• Sisters Geraldine Krautkramer and Jane Riha

  • For Earth Day, we announced our major solar initiative

  • Our 416 panels supply about 30% of our electricity

  • Sister Ruth Ann says she wouldn't teach anywhere but a Catholic school

  • A basket of blessings from us to our World Youth Day pilgrims!

  • Blessings of 3 pear trees, gifted to us by the family of Wayne Walters.

  • Sister Cecelia Blonde's mission: To share God's love

  • St. Francis and some Sisters attend Lifest in Oshkosh.

  • 'Lord, your mercy reaches to heaven; your fidelity, to the clouds.' Psalm 36:6

  • Sister Nancy Langlois tutors women from Somalia.

  • Torches for the 800th anniversary of St.Clare joining St. Francis in mission.

  • Sisters Clairann and Urban enjoy each other's company.

  • Notre Dame students give service time at our motherhouse.

Religious life to ‘Wake Up the World’ in 2015

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by Renae Bauer

As the worldwide Church gets ready for the 14-month celebration of Consecrated Life (Nov. 30, 2014, to Feb. 2, 2016) it's worth noting the connection to the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council. From 1962 to 1965, Church leaders issued constitutions, declarations and statements that in the subsequent years "awoke" us to how the Church intersects with the modern world.  Reforms were made to -- among many things -- how we celebrate Mass, how the laity can participate in the life of the church, and how members of religious congregations were to re-examine their roots and more deeply embrace their particular charism (unique gift from the Holy Spirit).

Certainly, much has changed in 50 years in religious life, both interiorly and exteriorly. Yet, the essentials remain the same.  Sister Francis Bangert, Sister Elise Cholewinski, Sister Joanne Goessl, and Sister Laura Zelten (members of a  vocation advisory group) attended a weeklong workshop last summer titled, "Catholic Religious Life in a New Millennium." Their time together certainly was prayerful and joyful, but so much more. All four came away with a renewed sense of their vows, their purpose, and their love of Jesus. They are energized for the Year of Consecrated Life. Story continues ...

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