Dianne, a fourth-generation San Franciscan, has managed Leadership San Francisco for the past 27 years. Nicole, a San Francisco native, is the Mission Bay parks manager for MJM Management Group. Abigail Anderson Abby is the founder and owner of AKA Search – an executive recruiting business that works with early stage technology companies. Karen graduated from San Francisco State University with a BS in Psychology and Marketing, and from USF with a MS in Organizational Development. Julie is the development manager at Tandem and serves on the boards of National Novel Writing Month and New Leaders Council SF. John has been with the Golden State Warriors for thirteen seasons, his third as the team’s vice president of ticket sales.
Brian is in his 15th season with the San Francisco Giants serving as the graphic design director, overseeing the creative direction of the organization along with the Giants Community Fund. Dana is the director of cultural affairs at the Consulate General of Israel to the Pacific Northwest.
Emilia is a senior development officer at California Pacific Medical Center Foundation where she oversees the Lead Annual Giving program and fundraising for CPMC’s Community Health Resource Center. Landon is a special assistant to the SFUSD Superintendent, leading the district’s strategy to improve outcomes for African American students. Lia currently is the vice president, commercial relationship manager at Bank of San Francisco. Born and raised in San Francisco, Bill is the executive director of the Carpenters 46 Northern California Counties Conference Board.
Judy has worked for Wells Fargo for 20 years and is currently a vice president, senior communications consultant for Wells Fargo Advisors working on the self-directed brokerage business.
As a director in the transfer pricing practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers, Srideep assists multinational companies develop globally effective and commercially aligned transfer pricing strategies.
As COO and co-founder of Anvil Builders, Alan is directly responsible for overall operations for large-scale public and private infrastructure projects throughout the West Coast.
Andrew is the director of marketing & communications at San Francisco AIDS Foundation, where he oversees brand, digital marketing and media relations. As an executive and team leader for Lockton Insurance Brokers, Linda’s main focus for 15+ years is risk management and consulting for retail, manufacturing, private equity, and technology clients.
Stephanie is the senior manager of customer care at Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E). Josh is the director of partnership development for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. Jessica is the manager of programs and communications at the Hotel Council of San Francisco. Lisa Motoyama With over 20 years of housing development experience, Lisa brings her expertise to the Mayor’s Office of Housing and Community Development as the director of real estate - Special Initiatives. Elizabeth is the workplace policy and legislative analyst at the San Francisco Department on the Status of Women (DOSW) where she analyzes gender equitable workplaces, develops public policy, and implements programs.
As civic engagement manager at Microsoft, Thea oversees civic tech projects and partnerships in San Francisco.
Bill, a fourth generation San Franciscan, works for Immaculate Conception Academy as a program coordinator. Leslie is a partner at Citizen Engagement Lab, a nonprofit that incubates ideas and organizations that create a more just and sustainable world. John is a fourth generation San Franciscan and the group controller of the San Francisco region at Recology.
Jamie is a bond associate at the San Francisco Controller’s Office of Public Finance. Amy, an account supervisor at Fineman PR, helps organizations advance their positions and goals and connect with their audiences. Ann is the senior associate vice president of human resources at San Francisco State University. Guybe is the director of community engagement at San Francisco Friends School, a K-8 independent Quaker school and a board member of the Horizons at SF Friends, a program for low income youth.
Paul is the director of community engagement at Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Bay Area and develops corporate and community partnerships. Lieutenant Paul Yep is the director of the San Francisco Police Academy overseeing the training program for recruit officers.
Becky is the business development manager at Arup with over 12 years of experience in the design industry. The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls announce their weekday Mass in Sacred Heart Chapel, St. Congratulations to Amy Springer from Motley, winner of a compost bin at the 2013 Green Fair Folk Festival on August 7, at St.
We were extremely gifted by the response of our sisters’ loving affirmations and presence at our Jubilee celebration.
What started out as a concert to promote peace has grown to a full-service event that offers live entertainment from groups sponsored by St. Franciscan values and charism carried the event with many sisters walking the grounds, meeting and greeting fair-goers. After an event such as the Green Fair, there is so much to be grateful for and so many people to thank. We celebrated the 50th Jubilee of Sisters Grace Skwira, Pat Forster and Shirley Mueller, who entered the novitiate at St. The Green Fair Folk Festival, an evening of universal ecological awareness, is free and open to the public. The Franciscan Sisters and Little Falls Community High School’s staff and students are working together to grow vegetables.
