FSPA News

Week Three: Sister Thea's Inspiring Talk with College Students

In our Black History Month series, this week highlights a special moment with Sister Thea Bowman. After speaking to a group of college students, she was captured "basking in appreciation." Sister Charlene Smith shares this heartwarming snapshot of Sister Thea connecting with the younger generation. Join us every Friday to uncover more moments that define Sister Thea Bowman's impactful legacy....

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Exploration and Expression: Celebrating Sister Maryam Gossling, artist of the month

In a tribute to 175 years of prayer, witness and service , FSPA proudly presents Sister Maryam Gossling as the Artist of the Month. Sister Maryams’s journey, marked by creativity and devotion, echoes the longstanding tradition of art within the FSPA community.  Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Maryam Gossling , born in 1938, grew up on a farm in Festina, Iowa, where her family grew crops...

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Carbon Fast for Lent Challenge: weeks 1 and 2

Climate Stewards invites us to join them in a series of fasting to draw closer to God and deepen our care for the climate. Each week of Lent will feature a different theme designed to help us take climate action. Check back next week for more! View Additional Lenten Resources Feb. 19 - Feb. 25 Carbon Fast for Lent: week 2 This week, as part of the Carbon Fast for Lent challenge, Climate Stewards...

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Bad River documentary opens March 15

The long-awaited Bad River documentary is set to release in AMC Theatres March 15-21, 2024.  The FSPA Truth and Healing Team visited Ashland, Wisconsin, in June 2022 to not only repatriate items belonging to the Mashkiiziibii, The Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, but to participate in the filming of this documentary. Sister Eileen McKenzie, then serving as president, was interviewed for...

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Week Two: Embracing the Glow of Bertha's Franciscan Journey

This Black History Month, we continue honoring Sister Thea Bowman’s remarkable journey. In week two, we explore the early days where Bertha, as she was known then, embraced the Franciscan path in La Crosse, Wisconsin, far from her Mississippi home.  According to Sister Charlene Smith, Bertha “glowed” during her first steps into FSPA postulancy. Join us every Friday to uncover more insights into...

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Maple Sap Collecting and Boil Down on St. Joseph Ridge

Over the past couple of weeks, the FSPA Integral Ecology team and members of the La Crosse Youth & Learning Center have been busy collecting sap from the maple trees on FSPA land on St. Joseph Ridge and boiling it down to make maple syrup. Of the roughly 90 gallons of sap collected so far, about 2 gallons of maple syrup were produced. Additional collecting and boiling will take place in the...

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Commemorating Sister Thea Bowman During Black History Month

In honor of Black History Month, we honor Sister Thea Bowman, a pioneering Black Catholic religious sister. “ As we celebrate Black History Month, we rejoice in the life and legacy of Sister Thea Bowman. Here she is at six years old, a young, “Bertha” Bowman, the “apple of her parents’ eyes” as shared by her friend, Sister Charlene Smith. Join us each Friday for exclusive insights into Sister...

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Article of Interest: First Friend Program Flourishes in La Crosse

Addressing the workforce challenges, the First Friend program, led by Beth Franklin, workforce strategies director at the Greater La Crosse Area Chamber of Commerce, has proven to be a dynamic solution over its five-year existence. Launched to attract and retain talent in the area while tackling diversity and inclusion issues, the program has garnered recognition for its effectiveness. Under...

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Timeless Dedication: A Belated Celebration of Sister Carolyn Heil’s 50 Years

Take a moment to journey back to a heartwarming celebration that took place this past summer as Sister Carolyn Heil marked an incredible 50 years of commitment to spreading the love of Christ through education and retreat in Ontario, Canada. Sister Carolyn marked her golden jubilee this past summer at St. Rose Convent, following a three-year postponement of the celebration due to the challenges...

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Artistry in Devotion: Celebrating Sister Pauline Wittry - Artist of the Month

In a tribute to 175 years of prayer, witness and service , FSPA proudly presents Sister Pauline Wittry as the Artist of the Month. Sister Pauline’s journey, marked by creativity and devotion, echoes the longstanding tradition of art within the FSPA community.  Born in 1926 in Breda, Iowa, Sister Pauline’s artistic journey took root during her college years at Montana State University. After 13...

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2024 Lenten Resources

Laudato Si' Lent Calendar - Laudato Si' Lent The 2024 Laudato Si' Lent Calendar  is a curated blend of calendar touchstones, Gospel reflections and regional calls to action. The Lent calendar links the contemplative spirit of the Lent season with the need for ecological conversion through repentance, reflection and reconciliation. Crafted urgently as people of faith and global citizens, this...

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Iverson Freking Excellence: Celebrating Sister Mary Ann Gschwind, Barb and Joe Kruse

Sister Mary Ann Gschwind, along with FSPA affiliates Barb and Joe Kruse, recently earned the Iverson Freking Ecumenical Award from the Bethany Saint Joseph Corporation. This award acknowledges individuals who actively work to bring people of different faiths together and contribute positively to the La Crosse community. At a special luncheon, Sister Mary Ann, along with Barb and Joe Kruse, were...

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Sister Sarah’s Wisdom: Overcoming Seasonal Affective Disorder

Winter, the longest month in the Midwest, brings shorter days and less sunlight, affecting the mental well-being of many individuals. Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a form of depression that affects people during this time, leading to symptoms such as low moods, loss of interest, fatigue and more.  Sister Sarah Hennessey, recognizing the challenges presented by SAD, suggests turning to...

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In Loving Memory of Sister LaVerne Ramaeker

At the age of 93 and in her seventy-second year of religious life, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration LaVerne Ramaeker died on Friday, Jan. 12, 2024, at St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She ministered in the health care fields of radiologic technology and education, serving her way from a technologist in Wisconsin and Iowa, program director in Wisconsin, Iowa and Idaho and...

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FSPA's Impactful Journey to NCR's Newsmaker of the Year

In a year where voices from the Catholic margins took center stage, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration found recognition for their impactful contributions. The National Catholic Reporter (NCR) named Loretto Sr. Jeannine Gramick as the 2023 Newsmaker of the Year, acknowledging her dedication to LGBTQ ministry. Highlighting the FSPA's involvement, the article notes a $2 million gift from...

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A Century of Perseverance: St. Rose Convent's Enduring Legacy After Devastating Fire

A century after a devastating fire at St. Rose Convent on Dec. 2, 1923, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration continue their perpetual prayers in the Mary of the Angels Chapel. Unbroken by the inferno that claimed two floors, the sisters maintain their commitment to perpetual prayer since 1878. As smoke cleared above Market Street that Sunday, the charred convent remnants became a solemn...

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In Loving Memory of Sister Dorothy Dunbar

Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Dorothy Dunbar , age 86, died on Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2024, at St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Sister Dorothy, having professed her desire to join a religious community at the age of 13, was gifting us all with her sixty-eighth year of religious life. ­With degrees in English, mathematics and literature, she taught middle school students in...

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Prayer, Witness and Service: FSPA celebrates 175 years

The year 2024 marks a milestone in the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration history. We’re celebrating our 175th anniversary.  FSPA was established in May 1849 in Wisconsin by Ottilie Dirr, later known as Mother Aemiliana Dirr. The FSPA story begins in Ettenbeuren, Bavaria (part of modern-day Germany) in the late 1840s. With German society in disturbance, a pastor, his associate, and 12 lay...

