The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls announced the 2016 recipients of the Franciscan Earth Citizen award during the Spring Chorale Concert on May 1 at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls. Honorees include Sister Donna Zetah, OSF, and Franciscan Associates Karen Schellinger, Ramona and Russ Kadow.
With inspiration from Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment, Laudato Sí: On Care of Our Common Home, these recipients were chosen by how they live the values promoted by Pope Francis and held dear by the Franciscan Sisters. Specific values include respect for the integrity of creation, respect for all people especially the poor, generosity in sharing their gifts with others, appreciation for the beauty of the earth, responsible use of goods, engaging with environmental policies and efforts to live sustainably.
Sister Donna Zetah has a deep love for and dedication to serving our Hispanic sisters and brothers. She has lived out the Gospel by helping the poor and has worked to attain the common good as expressed in Laudato Sí. In 1968 as a missionary to the Altiplano of Peru, Sister Donna used her nursing background to assist those in need in South and Central America as well in the United States. Serving many years in the Camp Health Aid Program, Sister Donna travelled with the migrants and, with a listening ear, helped migrant workers as they followed the harvests. She has the ability to maintain contacts and friendships with the many individuals she has met over the years.
Since 2009, the Franciscan Sisters have endorsed the Earth Charter as a way to educate others of the needs of our Mother Earth and the global community. For more information about the Franciscan Sisters and their ministries, visit their website at www.fslf.org.
Click here to watch a video of the awards being presented.