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Communigram Sisters Join in Manitowoc Right to Life Event Manitowoc, WI ― A goodly number of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity from the area participated in a Life Chain held October 31, 2010 putting into action their study on Catholic Social Teaching with November’s specific focus on the foundational element of respect for the life and dignity of the human person. Life Chain was planned by Manitowoc Right to Life, as part of a national movement drawing people of all ages to pray silently against abortion. The hour of prayer invited self-analysis, repentance and serious commitment to help end abortion in our nation. It also was an opportunity to unite local churches and to inform our local media, law enforcement, public officials, and all
about respect for the unborn child in our community and beyond. “Every human being is created in the image of God and redeemed by Jesus Christ, and therefore, is invaluable and worthy of respect as a member of the human family” (Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions, p. 1-2).
Days for Remembering Our twenty Sisters who died since November 2, 2009 were remembered in a special way at the Eucharistic Liturgy on All Souls Day as twenty Sisters carried lighted candles to represent each. Collage of Sisters who died this past year―front row l to r: Sister Dorothy Jean Hebert (8-14-10); Sister Margaret Speigl (12-10 -09); Sister Irene Clare King (4-29-10); Sister Mary Thomas Aldridge (3-20-10); Sister Mary Carla Loonsfoot (12-27-09); Sister Leovigild Spenner (11-21-09); and Sister Miriam Genevieve Flavin (5-5-10). Middle row l to r: Sister Loretta Shimondle (5-4-10); Sister Mary Florian Baumann (7-31-10); Sister Angelita Knievel (9-9-10); Sister Sean Marie Tobin (627-10); Sister Angelo Kerch (4-29-10); Sister
Mary Regis Traubert (7-2-10); and Sister Sara Hale (4-20-10). Back row l to r: Sister Theodean Schroeder (5-15-10); Sister Marilyn Kloiber (3-12-10); Sister Mary Dolores Meyer (1-22-10); Sister Leon Bergeron (8-17-10); Sister Karlene Berger (10-9-10); and Sister Pascalita Velasquez (8-7-10).
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By Sister Kay Elmer
third to eighth grades. There I met our Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity and learned to speak English in school.”
Sister Renita Tadych, who says: “A long time ago, someone told me, ‘Don’t sweat the small stuff. just put your hand in the Lord’s and keep it there. He will set things right.’ Remembering this advice has helped me in many ways and during a number of crises. It took a while, but I’ve come to realize how true this is. I was born in Manitowoc, WI to Anita and Zenon Tadych and am the oldest of their three daughters. Some years after my mother died at age 23, my father remarried, and we were blessed with our ‘Mom,’ Lillian, and another sister. The Felician Sisters allowed me to enter the 1st grade at age 5; I attended St. Mary’s School for the 1st and 2nd grade where all classes were conducted in Polish. During the middle of grade two, we moved to the north side of town. So that I would not have to change schools in the middle of the year I was transported to and from St. Mary’s by taxi every day. The next year I attended Sacred Heart School where I remained from
Sister noted that the Sister who made the greatest impression on her was Sister Francis George Leibfried. She says, “Sister was the principal at Sacred Heart and my 7th and 8th grade teacher. Later, in the Convent, she was our Directress as Junior Sisters (three summers), and also of our Perpetual Vow Group and Tertian Group (10-year members). She taught me that the ‘small stuff’ wasn’t worth getting upset about.” In 1948, after the 9th grade at Woodrow Wilson Junior High School, Darlene entered Holy Family Convent. She was a sophomore in high school and 13 years old. She recalls: “I was so excited because I was going to be a Sister. My surprise was great when I found out I had to continue going to school after I finished high school. I can remember saying, ‘But I just want to be a Sister!’ Little did I realize that most of my life would be spent as both a Sister and a teacher.” During the World War II years a large picture poster was put up around the country in store windows and on billboards. It showed Uncle Sam pointing and saying, “Uncle Sam needs YOU! Join the Army and see the world.” Sister reminisces, “I’ve thought of that poster many times because I did not have to join the army to see
new places. As a teacher and a Sister, I taught in seven states: Ohio, Michigan, California, Illinois, Nebraska, Arizona, and Wisconsin, and I went to school in Pennsylvania. I spent 16 years in elementary school (13 as a teacher and 3 as a librarian). I was also a principal for a short time, and served 16 years as a high school English teacher, and 20 years at Silver Lake College in the English Department. Twelve of those years I spent as head of the department.”
