Friday, June 19, 2009

CMH, Franciscan Sisters, and Vocations

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The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity faithfulled served the CMH school community for over fifty years. We are indebted to loving and sacrificial service.
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From today's Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter --

Listening for God's call at Franciscan camp
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Camp offers chance to learn about Franciscan Sisters

MANITOWOC[CMH Senior] Kathryn Harvey, 17, has enjoyed serving on the God Squad at the Wisconsin Catholic Youth Rally the past couple of years.

"We're the Energizer bunnies who help lead worship," Harvey said Wednesday with a big smile on her face. She was one of 54 young women at this week's Camp Franciscan hosted at the motherhouse of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.

"The goal is to help them build relationships with other campers, get to know us and help them in their own spiritual growth," said Sister Mary Ann Spanjers, vocation director for the local religious community of Catholic women founded in 1869.

Yes, the hope is the campers might consider choosing to lead a "professed" life and eventually take vows of obedience, chastity and poverty. But the campers — who came from around Wisconsin and eight other states — weren't asked about their possible religious life intentions to be part of the three-day experience.

At this point, the Waukesha Catholic Memorial High School senior plans to explore becoming a Salvatorian sister, which would be cause for celebration, said Sister Spanjers who set up a roundtable discussion with the teenager and three other campers...

To read the read the rest of this article, click through to the Herald Times Reporter website.

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