FSPAS TO SHARE SESQUICENTENNIAL WITH VITERBO COMMUNITY
LA CROSSE, Wis.— The Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (FSPA) will share their 150-year anniversary with the Viterbo College community by exploring a common heritage with events this October like St. Francis Day and a special reader’s theatre called, "Voices: FSPAs Sharing the Viterbo Story."
"The FSPAs have a rich, 150-year history; Viterbo College is rooted in that tradition. When our founding sisters came to Wisconsin from Bavaria, one of their goals was to provide education to children of the immigrants. Viterbo builds on that early educational commitment. We’re excited about exploring our history and sharing stories with the Viterbo community during October," says Rochelle Potaracke, FSPA, a Viterbo education department faculty member.
St. Francis Day, Monday, Oct. 4, is the feast day of St. Francis of Assisi, in whose spirit the FSPAs and members of the Viterbo community shape their lives. Activities include: Mass at 11 a.m. in the Maria Angelorum Chapel at St. Rose Convent; St. Rose Convent Chapel Tours, 2 and 3 p.m.; Prayer Service in the College Church, 4 p.m.; Blessing of the Animals in Assisi Courtyard at 5 p.m.
"Voices: FSPAs sharing the Viterbo Story," a reader’s theatre which explores the history of Viterbo College through humor, song, anecdotes, and drama, will be presented, Monday, Oct. 11 at 8 p.m. in the Viterbo Fine Arts Center Main Theatre and Thursday, Oct. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Rose Convent Chapel. The performance is free and open to the public. No ticket is required.
Participating in "Voices" will be: Marie Leon LaCroix, FSPA, longtime member of the Viterbo Theatre Department; Rochelle Potaracke, FSPA, faculty member of the education department whose aunt was Rose Kreibich, FSPA, one of the FSPA founders; Bernyne Stark, FSPA, former member of the foreign language faculty; and Maria Friedman, FSPA, director of communication at St. Rose Convent.