Written by Sister Jan Kilian, this blog will give an understanding of what it’s like to be Franciscan. Living out the spirit of Saint Francis, we see all God’s creation as brother and sister. We, Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, are committed to building relationships and community, ministering wherever there is greatest need, promoting justice and healing Mother Earth’s wounds. My writings will give a glimpse of the compassion, spirituality, interconnectedness and goodness of living Franciscan.

Thursday, June 24, 2010

Franciscans Return Home

We had an amazing week of sharing with our Franciscan Community. I'd say we had the deepest, best conversations ever about what it means to be about God's work in this world.
We from Clare's Well returned home to find our gardens (including weeds) excited about all the rain they had had while we were away. Several Sisters, including our newly professed Sisters Aurora and Isa, returned to their homes in Mexico. S. Joan and Associates from Ecuador returned to Ecuador.
Some whose home is with brothers and sisters who live on the streets in San Francisco paused for a week to do street retreats with a Universalist Unitarian minister, Franciscan Associates, Kay, Dene' and others in Minneapolis. The rest returned to their ministries wherever God took them stateside, remotivated to work for the reign of God.
Sister Carol's grandniece and grandnephew, Carmel and Owen, enjoyed the fence railings lining the garden east of our dining room during a visit from Ohio. Their presence reminds me these little people who follow after us need a healthy world, too.

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Franciscan Associates came by the dozens

The first two days of our community meeting were filled with dynamic, caring energy. Joining our vowed members in St. Francis Hall (in Little Falls, MN) were forty plus of our lay Franciscan Associates. They came from Ecuador, Mexico and multiple states to nourish and be nourished as we revisit the vision which unites us.

Stay tuned . . . .

Thursday, June 10, 2010

When Sisters Meet

There will be a lot of sharing when all of our Franciscan Sisters gather at our Motherhouse in Little Falls, MN June 12 -18, 2010. Just as Sister Paula Pohlman and Sister Mary Obowa (pictured here) go to it heart to heart, so will the 160+ of us catch up on one another's journey during this annual June gathering. We will delve deeply together into the meaning of our Franciscan Community life for today. What is new in 2010 that is calling to us? We will pray, celebrate, laugh and cry together, and then we will return to our homes in the U.S., Mexico, and Ecuador recommited to read our world in the light of the Gospel and to respond with fresh faith in God and one another. Will you hold us in your prayer, please? Thank you.