With our whole being may we give witness to the
goodness that is all around us.
Gospel Living
Unity in Diversity
Giving Story: Patricia H. Roth
"Greetings! I am one of the donors to the FSPA — kind of like a drop in the ocean. I am employed by the sisters, working as a nurse at Villa St. Joseph. I hope my biggest contribution is through a trusted partnership in care, service and relationship, a sort of gift of myself.

When one of my coworkers mentioned the "Faithful Friends" means of routine giving, it seemed like the most reasonable thing in the world. This program helps support the sisters in their retirement. I also gave on GivingTuesday [an annual event] when there was a donation match to help make the most of my gift.

Working with the sisters has been profoundly transforming on a personal level. They have shown me so much about how to age gracefully, suffer uncomplainingly and be as joyful as possible. After spending years of caregiving and closeness, it is sad when they pass away. Sometimes I send a memorial donation in honor of a sister who has passed.

If you get a chance, take the time to engage with the sisters and their projects in the community. We all have a responsibility to make the world a better place, and your force for good will be multiplied by working with the sisters. And you might feel a little bit transformed too."
Donors like you are sharing their inspiration for investing in FSPA ministries — their stories of giving to support our brothers and sisters across the globe. What's your giving story? We invite you to share yours and
make a donation today. With your permission, we will share your stories
on our website and social channels to inspire others with your Franciscan goodness!
Economy of Francesco
In the latest episode of the Franciscan Spirituality Center's podcast "What is Spirituality?," FSC spiritual director Steve Spilde chats with Sister Sue Ernster about impact investing, money and values and the Economy of Francesco. Click the image above to listen to the podcast!
If you're interested in learning more about these topics, make sure to keep an eye out for our Spring 2022 issue of Perspectives Magazine, expected to hit mailboxes in May.

Visit fspa.org to read past issues and email [email protected] to subscribe to the print version!
On The Podcast and Blog
Messy Jesus Business

In the latest episode of Messy Jesus Business podcast, Sister Julia Walsh talks with Brother Matt Wooters about how he became a Jesuit and his work in vocations.

"I think sometimes people think…in vocation work, we're in sales. And I'm really not interested in selling anything," Brother Matt explains. "I believe that everyone has a vocation, I don't believe everyone has a Jesuit vocation. And so my job is to accompany young men to see where their vocation might be, even if it's not with us."

Listen to Sister Julia Walsh's Apr. 7 podcast "Swimming in the Ocean of God."

And subscribe to Messy Jesus Business podcast here.
Wanderings and Wonderings

"It's 8:30 and the van arrives to take us to a neighborhood. As we drive, the van bounces over potholes and puddles, going slowly where water has washed away parts of the road.

When we arrive at the Eva Morales barrio (neighborhood), we hop out of the van with our backpacks and the van leaves us, on its way to help run other errands for the sisters and act as transportation for the Tao school down the block from the center, which provides education to special needs and undocumented children."

Read Sister Meg Earsley's Apr. 10 blog titled "A Day of Ministry with the Santa Clara Nutrition Center."

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