Adele DiNatale-Svetnicka came to know FSPA through sisters Jolynn Brehm and Marla Lang and the programs at Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center. And it was during her studies at Viterbo University in La Crosse that Adele first experienced Mary of the Angels Chapel and the Adoration Chapel. “Words cannot describe the feelings, wonder and awe I experienced in that hour.” She knew right then that she wanted to deepen her connection with FSPA.
Adele and her husband, Glenn, have three children, the youngest of which is ready to attend college in the fall. They live in Eagle River, Wisconsin.
In addition to earning her undergraduate degree at UW-Madison and a masters in servant leadership from Viterbo, Adele has been a stay-at-home mom and volunteer, most notably as the Mothers of PreSchoolers Steering Committee coordinator in several different states over many years. Today she is coordinator of faith formation at St. Peter the Fisherman, a role borne out of years of dedication as a catechist. Adele has been recognized for her dedication with the Father Harold Dodge Award for Excellence in the Ministry of Catechetics.
“FSPA has helped me to realize that I was born Franciscan,” Adele says. “Being able to be an affiliate and get to know the sisters and Franciscan life better, and to learn to live the Franciscan life better is a privilege, an honor, and a lifeline.”