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Our visiting Vietnamese Sisters helped us to celebrate the Lunar New Year this past weekend! Sisters Nhiem, Hao, Dien, and Thuan prepared traditional food for our sisters and created this display in the Francis House dining room!

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On All Souls Day, we remember the lives of our sisters who have died since November 2016: Sisters Solano Breuer, Lucy Kurt, Norita Tranel, Annette George, Dorothy Rolfes, Joanne Streck, Tresa Klein, Ivan Goedken, Mary Robertine Smith, Joan Losey, Mary Ann Helle, and Susann Rogers. Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May they rest in peace. Amen. Video by Sister Phyllis Manternach, OSF.
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Wishing you and your families all a Merry Christmas!
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This weekend, our visiting Vietnamese Sisters will return to Vietnam after living with us and studying English for two years. “They’ve brought so much joy to our lives," said Sister Char Enright, who was the English language program coordinator for the sisters. We will miss them and are grateful for all the memories we have made together!
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The late Sister Innocence Tsung was recently featured in an article in the Catholic Globe as part of their series about Catholic Charities’ 75th anniversary in the Sioux City Diocese. "Sister Innocence handled everything with calmness and grace," said a resident of St. Anthony's Orphanage where sister ministered. "She was the first of many angels that God has sent my way throughout my life."

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"It's much less about what the future will hold, and it's much more 13 younger sisters grappling with how to live this life now, what it means to say yes to this, and knowing what we are saying yes to is very different than what previous generations have said yes to," said Sister Sarah Kohles, OSF about the book "In Our Own Words," that she collaborated on and also edited. "We're not reinventing religious life, but connecting with our experience of religious life."

Thirteen sisters collaborated on 13 essays in a new collection, In Our Own Words, published Jan. 25 by Liturgical Press. "We're not reinventing religious life, but connecting with our experience of religious life," said Dubuque Franciscan Sr. Sarah Kohles, who edited the book with Society of the Sac...
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We invite you to join us as we follow along with the Sister Water Ripple Effect 2018 Lenten calendar beginning today! Each day the calendar provides information on safe drinking water and facts on water consumption while also offering thought provoking challenges to help us collect donations for the Sister Water Project. The calendar is free and can be downloaded from the Sister Water website at http://www.osfdbq.org/sister-water-project…/lenten-calendar/.

Global water shortages and access to clean water are critical issues in our world. Do you know that 1.1 billion of the poorest people in our world lack safe drinking water? (Source: www.water.cc) Do you know that every 21 seconds a child dies from a water related illness? (Source: www.water.org) Cli...
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Sisters Carol Hawkins, Erika Calderon, Pat Farrell and Nancy Meyerhofer gathered recently in LaEntrada, Honduras to celebrate Sister Erika's two year vow renewal! The congregation sent cards and letters to Honduras for her and she replied with a thank you email to them all: "I am very happy and grateful to God and you. Your example inspires and strengthens me."

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Sister Carolyn Thirtle (right) participates in the curling event during the Mount St. Francis Center Olympic games while Sister Eleanor Lambert (left) looks on. Thanks to the Loras College students who came to help with bobsled, skating, curling, and snowball toss games for the sisters over the weekend!

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"The snow is sparkling like a million little suns." - Lama Willa Miller

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Our Franciscan Associate Jake Rosenmeyer worked with his students at Bishop Garrigan High School in Algona, Iowa, to prepare a shipment of mac 'n cheese meals to Morton, Mississippi. Jake connected with Sister Rita Goedken (pictured below) at Excel, Inc. and she worked with Jim Farris who helps with food distribution in Morton. "It's a big help to us," said Jim. "It saves us a lot of money that we can now spend on other needed food items."

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Our Franciscan Common Venture volunteer program is looking for men and women 20 years and older to contribute their time, talents, and commitment in service among people who are poor! Click through the photos below to see this year's service sites or visit www.osfdbq.org/commonventure. New this year are three one-day opportunities for service! For more information about the Common Venture program, contact Sister Michelle Balek at balekm@osfdbq.org (563) 583-9786.

Our visiting Vietnamese Sisters have never seen snow until this winter! Sisters Nhiem, Hao, Dien, and Thuan joyfully played during the snowstorm yesterday while many of us watched their delight from the convent windows! Together they built these snowman in the front of our Motherhouse! The sisters are here to learn to speak, write, and read English in preparation for college studies. Sister Charlotte Enright (pictured below) serves as lead-teacher for their English classes and Sister Anne Sedgwick serves as their spiritual companion.

Over 30 participants took a fascinating journey with Sister Meg Gemar as she skillfully explored several creation stories at Saturday’s Canticle of Creation program. By comparing the two Genesis stories, a Native American tale of Skywoman, and a Mayan myth, Meg illustrated how each gives meaning and value to life. She shared the Universe Story Today: what science is telling us about creation. In addition, a cosmic walk was laid out on the floor to give a visual representation of this unfolding story. It will be in place for a few days so people can reflectively walk through this amazing story.

Sister Water Project (SWP) wells #174, #175 and #176 were completed in January! We rejoice with the villagers of Mtego-wa-simba, Kiringeni, and Komstari and thank our partners Safe Water for Life and Dignity (SWLD), and all of our donors!

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Charism Team Member Julie Tebbe spent yesterday with students from Danbury Catholic and St. Rose of Lima schools during Catholic Schools Week to lead them through a retreat about how to work as a team! #CSW2018

Lisa Schmidt (left) and Sister Mary Lechtenberg represented the Coalition Against Human Trafficking in the Tri-State Area and the Dubuque Franciscans' Charism Team at the Archdiocese of Dubuque's Women's Conference "Beauty in Christ" this past weekend in Cedar Rapids. Lisa and Sister Mary offered information and educational opportunities to the 600 women in attendance at the conference.

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Have you started thinking of your Lenten Promise yet? We invite you to join us as we follow along with the Sister Water Ripple Effect 2018 Lenten calendar! Lent begins on Wednesday, February 14, and each day until Easter Sunday, the calendar provides information on safe drinking water and facts on water consumption while also offering thought provoking challenges for individuals to collect donations for the Sister Water Project. The calendar is free and can be downloaded from the Sister Water website at http://www.osfdbq.org/sister-water-project…/lenten-calendar/.

Global water shortages and access to clean water are critical issues in our world. Do you know that 1.1 billion of the poorest people in our world lack safe drinking water? (Source: www.water.cc) Do you know that every 21 seconds a child dies from a water related illness? (Source: www.water.org) Cli...
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