The Minnesota Agricultural Education Leadership Council (MAELC) has funded the High School’s Vegetable Garden-to-Cafeteria program. The grant, for $9,081.22, will cover the salary of an adult supervisor working this summer, according to Supt. The goals of the project are to provide students and staff with a healthy and sustainable food source, educate students about the genesis of food, engage students with experiential learning, highlight careers in agronomy and plant production and increase the visibility of students within the community, according to Maxine Strege who helped to write the grant and is a Franciscan Associate. The organic vegetables, harvested this fall, will be purchased by A’viands Food Service at market value and supplement school meals. Jones added, “The response for this project within the Little Falls area has been fantastic. Sister Ruth Lentner, who has a horticulture degree from North Dakota State University, manages the Franciscan Sisters’ organic garden and works directly with the high school students. High School Vocational Agriculture teacher Doug Ploof said, “The garden project is an opportunity to teach sustainable agriculture to students in horticulture and plant science.
Ploof added, “Students in the fall will be involved in harvest, storage and clean-up of the garden. Principal Tim Bjorge said, “Agriculture teacher Doug Ploof has built a wonderful relationship with Sister Ruth and the Franciscan Community.
Strege added, “This is a wonderful opportunity for our Little Falls Community High School students to partner with the community in a project that engages students with experiential learning for living a healthy lifestyle.
The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls will honor Sister Lillian Kroll, who will celebrate 75 years as a member of the Order on Sunday, August 11. Originally from Royalton, Sister Lillian has ministered in education throughout the years as a music teacher, choir director, religious education instructor and elementary teacher. Sister Mary Louise Eltgroth, originally from West Union, will celebrate 60 years as a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, on Sunday, August 11. Sister Mary Lou has ministered in education for nearly 50 years, serving as an elementary teacher and as a school principal in Waite Park, Morris, Fergus Falls and St. The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls will honor three of their sisters who celebrate 50 years as members of the Order on Sunday, July 28. It is certainly too early in this papacy to assess whether or not Pope Francis truly walks in the footsteps of Francis of Assisi. As followers of Francis, we sisters and associates consciously try to live the Catholic Social Teachings, which express the Gospel mandate. It seems as if Pope Francis will not place emphasis in his teaching on heavy theological ideas, but rather on encouraging and promoting among all of us the living of the Gospel, following in the footprints of Francis who walked so closely in the way of Jesus. Each year at the Franciscan Federation Conference, congregations are invited to select a member of their congregation who they deem worthy to receive the Franciscan Award.
Campers came from Avon, Belgrade, Bowlus, Cold Spring, Fort Ripley, Frazee, Little Falls, Morris, New Munich, Pierz, Randall, Rice, Royalton, St. Sister Cordy Korkowski began her farewell remarks with the above quote at the three weekend Masses celebrated at St. After the parish celebration, all of Sister Cordy’s siblings and spouses gathered at Welcoming House to enjoy time together.
This year Sister Luanne is celebrating 60 years and Sister Dorothea marks 65, both as Benedictine Sisters celebrating on July 11 at St. Leora, as Sister Therese was named then, worked at the store and missed many of her high school classes during World War II. Baptized with the name Arleda, Sister Dorothea has fond memories of growing up and playing on the family farm, working in the store and going to school.
Floy Ann was called to a life of service as a Benedictine where she accepted the name of Sister Luanne. Saying yes to new possibilities, whether coming from someone else or our own reflections and experiences, has both concentrated and expanded living up to our name—Sabbath House.


Sunday March 17, 2013 60 Minutes on CBS News aired American nuns struggle with Vatican for change – a story regarding the current atmosphere between the Vatican and the Leadership Conference of Women Religious. We welcomed Sisters Margaret Aringo and Sister Mary Irene Chebii to the Motherhouse on Sunday, April 14.
Sister Rose Margaret Schneider and I attended a retirement open house for Sister Patrice Kiefer at Douglas County Hospital on Tuesday, April 9. Oh yes, the Mayor declared April 9 to be “Sister Patrice Day” and her name and picture were visible all around the city!
Thank you for your presence and support at the recent Spaghetti Supper fund raiser on Saturday, April 13.
Sister Louise McKigney has been nominated for the Salute to Senior Service Contest sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care. The Salute to Senior Service Contest is similar to other online challenges where the nominee with the most votes wins. The cakes are frosted and in the freezer now, protected in plastic and topped with a banner that signals Christ’s triumph over death.
