On Sunday, September 22, the Dubuque Franciscans commissioned nine new Associates, who completed the two-year Franciscan Way of Life (FWL) process.
Linda Crisman reflected on her path to becoming an associate.
“Family has always been important to me. I feel honored and blessed to have journeyed for two years with my family of FWL candidates. Now because of this teamwork and engagement, I am excited to be a part of the largerFranciscan family and the opportunities it will bring to make a difference.”
In her reflection on the readings, Sister Kathy Knipper challenged the assembly to make such a difference when she asked, “And so my Sisters and Franciscan Associates, are we willing as individuals and collectively as community to be in relationship, work for justice, be honest in things great and small, and encounter the least among us, all in the name of faith and love? The call to conversion for the sake of transforming the world in the name of love is ours.”
Associate Director Lisa Schmidt had met with each of the candidates as they completed the FWL and was impressed by each: “They are committed to the Franciscan Way of Life and it was a privilege to get to know them. They have a passion for social justice and carrying out the Franciscan values.”