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Two make profession as Secular Franciscans
the Inland Register
(From the July 21, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)
Two candidates, Paula Jean Bacon of Clayton, Wash., and Elizabeth Ann Fenn of Deer Park, Wash., celebrated their profession into the Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) at the St. Francis Fraternity on June 18 during Mass at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Spokane.
Following a formation period of approximately 36 months of study and discernment, the two women will continue living out the mission envisioned by St. Francis of Assisi in 1209, who founded the Secular Franciscan Order as a direct response to a request from the laity who were searching for a deeper spiritual life while still remaining in their vocations as single or married Christians. St. Francis wrote in his Rule for the Secular Franciscan Oder, this is a life, “Going from Gospel to life and life to the Gospel.”
Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi continue in the 21st Century as exemplary witnesses to the Gospel message of Jesus of poverty, compassion and service to the needy, care of creation, peace and justice and by a committed daily life of prayer.
Assisting with the Rite of Profession were Franciscan Father Michael Blackburn, celebrant; Deacon Dave Dudinsky; Secular Franciscans Stacey Bogar (Minister) and Gail Robasciotti (Formation Director); and Franciscan Sister Pat Gordon (Spiritual Assistant).
Music was provided by Secular Franciscan Annette Roy, with Dennis and Nola Koesel, Heidi Kuban, Carolyn Hambidge, and Christian Skok, all of St. Mary Presentation Church in Deer Park.