Beginning March 1, this quasquicentennial year opens the door to look back with gratitude, celebrate their Franciscan mission and ministries in the world and look toward the future with anticipation.
In keeping with their traditions, Mass anchors two key dates: Founding Day on March 1, and the Feast of Saint Francis on Oct. 4. Bishop Donald Kettler will officiate at the first celebration.
“We want to keep things simple, in like fashion with how we live and minister,” said Sister Bea Eichten, Community Minister. “So, we are incorporating this milestone anniversary into everything that we typically do: donor events, St. Francis Music Center concerts, Franciscan Associate commitment service, Jubilees, food fundraisers, reunions and Green Fair Folk Festival.”
“At the same time,” she added, “we have planned several events to truly celebrate our lives as a Franciscan Community and to which we invite the public to join us,” she added.
Social ministry teams will gather on Sunday, April 10, from 1-4 p.m. to celebrate their work and to learn from others in the field; the Paramount Theatre in St. Cloud is hosting Late Nite Catechism Las Vegas! from April 30-May 2, with donations going to the Franciscan Sisters; St. Francis Convent will host an open house on Saturday, July 9, from 1-4 p.m. with musicians from St. Francis Music Center, a self-guided indoor tour and tractor- and horse-drawn wagon outdoor tour, displays and videos which tell the stories of 125 years; and a liturgical performance by renowned musicians David Haas, Marty Haugen and Michael Joncas will be held on Friday, Sept. 30, from 7-8:30 p.m. ($25/person); tickets go on sale March 1 at 9 a.m.
Sister Bea said, “As we so often sing, ‘All Are Welcome in This Place,’ we invite others to join us during this joyous year.”