Associates welcome six new members

Geri Dietz, Associate Office

On a stunningly beautiful October 9th Sunday, six applicants made their Franciscan Sister and Associate Relationship commitment. They are: Camilo Barrera from Colombia, Jan Duhnke from Alexandria, Steven Good from Pierz, Betty Kampa Miller from St. Cloud, Mary Poser from Pierz and Mary Pull from Waite Park.

All the applicants had been studying the stories of Saint Francis by reading the book Francis of Assisi: The Song Goes On by Hugh Noonan, OFM, and Roy M. Gasnick, OFM. In addition, they read two books by Sister Elise Saggau entitled The Franciscan Third Order and the Penitential Tradition and St. Clare of Assisi. They also were given a book on the Franciscan Sisters’ history called, A Glimpse of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, by Sister Beata Lorsung. Furthermore, they received the book put out by the Associate’s Office entitled, Sharing Franciscan Values: A Handbook. Plus, the applicants received various articles from the Franciscan Sisters including those by Sister Mary Zirbes and Sister Jean Schwieters.

Later, the applicants were companioned with a sister or another associate. They received a reflection book by the Associate’s Office entitled, Becoming an Associate, which delves deeper into the Franciscan charism, values and other various topics. Their time with their companion is highly valued as the spirits of both the applicant and the companion are nourished by tending to the relationship.
On a side note, if you know of someone who you think would be inspired by the Franciscan spirit by exploring the Associate Relationship, please don’t hesitate to invite them to e-mail me at gdietz@fslf.org or call me at: (320)632-0698. I would love to talk with them!

Also on Associate Commitment Day, many associates celebrated anniversaries - 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years of commitment with the Franciscan Sisters. Many more associates and guests were in attendance for the 30th anniversary of the Associate Relationship. It was a glorious celebration!


Left to right: Camilo Barrera (Bogotá, Colombia), Jan Duhnke, Mary Pull,  Betty Kampa Miller, Mary Poser, Steven Good.


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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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