Sister at Graduation from Silver Lake College with parents Zeno and Lillian Tadych
Sister says that one of the major blessings in her teaching career has been the opportunities provided for her education. In 1960 she received a B.A. in English from Holy Family College (Silver Lake College). Then in 1972 she graduated from Dayton University with an M.A. in English. In 1992 she earned a Ph.D. in English: Literary Criticism, from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. These opportuni-
ties broadened her knowledge base and enabled her to share so much more with her students.
Sister giving Crowd Response at Golden Jubilee Celebration (2002)
During Sister’s teaching years she was named “Teacher of the Year” twice and appeared in the “College Who’s Who” three years in a row. She belonged to the Wisconsin Council of Teachers of English for 20 years and presented a section and an article on Deconstruction at its major convention in Madison.
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sharing them with others I can enhance their lives and their perspectives on life.” “My deepest joy, however, is not being a teacher, though it 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’ is a blessing for which I will ever be grateful. It carries me through the good times and not so good, and it reminds me that the Lord is always with me. If I can do nothing to remedy a situation, there is no use in stewing about it.
there through thick and thin. Although we come from different backgrounds and have a variety of opinions, we know each person in her own way cares about each of us. That is definitely a blessing. Life in community is not always a rose garden, but then the Lord did not promise it would be. He just said He would be there. So, ‘if we keep our hands in His, He will set all things right.’”
Sheboygan Prayer Conference by Sister Julie Ann Sheahan
When my health broke down, and I could no longer go out to teach, I asked the Lord, “Why?” After a little while I realized that this was part of the ‘small stuff,’ and the Lord would set it aright. He did; I’m now tutoring, working in the library and paging at the switchboard. So I’m still active and enjoying what I am doing here at the Motherhouse. Our Community means a great deal to me because the Sisters are
Since her dissertation covered Franciscanism in the Nature Poetry of Gerard Manley Hopkins, she presented a course based on it for the Postulants, Novices, and Junior Sisters, plus anyone else who wished to take it, three different times. Sister notes, “Both they and I have learned from each others’ insights. God gave me many talents, and I hope that by Family Guests at Sister Renita’s Golden Jubilee Celebration
Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity were inspired and enriched in faith and prayer with many others at Conversations with God’ Conference, a joint collaboration of all the Catholic churches in Sheboygan County on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at Kohler Memorial Theatre. Here’s a few reasons why we ‘showed up’. With our Motherhouse only 20 minutes away, the day was a perfect opportunity to set up a booth on our community complete with photos, brochures, discernment retreat opportunities, and of course the best of give-a-ways. Exhibit visitors received hand-crafted tau crosses and cards announcing where to find our Streaming Songs of Peace for this month of October, along with a few other St. Francis bookmarks and a smaller version of our latest vocation poster. (Continued on page 12)
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Sharing News from Yuma, AZ Submitted by Sister Elizabeth Benvie
Mgsr. Richard Oâ€™Keeffe with the new pastor, Fr. Javier Perez.
Sister Maria Goretti helped with the entertainment.
Gathering after the Transitus service at Immaculate Conception Convent.
Sisters helped Gerrie Furrow celebrate her 90th birthday.
Installation of Father Javier Perez as the New Pastor A Mass of installation of Father Javier Perez as the new pastor of Immaculate Conception Parish took place on Thursday, October 7, 2010. Bishop Gerald Kicanas was present for this historical event along with many priests, deacons, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, numerous parishioners and other guests. Monsignor Richard O'Keeffe eloquently shared the history of Immaculate Conception parish and he made mention of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity's contribution of 80 years of ministry to the parish and the Yuma community. Following the Mass, a delicious potluck supper was served while entertainment was provided by Deacon Chavez and later by Sister Maria Goretti Scandaliato on her accordion. It was a very enjoyable and memorable evening for our entire parish! Celebrating the Transitus The Sisters in Yuma invited local parishioners to join them for the celebration of the Transitus on October 3rd. The evening began with a solemn prayer service to celebrate our Father Francis' passing from death to new life. Immediately following the Transitus prayer service, everyone gathered in the dining room to enjoy an array of baked goods and cold drinks.
