Come and See Weekend set in Clinton


“Come and see.” 

The well-known phrase from the New Testament is also an invitation to a special weekend being held at The Canticle, home of the Sisters of St. Francis, in Clinton, Iowa.

The Sisters are inviting women of the area to join them at The Canticle on the weekend of Oct. 3-4 for a weekend of learning about religious life today and about the life of St. Francis and St. Clare — patrons of the Clinton Franciscans.

“The weekend is an opportunity to learn about and reflect on religious life — what it is today and what it might be in one’s life, and to learn about Franciscan spirituality and the history and mission of the Clinton Franciscan family — associates, Sojourners and vowed members,” explained Clinton Franciscan Sister Anne Martin Phelan.


“The weekend — which opens at 11:30 am Saturday, Oct. 3, and closes at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 4, is an opportunity to get to know us and to see the ‘way of life and ministry’ of the Clinton Franciscans,” she said.

The plans for the weekend include presentations on Franciscanism in today’s world by Sister William McCue, theology and philosophy instructor at Ashford University, and Sister Paschal Hocum, former staff member at the Franciscan School of Theology, Berkeley, Calif.

A panel of area-based Sisters including Sister Kathleen Holland and Sister Marilyn Shea both of Ashford and both members of the Franciscan Federation, Region 4 Steering Committee, will lead a discussion of “What is religious life today?” and What might it be for me?”  They will be joined by Sister Rosalie Noder, founding director of AIDS Ministry of Illinois.

Novice Sarah Martz, Chicago, originally from Iowa City, will share her vocation story on Saturday evening. 

For details call Sister Anne Martin Phelan at (563) 242-7611 or visit  There is no cost to participate, but pre-registration is a must.

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