FSPA Books, Video and Art

  • Cheering For The Good:
    Leading When It Matters

    Available through
    Sister Karen's Author Page
    Amazon Print edition: $12.95, Kindle edition: $6.95
    Barnes & Noble

    Sister Malinda Gerke Books and CDs
    Sister Malinda Gerke spent most of her life as a professional music teacher and liturgist. Her works include:

  • Praise for Cheering For The Good

    "...her philosophy pivots on the similarities to and differences between being a cheerleader, as she was in high school, and a cheer leader, as she influences today. The result is a fresh approach to leadership. It is based as much on a leader's need to listen to others and embrace the concept of shared decision-mailing as it is on acknowledging where the buck stops." - Mike Tighe, journalist and author)

    The Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin, recently featured Sister Karen on its podcast, What is Spirituality, hosted by Steve Spilde.


  • However Long the Night book cover

    However Long the Night
    Available through Amazon
    Print edition: $14.99; Kindle edition: $9.99 

    This is the story of what was learned by the Leadership Conference of Women Religious during a
    six-year crisis (2009-2015). A high-ranking and very powerful Vatican office suddenly and very publicly confronted the organization with forceful questions and negative assumptions about the foundation of the lives of Catholic sisters. The conflict grew more intense midway through those years. The Vatican office threatened the autonomy and even the existence of the conference, an organization on which the great majority of US Catholic sisters rely for many kinds of resources, supports, and connections. The experience rocked LCWR's officers, its hundreds of members, and the approximately 60,000 sisters who belonged to member congregations at that time. Yet the ultimate resolution benefited everyone. How did that happen? This book answers that question.

    Eucharistic Adoration, Reflections in the Franciscan Tradition

    Eucharistic Adoration, Reflections in the Franciscan Tradition
    This book provides Catholics who pray before the Real Presence with a new and unique resource to deepen their adoration experience and do so within the Franciscan tradition. Each of 52 reflections for Eucharistic Adoration - one for each week of the year - features four parts that address the spiritual advice of St. Clare to gaze, consider, contemplate and imitate Christ. Order here.

    The Architecture of Eugene Liebert: Teutonic Style in the American Midwest

    The Architecture of Eugene Liebert: Teutonic Style in the
    American Midwest

    By H. Russell Zimmermann
    Each of the three chapters, Residential Work, Commercial Work & Schools, and Ecclesiastical Work includes many never-previously published images that illustrate Liebert's artistry and all-encompassing design style. Liebert was recognized for his attention to the smallest design elements in his structures, and the manuscript's illustrations highlight the detailed as well as the grand scale of his designs. 

    To purchase this book, visit our partners on Amazon.

    Exploring Sacred Symbols and Art in Mary of the Angels Chapel

    Exploring Sacred Symbols and Art in Mary of the Angels Chapel
    Learn the stories behind the one-of-a-kind bronzed statues, the Franciscan women saints who are depicted in rare and beautiful Bavarian stained glass, and the unique paintings devoted to Franciscan themes. This special tour, only available on DVD, highlights the rich symbolism of the chapels and expresses the mystery and beauty of the Christian faith. Price of DVD is $15.00. Shipping charges $1.50 + $0.50 for each additional DVD.

    To print out a form and send in your order via US Mail, please follow this link.

    Crescentia Hoess, canonized Franciscan Saint

    Crescentia Hoess, Canonized Franciscan Saint
    The 40-page book can be ordered from FSPA by sending $5.00 plus $1.75 for postage and handling to: FSPA, Crescentia Book, 912 Market St., La Crosse, WI 54601.

    Franciscan Intellectual Tradition
    Our partners at Ruah Media are the exclusive distributors of scholarly presentations available to all who want to learn about the Franciscan Tradition through the works of scholars including William J. Short, OFM; Zachary Hayes, OFM; Mary Beth Ingham, CSJ; Ilia Delio, OSF; and more.

  • Thea's Song: The Life of Thea Bowman, by Charlene Smith, FSPA and John Feister

    Thea's Song: The Life of Thea Bowman, by Charlene Smith, FSPA and John Feister
    The definitive, authorized biography of Thea Bowman, a modern-day heroine, with never before-seen writings, interviews, and photographs.

    Thea Bowman was a black girl born in civil-rights-era Mississippi who joined a convent of white Catholic sisters in Wisconsin, and went on to inspire millions of all faiths and none. She fought prejudice, sadness, and brought joy to others even during her struggle with cancer and long after her untimely death in 1990. Order Thea's Song here

    Thea Bowman: In My Own Words

    Thea Bowman: In My Own Words
    Explore the thoughts, memories, and reflections of Sr. Thea Bowman, a devoted Franciscan woman, joyful Christian, prophetic preacher, and tenacious teacher. Drawing on such sources as her preaching, national addresses, professional writings, personal correspondence, and a CBS "60 Minutes" interview, Fr. Maurice Nutt has compiled her insightful reflections into themes that include "The Wisdom of the 'Old Folks,'" "The Giftedness of Children," "On Being Black and Catholic," "Hope," and "The Power of Prayer."

    To print out a form and send in your order via US Mail, please follow this link.

    Thea Bowman: In My Own Words

    Thea Bowman: Faithful and Free (People of God)
    With every passing year since her death in 1990, more people are recognizing Sister Thea Bowman as one of the most inspiring figures in American Catholic history. This granddaughter of slaves became Catholic on her own initiative at the age of nine. As a Franciscan sister, she lived a wide-ranging ministry of joy, music, and justice.

    To purchase this book, click here.

    Blessed Christmas

    Blessed Christmas
    A collection of 18 Christmas hymns and carols. Selections include:
    O Sacrament Most Holy, Low, How a Rose, Ave Maria, In Dulce Jubilo, He is Born
    The Twilight is Falling, Come All Ye Faithful, A Child Is Born, Silent Night, Canticle of the Sun,
    Blessing of St. Francis

    All Praise... All Thanksgiving... Every Moment Thine!

    All Praise... All Thanksgiving... Every Moment Thine!
    25 year-round favorite hymns. Selections include:
    Prayer of Praise, See Our Lord is Risen, Jesus, My Lord, My God, My All; May Jesus Christ be Praised, I Love Thee, O Mary!, Sing We Now in Fullest Chorus, Organ Toccata, Receive Me, Magnificat, In Paradisum, May the Blessing of the Lord

    CD $15.00 + $2.25 shipping/handling

    Both releases are recorded by a fifty-voice choir, and also include keyboards, violins, cello and harp. To order, mail payment to FSPA, c/o CD order, 912 Market Street, La Crosse, WI 54601. Please indicate which CD you are ordering.

    Original artwork by Sister Betty Bradley

    Original artwork by Sister Betty Bradley
    Sister Betty has always had a passion for art, but only began painting with professional watercolors in 1990. Having the blessing of being able to take classes with a variety of national and international artists, her skill developed quickly.  By requests from prospective students, She began teaching watercolor classes in 1993 and has been teaching students ever since then. View and purchase Sister Betty's original watercolors and religious icons.

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