Franciscan Sisters greet visitors on national Open House Day

MERIDEN, CT - The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist across the country participated in a national Open House event with hundreds of other religious women and men on February 8, 2015. The purpose of the Open House was to invite the public to visit religious communities to learn more about religious life. This event, organized by the USCCB, together with the three national conferences of religious men and women, CMSWR, LCWR and CMSM, was the first of three joint public events in the U.S. during 2015, proclaimed by Pope Francis as the “Year of Consecrated Life.” FSE centers in Connecticut, Virginia, Texas, Michigan, Minnesota, Idaho and Oregon welcomed visitors, gave them tours of the convent, shared videos, photos and brochures about the Community, served refreshments, and most of all, engaged in conversation and answered questions about life as consecrated women. The Franciscan Brothers of the Eucharist also greeted a number of guests at their Mary of the Angels Fraternal Sanctuary in Meriden.

Sister Judith Gebelein, superior, welcomes guests to the center in Falls Church, Virginia.
Sister Clare Hunter makes sure everyone has enough to eat.
Sister Renee Marek visits with guests in the Sisters' dining room.
Sister Judith Gebelein enjoys meeting friends of the Falls Church center.
Guests of the Sisters enjoy listening to an explanation of the life of the Community in Falls Church.
Sister Mary Anne Linder (left) and Sister Mary Richards welcome a family in the foyer of the Chapel of St. John in Meriden, Connecticut.
Sister Patricia Glass answers questions of the children about the Chapel of St. John while their mother and Mother Rosemae Pender, Mother Foundress, look on.
Visitors enjoyed watching a video about the life of the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist across the world.
Sister Patricia Glass engages in conversation with a visitor while Sister Mary Richards escorts a couple to the next stop on the tour.
Of interest to local visitors was the display in Meriden of the Sisters who are natives of Connecticut.
Dominique listens to the questions of the young guest.