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Franciscans in the News The Sisters of Saint Francis are the recipients of the 2017 AFP President's Award!

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Here is the presentation made by Sheila Rainey on National Philanthropy Day, November 14, 2017:

"It is my distinct honor and privilege as the President of the Southern MN Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals to award the 2017 Presidents Award to our next recipient. The Sisters of Saint Francis have been an integral part of Rochester's history for the past 140 years. From the time that Sister Alfred Moes and her sister, Sister Barbara Moes, came to Rochester with 23 other Franciscan sisters to be teachers in 1877, I am certain they had no idea where we would be today. We all know the history of a devastating tornado that leveled most of Rochester in 1883. The Franciscan Sisters, provided care for the victims and seeing the need for health care, a collaboration with Dr. William Mayo was born that resulted in Saint Marys Hospital and Mayo Clinic.

"Most of their work has been done quietly with little fanfare partnering with the poor and vulnerable, giving a voice to those that do not have one here in Rochester and worldwide. I have no doubt that every person in this room has their own personal experience of what wonders the Sisters have done in their lives. My own experience started when I heard from my mother about the good Sisters as teachers at Lourdes High School. Then again in the 1960s, when they opened part of their beautiful building, Assisi Heights for a new program for handicapped children called the Day Activity Center. That program would evolve into programs like Special Education programs in the schools and Possablities programs that allow adults with handicaps to lead productive lives rather than being institutionalized. I have watched the Sisters play an active part in the new Lourdes High School and to help the homeless with the new Gage East Apartments and the Empowerment Center and so much more.

"A wonderful example of the Sisters' philanthropic side is the Poverello Foundation, which was started by Sister Generose Gervais in 1983. Always concerned about patient needs, Sister Generose started this ministry to help patients of Saint Marys Hospital cope with medical expenses. The Foundation has contributed more than one million dollars annually to help patients and has assisted over 13,000 people since its inception. The Foundation continues to support patients at Saint Marys Hospital.

“I promised to keep this short, which is hard to do with the long history of the Sisters of Saint Francis going where there is need, but one of the many definitions of Philanthropy is "the love of humanity, in the sense of caring and nourishing." I believe that the Sisters of Saint Francis embody the love of humanity in everything they do. Please join me in showing our appreciation as we present the 2017 Presidents Award for Outstanding Philanthropy to the Sisters of Saint Francis."

Sister Geneva Berns wrote an article that appeared in the Faith column of her local newspaper on October 27, 2017, as shown below.

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Last month's issue of Canticle Connections included a story about the Sisters of Saint Francis being recognized at Cotter Schools' Founders Day event. To view the photos that were posted on Cotter High's website regarding Founder's Day 2017:

Barb DeCramer, Cojourner and Director of Development, was interviewed and appeared on the front page of the Rochester Post Bulletin regarding Minnesota's Give to the Max Day. It was a profitable experience, to say the least! To read the article, click here:

The Sisters of Saint Francis hosted an introductory event for the Jeremiah Program on November 16. Executive Director, JoMarie Morris, extended her appreciation for hosting the event, noting that she has had a tremendous outpouring of support from those who attended as well as others who saw the media coverage from KTTC. Just in case you did not see the KTTC story, here is the link:

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