The joint Franciscan-Benedictine Justice Committee comprised of Franciscan Sisters from Little Falls and Benedictine Sisters from St. The joint committee is adding its name to a growing list of other civic and elected organizations that have passed similar resolutions during 2012’s 11-year anniversary since the start of the war in Afghanistan. As a result, this joint committee is calling on Senators Klobuchar and Franken and Representatives Walz, Kline, Paulsen, McCollum, Ellison, Bachmann, Peterson and Nolan, as well as President Barack Obama, to shift federal funding priorities from war and the interests of the few to meeting the essential needs of all American citizens. Note: Throughout this web site, we provide links to other web sites, solely for the user's convenience. The letter did not specify the charges against Father Roy, which we see as an injustice to him.
We continue to hold Father Roy in respect and thank him for his integrity and fidelity to the gospel message of love, justice and peace.
We are concerned about the closing down of topics deemed unacceptable for discussion by the official Church and the extreme response to those who, with great courage, publicly express their principles and convictions. The LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) has also taken action with its resolution to action against sex-trafficking in the hotel industry.
The Day My God Died is a feature-length documentary that presents the stories of young girls whose lives have been shattered by the child sex trade. A one-hour investigative documentary exposes the painful, rarely seen human side of illegal immigration - including the growing black market trade in human beings.
Friends of Orphans (FRO) in northern Uganda is a lifeline for former child slaves who were abducted by the Lord's Resistance Army and forced to commit atrocities in their own communities. In Dreams Die Hard, Filmmaker Peggy Callahan profiles the real-life story of people trapped in slavery across the United States.
The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, hosted their annual Employee Appreciation Dinner on Thursday evening, January 24, at St. Sister Mary Pat Burger, executive director of ministries and services, said, “The individuals nominated are to be shining examples of how to live out the Franciscan values of respect, open communication, hospitality and compassion.
Tara has over 14 years of experience working to improve outcomes for individuals and families impacted by criminal justice systems. Baczkowski Walt currently serves as the CEO for the San Francisco Association of REALTORS®.
Karen’s background is in project management and human resources and currently works for Family House, Inc. Previously, she worked for the Harry Potter Alliance, the Philharmonic Orchestra, and has published academic articles on children’s literature. MA, Counseling Psychology, University of San Francisco; MA, Teachers College, Columbia University. She is responsible for the strategic business plan, apprenticeship and internship programs, technical training, knowledge management and much more. She is a native San Franciscan who began her career in the city and soon after moved to Marin. He has over 30 years of experience in the construction industry with a focus on labor relations.
She develops and implements strategic marketing and communication campaigns, including message development, positioning, media relations, social media strategy, and public relations, for clients in health care, education, and professional services.
He has had a wide-ranging career as a journalist, educational designer, and theater artist. Josh enjoys making connections and building relationships that help local businesses and community leaders flourish.
He is currently involved with the construction of a 98 unit senior housing project and has completed several commercial construction projects throughout San Francisco.
Her volunteer efforts have incorporated various public service projects within architecture, universal design and planning. BS, Civil Engineering and a minor in Construction Management from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. She oversees the organization’s communications plan, sustainability and emergency preparedness programs, and education partnerships.
She previously practiced land-use law at Hanson Bridgett LLP and was the advocacy manager at FairFood International.
Professor Miller has over 25 years developing student leaders and directing community engagement programs.
Her past roles have been in the field of corporate social responsibility, and include grant-making, employee engagement, and communications. She attended Golden Gate University and completed a 4 year management program at UC Santa Barbara.
Beyond architecture she is invested in creating vibrant street environments and co-authored a book chronicling Complete Streets in 2013.
Prior to NCCLF, Owen worked at BAE Urban Economics and has worked in economic development throughout California and abroad. He is a board member for California Music Center and is a 2015 New Leaders Council Fellow. Francis Music Center's URock band, Power Plant, will be the opening act for The Fabulous Armadillos at the Summertime by [Lake] George in St. We were blessed to have three young women (two violinists and a flutist), who recently returned from Interlocken Music Camp, accompany the singing at the Liturgy.
Vendors brought their expertise and natural products that promote health, safety, organic gardening and sustainable living. They offered tours of Sacred Heart Chapel, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, and a special Franciscan blessing for everyone.
Living the Franciscan values, she has ministered as a nurse and served in Hispanic ministry. Bring along your blankets or folding chairs and enjoy the wide variety of musical entertainment, which also includes The Rick Family, Woodland Strings and Sestri.
The benefits are more far-reaching and long-lasting than their yield of tomatoes and onions will produce. People in the school district are quite pleased to see us assume a leadership role in not only teaching young people about healthy eating but actually putting substantial quantities of freshly grown organic vegetables on their school trays.
