Follower of Saint Francis: Franciscan Joy in the Desert
The desert can be a dangerous and desolate place, but seven Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity are changing that. They’re bringing the love and joy of God to the Arizona desert through their work at the Gila River Indian Community at St. Peter Indian Mission School.The Franciscan friars of the Saint Barbara Province founded St. Peter’s in 1923 in Bapchule, a town about 30 miles southeast of Phoenix. Since 1935, the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity (FSCC), whose motherhouse is Holy Family Convent in Manitowoc, Wisconsin, have been teaching the children at the mission.
Speaking about God and bringing the message of God’s love and salvation in Jesus Christ to men is the duty of all the baptized. And this duty involves, not only speaking with words, but in all one’s actions and way of doing things. Our whole being should speak of God, even in the ordinary things. In this way witness is authentic, and thus shall it always be new and fresh in the power of the Holy Spirit.