Sisters praying for parishes during Year of Consecrated Life

By Benjamin Wideman | For The Compass | February 12, 2015

MANITOWOC — The Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity came up with a heartfelt and meaningful way to participate in the Year of Consecrated Life.

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Camilla Wolfgram is participating in her community’s Year of Consecrated Life prayer initiative. The 222 community members are praying for all parishes in the diocese. Sr. Camilla has volunteered to pray for parishes as which she served. (Benjamin Wideman | For The Compass)
Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Camilla Wolfgram is participating in her community’s Year of Consecrated Life prayer initiative. The 222 community members are praying for all parishes in the diocese. Sr. Camilla has volunteered to pray for parishes as which she served. (Benjamin Wideman | For The Compass)

As part of Pope Francis’ declaration for the worldwide celebration — which began Nov. 30, 2014, the first Sunday of Advent, and concludes Feb. 2, 2016, the World Day of Consecrated Life — 222 members of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity volunteered to pray for 98 parishes and 76 additional parish sites within the Diocese of Green Bay.

Sr. Adrianna Schouten, who oversees the FSCC effort, said the idea originated during a meeting of the sisters’ general administration, of which she’s a member. Each parish has at least one FSCC sister praying for it, and some are blessed with as many as 12. Sisters are invited to pray for their parishes as often as they desire, and in whatever way they choose.

Sr. Camilla Wolfgram volunteered to pray for numerous parishes at which she served as a teacher or principal, including St. Bernadette in Appleton, Corpus Christi in Sturgeon Bay, Holy Rosary in Kewaunee, St. John the Baptist in Seymour, St. Agnes in Green Bay and Holy Cross in Kaukauna. In addition, she prays for St. John the Evangelist Parish in Gillett, where her sister, Jean, and brother-in-law, Owen, are active members.

“Prayer is the coin paid to gratitude,” said Sr. Camilla, echoing a familiar quote. “Yes, gratitude given to these parishes I called ‘home’ for one or more years. God is good.”

She said that her prayer for these parishes is all-encompassing.

“These parishes are tucked in my daily prayers, particularly when I (attend) daily Eucharist. Tucking each parish in a decade of the rosary also works well,” she said.

Sr. Adrianna said the Year of Consecrated Life offers not only an opportunity for the sisters to pray for area parishes, but also for those parishes to pray for the sisters.

“The sisters and the parishes have been very appreciative,” said Sr. Adrianna, who’s praying for St. Benedict Parish in Suamico, St. Pius in Little Suamico, St. Maximillian Kolbe Parish in Sobieski and St. Willebrord Parish in Green Bay (in honor of her upbringing at St. Willebrord in Chicago).

“Some sisters have received a card from their parishes thanking them for their prayers. Some parishes printed a copy of the posters we sent them in their bulletins. Some of the parishes sent us, as a general community, a thank you,” she said.

Sr. Camilla added that praying for parishes is a worthwhile project because it communicates to all of the parishes that they are being God’s agent at the grassroots level.

“There is great value in the sisters taking part in this project,” Sr. Camilla said. “It gives us a valuable reminder of God’s call in our lives as religious, namely to be ‘pray-ers’ and ‘work-ers’ in God’s Kingdom.

“To some degree, and I state this respectfully, women’s religious communities are becoming somewhat of a ‘vanishing breed’ due to a decrease in women responding to God’s call to the consecrated life,” added Sr. Camilla. “Perhaps this prayer project will be a wake-up call for parishes and our need to have them be ambassadors for the consecrated life.”

Parishes that do not have posters showing the names and faces of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity who are praying for them may receive copies by contacting Sr. Adrianna at [email protected].

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