The joy of St. Francis could be felt as we gathered to celebrate.
Sisters (l to r) Edgar Annen, De Lellis Pritzl, Prisca Zehren and Justin Pollak were the original four to serve in Yuma, Arizona 80 years ago!
On Saturday, October 9th the Sisters gathered with Gerrie Furrow to celebrate her 90th birthday. Gerrie grew up in Yuma and she remembers being taught CCD by Sister Justin. She has fond memories of the original group of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity who served in Yuma. Gerri continues to hold the Sisters in high regard. She is still very spry for a lady 90 years old! She often accompanies Sister Patrice Walsh on her visits to the elderly parishioners. She can be found praying Morning Praise and celebrating Mass with us most mornings. We were honored to be guests at Gerri's festive 90th birthday party!
Pictures of Sister Delia Gaber, fisher-woman extraordinaire! She is pictured with a huge crappie and with a 4lb bass caught at her brother Ron's farm ponds in Missouri. Please note her sitting on the dock meditating.
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Asian and Pacific I The late 1970’s and early 1980’s brought a real awareness of the Asian presence in the local church for many of us. This was when we began to see Vietnamese and Hmong peoples becoming a part of the northeastern Wisconsin social make up. In 2001 the U. S. Bishops issued a statement regarding the incoming populations from the East. It was entitled: Asian and Pacific Presence: Harmony in Faith. This month let’s explore what the bishops have to say regarding these Far Easters brothers and sisters. First of all, we need to consider the definition of Asia. The bishops write, The Asian Synod of Bishops, the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples, and the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service commonly describe the continent of Asia as comprising Western Asia (or the Middle East), Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia. This description is broader than the commonly held understanding of Asia as comprising South, Southeast, and East Asia. The history of the Church in Asia is as old as the Church herself. "From this land, through the preaching of the Gospel in the power of the Holy Spirit, the Church went forth to make ‘disciples of all nations' (Mt 28:19)." Also in the third century, ascetic communities of Syria were a major force of evangelization in Asia. By the fifth century, the Christian message had reached the Arab kingdoms, and Persian merchants took the Good News to China where it flourished for nearly two centuries. In the thirteenth century, the Good News was announced to the Mongols and the Turks, and was reinforced to the Chinese. The apostolic labors of St. Francis Xavier and thousands of heroic missionaries continued to bring the faith to Southeast Asia, East Asia, and the Pacific from the fifteenth to the twentieth centuries, and this mission continues today. Christianity first made contact with the peoples of the Pacific in 1595 during the Spanish expeditions from Latin America to the Philippines and in 1668 during expeditions to the Marianas. Full-scale missionary outreach began in the early nineteenth century through the great works of religious orders and congregations. Many among the Chamorro, Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Japanese, and Samoan Americans trace their heritage to
By Sister Kathleen Murphy Social Justice Commission
more than a century of migration. Asian Americans claim homelands which include fifty-three Asian countries and territories in geographic regions commonly referred to as Near East (or Western Asia or Middle East), Central Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and East Asia as well as twenty-six Pacific Island states. Asian and Pacific American communities exhibit great complexities and disparities. Their challenge is that of diversity—ethnicity, language, culture, place of birth, religious tradition, recency of U.S. arrival, and endowment of human capital. They are among the best endowed and yet the least endowed of all Americans. They are among the best and least educated. Part of the sad reality for minorities and many immigrants—among them Asian and Pacific Islanders—to the United States is racial discrimination and prejudice. Prior to the 1950s, Asian immigrants were denied the right to become naturalized citizens—a right granted to all other immigrants to the United States. Perhaps the most tragic instance of racial discrimination was Executive Order 9066 of 1942, which forced Japanese immigrants, including two-thirds who were American citizens mainly from the west coast, into internment camps under the guise of military necessity. This experience cannot be described without noting the heroic efforts of many religious, such as the Maryknoll fathers, brothers, and sisters, who accompanied the Japanese internees to the camps and stayed with them. Without such loving ministry, many Japanese American Catholics might have felt abandoned and left their Catholic faith. Members of the Asian American community defined their presence in the Church as follows: As Asian Pacific communities, we bring a strong sense of family with a loving respect for the elderly and a profound and fervent religious faith. We contribute a spirituality which is eastern [and] rooted in Asian Pacific cultures. We also seek to live in harmony with each other and with the whole of creation. We deepen and challenge our understanding of the meaning of the universal Church, enabling all of us to be a church which is complete and whole. What is the unique nature of the Asian culture that enriches the Church? Harmony is central to the lives and cultures of Asian and Pacific communities. Harmony is authentically Christian and intrinsically Asian. Harmony draws its inspiration and strength from the harmonious relationship of the Trinity. Asians and Pacific Continued on page 6.
