Sisters remain 'welcoming' - was the title of an article in the January 16, 2012, issue of the Rochester Post-Bulletin by Jeff Hansel.  He starts out with the comment: "Seems to me we should tip our hats to an unlikely example of faith shaping the city of Rochester and Mayo Clinic for more than a century..." A copy is posted in the Community Room at Assisi Heights.



The icon "Epiphany," written by
Sister Clairvaux McFarland, was featured on the front page of the January 8, 2012, issue of Sunday by Sunday newsletter. The original is on display in the Church of the Epiphany, Coon Rapids, MN.



Recently, the Blooming Prairie Education Foundation honored
Sister Franchon Pirkl with the Distinguished Service Award.  The foundation grants this award annually to alumnae for their contribution to church, community and society.

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Yuwatey Suy, Sister Tierney Trueman and Sister Joseen Vogt are shown above with a framed photo and prayer card to be presented to the new COERR Language Skills Center in Battambang, Cambodia.  The presentation was made on behalf of the Sisters of Saint Francis by Yuwatey, on her recent visit to Cambodia. 

 

Sister Ruth Peterson is pictured on page 16 of the Fall 2011 issue of Winona Cotter High School's alumni magazine, Ramblin's. Of special note was her transition to ministry at Assisi Heights, following a career that included instructor of nursing at Saint Marys Hospital, pastoral ministry with Catholic Eldercare in NE Minneapolis, and a lifetime of participation in singing groups! 

 

The Board of Directors of Lourdes Foundation features Sister Kathy Warren at their 2012 Distinguished Alumni Speaker Event on Tuesday, February 21, 2012, at 7 PM at the Rochester International Event Center.  $20 per person free will offering suggested.    

 

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In January, S. Ramona Miller (above center) led a retreat for 54 friars from five OFM provinces, which was held in Las Cruces, NM, along the theme of: "St. Clare: A Light for Our Path." This year (March 2012) marks 800 years (March 1212) on Palm Sunday that Clare left her home and joined Francis and his companions to begin a community of "Poor Ladies." This retreat offered a blend of Franciscan history and "contemplative questions" at the end of each session to move the participants to consider their own lives in light of Clare's words and example.    

 

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The Mayo Clinic museum display, "Faith of Our Founders," shown above, is now complete, bringing the Franciscan story to the downtown Mayo Clinic campus. It is located in the Heritage Hall in Mathews Grand Lobby, street level of the Mayo Building. Special thanks to the Rauenhorst fund for financial support; Sister Jean Keniry and Sister Marlene Pinzka for advocacy; and Sister Ellen Whelan and Sister Mary Lonan Reilly for subject matter expertise!  The costumes are by Amy Kaufman, who worked on the play "A Leap of Faith" and the film, "In the Words of Dr. Will."

 

On April 12, Saint Teresa Leadership and Service Institute for Women will host the Saint Mary's Women's Symposium on April 12. Sister Tierney Trueman will be the closing keynote speaker, giving attendees an inside look at the work of faith-based organizations in her sharing of just one of the Sisters of Saint Francis ministries which provides education for approximately 1,000 girls at Colegio Santa Francisca Romana in Bogotá, Colombia. Registration opens in early March for the symposium.  Details and a link to registration will be posted on the CST Alumnae Association website. 

Photo by Jerry Olson