With our whole being may we give witness to the
goodness that is all around us.
Gospel Living
Unity in Diversity
Why does FSPA affiliate RaeAnn Thomas collaborate with families in Southern Asia for better access to education and generational change? Through a partnership fostered by FSPA Affiliate Mary Ellen Dunford with Olivet Neighborhood Mission, what new services and spaces are sprouting to meet the changing needs of a community in Iowa?

The FSPA Ministry Grant Fund Committee has created a series of learning opportunities offered not just to provide information about the organizations you are impacting through your investments in our ministries but also to make connections and deepen relationships in the communities we serve and beyond.

Watch the first two sessions in this series, one that introduces us to For One Child of India families and the other about Cedar Rapids' Olivet Neighborhood Mission, and stay tuned to fspa.org for more to come!
FSPA In The News
Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Thea Bowman
Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Thea Bowman
"'Where's the next Martin Luther King?'" was the question Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Thea Bowman posed to the world many years ago and a statement shared in the Catholic Review article, "Catholics 'must act' for racial justice to honor MLK, says USCCB president," on January 15, 2023, one day before the national holiday that celebrates the prominent leader of the civil rights movement. "'We're called by our citizenship,'" said Sister Thea, "'by our membership in the human race ... to free ourselves and to free one another.'"

Read the article in full at catholicreview.org, and learn more about Sister Thea and her cause for canonization at fspa.org.
Messy Jesus Business Podcast
"Community extends beyond just a group I belong to ... we need to extend that belonging to fellow human beings, no matter who they are," shares Sister Teresa Maya in the latest Messy Jesus Business Podcast, "Building a Common Home." Subscribe to the podcast and get more messy Jesus business, including the blog, at messyjesusbusiness.com.
Franciscan goodness, then and now
To celebrate Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Lydia Wendl, who recently turned 101 years old, we dug into our archives and and found images of her on horseback at age three, at St. Rose Convent in the 1940s and at Villa St. Joseph recently. Happy Birthday, Sister Lydia!
Games (bingo, bunco and cards) and Grasshoppers (the minty, cocktail kind) were on tap at a recent St. Rose Convent social event! Sisters Karen Neuser, Antona Schedlo, Mary Kathryn Fogarty and Rita Heires got in on the fun, and Sister Charlene Smith took the photo.
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