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Clips & Photos from West Point, NE Submitted by Sister Sharon Paul
Picture #1: Wilma Barta, resident of St. Joseph's Retirement Community makes good use of the new sidewalk from St. Joe's to St. Francis Memorial Hospital shown in the background. Picture #2: Notice the cupboard space, the movable hot food compartments, the dishwasher and the homey surroundings. The windows are situated low enough for the residents to enjoy God's outside beauty and also profit from the sunshine. Picture #3: Sister Michael Ann O'Donnell decorated one corner of St. Mary's Chapel, West Point, NE for the celebration of the Feast of St. Francis.
New Improvements: St. Joseph's Retirement Community
St. Francis Day Celebrations
Improvements continue at St. Joseph's Retirement Community, West Point, NE. A sidewalk has been poured adjacent to the Central Catholic High School parking lot on East Decatur Street. The sidewalk goes from St. Joe's to St. Francis Hospital to facilitate easier travel for residents, employees and others.
Franciscan Care Services provided an enjoyable Luncheon for all staff at noon at St. Francis Hospital celebrating St. Francis’ feastday and in appreciation for all workers. Brats, burgers, potato salad, beans and a variety of desserts were enjoyed by all.
The Special Care Unit at St. Joseph's Retirement Community has a new dining room that has been enlarged. One resident's room was taken to enlarge and re-do the kitchen dining room on second floor. Now, the Special Care residents have easy access to their meals.
In the evening at 4:30 the St. Mary's Convent Sisters invited our priests to concelebrate in the chapel followed by a meal but lo and behold our hot water heater went on the blink (St. Francis what are you trying to tell us?) so we dined at JD's Restaurant in West Point. We each enjoyed the lively and meaningful conversations.
Ad just ment (Continued from p. 5.) Islanders teach a threefold harmony: (1) harmony with a personal God, the source of all genuine harmony; (2) harmony among all people; and (3) harmony with the whole universe. Asian and Pacific Catholic Americans and immigrants migrated with the experience and sensibilities of the great religions and spiritual traditions of the world— Buddhism, Confucianism, Hinduism, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Shintoism, Sikhism, Taoism, and Zoroastrianism—together with Christianity. Their experience of the great religions and spiritual traditions teaches them to live with a profound sense of the sacred, a holistic approach to life and salvation, and a spirituality adapted to their needs and a life-giving vitality. Asian and Pacific Catholics have a special love and affection for the Blessed Virgin Mary, revering her as their own mother and the Mother of Christ, and holding many vibrant celebrations in her honor. Lay persons are the primary evangelizers in
many parts of Asia and the Pacific Islands. And the tradition lives on among many Asian and Pacific lay leaders now in the United States. Considering the Asian/Pacific culture allows us to give thanks for the gifts and example of our brothers and sisters from this part of the world. By being authentically Christian and truly Asian in the footsteps of Christ, they have brought to us a more profound understanding of what it means to be truly Catholic. They have taught the Church in the United States the meaning of harmony; the necessity of dialogue with their cultures, with other religions, and with the poor; a renewed sense of family loyalty; the unity between diverse cultures and diverse Catholic church communities; and the closeness of all God's creation.
