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A Silver Jubilee

On the Feast of the Stigmata of  St. Francis we celebrated the 25th Jubilee of Sr. M. Mikela.  We give thanks for her vocation!  You can check out more pictures on the website.  Please continue to keep her in your prayers!

Welcome Lauren!

Lauren entered our community on September 8th!  We welcome her with great joy! Hi! My name is Lauren. I am 20 years old and from Northern Kentucky (15 minutes from Cincinnati , OH ). I have a younger brother who is a senior in high school. I enjoy running, taking walks, and reading. Before entering, I attended Marian University in Indianapolis , Indiana for two years. It was during my two years in college that I really began to discern religious life. I first met the Sisters on the October 2010 Veni Si Amas (Come, If You Love) Retreat. The weekend with the Lord, as well as the joy-filled Sisters, left me wanting more. I visited a month later, and by then the convent already felt like home, and the Sisters felt like family. The Lord used my time spent in front of the Blessed Sacrament (both in adoration and Mass) to draw me closer to His Most Sacred Heart. In Revelation 3:20 the Lord says, “Behold I stand at the door [ of your heart ] and knock.” The Lord ever so lovingly has been k

A New Name

Greetings from the newest members of the Novitiate! On August 15, 2011 three young women were received into our community as Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George and I am blessed to have been one of them! While our community received us, we in turn received our religious names, habit and veil. I often go back to the moment on the 15th when Bishop Paprocki handed me my habit and announced that I would “henceforth be known as Sister Teresa Maria.” Walking in for the first time in my habit to our Sisters singing “Here I am Lord” is a memory that will forever bring a smile to my face and to my heart. As I mentioned earlier, my name is Sister Teresa Maria, I am 22 years old and I am a proud Wisconsinite! I grew up in a small town in Southwest Wisconsin called Cashton with my two younger sisters Kateri and Clare and our parents. I tease my family that I entered the convent so I could have a saint’s name like my sisters! I took my name after Mother Teresa and our Blessed Mother.

From Seeds to Harvest

Unless a grain of wheat falls unto the ground and dies, it remains just a grain of wheat; but if it dies, it bears much fruit. John 12:24    If you have ever planted something from a seed you have experienced a miracle of transformation. Seeds are a funny thing; many are no bigger than flicks of dirt and if carelessly dropped, they may never be retrieved. That is, until many weeks later, this random plant begins to sprout from the earth. Seeds are also very passive. If one studies them it would soon be concluded that they are indeed dead. They are hard and lifeless. And yet, we know from experience, when placed in the proper conditions, these very seeds will become thriving, proliferous plants. Our Lord teaches us a lot about our relationship with him through analogies with seeds and plants. Our faith is based on something we do “not see, and yet believe.” Faith is a gift we must constantly nurture so that we may reap “a hundred fold.” There are three essential elements that nurture