For me it was an easy choice: Of course, I would become an associate! These sisters were my family since 1959, when I became a boarding student at St. Francis High School. After graduating, I entered the convent here and stayed for two years, discerning a religious vocation. The day came when I knew religious life was not my calling, but I left knowing I would always find a home at the convent.
Values I have learned over the years include developing a focused prayer life, engaging in peace and social justice activities, some involvement in politics, and deep appreciation for the love of family and friends. With support and encouragement, the sisters welcomed my tentative ventures into areas that stretched me.
Working in the Associates Office for 8¼ years broadened my vision to include all of the associates connected to the sisters. What a blessing they are! Their stories and activities served as a true motivator for me. What is most meaningful is knowing all of us, sisters and associates, share a common calling: to live the gospel life. It’s so refreshing to walk with people who are walking in the footprints of Francis and Clare! Being a Franciscan Associate has grown my heart in ways I couldn’t have imagined 30 years ago. And I fully intend to continue this marvelous relationship as long as I am able. I am blessed indeed!
Thank you, Judy, for
being one of the first associates
and helping to shape the path for others to follow.