The students are learning about how and what to add to the soil to keep our gardens organic. We are very blessed to have Superintendent Jones and the Franciscan Sisters create this partnership for our students. These 75 years represent many years of dedicated service to the people of God in the spirit of Francis and Clare of Assisi. Francis Convent on August 12, 1938, and made her final profession of vows on August 12, 1943. Franciscan popes there have been, but with names like Clement and Sixtus (several of them!) and Nicholas. We strive to be in solidarity with the poor and marginated, to uphold the dignity and worth of all human life, and to walk gently on our earth. This evening of ecological awareness is free and open to the public and is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls.
Cloud, Swanville and Wadena, as well as Osawatomie and Paola, Kansas and Superior, Wisconsin.
Mass which included a blessing for Sister Cordy by the entire gathered assembly and was followed by a reception and meal.
When my family helped me to move in two years ago on a very hot humid July day, she was there with glasses of cool and refreshing water. We pray that God’s blessings will continue to guide her as she takes a much deserved rest before beginning her new responsibilities with her community. Michael and, in 1937, the Lenz family moved to the Waconia area where they worked in the hardware business. However, she had a heart for serving others, so she corresponded with both the Benedictine and Franciscan Communities in the area. Living in different cultures was very interesting and made me realize that basically we are all very much alike,” she said.
Drawn to monastic life by her desire to serve, she taught in grade school for several years before she went to Ridgely, Md., where she personalized learning for exceptional children. Aware of listening to what people really need or are asking for, we began hosting small groups from churches and health care organizations. In 1985, I was a young 20-something when I first walked through the doors at Sabbath House.


May angels continue to guard its corners and to those within it, may happiness fill them to overflowing. The story discusses the hope that Pope Francis will acknowledge the need for a more open dialog that leads to a better understanding of the church. Sister Mary Irene is especially thrilled with the snow!They have been busy visiting with the sisters here on campus and have already had a lunch date with Bishop Kinney.
She served as Administrator at Our Lady of Mercy Hospital until it merged with Douglas County Hospital (DCH) in 1969, and then served at DCH as Human Resource Director. He was followed by three others, including Bill Flaig, former CEO, with whom she worked until he retired two years ago.
We served 407 meals to eager guests who loved the delicious food and enjoyed the warm fellowship. Joseph, their friends and associates, endorsed the Minnesota Arms Spending Alternatives Project resolution recently. By providing these links, we assume no responsibility for, or do we necessarily endorse these web sites, their content, or their sponsoring organizations. In our Constitutions, we commit to follow the example of Francis of Assisi by accepting the Gospel as our first and highest rule of life.
Human trafficking is a criminal act that violates human rights and exploits innocent people. The Franciscan Sisters’ Values Committee sponsors this annual award, given to an employee who lives and ministers the values of Saint Francis of Assisi and that of the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls.
No longer exclusive to dancers belonging to one place of worship, but all who desire to express their praise and worship to God, through the art of the Hula. She serves on the council of advisors for the San Francisco Museum and Historical Society, is a member of the Commonwealth Club of California and a board member of the Abraham Lincoln High School Alumni Association.
Prior to this, Walt was vice president of sales and marketing for Point2 Technologies, an international MLS data syndication firm. Thea is a native Bay Area resident and graduate of Foothill College and the University of California, Davis. BA, Global Studies and Spanish, UC Santa Barbara; MA, Strategic Communication, American University.
Thank you for showing us your love by your presence, cards, gifts, affirmations and to all those who assisted in many ways. The event is family orientated and kid friendly with children’s crafts, activities and face painting.
New feat ures included a speakers’ tent and a tour of the campus ground and the gardens on a horse-drawn wagon.
Our hearts are filled with gratitude for the gift of a beautiful day and the opportunity to welcome our friends and neighbors to St.
Since it is our first year, we are doing a lot of projecting about what to plant and how much of each vegetable to plant,” Sister Ruth added.
