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Sister Diane Boehm named Wisconsin Tutor of the Year

Wisconsin Literacy Inc., recognized Sister Diane Boehm as Wisconsin's Tutor of the Year. Sister Diane was honored for her service to Literacy Volunteers-Chippewa Valley, where she tutors several times per week. The Madison Times shared the announcement and FSPA Perspectives magazine will feature Sister Diane in the spring issue.


Franciscan Sisters elect leaders for 2014-2018

The 119-member General Assembly of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration completed three days of meetings March 13-15 at which they elected leaders for 2014-2018.

Sister Karen Lueck was elected president. Sister Karen has recently been ministering as incorporation co-minister in La Crosse, Wis. As president Sister Karen is the official representative of the congregation. She will take office July 1 with the newly elected leadership team.


First annual National Catholic Sisters Week held

The Hilton Foundation Initiative on Catholic Sisters recently awarded a three-year grant to St. Catherine University, St. Paul, Minn., to launch a national Catholic Sisters Week.

FSPA celebrated National Catholic Sisters Week by sharing daily stories about FSPA intended to inspire peace among readers.


Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Marcella Steffes Receives Hometown Hero Award from Wisconsin State Assembly

Marcella Steffes, FSPA, received the Hometown Hero award from the Wisconsin State Assembly. She accepted the award before the full Wisconsin State Assembly in the State Capitol on Feb. 11, 2014. State Representative Jill Billings nominated Sister Steffes for the award, stating, “I decided to nominate Sister Marcella to honor her dedication to music education and community enrichment.”


Sister Julia Walsh published in America Magazine
Religious life: Changed, Not Ended

"Religious life is not in decline; it is simply changing. And it should change. New paradigms of religious life can emerge only if we are open to God changing us beyond our limited imagining and dreaming. We need to remember that numbers do not make communities. In fact, I prefer to be part of a community that feels more like a family than an institution. The freer and more open we are, the better we can live the Gospel according to God’s vision and not our own ideas. We can experience the freedom to have meaningful conversations about “right-sizing” and new forms of ministry. We acknowledge it can be life-giving for the size of community to decrease; lower numbers can open up new opportunities for healthy, intimate relationships." Read the full article at America Magazine.


Sisters offer messages of hope

Both Sisters Rita Rathburn and Laurette Sprosty offer a ministry of presence: Sister Rita in La Crosse at St. Rose Convent and Sister Laurette in Minnesota (after serving for more than 25 years in Zimbabwe). In the stories and more, all linked below, sisters reflect on their lives full of ministry—serving God’s people.

Sister Lucille Embraces the Poetry of Retirement

Retired Sister DeSales Fulfills Prescription for Prayer

From Zimbabwe to Minnesota: Sister Laurette Shares Empowerment of ESL

In Retirement, Sister Rita Shares Hospitality of Hope


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