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Greetings from Cambridge! Cambridge, OH ― Our days have been very full with many activities over these past three months. Our community outing had been planned for Saturday, September 4, however, to our disappointment, Sister Janet came down with a miserable cold and felt she should not accompany us. She insisted that we go anyway. We started the day by going to Zanesville for confession and Mass. After Mass we had a pleasant visit with the Zanesville Sisters who had also attended Mass at St. Thomas. From here we traveled to Logan to visit Sandy Seals, one of our former teachers. She had invited us, was delighted to see us and very happy to show off her new apartment. The visit was all too short for her. We returned to Zanesville in the afternoon for a trip on the Lorena, a sternwheeler. It was a perfect day for the outing, not too hot and not too cold. We topped off the day with ice cream at Tom’s. Over the past months, we have been invited to participate in several outings. The Knights had a cookout at Dick Baker’s cottage at Seneca Lake and Irene Mailet, former principal at the now closed school in Byesville, invited us to a picnic at her nephew’s cabin. The cabin is still under construction, but they wanted us to see it. It is a beautiful place in the woods. Sister Anna took advantage of this opportunity to collect some specimens for her science class. Then, almost on the spur of the moment, Kopyars invited us for a dinner on their patio. Besides having a delicious dinner, they were great hosts and also showered us with a gift basket of many practical items. Rose Kopyar loves to cook and bake and shares her gift with many shut-ins and lonely people. We again enjoyed the company of our Sisters from Zanesville on Sunday, October 3, for our St. Francis Day celebration. Besides enjoying a delicious meal together and playing Outburst, we also showed our support for life by standing and praying in front of the Court House, along with others from the parish and other denominations as well, on this Respect Life Sunday. On a not so happy note, for those who know the Chlovechok family, Dr. Jim died in his home due to a
Sisters on mission in Cambridge and Zanesville celebrated the feast of St. Francis together on October 3. Seated l to r: Sisters Bernadette Selinsky, Sue Ann Hall, Anna Maar, and Miriam Dosch. Standing l to r: Sisters Dora Lee Monian, Maureen Anne Shepard, Theresa Feldkamp, Cyrilla Jackels, Eloise Biedenbach, Carolee Vanness and Janet Rose.
fire caused by faulty wiring. Cooper is in our fifth grade, two of the girls are in high school and one daughter and a son are out of school. Probably the biggest event of this October was the filming by Mark Kolter and his crew. A young lady attending the University in Athens also accompanied them. She is studying photojournalism and is using her pictures for her class. Our bishop, Bishop Daniel Conlon, is taking seriously his role of being teacher by spending five days with us here at the parish. There were three “covered dish” dinners followed by a presentation by the bishop on “The Mission of the Church.” He entertained questions after his presentation. Sister Miriam also took him to nursing homes and to the homebound. We are looking forward to calmer, more ordinary days ahead. Peace to all! The Sisters at Cambridge
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Fall Break in Hawaii - Beautiful! Submitted by Sister Carol Seidl
Kekaha, HI ― Fall Break in Hawaii! No, we didn’t have any colored leaves to look at or rake up. We did take advantage of the week off to drive to the other side of the island. It is about a two hour drive to the North Shore from Kekaha. To get there you have to go on a very winding road. You know you are getting close to the end of the road when you start counting the one lane bridges – eight in all and you are only going between 1525mph. Ke’e Beach right outside of Ha’ena is the end of the road. The road truly ends-only hiking trails from there on along the NaPali Coastline. Along the ride to the North Shore we stopped to see many sights. We saw the taro fields which are used to make poi. We also saw the Kilauea Lighthouse built in 1913 and which is perched on a bluff and represents the northernmost point of the main Hawaiian Islands. On Saturday of the Fall Break Sister Hannah Johnecheck and Sister Carol Seidl hiked Sleeping Giant. From the road this mountain looks like a giant laying down. The Sisters hiked the neck, mouth and nose of the giant. It was a 3 mile hike and took about 2 hours and 45 minutes. From the top of the mountain they could see the entire Wailua Valley from Anahola to Lihu’e. The cool breeze and the view from the top was worth the climb through trees, roots, rocks and narrow paths. It was an endurance test but a chance to see much more of God’s beauty in this Garden State.
Blessing of the Creatures
Strains of “All Creatures of our God and King” rang out in the warm October 4 air as the Pet Blessing at St. Mary, Winneconne, WI began at 6:00 PM. All the barking, mewing and clucking stopped momentarily as Sister Pam Biehl began the traditional ritual of blessing pets. There were 30 dogs and cats, 2 rabbits and 1 chicken. Two staff members shared stories of how their pets were blessings and comforts to them and their families. Sister Pam and Sharon Baker, pastoral associate, blessed each animal with holy water and then gave an animal treat to the furry guest. There were prayers, intercessions and reflections thanking God for the presence of pets in our lives.