She has seen many changes in the Church and the Franciscan Congregation throughout these 75 years. Currently, Sister Lillian is involved in watercolor painting, sharing her abilities with others and is focused on living her life more prayerfully and artfully. She has managed the Clothes Review and the Mail Room, both of which are located on the grounds at St. She has served her Franciscan Sisters in Vocations and has also ministered as a missionary in Kilomeni, Tanzania. As Tom Fox put it in the National Catholic Reporter, there are those who are very happy with what they have witnessed to date, and there are those who have chosen to wait a while before passing judgment. The earliest messages of our new pontiff are calls to live simply, to walk with the poor, to respect and engage in dialogue with peoples of all religious faith traditions and to reverence all of creation. This joyful music is sponsored by the Five Wings Arts Council and features fiddlers as young as five and as old as whoever wishes to perform. Francis, the Rosary, self-esteem and faces of God, celebrating the Mass and interactive games —all kept the campers involved. Even more importantly, I have learned from her how to listen with a compassionate heart and to respond with care and concern. In her retirement years, she ministers with the elderly and prays for priests and seminarians.
In Selma, Ala., she set up an adult day care center for elderly African Americans who often sat in a circle of rocking chairs praying, singing spirituals and talking. Any ministry to people will undoubtedly take a form according to the needs and requests of participants. As do the sisters there, we initiators expected to provide hospitality with space for quiet and good meals. Now some regular groups include Franciscan Associates, Secular Franciscans, a support group, and spiritual directors and directees. Prioress General Sister Rose Marie Riley, OP appears briefly in the video during the section showing the LCWR Assembly 2012 in St. On Tuesday, April 16, they welcomed sisters, associates and employees for a reception and presentation featuring Kenyan tea brought from home and mandazi, an authentic Kenyan sweet prepared by Terry Bernardy in Nutrition Services. If Sister Louise receives the most votes, ROCC will be eligible for a sizeable donation from Home Instead Senior Care. The mold dates back to when she was stationed at Bishop Peter Bartholomew’s residence in St. At this year’s Franciscan Federation conference, the assembly of Franciscans responded. Stolen Childhoods provides an understanding of the causes of child labor, what it costs the global community, how it contributes to global insecurity and what it will take to eliminate it.
In his 31-year association executive career, Walt has served as CEO for REALTOR® Associations in Detroit, New Jersey and San Diego.
In addition, she has also served her Franciscan Sisters as Community Secretary and Vocation Minister. The Franciscan Sisters celebrate Bilingual Liturgies four times a year in keeping with their commitment to their Hispanic brothers and sisters. On the other hand, we come from a long history of choosing names, especially at birth or baptism, to remember someone we deem worthy of honor or emulation.
Whatever your thoughts on the new pontiff, it is well to remember that as Christian people, following in the footsteps of Jesus means living the Gospel as embodied in the Catholic Social Teachings, which guide our relationships with one another and with all of creation. To be a sponsor of the event or to have a booth, please pre-register as soon as possible; late registrants are welcome but they may not be included in the printed guide. This is the seventh year for the Green Fair Folk Festival, which welcomed over 900 people in 2012, including 50+ vendors and various food booths.
Cloud; we will miss Sister Cordy at Welcoming House as she moves to Little Falls in mid-June.
Sister Therese, a Franciscan Sister of Little Falls, is celebrating her 70th year of entrance to St. We did not foresee this kind of evolution, but we heard a call for a quiet, homey, welcoming space and responded. In the months before my trip, Sister Aggie prepared me to work in the Archdiocesan mission in San Felix, Venezuela, and to live in community with Franciscan Sisters Rose Mae Rausch and Janice Wiechman. BS, Managerial Economics, UC Davis; Teaching Credential and MA, Catholic School Leadership, University of San Francisco.
Presently, Sister Grace works with the Franciscan Sisters in Monterrey, Mexico.Sister Pat Forster was born in Alexandria.
The school district will fund the salaries of five summer student workers to assist at the nearly two-acre garden site. Francis Music Center is a community school for the arts, sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota. Cardinal Bergoglio chose the name of someone whose life and virtues he esteemed and wished to follow closely.
He was not afraid to confront the political leaders when he felt their stance was contrary to Catholic teaching. Special thanks to everyone who donated, those who helped to prepare and serve food, made bars, sold tickets, helped clean-up and visited with our guests.
Francis Campus, 1001 3rd Street SE, Little Falls (look for signs) and is sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota. We wish Cordy well as she enjoys a bit of a break before beginning a new ministry as director of Donor Relations with the Community Relations Department. Cloud Children’s Home, religious education teacher, elementary education teacher, communications clerk, library aide and certified massage therapist.
I remember rocking in the rocking chair, surrounded by the green plants, and feeling peaceful about my decision to cross the globe and minister alongside the Franciscans in the Venezuela heat.
After her death, Sister Fabian maintained the tradition and bakes two lamb cakes each spring.
While I was in Venezuela, Sister Thomasine, back in the United States, prayed for us daily.



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