Month: October 2015

Sights from West Point, Nebraska

God reveals such beauty wherever one looks!   The glorious season of fall has come with the breath-taking colors of leaves just waiting for a breeze to send them on their journey.  The golden hue of cornfields and soybeans can be seen in every direction.  The sound of the leaves rustling is a reminder that cooler weather is approaching.  Enjoy the wonder and awe of some of the sights that we are blessed with in West Point, Nebraska.



Franciscan Sisters share Vocation stories with “The Little Flowers”


Two Franciscan Sisters spoke to the “Little Flowers” in West Point, Nebraska about how God called them to become Religious Sisters.  The girls were curious and interested in the stories that Sister Elizabeth Ann and Sister Elizabeth told them regarding how God invited them to become Franciscan Sisters.  Following the vocation talk, each girl received a homemade bookmark featuring St. Francis and St. Clare, as well as prayer cards. The Sisters concluded the evening by singing the Blessing of St. Francis over the girls and their mothers.

Franciscan Sisters’ New Beginnings in West Point, NE

The people of St. Mary’s parish in West Point, Nebraska are being very welcoming of Sister Joy Rose returning and three new Sisters, Sr. Sarah Bertler, Sr. Elizabeth Ann Miller and Sr. Elizabeth Benvie arriving.

Franciscan Sisters have a new home, St. Francis Convent, located at 532 East Walnut Street, moving out of the former St. Mary Convent on Monitor Street. All facilities – church, school, hospital, retirement community and downtown – are in close proximity to the new convent.Franciscan Sisters called to serve at West Point, NE

The people of this farming community, especially the parishioners, are very generous with their produce. We continue to receive a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables including: sweet corn, cucumbers, squash, tomatoes, potatoes, and onions. An abundance of sweet corn and cucumbers are in the freezer for future use. With a recent gift of tomatoes there will be fresh salsa all winter! God is so good!

New St. Francis Convent Sisters recently celebrated our Community Days (time of making memories together in prayer, discussion, planning and enjoying each other) by visiting the Lauritzen Gardens in Omaha, Nebraska. The Sweet Corn Festival was being held at the gardens that day. There were food tasting booths, activities and many sights to see. The trip included a tram ride through the Gardens, walking around the area and driving across the Missouri river to enjoy a delicious meal at Ruby Tuesday’s.

It is the beginning of mission year 2015-2016 for us West Point Sisters who are looking forward to serving God’s people here. May God bless us and our Franciscan service.