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Ministry grant funds village hydro-plant

"I have discovered that a local initiative in the production of electricity is possible," says Ndiyun Donatus of the Djottin Area Development Authority. "It is common in many less developed countries on a small scale. So, I researched how it is done, adapted a plan to meet the needs for this area and successfully created a mini-hydroelectric system that produces a small but...

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Vocare 2017: I have called you by name

Sister Sharon Bongiorno, front row, left, participated in the Diocese of Spokane's Vocare, a vocational experience for girls entering 9-12 grades. "Our Vocare retreat, held in June, was hosted at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center in Spokane, Washington. Forty five girls attended, 20 for the first time and 25 returnees for a second, third or fourth time," notes Sister...

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Sister Jean Ann: new adventure after 50 years in parish

By JOANNE FOX joannef@scdiocese.org The Catholic Globe After 50 years of service in the Diocese of Sioux City, Sister Jean Ann Rausch, FSPA, will be moving across the state to embrace a “new adventure.” The pastoral minister at St. Michael Parish in Sioux City for the past two decades will be taking on volunteer opportunities at the Prairie Woods Spirituality Center...

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"Rebirth" by Sister Eileen McKenzie

In the June 6 issue of “Global Sister’s Report,” Sister Eileen McKenzie’s poem “Rebirth” is published in the article “Pioneers in the 21st century” as a reflection of her experience at May’s Leadership Collaborative.  "During our time together, it became clear that we are not re-creating, re-newing, re-founding, or for that matter...

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Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center: 25 years

According to "Marywood celebrates 25 years" published June 16 by the Diocese of Superior's Catholic Herald:  For 25 years, Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center, Arbor Vitae, (pictured above) has offered classes, workshops and spiritual guidance in the Diocese of Superior. On June 6, 1992, the religious community made the decision to develop the Vilas County...

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Affiliation to host "Mental Illness, Stigma, and Hope"

Join the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration's Affiliation Office as it hosts "Mental Illness, Stigma, and Hope," a presentation featuring Mike Desmond.  Mike is an advocate for mental health. He shares his personal story that speaks to the devastating effects of mental illness. Mike is dedicated to ending stigma and bringing hope. This presentation will be offered...

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Sister Julia: Redefining faith on El Camino

by Sister Julia Walsh Pictured second from right Since high school, I’ve been teaching the Christian faith to others. In parishes, classrooms, and while camping in the woods, I’ve taught songs, explained Bible stories, instilled virtues and asked students to memorize definitions and lists. And, occasionally, over the years, a thoughtful youngster in one of those settings...

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Sister Kristin professes final vows

I Know I Belong by Sister Kristin Peters Sister Kristin professed final vows with FSPA on June 3, 2017. Leading up to her day, she wrote this piece. Thank you for your prayers and support over these last ten years. As I prepare to make perpetual vows with the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, I reflect upon my life as a religious. My day to day journey is touched by darkness...

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Sisters and affiliates gather together as one

by Sister Michelle Balek, OSF The phenomenon of lay associates/affiliates with religious congregations is the “single greatest inspired movement in the Church since Vatican II,” declared keynote co-presenter, Sister Gabriele Uhlein, Wheaton Franciscan, at the 12th Biennial Conference of Associates and Religious of the Midwest Area (CARMA) in Dubuque, Iowa, on April 29, 2017....

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Adoration 101: a practical guide

In this episode of AdorationTalk, Sister Sarah talks you through adoration then and now, the theology behind it and offers practical tips for everyone.  Catch previously recorded talks by Sister Sarah on our AdorationTalk channel. 

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LCWR expresses deep concern over Executive Orders

"The Leadership Conference of Women Religious is deeply disturbed by many of President Trump’s recent executive orders. His misplaced priorities and denigration of the values that form the bedrock of this nation, threaten us all. We are deeply concerned about the administration’s executive orders on immigration and refugee resettlement which serve only to threaten border...

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Perpetual Adoration featured on Relevant Radio

Listeners of Relevant Radio's Morning Air program learned more about the FSPA sacred tradition of perpetual adoration during the Jan. 11, 2017 show. Sister Sarah Hennessey, FSPA perpetual adoration coordinator, described the silence in the chapel, intentions that are received and how one cancer patient claimed herself a non-believer (in the power of prayer) until it turned out to be...

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Task Force priority: end modern slavery

"When the La Crosse Task Force to Eradicate Modern Slavery was established in 2013, the perception of human trafficking in the area was largely one of denial and indifference. Almost four years later, the data is hard to ignore and the call to action more urgent. 'People didn’t think this was an issue ... the media wasn’t reporting on it,' said Sister Marlene...

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Sister shares border experience

“sick Pilgrim,” a publication geared in part to “those who are attracted to Catholicism but can’t find their way in,” posted on Nov. 25 the guest column “The Broken Body of Christ at the Border” by Sister Julia Walsh. In the piece she shares part of what she experienced—as she sat with others on a curb, attended Mass in Mexico—at the School...

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La Crosse lauded for homelessness efforts

  Members of the La Crosse Collaborative to End Homelessness, reports La Crosse Tribune, “are girding to fill another vacuum next year;” scheduled to meet next month “to begin deciding whether to make chronic homelessness a top priority, or, perhaps, families who are homeless.” Sister Karen Neuser and Sandy Brekke are acknowledged among the “seed”...

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Jacoba's Greenhouse is blessed

Read FSPA's sustainable greenhouse shows everything has its repurpose (La Crosse Tribune) "In one respect, the completion of a “net zero” greenhouse using only rainwater and solar energy hark back to the days when members of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration tilled land on St. Joseph Ridge the order bought in 1895. “I always think about the...

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"So you think you've been called" vocation forum

  How is the Spirit calling you to discipleship? Watch this forum, recorded Oct. 30, hosted by Deacon Pedro Guevara-Mann. The panel includes young religious and young Catholics who are discerning their vocation.   Discerning a vocation?  Read FSPA discernment resources Follow Sister Amy's discernment blog at Show me a sign Meet FSPA and hear their...

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