Saturday, July 5, 2014

70 & 65 Years of Profession

Anniversary cake
Members of St. Joseph Fraternity recently honored two long-time Secular Franciscans -- Joseph Schmitt, OFS, and Elizabeth (Betty) Frank, OFS, who this year celebrate the 70th anniversary and 65th anniversary, respectively, of their professions.

Joe Schmitt
Joe Schmitt, OFS
Betty Frank
Betty Frank, OFS
Members hailed Joe's years devoted to social justice, the fraternity and the rosary. "No one can mention Joe without remembering his stories as a railroad engineer and his enduring love for trains," noted Minister Joanne Lockwood, OFS.

Betty spoke of how her love for St. Francis and the Rule influenced her life. She recalled transitioning between the older and newer versions of the Rule, with the current one more joyous.

"Now the fraternity is more community centered," she said.

Her advice to those in formation: "Become acquainted with the other members; they are humble and do a lot of charity on their own."