Clinton Franciscan Sister Hilary Mullany to be honored

Sister Hilary Mullany, OSF, smiles after Ashford University named The Hilary Mullany Theater in her honor.

Clinton Franciscan Sister Hilary Mullany will be among those honored this Friday evening at the annual conference of the U.S. Franciscan Federation meeting in Milwaukee.

Each year the federation, a group of congregations of men and women religious who profess the Third Order Regular Rule of St. Francis of Assisi, invites members to nominate a Sister or Brother to be honored for a quality of their ministry that exemplifies the conference theme.

This year’s conference is entitled: “Becoming a Sacred Flame: Francis, Clare and John’s Gospel” and focuses on how contemporary Franciscan life reflects its source in the Gospel of St. John. Thus, congregations were encouraged to nominate a person who “who sparks enthusiasm for the Franciscan way of life; allows her ministry to be a light to the world; exemplifies a passion that ignites others for ministry; embodies the spirit of Francis and Clare of Assisi; lives the love expressed in the Gospel of John; lives as Word made Flesh, empowering others to achieve and exhibits a passionate love of life and people.”

The Clinton Franciscans chose Sr. Mullany based on her service to her congregation as vice president and liturgist. Most recently, she chaired the content committee for the Upper Mississippi River Valley (UMRV) display at the Women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America exhibit – the award-wining, national touring Smithsonian exhibit that was displayed in Dubuque this spring.  The UMRV display she developed continues at the Old Jail Museum, a division of the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, located at Eighth and Central, Dubuque, until Labor Day.


Sr. Mullany has worked as a high school and college speech and drama teacher, theater director and producer at the former Mount St. Clare Academy, now Prince of Peace Preparatory, and the former Mount St. Clare College, now Ashford University, Clinton.  She served as media director for the Diocese of Davenport and worked with Franciscan Communications in Los Angeles, Calif. She currently serves as board member and actress with the Clinton Area Showboat Theater, having worked with community theater in Clinton for many years.  In 2008, Ashford University named The Hilary Mullany Theater in her honor.

She is a co-founder of SUN — Sisters United News of the Upper Mississippi Valley – a prototype for inter-congregational communications collaboration among congregations of women religious nationwide. She has written and recorded all of the radio and television ads SUN has produced. She has also written and produced in several venues a musical play on the life of St. Francis.

In 2009, Sr. Mullany was named a Clinton YWCA Woman of Achievement.

Her award will be presented at the banquet culminating the annual gathering.  Ten other Clinton Franciscans will be in attendance to support their nominee.

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