'Mosaic pilgrimage' combines art and prayer

Afternoon event to center on one of our greatest saints

Take a Franciscan pilgrimage without leaving northeast Wisconsin or spending a cent.

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross invite the public to a "Mosaic Pilgrimage" open house from 1 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday, March 16, 2014 (snow date March 23) at St. Francis Convent, 3110 Nicolet Drive, Green Bay. The event is in conjunction with the first-ever National Catholic Sisters Week (March 8 to 14, during Women's History Month).

The pilgrimage open house will feature 12 distinctive "prayer" mosaics. Seven mosaics are visual interpretations of St. Francis of Assisi's famous "The Canticle of the Creatures," four are of Franciscan values (conversion, contemplation, poverty and minority) and one adorns the tabernacle. Guests are invited to visit each mosaic where a Sister will share the corresponding passage from the Canticle.

The Sisters' commissioned the mosaics for their new Motherhouse, built in 2006. The pieces were created by artist Kathryn Schnabel who describes the mosaics as "poignant and intimate" pieces about spiritual marriage. See a four-minute video (above) about the mosaics. iPad and iPhone users: Please visit http://vimeo.com/87831998.

Catholic Sisters Week is part of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation's new global initiative called the Catholic Sisters Strategy. The foundation is seeking to strengthen congregations by addressing membership, leadership and stewardship needs. In 2013, five grants were awarded for the Catholic Sisters Strategy. One recipient was St. Catherine University in the Twin Cities which has been tasked with designing, developing and launching Catholic Sisters Week.

For more information about the mosaic pilgrimage, contact Sister Laura Zelten 920-288-0237.

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross was established in 1881 to educate immigrant children and adults in northeast Wisconsin. The Sisters are rooted in the Cross, Sacred Word and Eucharist, and they value simplicity, hospitality, and prayer.