FSPA elects new president
I just got a tip that the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, La Crosse, WI have elected a new president. This comes on the heels of the now former president, Sr. Marlene Weisenbeck, endorsing the pro-abortion healthcare legislation passed by congress on Sunday.
I hope and pray that Sr. Mershon support life and family.
Sister Linda Mershon was elected president. Sister Linda has been ministering as FSPA Mission Councilor since 2006 and resides in La Crosse, Wis. As president Sister Linda is the official representative of the congregation. She will take office July 1, 2010, with the newly elected leadership team.
Sister Eileen Lang was chosen as vice-president. She is currently on sabbatical at Sangre de Cristo Center in Santa Fe, N.M. Prior to that, she was a resident of Superior, Wis., and served for nearly four decades, teaching and serving the Catholic Diocese of Superior. Her most recent position was diocesan chancellor. [that is the Vice-president-elect in Superior] As vice president Sister Eileen will assist the president in governing, and assumes the duties of the president in the event of the president’s absence.
Three members were elected as mission councilors, who, with the president and vice-president, constitute the FSPA leadership team.
The newly elected mission councilors are Sister Paulynn Instenes, currently serving as FSPA vice president in La Crosse, Wis., Sister Suzanne Rubenbauer, a resident of Eden Prairie, Minn., currently serving as FSPA co-minister of Affiliation, and Sister Rose Elsbernd of Frontenac, Minn. Sister Rose is currently director of Villa Maria Retreat Center.
Considering the welfare of each sister and the corporate good of the congregation, the leadership of FSPA fosters the life and mission in the Church and in the world. They promote the congregation’s goals and provide for continual renewal so that the needs of contemporary society can be served.
A new process for the 2010 election emphasized the importance for all eligible members to remain open to nomination for an office throughout the time of discernment from October 2009 to the present.
The 2010 election assembly is the 22nd election assembly for the congregation since 1910.
Photo (Left to Right): Sisters Paulynn Instenes, Rose Elsbernd, Linda Mershon, Eileen Lang and Suzanne Rubenbauer