Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Catholic Education, mine in particular

I was extremely fortunate to grow up in a family with a Mom and Dad who cared about who taught me and in what school.   My parents made sacrifices to send me to private school in elementary and in high school for a short while.  My High School commute was only 93 miles off the Indian reservation we were living on.

In conversation very recently it was asked of me what would I name as being the most important influences of my formal education.  Without a shadow of a doubt it was the 4.5 school years I spent in Catholic School in Morris, MN.    These are the teachers who taught me.  Thank you each and every sister if you are still alive.   Sister Michaelyn, Sister Justin, Sister Carmen and Sister Florence.

The Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota, is a Roman Catholic Congregation of religious women of the Third Order of St. Francis of Assisi. We dedicate ourselves to living joyfully through the Franciscan values of conversion, contemplation, poverty, and minority.

We are committed to a life of prayer, simple living, and service to those in need. We are dedicated to promoting human rights, building community wherever we live, and healing the sources of Mother Earth's wounds.

Located in the heartland of Minnesota, USA, we number 157 sisters and are joined by over 250 associates. While the majority of our Sisters live and minister in Minnesota, some of us minister in Arizona, California, Illinois, Mississippi, New Mexico, Texas, Wisconsin, Ecuador and Mexico. Our associates are from several U.S. states as well as from Ecuador, Venezuela, and Nicaragua.

 

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