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The Role of Seeing and Feeling in Ecological Conversion

Dr. Miller’s presentation created a Laudato Si’ tapestry of many threads. In attempting to guide his audience through the implications of Pope Francis’ 2001 encyclical call for ecological conversion, Miller used Medieval art and his personal experience in a primal forest to highlight the importance that Laudato Si’ places on “serene attentiveness” to the interdependence of all living creatures on each other. And where His Holiness asks us to use our “painful awareness” of what is happening to the world to turn its many sorrows into our own personal suffering, Dr. Miller suggests that we adopt “Hope” in the manner of St. Thomas Aquinas, who viewed it as a form of Passion, as a call to action rather than despair.  

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Followers of St. Francis: Sister Shirley Shafranek, OFS/T

You could say that Sister Shirley Shafranek, OFS/T, was born a Franciscan and that, as her life unfolded, so did her realization that God was calling her to religious life. Now a vowed Franciscan sister with the Sisters of St. Francis in Tiffin, Ohio, Sister Shirley’s early life subtly hinted at her future with the Franciscans. She was raised in rural Chelsea, Iowa, along with four brothers, in a devout Catholic family. Despite their religious conviction, Sister Shirley and her brothers attended public school because money was tight. However, faith was a huge part of their home lives. “I remember kneeling down by [my mother’s] chair each night and saying my prayers,” Sister Shirley says. “I could even tell you the order we all learned them in.” 

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FELC Receives $10,000 Check from Sutton Bank

Sutton Bank CEO Tony Gorrell and John Schuld, V.P., Market Manager at Sutton Bank,  presented a check for $10,000 to the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center (FELC).  The funds will be used for need-based financial aid scholarships for FELC’s Summer Learning Camps, Science Days, and Seeds of Hope Agricultural Education Programs.  Accepting the check on behalf of FELC are Board Secretary Char Pope, Seeds of Hope Agriculture Program Supervisor Sr. Shirley Shafranek, Board President Tony Reser, Board Liaison Sr. Carol Inkrott, Education Coordinator Samantha Busack, and Seeds of Hope employee Clinton Kimmet.  For more information on FELC programs and scholarship availability, call 419-448-7485 or email FELC Director Mimi Johnston at To learn more about FELC, visit

Pictured (L to R): John Schuld, Char Pope, Sr. Shirley Shafranek, Tony Reser, Tony Gorrell, Sr. Carol Inkrott, Samantha Busack and Clinton Kimmet.