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bauerMary Jane Bauer

Mary Jane Bauer – 30 years

Date of First Covenant:  August 25, 1982
Date of Permanent Covenant:  August 2, 1997

Mary Jane Bauer made her first commitment as an Associate of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor on August 25, 1982, and her permanent commitment on August 2, 1997. Mary Jane keeps the Franciscan philosophy and the charism of St. Francis and Mother Frances as guiding influences in her life.  She continues to minister to children (her students in particular) who are in need of love and guidance as they strive to survive and cope in today’s world where they are, many times, unwanted, unloved, abused, and neglected. In the spirit of Mother Frances she seeks “to heal their wounds” with love, compassion, caring support, and professional guidance. On August 26, 2012, Sister Tiziana Merletti honored Mary Jane with a special certificate commemorating her 30 years as an Associate of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor.
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Mary Dahlinghaus – 31 years

Date of First Covenant:  November 14, 1981
Date of Permanent Covenant:  August 27, 2006

Mary, who is the sister of Sister Grace Miriam Pleiman, SFP, has known the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor for most of her life! She first became an Associate on November 11, 1981 and she made a permanent commitment on August 27, 2006. A wife, mother and business owner, Mary serves her Parish Church by singing in the Choir, being a Lector, and a Eucharistic Minister. She loves to offer hospitality to the Sisters, and shares in the spirit of St. Francis, the fruits of her labors with others.
flynnJim Flynn

James Flynn – 31 years

Date of First Covenant:  June 13, 1981
Date of Permanent Covenant:  April 1, 2006

Jim Flynn made his first covenant of June 13, 1981 and a permanent commitment on April 1, 2006. Jim first met the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor when he accepted employment with them as Director of Finance. He learned about Franciscan values and philosophy -- and was convinced that they were his values, too. He volunteers for C.H.I.P.S. – a soup kitchen that feeds hundreds of people every day. He is particularly helpful at Christmastime, encouraging family and friends to donate money for new clothes for the poor in lieu of giving one another gifts. Jim says that knowing the Sisters over the years has changed his life in many, very good ways. He counts many of the sisters among his life-long friends – and treasures his contacts with them.

Anne and George Raab – 31 years

Date of First Covenant:  June 13, 1981
Date of Permanent Covenant:  April 9, 2011

Among the very first lay people to become Associates,  Anne and George Raab, husband and wife, made their first commitment as Associates of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor on June 13, 1981. They chose, together, to incorporate the Spirit of St. Francis into their everyday life, offering friendship, encouragement and support to the SFPs with whom they are in contact, and volunteering when possible to help those in need. They also maintain membership in Franciscans International.
raabAnn and George Raab

Robert Reis – 29 years

Date of First Covenant:  November 20, 1983
Date of Permanent Covenant:  August 6, 1995


Robert Reis made his first commitment as an Associate on November 20, 1983, and his permanent covenant on August 6, 1995. His commitment reads: “I want to become one with the Franciscan Sisters and Associates in their endeavor to live the Charism of Blessed Frances Schervier, St. Francis of Assisi and Jesus Christ by aspiring to live the Franciscan Values of Simplicity, Poverty, Humility, and Contemplation -- and to work in various missions in the vineyard of the Lord as they become available.”
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Karen Skillman – 27 years

Date of First Covenant:  November 17, 1985
Date of Permanent Covenant:  August 29, 2010



Karen made her first commitment on November 11, 1985 and her permanent covenant on August 8, 2010. Karen's independent study in preparation for permanent covenant was to write a paper on the new ministry to serve women of the streets in Over the Rhine, Tamar’s Place. Karen Skillman is also a clinical psychologist with an extensive background in addictions counseling. A member of Pinecroft House of Peace Community, Karen’s personal way of living out her covenant is through her volunteer work and by attending programs, celebrations, and days of prayer offered by the Community.

skillmanKaren Skillman