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Embracing Transformation: Sister Julia Walsh’s Vision Unfolds at The Fireplace in Kenwood

In the heart of Kenwood, The Fireplace, a vibrant Catholic international living community, is thriving as a haven for artists, activists and the spiritually inclined. Started by Sister Julia Walsh in February 2021, this community provides an inclusive space for open dinners, discussions and various activities, attracting guests and organizations alike.  Originally a residence for priests, The...

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In Loving Memory of Sister Laura Schreck

Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Laura Schreck , age 94, passed away on Dec. 28, 2023, at St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Sister Laura, who was in her seventy-fourth year of religious life, is said to have experienced “a strong voice urging her to enter St. Rose Convent” at a young age. Her ministries included education: she served as a middle school teacher and religious...

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Unity in Diversity: Holy Name Cathedral’s Spanish Mass Draws Hundreds of Migrants

By Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Katie Mitchell Chicago has received more than 26,000 migrant individuals since last year. During my ministry at Holy Name Cathedral in the past five months, I have encountered these migrants daily on the streets, under tents, at police stations and in overcrowded shelters in the wealthy Gold Coast, as it is called in Chicago.  As part of my ministry at...

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Deepening relationships with Presentation Lantern Center

The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Ministry Grant Committee is providing a series of learning opportunities — presentations given by sister and affiliate ministry grant sponsors to introduce the investments they support and those who are putting them to work within their organizations. These presentations are not just information sharing; they are occasions created for making...

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WAFER: blessed in so many ways

By Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Laurie Sullivan  Since moving to the new building in May, WAFER Food Pantry in La Crosse, Wisconsin, has served an average of 1,500 households monthly, including 432 new households. Our outreach extends to 37 homebound individuals through the senior share program each month. Additionally, we’ve offered three additional produce giveaways, benefiting 530...

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Posadas Navideñas calls the faithful to uphold dignity of Migrants

Event coverage provided by Charish and Joel Badzinski, Rollerbag Goddess Global Communications Children dressed as winged angels enrobed in white led the procession through the streets of Nogales, Mexico. Behind them, Mary rode on the back of a donkey, with Joseph walking alongside. And about a hundred people followed them in the binational Posadas Navideñas, an event organized by the Kino Border...

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In Loving Memory of Sister Margaret Wenzel

In her seventy-second year of religious profession, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Margaret Wenzel died at the age of 92 on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2023, at St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Sister Margaret went to St. Rose at the age of 13, attended high school there, professed her profession of vows in 1951, went on to serve the ministry of education as a primary grade teacher in...

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Sister Mary Ann Gschwind, FSPA affiiliates Joe and Barb Kruse: Iverson Freking honorees

Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Mary Ann Gschwind and FSPA Affiliates Joe and Barb Kruse have been named as 2024 Iverson Freking Ecumenical Recognition Award honorees. Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Mary Ann Gschwind FSPA Affiliates Joe and Barb Kruse “Community is part of my life,” says Sister Mary Ann. “It’s wonderful to be connected to the Church, the FSPA community and...

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Sisters Sarah's 'Nativity Experience,' Sister Malinda's 'Sounds of Greccio'

La Crosse Tribune announced “Franciscan Spirituality Center offers two nativity events Dec. 16,” with Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Sarah Hennessesy and Malinda Gerke as facilitators.  Sister Sarah will present “The Nativity Experience,” bringing discussion, art and a tour of nativity scenes to Viterbo University’s San Damiano Chapel from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. And all are invited to...

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800 Years Radiant: Franciscan Night Shines at Rotary Lights in Celebration of Nativity Tradition

In celebration of the 800th anniversary of the Nativity tradition begun by St. Francis of Assisi in Greccio, Italy, collaborative efforts between the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, the Franciscan Spirituality Center, Viterbo University and Mayo Clinic Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin, invite us to festive joy. The tradition, rooted in St. Francis’ desire for a simple and visceral...

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A Morning of Faith and Friendship: Sister Catherine's Confirmation Gathering

On a Sunday afternoon in fall, before Mass at St. Joseph Church in Friendship, Wisconsin, Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Catherine Kaiser of La Crosse gathered with three youth preparing to be confirmed — Xander Cook, Gwen Gransee and Veronica Cychol — and three adults walking with them on their journeys. Margaret de Pereiro, a friend of Sister Catherine’s and Saint Joseph parishioner,...

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Double Acts of Compassion: FSPA's Heartfelt Baby Drive and 800th Nativity Anniversary

The heartwarming efforts of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA) have been recognized on WXOW News 19 this month for their commitment to compassion and community. FSPA has joined with the Franciscan Spirituality Center, Mayo Clinic Health System and Viterbo University to initiate a baby drive for families facing financial burdens. As the holiday season approaches, they recognize...

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New residence hall named after Sister Thea Bowman

“Whatever gift you have, whatever thing you can give of yourself, that’s what you do for God. And Thea did that all of her life,” said Sister Cora Marie Billings in the article “Saint Joseph’s Names New Residence Hall After African American Educator, Evangelist and Social Justice Advocate.” The Catholic institution in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, held a recent ceremony to announce the naming of...

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Radiance in Stitches: Sister Joanne’s Journey’s of Faith and Artistry

  Sister Joanne, a former home economics major, has turned her passion for quilting into a remarkable artistic journey. Since her retirement from full-time ministry in 2012, she has crafted an impressive 63 quilts, in addition to table runners and purses. Her journey into the world of quilting took a meaningful turn when she joined the St. Clare Quilt Group at her parish in Colorado Springs,...

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From St. Francis to modern homes: the 800-year legacy of the crèche

By Annette Mikat This year, when festive lights twinkle in homes worldwide, we will find ourselves at a significant milestone. It is the 800th anniversary of a tradition that has, for centuries, symbolized the true essence of Christmas — the crèche. The word “crèche” originates from the Old French term for a crib or manger. This iconic scene, which reenacts the birth of Jesus Christ, finds its...

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Black Catholic History Month: Thea Bowman

Servant of God Sister Thea Bowman (1937-90) was a teacher, a singer, a dancer and a lecturer who spread the Good News to all people and tirelessly promoted pride in Black culture.  We’re featuring Thea’s vision all month, Black Catholic History Month, here and on our social media channels. We're social listening!  We're following the Thea conversation happening on social media. Here are a few...

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Upholding mission, impact investing for climate justice

“We no longer have the numbers to be able to do the types of ministry that we were involved in before,” says Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Sue Ernster in the Global Sisters Report article, “Aging Catholic sisters in US, Ireland continue mission through impact investing.” “So how do we continue our impact with the assets that we have? The article reports climate justice efforts...

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Collaboration announces new name: Alliance to End Human Trafficking

U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking announced its new name as the Alliance to End Human Trafficking and celebrated its 10-Year Anniversary at the 2023 "Breaking Barriers" to End Human Trafficking Conference. FSPA is a member of the organization and Sister Marlene Weisenbeck attended the conference.    Speakers and survivors from around the United States and abroad joined us to share...

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FSPA supports Brighter Tomorrows

The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Ministry Grant Committee is providing a series of learning opportunities — presentations given by sister and affiliate ministry grant sponsors to introduce the investments they support and those who are putting them to work within their organizations. These presentations are not just information sharing; they are occasions created for making...

