This year we are sharing the year-end retreat materials and will soon begin Living Like Francis Today by Sr. Marci Blum, OSF. We very much look forward to shared study of the adaptation of God’s Extravagant Love program when it becomes available.
A couple members of our group have attended some of the regional gatherings in Spokane and Tacoma but distance, travel conditions, and work schedules have made it difficult.
Sr. Elaine Thaden visited Klamath Falls in October to present vocation information to our religious education students and parish families (the first time many of our children have seen a “real sister.”). Sr. Marie Monica Borden is our “prayer partner” and is part of our email list. Sr. Patty Novak and Sr. Emma Holdener visit Klamath Falls on random occasions and we hope someday to coordinate a gathering of our group with one of their visits. Otherwise, it seems quite impossible for any closer physical relationship with the sisters, as the closest sisters are 5-1/2 to six hours away on a good day. However, traveling over a mountain pass is quite unpredictable from November to at least March or April.
We have all known the influence of the sisters at one time or another in our lives—as well as their influence in this community in years past. We hope—even if only by our prayer—to extend that presence. There were days of yesteryear when Sr. Raphael and Sr. Brendan used to walk downtown praying their rosary and sprinkling certain “establishments” with holy water as they passed (and it is reported that certain “devil worshiping groups” fled). Our methods might be different but we trust/believe that the spirit of Francis and Clare as lived by the Sisters of St. Francis and shared by their companions has a place in our community. That’s our goal: to continue to be that presence.