Sisters ask for partners in prayer, fasting
First Friday of Lent contemplation focuses on right relationships
Persons of all faith traditions are being invited to join the
women religious who serve in the Green Bay Diocese for a period
of contemplative prayer from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, March 2, at St.
Francis Xavier Cathedral, Green Bay.
The event is part of a national Day of Contemplation and Fasting
focusing on the Jubilee theme of right relationships.
All day on March 2 - the first Friday of Lent - sisters serving
the diocese will pray and fast in their communities as part of a
year-long observance by women religious throughout the United
Religious communities participating in the March 2 observance are
-- A New Genesis,
-- the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity,
-- the North American Union Sisters of Our Lady of Charity,
-- the Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross,
-- and the Sisters Advisory Council of the Diocese of Green Bay.
"Through their shared prayer and fasting, the sisters seek to be
open to God's transforming power to heal broken relationships
within their own hearts, in the church, and in the world. They
pray together for an end to oppression and poverty, to war and
all forms of violence, and that the earth will be held sacred,"
said Sr. Sally Ann Brickner of the Sisters of St. Francis of the
In addition to this national day of prayer and contemplation,
each community has agreed to pray and fast on a specific day.
The Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross, Bay Settlement,
will observe the special day of contemplation and fasting on Aug.
18. A New Genesis will observe it on Aug. 23. The North American
Union Sisters of Our Lady of Charity, Green Bay, will observe it
on Aug. 25.
For more information, phone Sr. Mary Jo Kirt, Diocesan
Representative for Religious, at (920)437-7531 or toll-free,
1-877-500-3580, ext. 8294.