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We stand in solidarity with the people of the Middle East

“Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.” - Pope Francis, Angelus, September 1, 2013 As members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious , FSPA stands with LCWR's call for peace. From LCWR In solidarity with the global community of faith, stand in the shadow of the horrors initiated on October 7, 2023, in Israel and Gaza.  As women...

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Meet our New WisCorps Members!

My name is Angie Plank and I am the new Wiscorps Sustainability Assistant for FSPA. I graduated from the University of Arizona with a Bachelor of Science in Environmental and Water Resource Economics and I am currently getting my masters in hydrology from the University of Oklahoma. For fun, I enjoy spending my time hiking, kayaking and reading. I am excited to be a part of FSPA and to get the...

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We celebrated Indigenous Peoples' Day (video)

We joined the Ho-Chunk Nation and the City of La Crosse, Wisconsin, on Monday, Oct. 9 at City Hall for a flag raising ceremony and proclamation. Then, headed to Riverside Park for the day-long celebration of Indigenous Peoples' Day.  The day included speakers, performances, a traditional Lacrosse tournament, interactive booths, food vendors and more.  Here's a quick look at our day together!   

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Endorsement: Weaponized Drone Ban Treaty

Photo courtesy of Weaponized Drone Ban Treaty The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration endorses the Campaign for a Weaponized Drone Ban Treaty . True to our Franciscan calling, we commit ourselves to building Christ's Kingdom of justice and peace. We continue our efforts to preserve and nurture God's creation, to increase social and global consciousness, to educate ourselves to political...

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FSPA investing 'to help the world'

“Pope Francis is asking us to disrupt the economy,” states Sister Sue Ernster in the National Catholic Reporter article, “Catholic sisters continue to revise and refine how they invest to help the world.”  “For 50 years,” writes article author Dan Stockman, “congregations have refused to invest in corporations whose business goes against Catholic social teaching … Now, some are even using their...

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Take Action: Urge Congress to Support a Just Farm Bill

“The rich and the poor have equal dignity, and their rights must be guaranteed.” (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’- on Care for our Common Home, paragraph 94) A strong and resilient farm and food system benefits our local and global communities including family farmers, ranchers, and consumers. nearly $1 trillion in spending. It is divided into sections (titles) that cover specific program areas...

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Global Sisters Report asks, Sister Sue answers

In the GSR article, “Q&A with Sr. Sue Ernster, LCWR president-elect, on leadership and religious life,” Sister Sue replies to reporter Dan Stockman’s queries about her new position on the organization’s leadership team.  In answer to Dan’s question about how “religious life” and “certified public accountant” go together, Sister Sue says “… religious life isn’t only education or health care. And...

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FSPA presence at the Parliament of the World's Religions

FSPA’s voice was heard at “A Call to Conscience: Defending Freedom & Human Rights,” the 2023 Parliament of the World’s Religions, Aug. 14 to 18, in Chicago, Illinois. The Parliament of the World’s Religions is the world’s largest, most diverse and inclusive interfaith convening of people of faith, spirituality and goodwill — civic, spiritual and grassroots changemakers. Its origins are rooted in...

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Sister Sue Ernster blessed as new LCWR president-elect

“God is truly in our midst as we stand at that veil between what is and what is to come,” said Adrian Dominican Sister Donna Markham to the new leadership team of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, including Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Sue Ernster as president-elect.  Leadership Conference of Women Religious president Sister Maureen Geary, past president Sister Rebecca Ann...

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Morning Fog Mindfulness Meditation

All are invited to be completely present in the moment, letting go of any thoughts as you enjoy this 5-minute Morning Fog Mindfulness Meditation recorded by recent WisCorps Service Member Lisa Brouellette on FSPA land on St. Joseph Ridge.

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LCWR: reflection on air pollution and racial disparity

"Power plants are the second largest source of climate pollution in the United States, (transportation is number one). In 2022, approximately 60% of the electricity generated came from the burning of fossil fuels like coal, natural gas, and petroleum, according to the US Energy Information Administration. This produces greenhouse gas emissions which are a major factor in global warming but also...

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NETWORK: Restoring Asylum and Dignity for Immigrants

Our collaborators at NETWORK call for action! The Restoring Asylum and Dignity for Immigrants webinar makes it clear — our country needs a well-funded, law-abiding asylum process that respects people seeking a new life in the U.S. All immigrants deserve dignity — no exceptions!   Take Action Catholic justice-seekers, we are collecting 10,000 signatures to let Congress know that NOW is time to...

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Sister Julia Walsh pens "A Complicated Patriotism"

“Others have sacrificed so greatly so I can write these words and share them freely,” writes Sister Julia Walsh in the Focolare Media Living City magazine article, “A Complicated Patriotism.” Photo by Shane Rounce - Unsplash.com The article was published just prior to Independence Day of 2023 and spans from Sister Julia’s childhood participation and “pride” in the national holiday to young...

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Sister Michele renews FSPA vows

"May God bless and keep you. May God's face shine upon you and be gracious to you." Today, as we celebrate Sister Michele's vow renewal ceremony, we "trust in the slow work of God" (Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, SJ).   On July 8, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration celebrated the commitment of “yes” to God with Sister Michele Pettit’s vow renewal. Sisters gathered in Mary of the Angels...

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Every life matters: Deepening relationships with WINN

The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Ministry Grant Committee is providing a series of learning opportunities — presentations given by sister and affiliate ministry grant sponsors to introduce the investments they support and those who are putting them to work within their organizations. These presentations are not just information sharing; they are occasions created for making...

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FSPA and A-TEAAM team up to mentor children of color

Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Helen Elsbernd, Marla Lang and Eileen McKenzie, along with Luke Alvin, FSPA partner in mission, traveled to Jackson, Mississippi, in June to represent the congregation at the Ambassadors of the Evers Academy for African American Males’ annual Choose to Grow National Youth Leadership Summit. Ambassadors of the Evers Academy for African American Males...

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Sister Sue named LCWR president-elect

  On June 29, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious  shared the following: “We are happy to announce that Sue Ernster, FSPA, is our new president-elect. She will join Maureen Geary, OP, and Rebecca Ann Gemma, OP,  in the LCWR presidency. The terms of our newly elected leaders will begin at the conclusion of the national assembly in August.” Sister Sue added, “This is a three year...

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Podcast features FSPA's Integral Ecology Director

FSPA Integral Ecology Director Beth Piggush chats with FSC podcast host Steve Spilde about the intersection of spirituality and care of the earth during this new episode of the Franciscan Spirituality Center's "What is Spirituality?" podcast. "With an interconnected, integral ecology lens - as a wife or mother or tree hugger, as I am - it's looking at what do others need and what do I need? ... I...

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Support boarding school truth and healing via Senate

FSPA is a Nuns & Nones Land Justice Focus Community. Here, we share this news as drafted by our N&N partners.  June 15, 2023 Today we woke up to some fantastic news - the Supreme Court voted 7-2 to uphold The Indian Child Welfare Act. ICWA is critical legislation that protects current and future generations of Native kids and families from forced removals and assimilation. Overturning it would...

