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"The Star, The Men, The Woman, The Heart" (Epiphany Evening of Reflection)
The Epiphany story of 2,000 years ago is ours today. We seek Jesus, to be in His presence, just as the three kings did. Our presentation, “The Star, The Men, The Woman, The Heart,” is told in four parts, imagining the Epiphany from each perspective. Participants will enjoy storytelling, art and prayer involving the star, a wise man, Mary and the Heart -- Jesus. (Jan. 5, 2023)
"Silence & Sunset: Embers from the Fire"
The words "Praised be You, my Lord" appear eight times in The Canticle of the Creatures. Why has this an 800-year-old poem composed by St. Francis of Assisi endured for so many centuries and what does it have to say to us today? Listen to Deacon Dan Wagnitz's poetic presentation. (Aug. 19, 2021)
Three Nights, Three Pillars of Lent (Prayer)
Throughout the season of Lent, we are asked to deepen our prayer life. Sister Elise Cholewinski shares the meaning of prayer, give different methods to use in prayer, and leads in an experience of prayer. She provides resources we can use to deepen our relationship with God. (Feb. 24, 2021)
Three Nights, Three Pillars of Lent (Fasting)
Fasting is a spiritual practice that has been part of the Church’s tradition since its earliest days. Sister Ann Rehrauer will briefly review the practice of fasting in the Hebrew Scripture, the New Testament, and other religious traditions, the benefits of fasting, and different ways of fasting in today’s culture that might be helpful as we try to jump start our spiritual batteries this Lent. (March 10, 2021)
Three Nights, Three Pillars of Lent (Almsgiving)
Traditionally focused on monetary giving to assist the needy, the scope of almsgiving may be broadened to include sharing one’s time, talents and treasure. Sister Sally Ann Brickner will share Shel Silverstein’s parable "The Giving Tree" which will provide a backdrop for contemplating the relationship between the boy and the tree that analogously pertains to Jesus’ self-emptying example in his dying and rising. (March 24, 2021)
One Mission Many Missionaries
This 54-minute video, titled "One Mission Many Missionaries", shows how the mission given to our founder Rev. Edward Francis Daems, OSC; to our Community of women religious; and to Adele Brise are one -- the Great Commission of Jesus. (March 2020)
Founders' Day Celebration
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 news outlets, including WBAY-TV, were on hand.
Crown Him With Many Crowns
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."
Flipping the switch
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.
Solar - WLUK Segment 1
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.)
Solar - WLUK Segment 2
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.)
Solar - WLUK Segment 3
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.)
Solar - WLUK Segment 4
The panels don't produce energy until a few more steps are completed. (3 min.)
News coverage of Mosaic Pilgrimage
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.
Helping with hygiene
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.
Community as Gift
2013 Remembrance Service
Renewal of Vows at 2013 Chapter of Affairs Missioning Service
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 Founder: Father Daems
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.
Retreats: What Are They?
"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.
Answering the Call: A Lifelong Yearning to be a Sister
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.
Stations of the Cross
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
Christmas at the Convent
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.