Author: Franciscan Sisters at St. Francis Convent West Point NE
August ushered in the Cuming County Fair where Sister Elizabeth Ann entered a Custard Raisin Pie. She won a blue ribbon for her special family recipe. Pictured below is Sister Elizabeth Ann Miller with her pie and blue ribbon.
The fair concluded with a parade through the park and down Main Street in West Point. Sister Elizabeth Ann Miller joined the Guardian Angels Central Catholic Faculty and Students in handing out goodies to children gathered along the route.
At left are Sister Joy Rose and Sister Barbara Mathe who joined the Franciscan Care Services float, handing out sunglasses.
As part of our annual Community Days we travelled to the original Boys Town for Mass at Immaculate Conception Church. After Mass we met Father Frank Lordemann, previous Associate Pastor at West Point, who treated us to a delicious lunch and then gave us a guided tour of Boys Town.
During the tour, Fr. Frank took us to the Museum where the original poster of “He ain’t heavy, he’s my brother” is preserved. We were amazed at the size of Boys Town and learned that there are currently 12 Boys Town sites throughout the United States serving thousands of families and children. Pictured are Sister Barbara Mathe, Fr. Frank Lordemann, Sister Joy Rose, and Sister Elizabeth Ann Miller at the Boys Town Museum.
Sister Elizabeth Ann teaches 7th and 8th graders at Central Catholic and serves as faculty advisor for the One Act Play at the high school. Sister Joy continues as Director of Mission at St. Francis Hospital. Sister Barbara volunteers at Guardian Angels School, St. Joseph Retirement Community and St. Francis Hospital. The Sisters are happy to be back at West Point for another year.
Thanks to the generosity of 2 great Moms, Camp Franciscan at Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Motherhouse was blessed with young women from St. Mary Parish, West Point, NE. Campers joined 36 high school and college age campers from AZ, OH, MI and WI for days immersed with the Sisters in Manitowoc, WI in prayer and a variety of activities.
Camp theme was ‘Run so as to win!” Chaperones and campers joined in the afternoon relay on one of the days of camp. Four countries were highlighted during the week: Italy, France, Africa and Mexico.
One Wednesday afternoon a mini concert was performed by the campers. Since that day was featuring the country of Africa, some South African hymns were a favorite. The music was also sung again for the Eucharistic Procession in the Evening. Following the procession in the halls of the Motherhouse, all campers and Sisters were invited to pray during all night Eucharistic Adoration. This picture was taken before the closing Mass in St. Francis Chapel.
The Franciscan Sisters attended a gathering for all Consecrated men and women of the Diocese of Omaha on Saturday, February 4, 2017. This gathering was held at Saint Gerald parish hall with Archbishop George Lucas as the guest speaker. Archbishop George gave an overview of the vision for the Diocese of Omaha. He used a power point to highlight the key points of his presentation. Archbishop George was both informative as well as inspirational.
Following the presentation, everyone was invited to the 5 p.m. Mass at Saint Gerald’s Church which was presided by Archbishop George. Everyone was invited to share the Lord’s light through the witness of their lives.
The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity in West Point, Nebraska hosted a delicious dinner for three couples on Sunday, January 22, 2017. The dinner was an auction item which was purchased by Erv and Elaine Eisenmenger to benefit St. Mary’s parish last November. Those who attended the dinner were Erv and Elaine Eisenmenger, Harry and Doris Knobbe, Mary Kay Guenther, and Paul Timmerman.
The meal was lovingly prepared by each of the Sisters. Before the meal everyone was seated before praying a sung meal blessing. The Sisters served their guests barbecue pork ribs, twice-baked potatoes, creamed peas and carrots, spinach salad and the meal was topped off with their choice of homemade cherry or apple pie.
Sister Elizabeth Ann and Sister Joy dined with the gentlemen, while Sister Barbara and Sister Elizabeth enjoyed the meal with the ladies. At the end of their meal, Erv Eisenmenger said, “If this were a 10 star restaurant, I would give you 12 stars!” It was evident that everyone enjoyed their meal and the company.
Sister Mary Teresa Bettag, a novice for the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity visited the Franciscan Sisters in West Point from January 1-12. She is a graduate of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in Manitowoc, Wisconsin. She was born in Colorado, however she has lived in Sheboygan, Wisconsin for many years.
After graduating from Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in 2015 and following some time of discernment, she entered the postulancy of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity. Now she is a novice which translates to a Sister in training.
Sister Mary Teresa enjoyed shadowing the Franciscan Sisters at their various ministries during her stay in West Point. She had the opportunity to speak to the majority of students at Guardian Angels Central Catholic School about her call to religious life. As she spoke to the students, she reminded them of the importance of listening to what God’s dream is for them, as well as their own dreams.
Sister Mary Teresa is one who enjoys adventure. She joyfully played hockey with the eighth grade students, she went for walks around West Point and she was generally helpful to the Sisters with their ministries, as well as at the convent.
Sister Barbara Mathe’s brother Butch from Oshkosh, Wisconsin visited the Sisters from late December, until he flew to Phoenix, Arizona on January 14. During his stay, he was generally helpful around their convent home. While in Arizona, he will visit his other Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity, Sister Carol at Bapsule, Arizona. On Sunday, January 8th Butch and Sister Barbara prepared a steak dinner for the Sisters. The steaks were a special gift to the Sisters from Butch. The Sisters appreciate the blessing of their family members.
The Franciscan Sisters celebrated Christmas first and foremost by praying their Liturgy of the Hours and attending Mass. The Franciscan Sisters pray the Liturgy of the Hours, which is also known as the Prayer of the Church. They pray selected psalms, New Testament or Old Testament canticles and sing hymns each morning and evening as a community.
Sister Elizabeth and the Guardian Angels Central Catholic Youth Choir provided the music for the 5:30 p.m. Christmas Eve Mass. Sister Joy, Sister Barbara and Sister Elizabeth Ann attended the midnight Christmas Mass at St. Mary’s.
On Christmas day, Sister Renee Mirkes who resides in Omaha, Nebraska joined the Sisters for dinner and their gift exchange. Each Sister prepared a part of their Christmas dinner. Following their gift exchange the Sisters watched a Hallmark movie entitled, “Mrs. Miracle.” In all of their celebrating the Franciscan Sisters recalled the greatest gift of all, Jesus the Word made flesh!