Meet Sister Sarah!
Sister Sarah Hennessey, raised as a Quaker in the South, joined the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration in 2002, professed her first vows in 2005 and renewed her commitment in 2008. On September 24, 2011, we welcomed Sister Sarah into full membership during her vow ceremony at St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wisconsin. This ceremony culminated the nine-year process that Sister Sarah had to take to become fully incorporated into the FSPA congregation. Today, she serves as a Spiritual Director for the Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse. She officially joined the staff in 2019, but her involvement with the center goes back several years. As a spiritual director, Sister Sarah uses her Bachelor of Arts degree in religious studies and her Master of Arts degree in theology from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota to companion others to find the holy in the ordinary.
“I am in love with Christ and I love to have my whole life centered on Christ. Being an FSPA helps me be more ‘Sarah,’” explained Sister Sarah when asked why she became an FSPA. She lives out Eucharistic presence by “listening to others that are hurting, playing with a friend in joy and gazing at a sunset in awe.” During her free time, she enjoys singing, taking long walks in nature and making some of the best popcorn around! Sister Sarah has been teaching about prayer for many years and states “My prayer practices help me be who I am meant to be. Gazing on Christ, I see Christ gazing on me.”