Dubuque Franciscan joins peace, advoacy team in Clinton


CLINTON — The Sisters of St. Francis of Clinton have announced that Sister Nancy Miller, OSF, has been hired to work with the Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking. She will help the Clinton Franciscans to further develop their mission of social justice advocacy.
Sr. Miller, a Dubuque Franciscan, will focus her efforts to incorporate Franciscan spirituality into the center’s programming. She joins Laura Anderson and Lori Freudenberg as the center’s third co-coordinator.
Sr. Miller holds a master’s degree in Franciscan spirituality from St. Bonaventure University in New York, a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Boston College, and a B.A. in social work from the University of Northern Iowa. She chaired the Executive Commission of Charism Services for the Franciscan Federation from 2010-2013. Since 2007, she has served as director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Anthony’s Parish in Dubuque. She has also served in vocation and campus ministries and has worked extensively in religious education in Chicago and Dubuque.
Her appointment to the center will help to continue the organization’s work on issues such as immigration reform, human trafficking, domestic violence and environmentalism.  Sr. Miller comments, “I am excited about this opportunity to share the important message of peace. St. Francis recognized that we are all interconnected and the work of the Center for Active Nonviolence is a wonderful vehicle for putting that awareness into action.”
Sister Anne Martin Phelan, president of the Sisters of St. Francis, said, “Nancy’s skills and passion will make her a valuable addition to the Center team. Her deep grounding in Franciscan spirituality and experience in reaching out to the public are essential to the work ahead of us.  I’m confident that Nancy will play an important role in working towards the goals of the Center.”
The Clinton Franciscan Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking was started by the Sisters of St. Francis of Clinton as a means of integrating Franciscan spirituality with action and advocacy on behalf of peace and justice for all persons and care of creation.

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