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Busting into spirituality and religious life

“God busts in when God wants to bust in,” says Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Sarah Hennessey in La Crosse’s “Connecting the Diocese” radio show episode “Good Advice.” Sisters Meg Earsley and Sarah Hennessey were recently interviewed at St. Rose Convent by Jack Socha, host of La Crosse's Connecting the Diocese radio show. Sister Sarah Hennessey and Sister Meg Earsley shared a...

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FSPA gifts Network $1.5 million for climate justice

A “collaboration in mission” has emerged between the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and Network Lobby for Catholic Social Justice, as FSPA gifts the organization with $1.5 million to “… confront the existential threat of our time that is climate change.”  The Global Sisters Report article, “With Franciscan sisters’ $1.5 million gift, Network to take on climate lobbying,” details FSPA’s...

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Jubilee 2023: For Their Grace, Gifts and Love

"A vocation to religious life is a gift," shares Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Bernadette Nehl, who we honor on her 70th jubilee. Please join us in celebrating Sister Bernadette and all of FSPA's 2023 diamond, golden and silver jubilarians, who together have given 1,015 years of joyful prayer, witness and service: Enjoy the photo taken at the recent diamond jubilee celebration, watch...

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Welcome Sister Abisola Clare Adelakun

Like St. Clare of Assisi, I must decide how to live my faith and to keep listening to God,” shares Sister Abisola Clare Adelakun. Sister Abisola Clare is discerning transfer to the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, having received resounding acceptance to walk her new path with the community by the leadership council. With a wealth of life to draw from, Sister Abisola Clare shares this...

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Boys & Girls Club honors Sister Sue Ernster

Congratulations Sister Sue Ernster, recipient of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater La Crosse Distinguished Service Award. Sister Sue has served on the board of directors since 2015. And congratulations to award winners, Citizens State Bank, Bud Hammes, Andy & Mac Kiel and Wall of Fame inductees, Tim Johnson and Margie Webster & Mark Glendenning. Sister Sue is pictured above with Boys & Girls Club...

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Sister Corrina Thomas with the InterCongregational Collaborative Novitiate

Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Corrina Thomas is featured in the Global Sisters Report article, "Congregations and cultures mix as novices learn and grow together," taking readers inside the InterCongregational Collaborative Novitiate program in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago, Illinois. Sister Corrina Thomas Sister Corrina co-founded the program with Sister of Charity of Nazareth...

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Musical brings "Thea's Song" to life

Sister Thea Bowman's motto "Let me live until I die!" came to life during the musical featuring ValLimar Jansen co-hosted by FSPA and Viterbo University on March 30, the anniversary of Sister Thea's death. The event was part of Viterbo University's annual Sister Thea Bowman Week. The cast and musicians brought Sister Thea's biography, "Thea's Song," to the stage with incredible passion. The...

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Vatican repudiates Doctrine of Discovery used to justify colonization

  On March 30, the day we honor the life of Sister Thea Bowman, two important news items were shared. First, welcomed news was released that the Vatican formally repudiated the Doctrine of Discovery used to justify colonization. “...the new Vatican statement makes clear that the principle is not a Catholic doctrine and the 15th century papal bulls were no longer official Catholic...

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Watch and learn about deepening relationships, FSPA ministry grants

In 2022 the FSPA Ministry Grant Fund Committee developed learning opportunities — presentations given by ministry grant sponsors to introduce the investments they support and those who are putting them to work within their organizations — for sisters, affiliates and partners in mission. With those presentations came not just information but occasions created for making connections and...

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Collaboration with Hope Restores grows

By Lynn Wegner, FSPA Life Enrichment Team The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration are humbled to announce that they have been chosen to receive the 2023 Black Student Leaders “Black Excellence Award in the category of Community Leadership.”  According to the organization, “The award is for the Franciscan Sisters and the relationship we have built with them. We have worked with Sister Karen...

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National Black Sisters' Conference statement: demanding justice for Tyre

The National Black Sisters’ Conference  shared this statement on the death of Tyre Nichols. The Leadership Conference of Women Religious, of which FSPA is a member, stands in solidarity with our Black sisters as they speak publicly about his death and the urgent need for systemic reform.  A Statement by the National Black Sisters Conference on the murder of Tyre Nichols   The New Year is barely a...

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Catholic Sisters from six congregations join for time in formation

Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Corrina Thomas notes that “networking is the name of the game for the religious life of tomorrow; you can’t do it alone.” Sister Corrina, pictured above, is serving as co-director of the InterCongregational Collaborative Novitiate in Chicago, Illinois, with Sister of Charity of Nazareth Nancy Gerth. The collaborative welcomes women who are in the process...

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Watch: Sisters Julia and Sarah chat live during vocations week

National Vocation Awareness Week, celebrated November 6-12, 2022 , is an annual week-long celebration of the Catholic Church in the United States dedicated to promoting vocations. This year, Sister Julia Walsh invited Sister Sarah Hennessey to share her vocation story...her journey to joining the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Describing her life as an FSPA, Sister Sarah shares that...

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Native American Heritage Month: Learning About Land

It's important to recognize the history and culture of the land you're living on. Understanding and appreciating the Native Americans who lived before us is one way that we can observe Native American Heritage Month. Take a moment to visit native-land.ca  to learn more about the history of the land that you live on. FSPA acknowledges that St. Rose Convent occupies the unceded ancestral and...

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Sharing Abundance: installation of elected leaders 2022-2026

“Humbled and grateful for the trust FSPA has in electing us as the new team…” is how newly elected president Sister Sue Ernster described the team’s feelings as they were installed to leadership on Oct. 30. Along with Sister Sue, Sister Georgia Christensen takes office as vice president and Sisters Julie Tydrich, Marie DesJarlais and Marcia Baumert as mission councilors. The team members are...

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Sister Katie celebrates 40 years of religious life

"A joyous day celebrating 40 years of vowed religious life! God is faithful!" Sister Katie Mitchell recently celebrated her 40th Jubilee! Shortly after, she left on an immersion trip to the border with seminarians from her place of ministry, Mundelein Seminary in Illinois. She writes ... "Blessed days with the seminarians on our immersion trip to the border. We are serving but are receiving so...

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Watch: Thea Bowman documentary

A new documentary from NewGroup Media and the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi, with portions filmed in Wisconsin, “Going Home Like a Shooting Star: Thea Bowman’s Journey to Sainthood,” presents the riveting life of Sister Thea Bowman, an African American Catholic Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration who used her powerful gifts to educate and challenge the church and society to grow in racial...

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Sister Antona named St. John XXIII Award recipient

Gerald Baldner, Mike Gostomski, Sister Antona Schedlo, and Don and Roxanne Weber, all of whom have a long history of serving others and giving back to their communities, will be presented with the Viterbo University Saint John XXIII Award for Distinguished Service at a banquet and ceremony in the Fine Arts Center Tuesday, Sept. 20. The Saint John XXIII Award is the highest non-academic award...

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Hope Restores, Seeding a Legacy and Anti-Racism Ministry

"We feel like we've gained a sister," said Tashyra Bernard from Hope Restores in a WXOW News 19 story that includes Sister Karen Neuser. "It's been just really, really beautiful, the relationship that we've been able to foster." WXOW News 19's photographer films Sister Karen Lueck's interview with reporter Dustin Luecke and Tashyra Bernard, Hope Restores This bond is blossoming between FSPA and...

