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The 35th Jubilee of our Associates: an opportunity to celebrate our SFP family in the spirit of simplicity, humility, joy and service.

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Over the course of my years as an associate, I have come to more clearly understand the vision, mission and charism of St. Francis and Blessed Frances Schervier. St. Francis and Blessed Frances Schervier are role models of how I should live my life in the world. They are what inspire me to move forward to helping and reaching out to those who are poor and in need.

Through my ministry as a Director for the Associate Relationship I invite and encourage Associates, volunteers and others to broaden their world of outreach to those in need and I also promote our healing charism in a tangible way and enhance our identity. Being an Associate has enabled me to enter the world of the people whom we serve. The Sisters have taught the true meaning of how to live “the Gospel Way of Life.”

I also try each day to be a witness to others by showing my “healing of the earth” behaviors and working toward restoring and enhancing humanity’s right relationship with creation.
Joan Mills, sfp-a

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I am continually trying to live out in my daily life our Franciscan core values of simplicity, humility, joy and service. June and I recently sold our home and moved to the Stonebridge Retirement Community which is a wonderful environment for prayer and contemplation. During this move, we let go of so much "stuff" and in many ways we simplified and "decluttered" our life. I continue to serve on the Mercy Health Board and now the Franciscan Ministries Board. I do volunteer work at the UC Goering Center helping Family Businesses transfer the business from one generation to the next. We are eucharistic ministers at the Mercy West Hospital and help at the school lunch program at St. Vivian Parish. We like helping at Matthew 25. Don Rohling

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I am privileged and extremely blessed to work as a nurse's aide on the Magnificat Unit at St. Clare Convent in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Serving (and deeply caring about) God's loving servants who have devoted their lives to helping heal the wounds of Jesus
is a humbling and spiritually rewarding way I do my best to live out the charism of Mother Frances and The Franciscan Sisters of the Poor. Bev Clipson

As an Associate of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor I try to live the charism by having a spirit of simplicity and contemplation. A more concrete and a favorite way I live the charism and mission is by being a catechist for the RCIA Lo stile 04process and guiding those on their journey seeking a closer relationship with Jesus through the Catholic tradition. . . .sharing the Gospel way of life with them. I also live the mission of Mother Francis by behind-the-scenes volunteering for the Franciscan Peddler and by preparing and serving meals to the poor at the House of Bread here in Dayton Ohio. Occasionally I help Catholic Social Services, also in Dayton, ready the homes for newly arriving refugees creating a welcoming and suitable place for them to live. I find great joy in living and sharing the charism and mission of the Franciscan Sisters of Poor. I am grateful for the Associate relationship. Diane Borchers



Published: June 30, 2016