November is almost synonymous with Thanksgiving, although I would venture to guess that most of us are thankful each day, as a way of life. In this e-newsletter, you’ll find references to the many ways in which we poise in spoken and unspoken prayer.
On Associate Commitment Sunday, we welcomed 11 new associates. Since I was one of them, I am thankful that I could publicly proclaim the one-ness I feel with Franciscan values and with these Franciscan Sisters. As I told sisters, I am the same person as I was the day before the ceremony, yet I am now totally different after the Tau cross was put around my neck.
As thankful as we are for the safety we feel in our homes, for food and clothing and for the lives we lead, we must also be mindful of those whose lives are disregarded by human trafficking. We have a moral responsibility to make choices that lift people up rather than force more into slavery. Is an inexpensive t-shirt worth the slave labor that it took to make it? As Christians, we need to be equipped with knowledge in order to effect change throughout our world.
We held two donor events in October, one in Little Falls and one in downtown Minneapolis. Each was a chance for us to thank our faithful donors for the gifts they offer to sustain the sisters’ ministries. The truth of the matter is that it takes both prayers and dollars to help others. That brings us to Give to the Max Day which is approaching on Nov. 15. Six donors have contributed $8,500 for matching grants and we are hoping to meet or exceed that match. We are thankful for all that has been done and all that will be done.
A theologian once said that the shortest prayer we can say is, “Thank you.” Indeed, we do.
Deanna V. Boone
Saint Francis heard Christ speak to him, “Francis, go rebuild my house for you can see it is falling into ruin.” Francis took the words literally and began repairing broken down churches. Gradually, the Spirit led Francis to understand that it was the spiritual life of the universal church that needed rebuilding.
Today the work and mission of the Franciscan Sisters is enhanced by the 260 Franciscan Associates, 11 of whom were welcomed into the Franciscan Community recently on Associate Commitment Sunday. They “desire to be sister and brother to all of God’s people and creatures and who want to make the world a more loving, just and peaceful community.”
Human trafficking – it’s beyond most people’s comprehension, yet it affects people in our community, as well as across the world.
"According to the U.S. State Department, there are over 12 million adult and child slaves worldwide, 56% of whom are women and girls. After drug trafficking, trafficking of human beings is tied with arms trafficking as the second largest criminal industry in the world. It is also the fastest growing. Traffickers generate billions of dollars in profits every year while victimizing millions of people around the globe."
As Franciscan Sisters, we uphold the dignity of each person. Human trafficking is a criminal act that violates human rights and exploits innocent people. At this year’s Franciscan Federation conference, the assembly of Franciscans responded with a written resolution.
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November signals the end of the harvest, the time when the earth goes to sleep in preparation for the next growing season, months ahead. The days are shorter and often seem darker…but not so in the world of fundraising!
We are pleased to announce that we have secured $8,500 in matching grants, which will DOUBLE YOUR DONATION.
While GiveMN promotes online giving and securely receives donations every day of the year, in November it sponsors Give to the Max Day, a one-day online giving campaign that encourages Minnesotans to give to their favorite nonprofits. Give to the Max Day is no small thing. In 2011 more than 47,000 individual donors logged on to GiveMN.org and gave more than $13 million to nearly 4,000 Minnesota charities and nonprofits in that one 24-hour time frame.
Last year was the first time the Franciscan Sisters participated in Give to the Max Day. We were astounded at our success. On Give to the Max Day 2011, we raised over $17,000 to support our mission and ministries. Part of our success was a matching grant of $7,500 from several longtime, loyal donors. How grateful we were!
Time and time again we find that when we ask, our donors respond. So, please join us on November 15 with an online donation to support the FSLF mission and ministries of the Franciscan Sisters. Join the Great Minnesota Give Together!
Wednesday, Oct 31 - Friday, Nov 2
Red Cross Blood Drive
St. Francis Convent (St. Francis Hall), Little Falls
Thursday, Nov 1: 6 to 7:00 PM
Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent
Saturday, Nov 3: 4:30 to 7:00 PM
Franciscan Harvest Supper
St. Francis Hall, Little Falls, MN
Saturday, Nov 10: 7 to 9:00 PM
The Rose Ensemble Performance
Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Francis Convent
Sunday, Nov 11: 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Belgian Waffle Fundraiser
St. Ignatius Church, Annandale
Thursday, Nov 15
Give to the Max Day!
Thursday, Nov 15: 6 to 7:00 PM
Breathing Meditation and Lectio Divina
Gathering Space at St. Francis Convent
Friday, Nov 23: 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Sacred Heart Chapel, Little Falls, MN