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Truth and Healing: US congregations face complicity

"US congregations face their own complicity in trauma of Native boarding schools" is the title of the Global Catholic Sisters Report article published July 21. FSPA is one of a few congregations interviewed for the story, which also highlights Pope Francis' trip to Canada where he will follow up on his apology made in Rome in April. Sister Eileen McKenzie talks about FSPA's history of...

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Sister Amy Taylor's contribution to HORIZON award

“Something deep within one’s heart opens and leans forward and asks ‘Do you mean me?’” writes Sister Amy Taylor, FSPA, in her book review, “Cistercian nuns deliver insight, inspiration,” published in the Winter 2021 issue of HORIZON, the Journal of the National Religious Vocation Conference. HORIZON has now been honored by Catholic Media Association for its “Book notes” feature “to which [Sister...

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WAFER, an FSPA Seeding a Legacy partner, breaks ground on renovation

On Wednesday, June 15, WAFER broke ground on a project to renovate a building on La Crosse's Northside. It will become the new site for its food pantry. The building dates back to 1906 and has been in the "business of food" ever since, most often as a grocery store, most recently Gordy's Market. WAFER Board President Taylor Haley noted that the FSPA's gift to the project, even before a building...

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Watch Exploring Intersections: Eliminating Gun Violence

Gun violence has become a global human rights and public health issue that threatens the basic right to life. Gun violence disproportionately impacts communities of color, women and other marginalized groups in society. Armed violence and climate change are two of the root causes forcing millions of migrants and refugees to flee their homes and communities. What are some reasonable measures that...

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Report: Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative

Department of the Interior Releases Investigative Report, Outlines Next Steps in Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative On May 11, Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland and Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs Bryan Newland  released Volume 1 of the investigative report called for as part of the Federal Indian Boarding School Initiative, a comprehensive effort to address the troubled legacy...

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Street dedication: Sister Thea Bowman Drive

On Friday, April 29, the Honorable Muriel Bowser, Mayor of the District of Columbia; and His Eminence Wilton Cardinal Gregory, Archbishop of Washington, gathered with The Catholic University of America community for the dedication of Sister Thea Bowman Drive on the campus. "I know when students come to the university, they will learn about Sister Thea...and they will be inspired to do more, to be...

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Truth and Healing: reporter visits St. Rose archives

Mary Annette Pember, a journalist with Indian Country Today who also authored the article in The Atlantic titled "The traumatic legacy of Indian boarding schools ," visited St. Rose Convent in March 2022. Mary Annette's mother was a student at the FSPA-run St. Mary's Indian Boarding School and her visit to St. Rose included time in the archives. "The Mother House may be one of the most unlikely...

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Truth and Healing: Pope Francis apologizes

Indigenous leaders from Canada visit Rome, Pope offers apology "For the deplorable conduct of those members of the Catholic Church, I ask for God's forgiveness and I want to say to you with all my heart: I am very sorry." - Pope Francis, April 1, 2022   "Listening to your voices, I was able to enter into and be deeply grieved by the stories of the suffering, hardship, discrimination and various...

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Kuemper Catholic Schools: gratitude for lead campaign gift

Kuemper’s FAITH FORWARD capital campaign – a critical effort to directly and positively impact our efforts to upgrade and enhance the facilities, and grow the funds for teacher salaries and tuition assistance, launched on March 22. FSPA, both in person and virtually, joined Kuemper Catholic High School for the opportunity to learn more about the campaign goals and projects.  During the program,...

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'Thank You' video from Hamilton to FSPA

Sister Lucy Ann Meyer and Mary Snider, FSPA affiliate, are helping Hamilton Early Learning Center educators in La Crosse, Wisconsin, to “… provide students with the best educational experience possible” through an FSPA ministry grant they sponsor.  Sister Lucy Ann and Mary are striving to provide “overall health enrichment” for Hamilton’s teachers that includes appreciation luncheons and off-site...

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Socks 2 Serve shares ministry grant gratitude

Lavina Taylor, FSPA affiliate, sponsors an FSPA ministry grant for Socks to Serve, an organization that provides socks, blankets, water and basic supplies —  "packs for a purpose, kits for a cause"  — to approximately 200 homeless men and women on the streets of Tucson, Arizona. Through Operation Winter Warm, these items plus survival blankets were distributed.   "We at Socks 2 Serve like finding...

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Sister Norma Pimentel shares powerful message from border

Sister Norma Pimentel has been the face of compassion and care for more than 100,000 immigrants along the Texas-Mexico border. During this presentation hosted by the FSPA Encuentro@TheBorderTeam, she shares what she sees on a daily basis at the border. “Encuentro at the border is so important,” shared Sister Norma. “It is important that we really make that encounter with others, especially those...

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I love living in community because...

What is the FSPA mission? And how do we live in community--and what do we love about it? Our mission as Catholic sisters, as vowed Franciscan women centered in Eucharist, is our commitment to be loving presence through prayer, witness and service. We live in community which grounds us in a prayerful life, our sacred tradition of perpetual adoration, and pushes us to minister to meet the needs of...

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Film shares origins of Mayo Clinic Health System - Franciscan Healthcare

In the late 19th century, the river town of La Crosse, Wisconsin, became a center of medical excellence, home to St. Francis Hospital, founded by the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in 1883. In the 1920s, the physician brothers Archibald and George Skemp opened a clinic nearby. Together, they provided skillful, compassionate care to generations of patients in La Crosse and the...

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We accept Pope Francis’ invitation to further Laudato Si’

“We have the opportunity to prepare a better tomorrow for all. From God's hands we have received a garden, we cannot leave a desert to our children.” - Pope Francis Pope Francis released his Laudato Si’ encyclical in 2015, an urgent call to ecological sustainability. And this year, he invites all of us to take significant action. Building on our Franciscan legacy of caring for creation, FSPA...

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Going off the grid with Marilyn Pedretti

Marilyn Pedretti, FSPA affiliate, graciously offered to host an event that included a tour of her off-grid, straw bale home followed by a nearby hike on McGilvray "Seven Bridges" road. As part of FSPA Affiliation's 40th anniversary celebration, affiliates and their guests toured Marilyn's two-acre chemical-free vegetable garden as she shared her dream of providing local vegetables through an...

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US sisters take up call to examine role in systemic racism

"We as women religious are absolutely called to this work. It's fundamental to who we say we are, and the first step is to revisit our history, all our collective history and our specific history," said Sr. Elise García , also an Adrian Dominican  and the current LCWR  president. "We have to admit and recognize the ways we have been complicit in this." Read : Global Catholic Sisters Report 'Our...

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Curiosity, persistence and determination leads to successful 'harp ministry'

"News 19 photographer Elizabeth Briggson and Dave Solie spoke with Sister Malinda recently, and learned more about what became a 'harp ministry.' Sister Malinda would play at care facilities and hospitals, resulting in some amazing stories. She now focuses her playing at the Mary of the Angels Chapel, Saint Rose Convent and San Damiano Chapel on the Viterbo University campus. But if the...

