions with inspiring speakers on topics of Evangelization, Discerning, Religious Life, Asceticism and Beauty, God is not Nice: Rejecting Pop Culture to mention a few.

Religious Prepare for Year of Consecrated Life

Religious serving in the Diocese of Green Bay will gather together to plan for the upcoming Year of Consecrated Life announced by Pope Francis from October 2014 to November 2015. The meeting will be held at St. Norbert Abbey.