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New leadership team takes office July 1, 2014
Sister Karen Lueck was elected president of the FSPA at the congregation's general assembly held in March. Sister Karen has recently been ministering as incorporation co-minister in La Crosse, Wisconsin. As president Sister Karen is the official representative of the congregation. She takes office with the newly elected leadership team.
Sister Sarah featured in latest "Called" video
Sister Sarah walks us through a major question she had while preparing to profess final vows: “Is wearing distinguished dress something I’m called to do?” In the "Called" video, we learn that Sister Sarah, before becoming Catholic, considered wearing a head covering (as a Quaker). “In vows,” said Sister Sarah, “I did a lot of thinking about what it means to be a consecrated woman—to give yourself to God.” She goes on to say that “…today, I am really comfortable with the way I am expressing my witness to God.”
Prairiewoods is touted as “A place to relax, rejuvenate and reconnect"
In a recent story that aired on the ABC-affiliate station KORG, Cedar Rapids, Iowa-area viewers learned that “Tucked away on the outskirts of Hiawatha is a spiritual space that six Catholic nuns first envisioned about 20 years ago. Now people come to rediscover themselves, nature, or even God.” And many in the community are seeking personal balance, says Sister Joann Gehling. “… they’re finding they are giving too much of their lives away.”
Viterbo University renovating Chapel as sign of continued Franciscan presence
The stained-glass windows of Viterbo University's San Damiano Chapel will be repaired as part of its chapel renovation. Sister Linda Mershon points to the chapel’s importance to FSPA for the sisters’ service at San Damiano and St. Wenceslaus, and Viterbo President Rick Artman acknowledged FSPA’s funding and support of the project as “a remarkable gift.”
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