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Watch: Environmental Justice: Nursing for Planetary Health

Jessica LeClair, clinical instructor at UW-Madison School of Nursing, speaks to "characterizing the linkages between human-caused disruptions of earth's natural systems and the resulting impacts on public health" and how we can answer this call to the cry of the earth, cry of the poor in FSPA's latest Eco in Action Lunch & Learn "Environmental Justice: Nursing for Planetary Health." This session...

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Watch: Sister Kathy shares Thea's story with award recipient

The Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center presented our First Annual Thea Bowman Award at its Spring 2021 Benefit. The recipient was Sister of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary Linda Haydock, who was the founding director of the Intercommunity Peace & Justice Center and led this ministry for 26 years. "We are so grateful to your community for the gift of Thea Bowman, and for giving us permission...

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Seeding a Legacy: NETWORK's gratitude

Seeding a Legacy of Healing grant recipient NETWORK updated us with this message and video: "I’m excited to share with you a brief video sharing some of the highlights of our work made possible by FSPA’s grant support, featuring our four new staff members who started this year." - Maggie Brevig, NETWORK   This Seeding a Legacy of Healing investment was sponsored by Sisters Celesta Day, Suzanne...

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Sister Sarah Hennessey: a mental wellness 'Shining Star'

“I have a beautiful, fulfilling life and I have mental health issues,” shares Sister Sarah Hennessey in a La Crosse Tribune article announcing that the La Crosse Mental Health Coalition has honored her with its 2021 Shining Star Award. Sister Sarah Hennessey (image courtesy of Franciscan Spirituality Center ) Sister Sarah is both a longtime advocate of mental wellness and a person managing her...

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$1.1 million grant seeds healing for families and children

Families and children facing physical and substance abuse, mental illness and more are experiencing FSPA's seeding a legacy of healing through a $1.1 million grant given to Family & Children's Center of La Crosse, Wisconsin.   The grant, announced on May 11, is part of FSPA's Seeding a Legacy of Healing mission. Funds will support FCC’s operating costs and endowment to support programs and...

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FSPA seeds a legacy of learning, food security, care for creation

On Earth Day 2021 — Northside Elementary School, Logan Northside Neighborhood Association and the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration joined forces in La Crosse for the groundbreaking of a new garden, seeding together a legacy of learning, healthful living and care for all creation. Sister Anita Beskar, who led the Logan Northside Neighborhood Garden initiative, joined Northside Elementary...

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George Floyd: we pray, we reflect, we act

As we pray with the Floyd family, the Chauvin family, Minneapolis and the world, we're reminded of Father Bryan Massingale's words: "I stress that human dignity admits of no small print, no exclusions, no 'buts.' God grants it to all regardless of any human characteristic, achievement, or lack thereof and regardless of race, gender, social class, sexual orientation, national residence,...

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Sister Kathy Roberg Makes Sleeping Mats for Homeless

Sister Kathy Roberg  found a way to care for our planet while caring for some of its most vulnerable inhabitants. Since 2015, she’s made sleeping mats for the homeless from plastic bags. When the pandemic limited many of her volunteer activities, Roberg channeled her energy and time into the mats. To date, she’s made 272 of them. “I’ve actually given away 350, because, for a time, my cousin had a...

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FSPA begins compensation project as it joins the Fight for $15

Update: We've rolled out our compensation project and effective July 1, 2021, the FSPA minimum wage is $15. In appreciation of our valued partners in mission on staff and in support of the actions of the Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility (ICCR) , the Seventh Generation for Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investment and the Raise the Wage Act of 2021, we have partnered with Wipfli...

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Exploring Intersections: watch gender equity panel discussion

Exploring Intersections : Catholic Sisters on Racism, Migration and Climate is a collaborative project of Leadership Conference of Women Religious congregations in Iowa, eastern Missouri and Nebraska, joined by a few additional congregations from Wisconsin, including the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Gender equity or the equal access to resources and opportunities regardless of...

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"Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Help People Incorporated Look to the Future"

"In 2020, the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration  joined us in this effort by providing a transformational gift that will allow People Incorporated to expand this important work. This gift will support the growth of our Service to Community programming, so essential to community health and wellness, while also supporting training efforts in the areas of cultural understanding and...

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FSPA signs on to Tyler Clementi statement supporting LGBTQ youth

“Most of all, know that God created you, God loves you and God is on your side.”  -Tyler Clementi statement As reported by Global Catholic Sisters Report, the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops issued a statement signed by five different bishops, expressing “concerns” over President Joe Biden’s decision to extend existing federal protections against sex discrimination to include LGBTQ people....

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FSPA connects with Juanita Sims Doty Foundation

In November 2018 on their way to the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi, for the opening of Sister Thea Bowman’s cause for canonization, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration Marla Lang, Helen Elsbernd and Eileen McKenzie had a chance encounter with Dr. Karla McCullough, the executive director for Juanita Sims Doty Foundation . That chance encounter at the airport led to the beginning of a...

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Lunch & Learn tackled farming amidst climate change

Experience "Resilient Farming Systems in the Face of Climate Change," the latest FSPA Lunch & Learn event, presented by Ron Rosmann on Feb. 9, 2021.  Ron owns and operates Rosmann Family Farms with his family in Harlan, Iowa, and is a founding board member of the grassroots organization Practical Farmers of Iowa. He spoke about how climate change impacts agriculture and his approach to that...

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Watch Sister Lucy's Ecospirituality in Action Lunch & Learn

Sister Lucy Slinger recently presented "Life Lessons for Our Future From COVID-19" during the first Ecospirituality in Action Lunch & Learn session, part of a series of virtual opportunities, presented the second Tuesday of each month in 2021. In her presentation, Sister Lucy offered “Pandemic Key Gifts of Influence” that include “successful responses to this pandemic” as invitations “to know how...

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'Millennial nuns are thriving ... not dying off'

"That's what religious life is," shares Sister Julia Walsh ithe KIRO Radio News report, "Millennial nuns are thriving: 'We are not dying off." She is one of two sisters interviewed for the story, both considered to be of the millennial generation of women religious, serving and living intergenerationally in their respective communities. Photo by Ben White on Unsplash "For some reason, that's...

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United in prayer and action: Cameroon School Shooting

Let us continue to pray for peace. "Pope Francis, during the Wednesday General Audience, expressed sorrow over the tragic murders of at least six students by unidentified gunmen in Kumba, southwest Cameroon, over the weekend. 'I share in the suffering of the families of the young students barbarically killed last Saturday in Kumba, in Cameroon,' the Pope said. 'I feel great bewilderment at such a...

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'The Healing Power of Love in Action' with Sister Sarah

Catholic Climate Covenant invites us to experience "The Healing Power of Love in Action: Creation Care in a Time of Pandemic and Partisanship" in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis  and the conclusion of Season of Creation 2020. The organization is offering two virtual opportunities to honor St. Francis on Oct. 4 and beyond: a 90-minute program and a video. Created for personal or group use,...

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Thea Bowman Institute For Excellence and Leadership

Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has announced its founding of "an academic and leadership program for Black women," Thea Bowman Institute for Excellence and Leadership. “The time is now, and the place is Alverno, for this Institute to flourish and attract Milwaukee’s best, brightest and most committed Black women seeking to experience the power of an Alverno education,” says Ronett...

