The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis welcomed 12 new Franciscan Associates on Sept. 24 during the morning liturgy in St. Francis of Assisi Church in Springfield. The new Associates are Ameyo Ayilisunga, Donna Chase, Jean Kapp, Diane Tebrugge, Gerardo Valdés and Michelle Wood (from Springfield); Mike Brummer, Joan Eggers and Jane Herman (from Effingham); Shirlene Kassing and Kathy Lohman (from Highland); and Pam Achten (from Green Bay, Wis.).
“Our Associates are men and women who desire to deepen their baptismal commitment by accepting God’s call to live according to Jesus’ Gospel in the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi,” explained RuthEllen Davis, Associate coordinator. “These men and women also strive to embody the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis’ healing charism.”
These 12 Associates join the Hospital Sisters’ family of 138 Associates who embrace Franciscan values and the Hospital Sisters’ healing spirit while bringing the compassion of Jesus to others in ways that fit their lifestyle. Associates meet monthly to share their faith on spiritual and Franciscan topics, share in the Hospital Sisters’ spirituality and join with them in prayer, community, celebration and ministry. Associates do not take vows.
Founded in 1987, Associates of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is a ministry that is open to baptized Christians 18 years or older with gatherings in Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Springfield and Streator; and Eau Claire, Green Bay and Sheboygan, Wis. For more information, contact Davis at (217) 522-3387, ext. 664 or .