Travel Journal
  • Upon our arrival to the Franciscan motherhouse, Sister Maria presents us with a cake in honor of the 10th anniversary of A Nun's Life Ministry. The Franciscans are celebrating their 150th anniversary. Impressive!
  • Our podcast guests, Sister Nancy and Sister Joyce, talk about what the Sacred Heart means to them, as Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart. And we have lots of LOL moments during our convo together.
  • Some A Nun's Life friends from the Chicago area come to the podcast. It’s always great to meet up with people when we travel!
  • Nuns and friends go out to a family-style restaurant for a post-podcast dinner. There’s about 20 of us having lively conversation, laughs, and good food. 

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Podcast Guest Nuns

Siste​r Nancy Roberta Schramm, OSF, is the Director of Formation in the Mission Office of the Diocese of Joliet, Illinois, where she prepares lay people for short-term mission trips. She began ministry as an OSF sister with two years of teaching, followed by over 30 years of missionary ministry in the Amazon area of Brazil. She returns to Brazil each year and has been to Bolivia, Kenya, and El Salvador. Sister Nancy considers these experiences as “a gift from God as I continue to relate to other cultures and benefit from their gifts.” Sister Nancy has a master's degree in Formative Spirituality.

Sister Joyce Shanabarger, OSF, is General Community Leader for the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart, and has been a sister for over 40 years. In addition to congregational leadership, Sister Joyce has ministered as an educator, a pastoral associate in a parish, and a spiritual director. She has also served with an organization that offers retreats and spiritual services to persons who have experienced homelessness and are in addiction recovery. Sister Joyce is on the national board for the Franciscan Federation. She has master’s degrees in Administration and in Christian Spirituality.

About the Congregation

Mission Statement: Like Francis and Clare, we seek to follow in the footprints of Jesus, encouraging one another to wholeness and radical Gospel living. We gather in fraternitas with Jesus as our brother, opening our hearts in peace and reconciliation. We minister to all, doing so with a special awareness of those rejected by society. We seek to love the poor as Jesus did and to work towards enhancing human dignity and furthering social justice.