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Sister Laurie professes final vows

“Jesus said to her, “If you wish to be perfect, go, sell what you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven.  Then come, follow me.” This is what Sister Laurie Sullivan has done. She has given all away and today will vow to follow the Gospel for the rest of her life as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. She can only do this because she knows that she is loved, by...

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Sister Meg's Season of Creation Eco-Conversion Story

Global Catholic Climate Movement is living the Season of Creation deeply in communion with Christians worldwide. "Amid crises that have shaken our world, we’re awakened to the urgent need to heal our relationships with creation and each other."  GCCM invites all to live the the Season of Creation and has created Laudato Si' Reflection, a monthly resource for individuals and groups that includes...

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Adoration Moment For When You Are Anxious

Through FSPA Adoration Moment, we continue to connect with those seeking comfort in uncertain times, while engaging the greater community in the practice of adoration. This ongoing series, launched last year, is intended to support viewers by providing a moment of gentle reflection and deep sense of calm. In our fifth installment of Adoration Moment, we address the challenge of anxiety in...

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"American Saints Who Were People of Color"

We are invited to "Enjoy meeting some new friends in heaven!", including Sister Thea Bowman, in the article "American Saints Who Were People of Color."

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LISSN gives to WAFER, helps feed families in need

La Crosse Interfaith Shoulder to Shoulder Network has given $1,500 to the La Crosse-area food pantry WAFER, honoring the Muslim holiday Eid al-Adha by helping to feed families struggling amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.  According to an article published in La Crosse Tribune, LISSN, an organization missioned to eradicate Islamophobia, made the donation in lieu of hosting a local celebration to honor...

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'Continued violence in Cameroon threatens sisters'

From a convent infirmary in Shisong, Cameroon, Tertiary Sister of St. Francis Kenyuyfoon Gloria Wirba experiences the grave danger of the Ambazonia War. "While shouting," she shares in her story, published in Global Sisters Report, "the commander came towards me with a gun and said, 'I can shoot you.'" Visit globalsistersreport.org to read "Continued violence in Cameroon threatens sisters." FSPA...

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'Baptized and sent' to Cameroonian refugees

Global Sisters Report is sharing Tertiary Sister of St. Francis Mary Nyuylem's story of serving Cameroonian refugees in Nigeria —  a humanitarian effort supported by both lay and ecclesiastical organizations and individuals from around the world, including TSSF and FSPA. She tells of her ministry in one of 25 refugee settlements in Nigeria that "host more than 35,000" women, men and...

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FSPA and EarthBeat NCR collaborate to 'wake up the world'

The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration announced on July 31 a gift of $1.5 million to NCR’s endowment earmarked to support and amplify “integral ecological education and journalism reflecting the spirit of Laudato Si’.” The gift marks the establishment of the Laudato Si' Fund, which NCR will seek to grow with gifts from other donors. FSPA was among the first supporters of EarthBeat, the...

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Loyola renames Flannery O'Connor Hall after Thea

Exemplifying "recent equity and inclusion efforts," Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore has announced the renaming of campus residence Flannery O'Connor Hall in honor of Sister Thea Bowman. According to an article published in the university's publication, The Greyhound, "This renaming comes after recent recognition of Flannery O'Connor, a 20th century Catholic American writer, and the racism...

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Wisconsin Public Radio's podcast addressing racism

Wisconsin Public Radio’s July 10 Newsmakers podcast addresses racism in Southwestern Wisconsin. Sister Laura Nettles and FSC staffer Jean Pagliero share their thoughts on the topic as well as information on FSC’s “Racism and the Coulee Region ” virtual dialogue series (next event: July 28; visit fsc.retreatportal.com for details). To listen to Jean and Sister Laura (who says about racism, “......

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"Mississippi bishops denounce racism in 4th of July letter"

Several news outlets have shared articles addressing the recent denouncement of racism  by bishops in Mississippi. “Drawing from the example of the late Sister Thea Bowman  … Mississippi’s two bishops denounced racism as ‘a plague among us.’” Visit catholicnewsagency.com to read “Mississippi bishops denounce racism in 4th of July letter.” Sister Thea Bowman

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"Which Catholic women inspire you?"

As stated in U.S.  Catholic magazine’s  recent article, “Which Catholic women inspire you? ,” “When my students are overwhelmed with the needs of the world or their families, I teach them about the strength of Franciscan Sister Thea Bowman .” Follow this link to read more: uscatholic.org . Sister Thea Bowman

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Brother Mickey, guided by Sister Thea, paints "I Can't Breathe"

In the article, "Liturgical artist uses gifts to heal wounds of racism," Brother Mickey McGrath speaks of his "guiding force," Sister Thea Bowman, and shares that his work, including his new painting "I Can't Breathe," is his "way of trying to get people to see Christ in each other." Read more at catholicphilly.com .

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"The leaders are supposed to look like their folks."

Sister Thea Bowman is present in U.S. Catholic magazine's "Let the vibrant art of Laura James lead you through scripture," an article about the artist's "religious imagery" that is "... instantly recognizable as belonging within a tradition of Christian sacred art" and that draws from "the rich heritage of Ethiopian iconography." In describing the figures in James' work, the author writes that...

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Sisters Thea and Charlene in the CNA's "We Shall Overcome"

"I'm sure she's watching what's going on in the United States, and I think she's cheering for the African Americans and all the people who have been subjected to pain and injustice," shares Sister Charlene Smith of her friend, Sister Thea Bowman, in the Catholic News Agency podcast "We Shall Overcome."  Sister Charlene's conversation with CNA is one of two of featured in the podcast — a narrative...

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Faithful Friend living Franciscan values

FSPA is blessed to have Patrick McMenamy as a partner in mission. Since 1978, Patrick has been a collaborator with us through Faithful Friends, a monthly giving program that invites all to support our ministries of prayer, witness and service. He shares with us inspiration — compassion and Franciscan values — to serve.  FSPA Faithful Friend Patrick McMenamy and his wife Elaine Perspectives...

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Franciscan Community Resource Center on the horizon

In La Crosse, those homeless or at risk of homelessness will soon be served at Franciscan Community Resource Center, a new daytime facility offering personal connections and social service resources. The center will be housed in a building recently purchased by Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse and formerly owned by Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare La Crosse. In an...

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Sister Thea's voice resounds in NCR, America magazine

"Sometimes I feel like a motherless child, a long ways from home," is sounding throughout the country. It was Sister Thea Bowman's song to U.S. Catholic Bishops in her address "Being a Black Catholic" more than 30 years ago. And, as reported in National Catholic Reporter's June 2 article, "Black in America: I am tired," it is our attempt to try "to find a song that will help us perform hope" in...

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Honoring George Floyd: dismantling white privilege

Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration take action to honor George Floyd and dismantle white privilege Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration stand in solidarity with so many around the world who are outraged by the killing of George Floyd. As with the Leadership Council of Women Religious, we mourn with his family and friends and with all who have lost loved ones to law enforcement...

