Associate Pilgrimage to Campbellsport
Click to view a slideshow from the August 24-25, 2013 Associate Pilgrimage to St. Joseph Convent in Campbellport, Wisconsin.
Audrey Peterson Received Into Associate Relationship
With open arms and a promise of support, we welcomed back an old friend to our associate community. On, March 9, the Portiuncula area community received Audrey Peterson into associate relationship. She had been one of the first associates accepted into the School Sisters of St. Francis 40 years ago. Then, when her circumstances led to her move to Mississippi, she discontinued her formal Associate Relationship although she stayed connected with the community. Upon retirement, Audrey moved back to the Milwaukee area and has now rejoined us to be the Franciscan face of the Gospel in our multicultural world.
On March 10, we promised our support to Rita Mueller (sister of Sister Marie Hodapp), who celebrated her renewal commitment and took on emeritus status as an associate (meaning that she will not have to renew her commitment again). Rita has been an associate since 2004. The mother of 12 children with her husband Bill, Rita says her kids are now assisting her. She is part of the Bethany area community and commits her life to prayer and presence to others. She takes on the creative ministry of making baby quilts for struggling families, gifts surely to be cherished forever. For both Audrey and Rita, their love for our community is for keeps.
Associates Celebrate New Member and Renewal
On Sunday, March 9, the Portiuncula area community welcomed Audrey Peterson into Associate Relationship. Audrey had been one of the first asso
ciates accepted into the School Sisters of St. Francis 40 years ago. Due to her circumstances and her move to Mississippi, she had discontinued her formal association but she stayed connected with the community. With her retirement and move back to the Milwaukee area, she again joins us in our efforts to be “the Franciscan Face of the Gospel in our Multicultural World.”
In her commitment, Audrey promised to live the Gospel by living her life in a way that is pleasing to God, offering her prayers and support to the community, attending School Sisters of St. Francis sponsored activities whenever possible, and sharing her gifts and talents when called upon. We welcome Audrey and promise her our support.
Associates also recently celebrated the renewed commitment of Rita Mueller, the sister of deceased Sister Marie Hodapp. Rita has been an associate since 2004. Rita and her husband Bill raised 12 children, and as Rita says, now the tables have turned and her children are assisting her. Rita is part of the Bethany area community and her commitment of prayer and presence, plus the outreach of making baby quilts for poor mothers, takes on emeritus status. The School Sisters of St. Francis and associates promise you our support, Rita!
Associates Welcome Colleen Gulling
On Saturday, January 5, the Gubbio Area Community had the joy of meeting at Joan’s Kase’s home, which was beautifully decorated for the holiday season. The wonderful day included a sit-down dinner, and we experienced Joan’s gracious spirit as she hosted us.
At this gathering, the community received a new associate, Colleen Gulling. Sister Mary Boyd and Sister Joelyn Hayes accompanied her in her discernment. Colleen is committed to living the Gospel through sharing hospitality at her farm with family and friends, living simply and conserving resources, and promoting and enhancing end-of-life experiences in her work place.
Sister Deborah Fumagalli, in the name of the School Sisters of St. Francis, accepted Colleen’s commitment and presented her with the Associate Tau Pin and a copy of the Principles of Response in Faith. Sister Mary Boyd (right) helped Colleen with her pin. We welcome you, Colleen, into Associate Relationship!
Associates, Friends Continue Giving Tree Tradition
By Sister Agnes M. Steiner
Orange County associates have been involved in a Christmas “giving tree” project for a decade and now, under the auspices of the St. Vincent de Paul Society, their great charitable work continues at St. Timothy Parish in Laguna Niguel. Associates Bob and Tina Haeussler, who are active SVDP leaders, made it possible for the associates and friends to continue to participate in this wonderful charitable activity.
In November, the associates and their friends met to cut out paper ornaments to place on the giving tree (Tina and friend Barbara Patrick are shown at work), and the generous members of St. Timothy Parish responded to those in need.Gift cards were donated to the St. Vincent de Paul Society, Mary’s Shelter, Bethany Home, and to the School Sisters of St. Francis.
The gift cards for the School Sisters of St. Francis were sent to sisters working in the Southwest to assist those in need. Most of the cards were sent to the Sisters in El Paso and in Juarez. Then, on January 10, a delicious meal was prepared and served and gifts were lovingly presented at San Felipe de Jesus Mission Church.New sweatshirts, pants, and socks were beautifully wrapped individually for about 120 homeless and needy persons of the area.We offer gratitude to the many people it takes to manage and carry out a huge project such as this.
Community Welcomes New Associate
On Saturday, Oct. 20, Liz Angeli signed her initial agreement with the School Sisters of St. Francis. Joining Liz (from left) are Sister Rosemary Reier, Director of Associate Relationship; Sister Carol Rigali, Provincial; and Sister Arlene Einwalter, Liz’s contact person. (Photo courtesy of Sarah Stefanko)
Liz, who lives in Baltimore and teaches in nearby Towson, Maryland, has been familiar with our international congregation for some time. She grew up in Milwaukee and attended St. Matthias Grade School and Pius XI High School. She is an assistant professor at Towson University.
“When I first learned about Associate Relationship from Sister Arlene Einwalter, I was ecstatic because I had always wanted to be affiliated with the School Sisters of St. Francis,” Liz said. “When I began my doctoral studies at Purdue, I longed for the community and their spiritual support. Associate Relationship will allow me to be a part of the community from afar, and live and spread the congregation’s mission to others.”
We welcome Liz to Associate Relationship, and promise to support her on her life journey. We will seek ways to collaborate in carrying out Christ’s mission in the world. May God seal our relationship with love, peace and joy.