Travel Journal
  • On a cold, windy evening, Sister Amy greets us warmly at the door of the motherhouse in downtown La Crosse. She later takes us to visit Mary of the Angels Chapel, which has visitors from around the world who pray in the chapel and appreciate its architecture and history.
  • Our podcast guests reflect the diverse ministries that FSPA sisters are involved in! Sister Katie is a pastoral associate in a parish, and Sister Eileen is an RN and a certified acupuncturist.
  • We’re deeply impressed by the FSPA commitment to perpetual adoration. For over 130 years, at least two people have prayed around the clock before the Blessed Sacrament. The sisters explain that it’s a way to be mindful of God’s presence among us always, and of the need to be present to one another.
  • We’re headed home, having successfully dodged two snowstorms on Dubuque-La Crosse double-header road trip, TB2G!

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Podcast Guest Nuns


L: Sister Eileen McKenzie, FSPA, is a registered nurse and a certified acupuncturist. She established FSPA Community Acupuncture in La Crosse, and co-founded Integrative Therapies, a shared space of professional care offering acupuncture, massage, energy work and spiritual direction. Sister Eileen has a master’s degree in Oriental Medicine from Northwestern Health Sciences University.

R: Sister Katie Mitchell, FSPA, is a pastoral associate at Saint Mary Parish in Evanston, Illinois, where she assists adults and young adults with faith formation. She also began a bereavement group at the parish, and she serves with parishioners who are involved in social justice issues. Sister Katie has a Doctor of Ministry degree from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago.

About the Congregation

Mission Statement: We are a community of vowed Franciscan women centered in Eucharist, committed to be loving presence through prayer, witness and service. True to our Franciscan Calling, we commit ourselves to building Christ's Kingdom of justice and peace. We continue our efforts to preserve and nurture God's creation, to increase social and global consciousness, to educate ourselves to political awareness, and to encourage action to effect change where necessary.