Sister Dawn Nothwehr's was interviewed and her book, "The Franciscan View of the Human Person," was referenced in the article, "Franciscan Women: Medieval and Beyond" Conference Reflections by Alex Kratz, OFM, for the Winter 2016 issue of Franciscan Connections: The Cord - A Spiritual Review. S. Dawn draws comparisons to Francis' compassion for the lepers in his day, and our compassion for the homeless and immigrants in our day. In addition, the Rochester Franciscans were specifically cited for creating "a dynamic partnership with the Protestant doctors," referencing a paper written by Amy Koehliner, Oregon State University, "Charity 'as broad as their religion': The Sisters of Saint Francis of Rochester and the Mayo Clinic, July 14, 2016.
Sisters Anne Walch, Briana McCarthy and Marlys Jax were honored at a special luncheon hosted by Rochester's Mayor Brede for those that have made a difference in our Community. Mark Ostrem, Olmsted County Attorney (shown below with the Sisters), invited the Sisters to lunch, without revealing the nature of the luncheon. An article was featured in the Rochester Post Bulletin on December 14, 2016.
Sister Edith and Cojourner Jean Zamboni were invited by the Owatonna Chamber of Commerce to light the Christmas lights in the park at the end of the Owatonna Christmas parade on December 1. In addition, they were interviewed on the "Owatonna Today" show.
Sister Joan Brown was interviewed in the Global Sisters Report on January 19, 2017. Here's an excerpt: As executive director of the New Mexico branch of Interfaith Power and Light, Joan Brown, a Franciscan from the Rochester, Minnesota, community (and a Global Sisters Report contributor), is actively charting the impact of climate change on her state. New Mexico, she said, now confronts the impact of continual drought, with snow from the higher elevations prone to run downstream fast without sinking in to replenish the soil. New Mexico's long history of exploitation by extractive industries like uranium mining, its poverty and its colonialist legacy have forced her organization and others like it to be creative, said Brown. "We're faith-based and not partisan," she said. "We'll just keep doing our work. We believe that things can shift. We're called to keep moving forward and doing what's right."... "It feels like we are being called to a moment of transformation of consciousness," she said, suggesting that environmental advocates will be more effective if they work across racial, geographical and class boundaries.
To read the complete article, go to: http://globalsistersreport.org/news/environment/american-sisters-tackling-climate-care-resolve-stay-course-44466
Sister Patricia Keefe offered the reflection at Mass on January 16, in honor of the Franciscan Feast of St. Berard and the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday. It was suggested to share this reflection with those that were unable attend. If you were not present, you can contact the Support Office for a copy to read.
Knights of Columbus - Paul Leska presents a gift from the Knights of Columbus-St. Joseph the Worker Chapter to S. Marilyn Geiger, Congregational Minister, for the Sisters of Saint Francis, as Barb DeCramer, Development Director, looks on. We are grateful for the kind support of Paul and his fellow Knights, who come from parishes in Byron and Kasson, Minnesota.