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What does it mean to be an affiliate?
Affiliates seek to grow in spirituality and community. Each affiliate is matched with a companion who journeys with him or her for one and a half to three years during the formation process, through monthly meetings.The formation process involves reading a guidebook specific to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration as well as "Build with Living Stones," a book about Franciscan theology. Once approved by the FSPA Leadership Team, new affiliates participate in an initial commitment ceremony and are formally welcomed in the FSPA affiliate community. Affiliates are invited to be part a companion community, a group of five to eight sisters and affiliates who gather monthly for faith-sharing. In addition, affiliates gather throughout the year during workshops, retreats, regional events, and other FSPA/affiliate gatherings.
Do affiliates have to live in La Crosse, Wisconsin?
No, we happily welcome affiliates from all parts of the United States, as well as in Canada and Mexico. View our map! Part of being Franciscan is taking our beliefs into our daily lives.The world is our neighborhood. Stay where you are, and spread Franciscan joy and peace. Affiliates meet monthly with a small group called a "companion community." There is a virtual companion community coming soon for those living in areas with few affiliates. You can share the Franciscan spirit and connect with other affiliates no matter where you live.
Are there any financial or legal obligations as affiliates?
No, there are no financial or legal obligations for affiliates nor the FSPA congregation. However, many affiliates choose to offer monetary support for the FSPA mission by becoming a Faithful Friend.
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912 Market St.
La Crosse, WI 54601