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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

gratitude: st. francis


I felt at home the first time I went to mass here.  Upon moving to Milwaukee, Paul and I began church shopping, looking for a church that clicked with our spiritualities.  Luckily, we didn't have to search long before finding St. Francis. 

The folks at St. Francis make hospitality a habit, and I felt welcomed from our first visit.  The St. Francis community is also just that - a community.  I've appreciated how authentic it feels, especially considering how racially, culturally, and economically diverse the church is.  Diversity is great in a church community, but it takes a special place to use diversity as a unifying strength and not allow it to completely divide people into separate groups.  

I feel so lucky to have a place I can go each week that I feel welcomed and at home, a place where my absence is noticed when I don't show up.  I especially appreciate the meals after mass where I can catch up with friends and meet new people.  St. Francis has become our Milwaukee family and for that I am so grateful.

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