Social Distancing Among God’s Creatures and Creations

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Kathleen Murphy shares on life and social distancing in Greenwood, Mississippi.

One mockingbird and one turtle are out on this beautiful Spring Palm Sunday and they are practicing their social distancing techniques.

These may look like gnomes, or carvings, but they are actually “knees” of the Cyprus tree that you see to the right. They, too, have gotten the message about social distancing!

Another beautiful moment on this holy day was provided by our eldest parish family member, Papa Sam Leach, 89. Though the church is locked by diocesan decree and there are no services, Papa Sam drove up at the normal Mass time of 11:00, parked and swung his crippled legs out of the car. There he sat in prayer before his beloved church until Mass would have been over around 12:00 and he drove home. What an example of faith!



Franciscan Sister’s Correspondence During Covid-19 Crisis

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Kathleen Murphy shares on the current situation at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Greenwood, Mississippi.

This morning’s news reported that Greenwood will be the first host of a drive-thru testing station in the state. This seems to be due to the fact that our Leflore County has 18 confirmed cases and now 2 deaths in the county. Our hospital has set up a Covid-19 unit separate from the normal ICU. They have 4 patients there, 3 of which are on ventilators presently.

For us, Sisters, life continues with our new normal. We are generally the only ones in the school building. Mrs. Lewis comes and goes and it seems that maybe our cafeteria manager and assistant may be coming in to cook food from the freezer for the general community.
Days now begin with a live streamed Mass celebrated in the friary, followed by reception of Holy Communion. We are then off to school where we are planning and gathering materials for our daily Zoom meeting class sessions. Each of us is doing 2 sessions per day.

We received return work from our students on Friday and unpacked them yesterday, having given them time to sit in a confined tub so as to let germs die. Now we have LOTS of work to correct and grade.

Unfortunately we have not noticed any slowing of traffic passing on the highway right outside of our house. We also have a grocery store right across that highway and customer traffic seems to be about the same as ever.

To our knowledge, only one church continued with services. We pray that they will be safe!

Our friars are live streaming daily and Sunday Masses, Stations of the Cross, Bible class and weekly reflections. Most of these are done in both English and Spanish.

As the class bells echo down our empty halls and the grass grows higher on our playground, as the church bells continue to ring over empty pews, we feel the absence of our school and parish communities.

We keep you all in our prayers that God’s protective hand will shelter us according to His will!

Franciscan Sisters Focus on Deep Cleaning

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity serving schools throughout the United States are into deep cleaning. Sister Kathleen Murphy sends a St. Patrick’s day message from St. Francis of Assisi School, Greenwood, Mississippi.

Sanitizing in the absence of our little ones. Bleach solution and shop towels and gloves…oh my!

On this St. Patrick’s Day, praying for the blessing of good health and success of bleach cleaning EVERYTHING! Even glue bottles could attract germs. Sticky business!

St. Francis of Assisi Mardi Gras Party

Some time during the month of February, Greenwood, Mississippi’s St. Francis of Assisi Mardi Gras Party is a real fun time event. It is also an extreme blessing to St. Francis of Assisi Catholic School.  A significant fund raiser, it provides for the many big and small needs of a parish school.

Sister Janet, Sister Maria Goretti and Sister Kathleen were among the volunteers who created the atmosphere at Leflore County Civic Center. The group knew what they were doing and the proper supplies were on hand to finish in time for the arrival of guests.

The February 11, 2020 event was held from 7 p.m. to midnight and included music, food, much conversation and many hues of Mardi Gras colors. May the Lord watch over us all during the coming days of Lent.

Catholic School Week Liturgy and Convent Open House

St. Francis of Assisi School, Greenwood, Mississippi celebrated Catholic Schools Week on Sunday, January 26 at the parish Mass. The national theme was Catholic Schools Week: Learn, Serve, Lead, Succeed.

Students served in various roles throughout the liturgy from the entrance procession to reading the Word of God to singing their hearts out in the choir.

Franciscan Friar of the Assumption BVM Province, Fr. Camillus Janus presided at the inspiring Eucharist with family members also present.

Sister Kathleen Murphy was organist and directed the children’s choir. Sister Janet Rose and Sister Maria Goretti Scandaliato assisted wherever there was a need for extra hands.

After Mass, everyone was invited for an open house at the convent.

Included in the tour was the convent chapel. All were able to add their prayer intentions to a book for the Sisters to remember during their Community prayer times.

Refreshments provided time for warm-hearted conversation.

Guests took the opportunity to enjoy pictures collected in albums over the years.



Franciscan Sisters Remember Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Franciscan Sister Kathleen Murphy highlights the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. March in Greenwood, Mississippi. We pray for peace and justice for all people.

Sister Janet Rose, Sister Kathleen and Sister Maria Goretti joined parish members from St. Francis, Greenwood at the March in honor of Dr. Mar-tin Luther King Jr. The march is held annually on the weekend during which his birthday is celebrated.

Brother Mark Gehret, OFM, also took part in the march.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that.” – Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

“Women played a pivotal role in the civil rights movement, and so it all begins – as does life – begins in a woman’s womb.” – Bernice King




Advent Season Celebrated at St. Francis of Assisi School

The Advent Season is filled with our Blessed Mother’s feasts: Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe. Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Kathleen Murphy planned a lesson that helps the students to be aware of Mary every day of Advent.

St. Francis School First Graders were very proud of their Advent projects honoring Mary, the mother who waits.

Watercolor skills teamed up with cutting and gluing expertise in yielding the final effect of this inspiring artwork.

St. Francis of Assisi School Entry in Greenwood Christmas Parade

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Kathleen Murphy shares Christmas parade moments for St. Francis School, Greenwood, Mississippi.

Students of St. Francis School are ready and waiting for the Christmas Parade to begin. The theme for the float was Ornaments of Hope.

Sister Janet enjoys the children’s enthusiasm for the joys of the holiday!

Aladin’s lamp and his genie are inflated and ready. The genie seems to be enjoying the band’s performance.

The mighty young men of St. Francis School are in readiness as the parade begins to roll forward.

Remembrance of the Dead at St. Francis Parish

Franciscan Sister Kathleen Murphy shares images and thoughts on the recent remembrance of the dead at St. Francis of Assisi Parish, Greenwood, Mississippi. Franciscan Sister Judy Norwick was among the souls lovingly remembered by the faith community.


Members of the St. Francis African American community displayed photos of their beloved dead for this Sunday of Remembrance.

Each family presented a candle in honor of their family members who have entered the Kingdom of Heaven.

Sister Janet Rose and the other Sisters joined St. Francis parish members in prayers for the dead at Hudson Park Cemetery outside of Greenwood. Fr. Joachim Studwell, pastor leads the prayers.

St. Francis of Assisi School All Saints Eucharistic Celebration

Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity Sister Kathleen Murphy immerses us in the All Saints Eucharistic Liturgy at St. Francis School, Greenwood, Mississippi.

We began Mass with tambourines, Saint crowns, white robes and a few verses of O When the Saints Go Marching In.


A beautiful praise dance to Sound of the Saints by Audio Adrenaline was inspiring.

“Saints” doing a praise dance

Here’s one child pondering the beatitude she will read…rejoice and be glad!

Our Saint crowns showed symbols of the different kinds of Saints…apostles, holy men, holy women, priests, bishops and popes, as well as martyrs.