Laurette Kelly read the Course of Miracles in the 1980s and it changed her life. She was married, the mother of eight children, and a licensed practical nurse. Suddenly, she knew that God was total love and mercy. She had met Sr. Georgene through Christian Family Camp where she took her family every year. Georgene was a spiritual director to Laurette and a life-long friend. Georgene suggested Laurette take some courses offered at the time by Sr. Virginia Mary and Sr. Diane Przyborowski. Through these classes, through the other participants and through the Sisters, Laurette continued to embrace the God of love. Laurette became a Covenant Member with the first group of men and women called to this new way of life through the Wheaton Franciscans in September 1983.
Laurette continued to share her God of love through loving service to people less fortunate than she when she moved to Florida with her husband to retire. She was a volunteer for Elmer’s Table (a program of feeding people who were homeless), a Eucharistic Minister through the parish, a volunteer for “Give Kids the World” for children with catastrophic illnesses and a fund-raiser for a priest in Florida who had an orphanage in the Congo. Laurette also felt at home with the Wheaton Franciscans and would visit whenever she was able.