On Sunday, November 15, Dick and Joyce Smith of Dubuque were commissioned as Franciscan Associates. The couple completed the Franciscan Way of Life sessions offered by the Dubuque Franciscan Charism Team. “Continuing our Christian journey is what we do to promote Franciscan values,” said Dick and Joyce. “The Franciscan Way of Life program reinforced our values that we have held before attending the program. It was great to meet with people who could be serious and also laugh because of their love of life and God’s people.”
Dick is a Math professor at the University of Dubuque and is in his 48th year of teaching; Joyce is retired after 41 years as a nurse. The couple feels that their ministries have been an avenue for them to meet and serve people. The couple has volunteered in many pre-marriage and marriage programs through their parish and other programs as well throughout the city of Dubuque. Dick was given a Certificate of Honor by the University of Dubuque Black Student Union for supporting human rights.