About 75 Sisters and Associates gathered at St. Francis Convent in Green Bay, Wisconsin, to celebrate 150 years of serving the Catholic Church and the needs of people in Northeast Wisconsin. The celebration began with Mass with Bishop Robert Morneau, followed by dinner, musical entertainment and the distribution of the updated history book. Several newsouts, including WBAY-TV, were on hand.
Our first day of Chapter of Affairs 2017 concluded with an organ recital by Val Bartlein, owner of Classic Church Organs. Mr. Bartlein demonstrated some of the features of our new organ. Here, he accompanies us in "Crown Him with Many Crowns."
Sisters and friends gathered on June 5, 2014, to witness our implementation of solar energy. Sister Rose turned on the inverter which receives direct current (DC) electricity and transforms it to alternating current (AC) electricity for our Motherhouse. By implementing solar energy, we will reduce our dependence on electricity by 30 percent or more.
Live from our solar farm, Sister Rose Jochmann shares why we chose solar energy. She was interviewed by Emily Deem from WLUK-TV (Fox 11) on April 24, 2014. (3 min.)
416 solar panels and a half mile of racking adds up to 9.5 tons for our solar array. This is the second of four segments with Emily Deem from WLUK-TV (Fox 11) on April 24, 2014. (3 min.)
Watch crews install some of the 416 solar panels! Also, Sister Rose Jochmann announces the educational walking path that will be part of the solar farm. (3.5 min.)
The panels don't produce energy until a few more steps are completed. (3 min.)
Reporter Bill Miston of WLUK Fox 11 News did excellent work capturing the purpose and spirit of our Mosaic Pilgrimage.
Nearly 300 people turned out for our "Mosaic Pilgrimage" open house on March 16 at St. Francis Convent ( map). In the next 4 minutes you can take the pilgrimage, too.
On Feb. 4, our Sisters helped assemble more than 2,000 kits which Green Bay hospitals will distribute to emergency room patients who lack access to dental care.
Every four years, our Sisters gather to discern the direction of the Community (read story). It is a time rich in pray and conversation as we draw closer to Jesus Christ. We close Chapter with a Missioning Service which includes the renewal of our vows.
Our Community of Sisters owes its establishment to Father Edward Daems, a Crozier priest who came to Northeastern Wisconsin in the mid-1800s to help other priests ministering to the area's immigrant population. Sister Mary Kabat explains that despite the hardships of poverty and illness, Father Daems' faith persevered. He cared for people's spiritual and physical needs, and, before he died, he gave us the gift of our Franciscan charism.
"Be still and know I am God" is an invitation to quiet time with our Creator. Sister Lynne Marie Simonich offers a quick overview of retreats and how they vary by topic, length and location.
Even as a little girl, Sister Mary Grace Peters wanted to be a Sister. She warmly recalls her attraction to the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross and how her life as a Sister has been fulfilling. Even though Sister Mary Grace passed away on July 21, 2012, her story of being called by God is timeless.
Two minutes of quiet prayer time is all you need to reflect on the judgment, punishment and crucifixion of our Lord. The Stations are from the Motherhouse Chapel of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Joy for the birth of our Lord is evident at St. Francis Convent in Green Bay. Nativity scenes, Christmas trees and poinsettias are signs of new life in our newborn King!
The Feast of the Holy Innocents is Dec. 28. We remember the boys of Bethlehem who were martyred by King Herod's attempt to destroy our newborn King. Take time to listen to "The Coventry Carol," which is a depiction of one mother's haunting lament for her doomed child.
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Green Bay, Wisconsin 54311-7212