Sister Pam prays a blessing for a pet at Winneconne.
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Happenings in Greenwood, MS Fall Break Provides Opportunities This year St. Francis School in Greenwood enjoyed having a full week off for Fall Break. In order to help The Sisters missioned in Greenwood us not spend the gathered together in their hotel room in whole time working Memphis to pray Vespers before going we headed up to to dinner. Memphis, TN for two days, a two hour drive from home. Leaving after Mass in our chapel, we arrived in Memphis and enjoyed our packed lunches on a beautiful fall day before proceeding into the Civil Rights Museum. The museum is filled with exhibits from the Civil Rights era and is located at the site of the Lorraine Motel where Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered. The outside of the Motel has been kept in tact along with the room he stayed in while there. A wreath hangs on the door to his room. The bathroom across the street from which James Earl Ray supposedly shot Mr. King is preserved, also. These sites truly take you back in time. After several hours of touring, we found our hotel, enjoyed a wonderful meal and relaxed to a great movie on TV. The next day we took time to explore some of the shopping areas to find items that aren’t available in Greenwood. We arrived home refreshed from a break in routine and grateful for the opportunity to enjoy this time together.
in front of school. When you looked at it from a distance, you saw a beautiful green tree with huge trunks; but when you looked deeper inside the tree, and then at the inside of branches that were trimmed, it was very evident that the tree was dying. The sad day came (on a Saturday when no children were around) when branch by branch, the tree came down. We were going in and out all day watching the progress, snapping pictures, checking on this event. Even though it is very bare looking now, we appreciate that we don't have to worry about branches falling and damaging the school or falling on cars or children. We look forward to the day when a new tree will take its place and eventually fill that space with beauty once again.
Sister Annette Kurey took these photos of the tree in front of school before and after the it came down.
Tree Demolition & Pruning in Greenwood October saw a major face-lift for the trees on the grounds of St. Francis of Assisi in Greenwood. "The Project" started with three trees that were either dead or dying and needed to be taken down. Brother Andy who oversees the buildings and grounds brought in a tree service company to tackle the huge trees. In the process of inspecting these trees along with possibly doing some trimming on a "few" others, the project grew into a huge undertaking. In all, 47, yes, fortyseven trees were trimmed and 8 trees were cut down. The last tree to come down was the huge beautiful tree
“Actor Morgan Freeman, left, talks with St. Francis Youth Choir director Albert Harrison after a Democratic fundraiser at the Leflore County Civic Center Thursday night as choir members giddily await their chance to greet the movie star. At right is Sister Mary Ann Tupy, St. Francis’ principal.” Photo and caption are taken from the Greenwood Commonwealth Newspaper.
Prayer Conference (Continued from page 3) Saturday’s conference was also an opportunity to build on relationships i.e., pastors, families, former teachers in Plymouth, Catholic organizations, Silver Lake College alumni. One of the guest presenters, Father Marty Pable, OFM Cap, is a friend of the community over the years. We couldn’t help but feel at home when Franciscan spirituality ‘Deepening Our Relationship with God’ was the first talk of the day. Advertised as an event that envisioned John Paul II’s call to new evangelization, we found the collaborative planning of this event supported our current Holy Father Pope Benedict XVI’s impetus for renewal and was an expression of strength given to all the people of God. It was a blessing to be with other committed Catholics. Sister Natalie Binversie, Sister Elaine Turba, Novices and Postulants arrived mid-afternoon to hear Father James Kubicki, SJ, the national director of the Apostleship of Prayer, speak on ‘The Eucharist in Our Daily
Lives’. What better instruction for those discerning religous life especially when the Apostleship of Prayer finds a home in our own community prayer. Lastly, the decision to celebrate the closing Liturgy with Archbishop Jerome Listecki was another highlight of the day. For Postulant Leslie Gonia who is from the Diocese of LaCrosse, WI and was present for the Archbishop’s reception of the pallium in Rome in June 2010, it was an especially heart-warming reunion.