The Congregation of Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity was founded November 9, 1869, in Manitowoc, Wis.

Foundation Years

Early in 1865, Rev. Joseph Fessler, a newly ordained priest from Saint Nazianz, Wis., was assigned to Immaculate Conception Parish, Clarks Mills. One of his first concerns was the children of the parish.

He asked 23-year-old Teresa Gramlich who lived in Saint Nazianz, to teach catechism for him. She agreed. On June 5,1866, she left her home to begin her new work.

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