Sisters Sarah Bertler, Elizabeth Ann Miller and Elizabeth Benvie decided to attend a 9:00 Mass at Holy Family Catholic Church in Lindsay, Nebraska on April 17. The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity formerly ministered in this small town for many years. Sister Thelma Wiese’s brother and other relatives were among the people at Mass that day.
It was especially meaningful for the parishioners to see the Franciscan Sisters since they fondly remembered the Sisters who had served in their school and parish in the past. The pastor of Holy Family Parish, Father James F. Novotny warmly welcomed the Sisters and asked them to stand during his homily. It was also providential that the Sisters were present that day since it was World Day of Prayer for Vocations.
May God invite young people from Lindsay, Nebraska to consider vocations to Religious Life and the Priesthood!
Some of Sister Joy Rose’s family, Hank and Michelle Rose, their son Jake, as well as her brother Elmer arrived in West Point on Thursday, April 14. As soon as they got their things unpacked, they started surveying what needed to be done around the convent. Sister Joy provided a “honey do” list for them which included some of the following repairs: sand, repair and paint the deck; clean all the eaves and more.
At the end of each day everyone enjoyed a homemade meal prepared by the Sisters. Sister Joy and Sister Sarah prepared a turkey dinner their first evening. Sister Sarah provided a most delicious pasta and crab dinner on Friday. A feast of a steak dinner was prepared by the Rose family to celebrate Sister Joy’s birthday on April 16. To top off the meal everyone enjoyed a tasty apple crisp lovingly prepared by Evelyn Buse, a generous benefactor of the Sisters.
Sister Joy and her family departed for Wisconsin early on Sunday morning, April 17. They made tremendous improvements to the convent and gave their sister a gift of love!
The Sisters are most grateful to the Rose family for their time and arduous labor to repair and improve their convent home.
The Franciscan Sisters have a lovely chapel where they gather twice daily for the Liturgy of the Hours. The chapel is decorated according to the season of the Liturgical year. The Sisters may visit the chapel to pray before the Blessed Sacrament at any time for their personal prayer. Presently, the chapel is adorned for the fifty days of Easter.
During Lent the elementary and high school students at Guardian Angels Central Catholic School focused on the Corporal Works of Mercy. Each week a particular Work of Mercy was highlighted via focused prayers and activities. The older and younger students teamed to create Easter artwork for local nursing home residents. It was evident that they enjoyed this outreach project which focused on Visiting the Sick.
The Franciscan Sisters hosted an Auction Dinner on Sunday, March 6, 2016. Three couples had the highest bid for dinner with the Sisters. They included Harry and Doris Knobbe, Erv and Elaine Eisenmenger, as well as Larry and Jan Ulrich. The proceeds of their donations went to St. Mary’s Parish. Everyone enjoyed a delicious meal, laughter and great storytelling. May God bless these generous benefactors!