On May 13, 2009, our Region hosted its annual gathering for all local spiritual assistants. The gathering’s primary purpose is to express our thanks for their kindness and faithful ministry to the fraternities they serve, as well as provide time for conversation, sharing, and fraternal togetherness.

Attendees of the 2009 Local Spiritual Assistants Gathering

From left to right, attendees were:

Bottom row: Br. Joe Middleton, OFM (St. Francis-St. Louis Fraternity, Chicago); Sr. Marilyn Renninger, OSF (St. Elizabeth of Hungary Fraternity, Frankfort); Fr. Chuck Faso, OFM (St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity, Crystal Lake); Sr. Madge Karecki, SSJ-TOSF (St. Bernardine of Siena Fraternity, Wayne); Vickie Klick, SFO (St. Francis of Assisi Fraternity, Crystal Lake).

Top row: Fr. Don Blaeser, OFM (Regional Spiritual Assistant); Fr. Kieran Kemner, OFM (NW Franciscan Community of the IHM, Palatine and St. Clare Fraternity, Oak Brook); Patrick Mendés, SFO (St. Anthony of Padua Fraternity, Oak Lawn); Fr. Ed Shea, OFM (St. Joseph Fraternity, Chicago); Fr. Jim Perluzzi, OFM (San Damiano Fraternity, Chicago); Fr. Jim Hoffman, OFM (Junipero Serra Satellite Fraternity, Northbrook); Stephanie Sormane, SFO (Regional Minister).

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