New members join our Franciscan family
September 25, 2017 1:19 PM
We welcomed 12 new Franciscan Associates on Sunday, September 24 during the morning liturgy in St. Francis of Assisi Church. The new Associates are Ameyo Ayilisunga, Donna Chase, Jean Kapp, Diane Tebrugge, Gerardo Valdés, and Michelle Wood (Springfield, IL); Mike Brummer, Joan Eggers, and Jane Herman (Effingham, IL); Shirlene Kassing and Kathy Lohman (Highland, IL); and Pam Achten (Green Bay, WI).
“Our Associates are men and women who desire to deepen their baptismal commitment by accepting God’s call to live according to Jesus’ gospel in the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi,” explained RuthEllen Davis, Associate Coordinator. “These men and women also strive to embody the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis’ healing charism,” explained RuthEllen.
These 12 Associates join the Hospital Sisters’ family of 138 Associates who embrace Franciscan values and the Hospital Sisters’ healing spirit while bringing the compassion of Jesus to others in ways that fit their lifestyle. Associates meet monthly to share their faith on spiritual and Franciscan topics, share in the Hospital Sisters’ spirituality and join with them in prayer, community, celebration and ministry. Associates do not take vows.
Founded in 1987, Associates of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is a ministry that is open to baptized Christians 18 years or older with gatherings in Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Springfield, and Streator, IL; and Eau Claire, Green Bay, and Sheboygan, WI. For more information, please click here.
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The new Associates with their sponsors and RuthEllen Davis, Associates Coordinator