Things have quieted down and it feels good!

Since the first two busy weeks of June, things have quieted down quite a bit, and it feels good!

On Saturday Sisters Isa, Aurora and Bernice went strawberry picking in Sr. Bernice’s sister’s garden. They came home with LOTS of beautiful berries. Yummy. Tomorrow night we will have strawberry pie for supper. We all are enjoying the fresh berries. A special thank you to the pickers. That’s one of the things I can’t do anymore.

Sr. Ruth’s convent gardens are productive, too. We’ve had fresh lettuce and radishes so far.

Last week we had the Bloodmobile at St. Francis. We had a wonderful turnout. Our goal was 215. We surpassed the goal and collected 221 units of blood. God bless those life-saving generous donors.

In early May I wrote about The Taste of St. Cloud fund-raising event for our Franciscan Community Volunteer program. We had over 700 Sisters, Associates, and guests attend that evening. Anna Zaros will be the new Associate Director along with Sr. Clara Stang. We thank Katie Cassidy for her fine work the past couple years. And we wish her will in her new position in Colorado.

Yesterday Sister Kay Rundquist, Rochester Franciscan, celebrated her 50th Jubilee here in Little Falls. She has worked here for the past 25 year as massage therapist, teacher and friend. We were happy to see so many of her friends and clients attend the Mass, prayer service and reception. Thank you, Sr. Kay, for your example of fidelity to your Franciscan vocation.

Enjoy the summer days we are having.

Peace and blessings,

Sr. Mary Lou

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