The presence and spirit of the staff at the Franciscan Spirituality Center contributes to the sacredness and renewal of the Center. In keeping with Franciscan tradition, our staff is committed to welcoming all who seek God, meaning and wholeness. We offer private and group spiritual direction, individually directed and group retreats and a variety of on-site programs to help you on your spiritual journey.
For Audrey, spirituality is part of what it means to be human and fully alive. She is curious about how spirituality is impacted by culture and family, personality and generational differences, and life transitions. For many years, she has designed and led programs that deal with the role of faith in everyday life situations, Christian spiritual practices and scripture. Audrey's educational background includes a B.A. from Colorado State University in Technical Journalism, a MPH from the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse in Community Health Education, and a M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from St. John's School of Theology, Collegeville, Minnesota. She joined the staff of the Franciscan Spirituality Center in 2012 and became the FSC's director in 2013.
Laurie joined the staff at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in January 2014 as the office manager. Originally from Bangor, Wisconsin, she grew up in a large family, the youngest of 12 children. Laurie graduated from Western Technical College with an administrative assistant degree in 1985. She has lived in La Crosse since 1992, raising her two children, Zach and Anna. Previously, Laurie worked for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration as the executive secretary for their leadership team. She is an FSPA Affiliate in-process and enjoys volunteering at St. Clare's Health Mission in her free time. Laurie has a wide network of friends and family that keeps her busy and active. She enjoys league volleyball during the winter months and golf during the summer.
Marcia joined the staff of the Franciscan Spirituality Center in April 2014 as a spiritual director. It was through the FSC's Spiritual Direction Preparation Program that she became a certified spiritual director after a career of 30 years in the computer industry, in consulting, marketing and sales. It was her own experience of meeting with a spiritual director that led her to "a new awareness of God's love and presence in my life." After becoming a spiritual director, Marcia opened a private practice in Madison and became an active volunteer in her parish. She also spoke about spiritual direction to people and organizations in Madison, and hopes to continue doing this in her new position at the FSC. Marcia was widowed in 2009.
Rose Elsbernd, FSPA
Sister Rose has been a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration for almost 50 years. Within her community, she has served as a member on the leadership team and in the incorporation of new members. She also has served as a director of the Sacred Heart House of Prayer in Rock Island, Illinois, (now closed) and at Villa Maria Retreat Centers in Frontenac, Minnesota. She has been privileged to journey with others in their search for meaning and purpose through spiritual direction and retreats. She also has been a mentor for those preparing for spiritual direction. Sister Rose has master's degrees in religious education and counseling.
Linda Kerrigan, FSPA Affiliate
Linda is on staff at Franciscan Spirituality Center offering individual and group spiritual direction, coordinating volunteers, supervising spiritual direction trainees and providing hospitality. She is co-director of the Spiritual Direction Preparation Program. Linda earned a master's degree in rehabilitation counseling from Minnesota State University at Mankato. She has held professional positions in higher education and medical settings. She credits her affiliation status with the Franciscan community as a means of being grounded and inspired by goodness. She resides in La Crescent and shares an empty nest with her husband and a cute but willful Scottish terrier.
Barb is co-director of the Spiritual Direction Preparation Program, offers workshops on Compassionate Communication, Interfaith Peace, and facilitates marriage and friendship retreats. She is a wife and mother of four sons and is an active community volunteer. She has been a member of the Place of Grace Catholic Worker House core community for 14 years and serves on several boards that help support the underserved and home-bound in the La Crosse area. Barb joined the staff of the FSC in 2007 and is a registered dietitian with a master's degree in servant leadership. She has a passion for listening, but in the midst of all that listening she loves the outdoors, exercising, cooking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.
Steve was raised in North Dakota and has lived near Holmen for the past five years. He first became involved at the FSC when he joined a spiritual direction group that was offered to Lutheran clergy. He has since been a grateful participant in many of the center's offerings, including the Spiritual Director Preparation Program. For the past several years, he has served as a stay-at-home parent, helping his young daughter overcome challenges related to autism. He is excited to begin his work at the FSC, which will include spiritual direction with groups and individuals. He is amazed to discover all of the ways that God is speaking in his life, and grateful to walk with others as they make similar discoveries. Steve has an undergraduate degree from North Dakota State University and graduate degrees from Washington State University and Luther Seminary. He has served as pastor to Lutheran (ELCA) congregations in Minnesota, Texas and Wisconsin. His wife, Jeannette, is a physician at the Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center.
Stacey joined the staff at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in August 2014 after a long career in journalism at the La Crosse Tribune. Primarily a copy editor, she also wrote a local business column and reported on faith issues for some time, which introduced her to the FSC and its wonderful programming. She looks forward to introducing others to all the FSC has to offer. Stacey lives just outside of La Crosse with her husband, John, three children and an assortment of pets. She is a very active volunteer in her parish, St. Elias Orthodox Christian Church, and personal interests include art, music, books, kayaking and organic food.
Zoua joined the staff at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in 2012 to work full time as the receptionist for the front desk and to support the staff with a variety of administrative duties. Prior to her work at the FSC, Zoua worked for the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration for six years. In 2010, she completed her studies at Western Technical College with an Associate in Applied Science degree in the Administrative Professional program. In her free time, she enjoys crafting, cooking and baking, shopping, watching movies and helping her family sell produce at the local farmers market. Zoua appreciates working alongside the staff at the FSC and loves greeting the people who walk through the doors each day.
Originally from southern Wisconsin, Erin and her husband recently returned to La Crosse to be closer to family and to raise their three children. Erin joined the staff at the Franciscan Spirituality Center in August 2014 as a bookkeeper/receptionist after 11 years at home with her children. Prior to being a stay-at-home parent, Erin worked as a teacher and a college administrator and earned her bachelor’s degree from Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa, and a master’s degree in Student Affairs Administration in Higher Education from University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. When she’s not busy with her children’s activities, Erin enjoys reading, exercising, camping and cooking with local ingredients. Erin feels blessed to work with the many wonderful people who work and visit the FSC.
Sister Michelle joined the hospitality team at the FSC in April 2015. She looks forward to being a welcoming presence to all who enter our sacred doors and was drawn to the FSC for its positive, healing energy. Originally from California, Sister Michelle is a former United States Marine and the mother of an adult son who answered the call to religious life in February 2011 and made her first vows as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration in May 2014. When not working, she enjoys reading, creating mandalas, watching baseball and sharing good coffee and conversation with friends.