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Join your voice with FSPA as they pray Laudato Si'

Sisters Margaret Ann Mason, Margaret Schmolke, Mary Myron Stork, Gertrude Daugherty, Jolyce Greteman and Pauline Wittry join their voices in this video, reciting the Common Prayer for the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si':

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Faith for Earth Initiative, communion with creation

United Nation's Faith for Earth Initiative and Global Catholic Climate Movement's webinar "Deepening Our Communion With Creation" are excellent resources for answering the call of Laudato Si'.   Photo by Tomas Malik  on Unsplash The Faith for Earth Initiative is designed to foster global connections through the mission of the UN Environment Program, missioned to "encourage, empower and engage...

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Adoration Moment: For when you are grieving

Last year, FSPA launched Adoration Moment: a comforting experience of peace and all good. Adoration Moment is a series of adoration meditations intended to leave the viewer with a deep sense of calm and presence. The fourth meditation in the series, Grief, features beautiful photos, harp music, psalms and scenes from Mary of the Angels Chapel. “Lord, I am crying my heart out! Tears are my steady...

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"Never Forget Who You Are" in life, global crisis

"In this time of global crisis," writes Elizabeth Allen, FSPA Director of Affiliation , "may we all take to heart these words of wisdom. Never forget who you are." Beth shares this advice, given to her by Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Jean Moore, in a reflection that encompasses living out the values of reflection, presence, simplicity, humility, peacemaking, stewardship and service in...

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We commit ourselves to protect Mother Earth

FSPA has a long and important history of ecospirituality in action. When sisters purchased the FSPA farmland at St. Joseph Ridge in La Crosse, Wisconsin, in 1895, and land in Hiawatha, Iowa, in 1962, they did so for economic reasons and to meet the needs of community members. Through those decisions they also protected these lands from development.  As we continue to proclaim A Revolution of...

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Podcast: Sisters talk "tug" to religious life

In "A Chat With Sisters," host Jack Socha visits with Sister Eileen McKenzie and Sister Laura Nettles about their "tugs" to religious life and their Lenten prayer plans. Listen to the podcast

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Stories from the border [listen]

Wisconsin Public Radio's Newsmakers program caught up with Sister Mary Arnoldussen, FSPA staff members Pat Ruda and Vickie Kendle and The Greater La Crosse Area Diversity Council Executive Director Arlette Rodriguez-Miller upon returning from a recent trip to the U.S. - Mexico border where they observed conditions for migrants trying to cross. Click image, or here, to listen to the Newsmakers...

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Sister Kathy reflects on her time at the border

"As my three friends and I began our two-week journey here on some of the hottest days of the year (July 8-21), I wondered if the harsh beauty of this land was symbolic of the people we were to meet and their life's circumstances. Weren't these people of our time fleeing from slavery, fleeing from government controls, rejection, poverty, drug violence, climate crises, child trafficking and...

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Ministry fund grant supports Nevada youth group

  Because an affiliate sponsored a ministry fund grant … The youth group from Holy Child Catholic Church in Panaca, Nevada, was able to attend the Steubenville Catholic Youth Conference in San Diego, California. Their group leader sent the following thank you: “They have just now arrived in San Diego, and they are getting signed in to their rooms. They have worked hard to get there, and they are...

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FSPA supports NCR EarthBeat

National Catholic Reporter’s newest project, EarthBeat, has launched. EarthBeat is a comprehensive resource that tells stories of how people of faith are taking action on climate change. Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration’s generous support helped make EarthBeat possible and is listed as a funder on the site. The publisher thanks FSPA for the faith in this new endeavor.  Read EarthBeat...

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Day of Prayer for Creation: AdorationTalk [video]

AdorationTalk release: Canticle of the Creatures Reflect on this AdorationTalk as we honor the World Day of  Prayer for the Care of Creation on Sept. 1 “All creation is family.  All creation praises and glorifies God in a unique way,” begins Sarah Hennessey, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, in her latest AdorationTalk. She invites us in to learn more about St. Francis’ “Canticle of the...

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Sisters call for end to gun violence

Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, as members of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, call for an end to gun violence. The recent mass shootings in our country impel us to once again beg all citizens and all elected leaders to end the rampant rage and division that has overpowered the nation and too often result in mass, indiscriminate violence. We are a nation that promises a...

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Adoration Moment: meditation experience for all

Earlier this year, Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration launched Adoration Moment: a comforting experience of peace and all good. Adoration Moment is designed as a meditative experience intended to leave the viewer with a deep sense of calm and presence—a feeling of peace and all good. The second meditation in the series, Life is Worth Living, features beautiful photos, harp music, scenes...

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Discerning religious life? Meet Sister Laura.

  Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration knows that considering life as a Catholic sister today can be met with lots of questions, both for the woman contemplating vows and for her family. Women have been asking discerning questions of FSPA for 170 years, founded May 28, 1849.  “To kick off our 170th anniversary celebration, we’re introducing Sister Laura Nettles,” explains Sister Amy Taylor,...

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Religious life questions? Watch Sisters Dawn & Jacinta

We know that considering life as a Catholic sister today can be met with lots of questions, both for the woman contemplating vows and for her family. And that’s we created a video series for women contemplating religious life. We’ve introduced sisters who answer the following common questions, “What if my family doesn’t agree with my choice?”, and “What if my family isn’t Catholic?” Now, hear...

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New video: Vocations and parent conversations

Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration knows that considering life as a Catholic sister today can be met with lots of questions, both for the woman contemplating vows and for her family. And that’s why FSPA has added a second video to its Show me a sign guide for discerners. In the series premiere, “What if my family doesn’t agree with my choice? ”, Sister Lucy Slinger sat down with her...

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U.S. bishops condemn sin of racism

  "But racism still profoundly affects our culture, and it has no place in the Christian heart. This evil causes great harm to its victims, and it corrupts the souls of those who harbor racist or prejudicial thoughts. The persistence of the evil of racism is why we are writing this letter now." - Open Wide our Hearts: The Enduring Call to Love America  published an article featuring news from the...

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AdorationTalk: Prayer beyond the basics [watch]

  Prayer Beyond Words: 7 steps for contemplative prayer “To pray beyond words is to simply sit in the love of God. To be touched by God. To rest in God. To quiet the inner as well as outer sounds and find our own being in God,” begins Sarah Hennessey, a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, in her latest AdorationTalk, “Prayer Beyond Words.” Sister Sarah offers insight into prayer beyond...

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Video premiere: vocations and family conversations

We know that considering life as a Catholic sister today can be met with lots of questions, both for the woman contemplating vows and for her family. And that’s why we've added a video series to our Show me a sign guide for discerners. In the Show me a sign series premiere, “What if my family doesn’t agree with my choice?”, Sister Lucy Slinger sits down with her sibling and speaks candidly about...

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Sister Julia joins Sirius XM as a guest

America magazine published an article written by Sister Julia Walsh in its July 23 issue: "Standing in the divide: The Postville immigration raid, 10 years later ." And on Aug. 1, America invited Sister Julia to be a guest on the America This Week program hosted by Sirius XM radio's The Catholic Channel.  Listen to Remembering Postville, 10 years later . 

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Sister Julia gets real on Jewish Podcast

  Sister Julia Walsh tackles questions about Motherhood, Discernment and Community  Sister Julia Walsh was featured as “Gentile of the Week” on a Jewish podcast called, Unorthodox . The podcast, a product of Tablet Magazine, an American Jewish online publication, allowed Sister Julia to tackle some difficult questions, including motherhood, discernment, and choosing a community. And in return,...

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