Franciscan Footprints

Sisters' Picnic

All our Sisters got together on the Feast of the Exultation of the Holy Cross, September 14, 2013 to have a community picnic.

It is always a special time when we can all get togther.  It is a special day for Franciscans too because of our devotion to the Cross and Christ Crucified, and because it was on or around that feast day that St. Francis received the stimata.

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Catholic Events

It has been a full summer.  So much so that I am only writing about it at the end of October.  (shame on me.)

We have gone to several events this past summer.  We wrote earlier about the Totus Tuus Camp in Rapid City, SD. 

The Midwest Catholic Family Conference was another first for us.  We were really impressed.  They had separate trackes for all the kids, so the parents could attend the talks.  Sister Faustina and I, and several volunteers, had one of the groups of 3-4 year olds.  They were so cute.  They had a great curriculum worked out for all the kids.  They had a young adults track in the evenings.  It must have been a tremendous amount of work to get it all together and set up and it is all run by volunteers. 

The Heart United Rosary Rally was another good event.  The Rosary Evangelization Apostolate, that ran the rally, has a number of different groups and events.  There seems to be a lot of good things going on there up in Milwaukee.  Another we heard about was Arise Ministries which is a group of young adults that do parish missions.

There were a couple good Catholic events that I think you may want to look into for the future.

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Sister Maria Goretti

Our dear Sister Maria Goretti Althaus passed onto her enternal reward at 7:50 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013, at our Motherhouse.  She was 83 years old and was in her 63rd year of religious life. 

Sister was born on April 10, 1930, in Buer-Hassel, Germany, to Bernard and Maria (Wersthaus) Althaus.  Surviving are one sister, Margaret Hartwig, and one brother, Alfons Althaus, both living in Germany.  She entered the convent on Nov. 30, 1950, at Bad Pyrmont, Germany.  (We used to have a novitiate in Germany until immigration became too much of a problem.) 

During her 62 years in religious life, she worked as a nurse's aide at St. Francis Hospital in Escanaba, Michigan. Sister served as a devoted nurse's aide at the Motherhouse Infirmary for 52 years, caring for our elderly and infirmed Sisters.

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Pope Francis Speaks to Novices and Seminarians

This past July 4th-7th, seminarians and novices have a pilgrimage to the Vatican City and of course to have mass with the Pope. I wished I was there physically, but for now he reach me through the technology available these days. His message is for all of us, the ones who are still in formation and discernment, but I would like to share some of what he said anyways.

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Totus Tuus Retreat Rapid City, SD

It was invigorating to see young girls so“on fire” about their faith. Girls from ages 12 to 18 had been to this camp, Totus Tuus, several times. Sr. Rose Therese and I were first timers along with some of the youngest girl attendees. It was conducted at Terra Sancta, a retreat center in the Black Hills of South Dakota near Rapid City.

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