Followers of St. Francis

Friar Christopher Panagoplos, TOR

Friar Christopher Panagoplos, TOR

If you know anything about Altoona, it’s that the western Pennsylvania town is noted for two things: railroads and the Horseshoe Curve.
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Father Al Hirt, OFM

Al Hirt, OFM

When Father Al Hirt, OFM, was a child growing up in Batesville, Indiana, the Franciscan friars who ran St. Louis Church seemed omnipresent in the small Midwestern town.
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Image and graphic of Friar Peter Tremblay

Peter Tremblay, OFM Conv

Friar Peter Tremblay, OFM Conv, knows firsthand how impactful woodworking can be on one’s faith.
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Image of Sister Marie Lucey in a crowd

Sister Marie Lucey, OSF

After 60 years, Sister Marie is still working hard for justice and peace.
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Image of Sister Meg Earsley and friends

Sister Meg Earsley

The Overseas Lay Mission program broadened this woman's understanding of Franciscan mission being rooted in a ministry of presence and accompaniment.
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Image and graphic of Sister Sharon Havelak, OSF

Sister Sharon Havelak, OSF

“St. Francis is such a role model and is so important to our world today. The charisms that his life exemplified (poverty, contemplation, conversion, and minority) speak to me differently as I grow and change.”
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Sister Mary Gemma Harris, TOR

Sister Mary Gemma found encouragement in St. Francis, whose “radical love for God always inspired me. He set aside so many of the good things of this world in order to love Jesus and follow him more closely.”
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