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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Franciscan Sister returns to ministry in Spokane at St. Joseph Family Center

the Inland Register

(From the October 20, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Patricia Novak (IR photo courtesy of St. Joseph Family Center)

St. Joseph Family Center (SJFC) has appointed Sister Patricia Novak of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia as director of the Spirituality/Healing Arts Program.

She began her new responsibilities Sept. 26.

Most recently, Sister Patricia has served as her community’s Vocations Director. Previously, she taught fourth grade at St. Charles School and earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology from Gonzaga University.

“I am happy to be in Spokane again after living here 21 years ago and am excited to share in SJFC’s important role in promoting the dignity, growth and healing for each person served,” she said.

While running the Portland vocation office, Sister Patricia budgeted office finances, prepared and presented regional programs and retreats, and was extensively involved in the planning and publication of an award-winning DVD, Gospel Women Making a Difference.

Besides presenting at youth conferences in Oregon, Washington and Alaska, as well as a youth summer camp, she helped to plan, organize and execute four successful Vocation Rally events in Portland and organized service opportunities for single women. As a way to connect with a global audience, especially young people, and share the Franciscan spirituality, she started a blog, “Nun Other Than a Franciscan Sister,” She is also on Facebook, where she contributes regularly to the page Northwest Catholic Sisters.

“I am delighted to be at St. Joseph Family Center as part of the team of The Franciscan Place serving the community,” she said. “I truly believe in the mission and ministry of SJFC.”


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