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Scouts Assist with Urban Forest
Boy Scout Troop 390 from Whitefish Bay helped the sisters spread mulch in the urban forest being created on the Motherhouse grounds. View...

Trees and Shrubs Added to Urban Forest
Another 75 trees and shrubs were added this spring to the urban forest being developed on the Motherhouse grounds. View...

Congregation Named A Top Workplace
The OSFs have been named a 2014 Top Workplace in the Milwaukee area by the "Journal-Sentinel." View...

Cross of Red Roses Honors Parents
More than 5,000 miniature cloth roses were returned in honor of mothers and fathers. View...

OSF Sister Earns Fellowship
Sister Gabrielle Kowalski, Ph.D., has been named a Fellow of the American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (AAIDD). View...

Spring 2014 Pie and Prayer
Franciscan Pie and Prayer will be offered two more times this Spring - March 23 and April 30. View...

Missionary Sister Returns Home
After spending 41 years in Taiwan working with children who were intellectually challenged, Sr. Irene Kundinger has returned to the U.S. View...

Bountiful Year at the Motherhouse
The stats have been tallied, and 2013 was another good year for garden produce and honey at the Motherhouse. View...

Environment Projects Continue on Grounds
Environment progress continues to be made on the Motherhouse grounds, with the start of the urban forest a major addition last month. View...

Sr. Nancy Kazik Recognized by Archbishop
The Archbishop of Santa Fe honored Sr. Nancy Kazik with the prestigious St. Francis of Assisi Award on October 4 for her service to the Archdiocese. View...

OSFs Are Largest Run-Walk Team
For the second year in a row, the OSF team of 119 was its largest in the annual Run-Walk for the Hungry to Germanfest. View...

27 Sisters Celebrate Jubilees
Twenty-seven Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi celebrated their anniversaries of religious profession at a 3 p.m. Jubilarian Mass on Sunday, July 28, at St. Rita Parish in West Allis, Wis. View...

Sr. Helene is Franciscan Federation Honoree
Sr. Helene Mertes was selected as this years OSF honoree because she exemplifies the 2013 Franciscan Federation Conference theme, Franciscan Life in Evolution. View...

Poverello Creations Page Available
The newly redesigned Poverello Creations website showcases other art and crafts beyond greeting cards. View...

Little Free Library Opens on Grounds
A "Little Free Library," a small venture that has become an international phenomenon, opened June 9 on the Motherhouse grounds. View...

Sister Gabrielle Receives Leadership Award
Sr. Gabrielle Kowalski was presented the 2013 Henri J.M. Nouwen Leadership Award for her 40 years of distinguished service to people with disabilities. View...

Brick-making at Founder's Day Event
Brick-making the old-fashioned way was part of the Founder's Day celebration on June 1. View...

Cross of Roses in Chapel
Sisters remember in prayer the generosity of the donors represented by the roses. View...

Bishop Speaks on Immigrations REform
Arizona Bishop Kicanas made two presentations on immigration reform at the Motherhouse the last week of April. View...

Sr. Camille Celebrates 90th Birthday
Cardinal Stritch University hosted events in April to celebrate the 90th birthday of Sister Camille Kliebhan, OSF, Ph.D, chancellor and past president. View...

Earth Day Program Planned for April 20
Self-guided tours with interactive components will be the featured Earth Day activities on April 20 on the Motherhouse grounds. The program is free and open to the public. View...

Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice
On Saturday, January 26, at the Paulist Center in Boston, Sr. Florence received the 2013 Isaac Hecker Award for Social Justice in the name of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious for its commitment to peace and justice. View...

Sr. Lucille Celebrates 100th Birthday
The 100th birthday of Sr. Lucille Walsh was celebrated on Monday, January 14, in the dining room at Clare Hall. View...

Sisters Offer Ministry for Grieving Parents
Two Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi with a well-known venue of prayer, faith sharing and spiritual direction, have added a bereavement outreach for grieving parents at San Damiano House of Prayer in Lowell, Mass. View...

Sr. Clarinda Authors History of Ministry
Sr. Clarinda Zech, who spent 42 years of ministry at the school in Hanover, has authored "A History of St. Coletta Schools of Massachusetts." View...

Homemade Fruit Cakes on Sale
The baking is done and the final trimmings have been added, which means 1- and 2-pound fruit cakes are now on sale at St. Francis Convent. The sisters have been making fruit cakes for over 40 years. View...

Associate Commitment and Anniversaries
On Sunday, November 18, Marie Benz made her commitment as an associate of the congregration and three others celebrated 25 years of associate relationship. View...

Sr. Coletta Receives Valtican II Award
Sr. Coletta Dunn was one of 15 recipients of a Vatican II Award presented by Archbishop Jerome E. Listecki on October 23. View...

4th Annual Pet Blessing Held
The St. Francis Grotto on the Motherhouse grounds was the scene for the 4th Annual Pet Blessing on September 29 in observance of the Feast of St. Francis. View...

Pet Blessing Set for Sept. 29
The 4th Annual Pet Blessing will be held on Saturday, September 29, at 11 a.m. View...

Honey Harvest at the Motherhouse
The first honey from the beehives on the Motherhouse property was harvested on Thursday, August 23. View...

Wine and Vine Celebrates Century-Old Arbor
The 4th Annual Wine and Vine Event, held August 18, was a tribute to the 100-year-old grape arbor built on the Motherhouse grounds. View...

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