As followers of St. Francis and St. Clare, we center our lives on the Franciscan tradition of reaching out to those on the margins of society. We continue this tradition by working to meet the needs of the time.
The following articles by or about our ministries, our Sisters, Covenant Companions and friends of the Community share how we focus on service today.
The power of influence
By Jeanne Connolly
Beloved, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. Keep on doing the things that you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and the God of peace will be with you (Philippians 4:8-9).
During the first week of April, May and July, I attended funerals for three people taken rather suddenly from the lives of their loved ones. None of them was famous. They were not politicians or in the public eye. They did not own large companies or contribute millions of dollars (that I know of), yet they influenced the lives of many, many others every single day simply being the good and loving people God created them to be.
Carol Simler Inducted into Public Health Honor Society
Induction into this society is an honor bestowed upon students, alumni, faculty, and honorary members who have demonstrated outstanding leadership, scholarship, and achievement in furthering the cause of public health.
“I’m honored and quite humbled by the whole experience,” Carol shared.
Journey toward interdependence
In January I read with delight and excitement Sr. Joan Chittister’s keynote address to the Fourth International Oblate Congress. I am a Franciscan and Covenant Companion, and her words inspired, invigorated and comforted me.
I was reminded of a day of reflection that I offered for an inter-congregational group of sisters and associates. The theme was “The Journey Toward Interdependence: Grounded in our Charisms.”
I have been exploring the theme of interdependence as it relates to the associate-religious relationship for several years. Sr. Joan Chittister and her consistent message that we are all called have helped me explore more deeply my own sense of how the associate-religious relationship might evolve.