Franciscan Peace Connection
The Franciscan Peace Connection (FPC) is a San
Diego-based new initiative of the Sisters of St. Francis, Clinton, Iowa. The
FPC fosters relationships which empower connectedness and cooperation among
individuals, within families, schools and neighborhoods, and among diverse
faith communities and organizations.
Our team consists of vowed Catholic sisters,
associates and sojourners, married and single folks, teenagers and sages.
We aspire to link individuals and groups with
information, opportunities and resources that increase their abundance and
quality of life. We are all about sharing what we know as we connect with
others and encouraging them to apply it and pay it forward.
We envision connecting with people around the planet.
We invite you to join us as instruments of peace; assist us in connecting
people to people everywhere. Collectively and consciously we can increase our
human vibration until we are in synergy with the universe.
Learn more about the Franciscan Peace Connection at the
website or by reading the most recent newsletter.
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the earliest days of the congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis have
sponsored a wide range of institutions.
Rising to meet the changing needs of the community, these have ranged
from health care facilities to educational establishments.
The term "sponsorship" as it applies
to religious institutions implies the support of, influence on and governances
for the ministries that continue the works founded by the congregation and
express its mission in today's world. These
institutions were staffed by Sisters and lay people. In some cases, day-to-day management was undertaken
by a third party with specific expertise.
However, the ultimate responsibility for the institution rested with the
Some of the most recent institutions in Clinton which have been directly sponsored by the
Sisters of St. Francis included:
one of the most well-known institutions was Mount Saint Clare College which the
Sisters established in 1918. Since that time,
thousands of students have been touched by the Sisters who taught
there. In 2005, the college was sold to
Bridgepoint Education and the name was changed to Ashford University. The Clinton Franciscans continued to be
involved with Ashford and several remained on the teaching and administrative staff for several years.
Another "end of an era came in 2015-16 when Bridgepoint Education announced that the Clinton, Iowa campus of
Ashford University would close in May of 2016 at the end of the term. The staff worked with students and faculty to help them through the transition.
While this was a sad moment for us, we are grateful to
Ashford University for the 10 years that they have existed here. During this year of closing, they have indeed been working with students, in particular, to see that they transfer successfully and
retain their scholarship agreements while doing so.
Sisters William McCue, Martinelle
Bonnell, Theresa Judge and Kathleen Holland worked with Ashford University
during its 10-year tenure and have
wonderful memories of students, faculty and the many events that have taken
place during those years.
In 2012-13 The Mount St. Clare Education Foundation was
successfully transferred to the Mount Saint Clare Education Charitable Trust,
and Clinton National Bank is the trustee.
Scholarships continue to be awarded from this Trust.