We had three celebrations at our Motherhouse in Little Falls the weekend of June 10 - 12, 2011. We blessed the 4 members of our outgoing leadership team with gratitude for their 5 years of selfless service; we welcomed the new foursome with lighted lamps on the feast of Pentecost. We laughed and cried with all 8 of these truly great and dear women.
The 3rd celebration was quite unique: 2011 marks the 25th anniversary of our Sisters and Associates relationship. Pictured above is one of our current Associate Ministers, Geri Dietz, giving out bouquets to 8 others who have served in Associate Leadership since the onset of this adventure in 1986. It was that year that S. Aggie Soenneker helped to open the door to lay men and women who wanted to live the gospel more fully in community with the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls. As Aggie said then, "We don't know what it will look like or where it will lead." No one could have imagined today's spirited partnership with 240-plus Associate members from coast to coast and in many states inbetween in the U.S. plus members in Ecuador, Columbia, Venezuela and Nicaragua. See the Associates website under http://www.fslf.org/