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Lady Poverty is focus of 2013 Christmas Appeal

Dear Friends,

 

Saint Francis loved Lady Poverty and saw her in every person he met, especially the

lepers and beggars of his time. Saint Clare saw poverty as central to living the Gospel. AdeKroll_FSLF_FaithfulFoolsAs followers of Francis and Clare, we are attuned to God’s love for all people, especially those who are poor. Love helps us look beyond the outer person to see the person created and loved by God; love guides our hands and hearts in all that we do. With this in mind, and as the season of Christmas approaches, we come before you with our annual appeal, seeking your help to support our ministries and our work among the poor. 

 

Our long history of serving people in need—orphans, the elderly, even the “brothers” who rode the rails during the Depression—comes from the love we have through Jesus Christ, whose precious birth we celebrate next month. When we first established ourselves as a Franciscan community in 1891, generous donors supported our work; as our ministries evolved, generous donors continued that support.d to God’s love for all people, especially those who are poor. Love helps us look beyond the outer person to see the person created and loved by God; love guides our hands and hearts in all that we do. With this in mind, and as the season of Christmas approaches, we come before you with our annual appeal, seeking your help to support our ministries and our work among the poor.

 

The same is true to today. Your generosity allows us to continue our tradition of serving people in need. We can point to our sisters who work within various Hispanic communities, assisting immigrant families in adapting to a different culture, helping them find a church home, building bridges between Spanish-speaking and English-speaking populations in central Minnesota and along the U.S./Mexico border. Through you, we can live and work for social justice in rural Mississippi, where racism still prevails. We can accompany people living on the streets in San Francisco, offering respect and love to those who are alone with no resources.

 

Your support reaches to Latin America, subsidizing our work to run a school for spiritual directors in Ecuador, a missionary training center in Mexico, and programs for women and children in a poor barrio in Nicaragua. Financial support from donors, like you, has sustained us in mission and ministry for over a century. Many of you know us as chaplains, caregivers, spiritual directors and former teachers. Our ability to be a Franciscan presence among the poor is due largely to you and your love, which makes us all sisters and brothers of Jesus and beloved of God. Thank you!

 

Throughout this Christmas season, may God fill your heart with joy and reconciliation, ensured by the coming of His son, Jesus Christ. Know that we hold you and your family gratefully in prayer. Merry Christmas!

 

Blessings,

Sister Beatrice Eichten
Community Minister/President

 

 


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The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, is a community of Catholic women religious who follow the Gospel of Jesus Christ, walking in the footsteps of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. We believe that the living of a poor, simple and prayerful community life is a ministry of presence and witness. Our doors are open to the public to celebrate Mass in Sacred Heart Chapel and to benefit from the St. Francis Music Center and St. Francis Health & Recreation Center. We welcome those who wish to join us as sisters, associates, volunteers, transfer sisters, friends and donors.

 

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