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A Fall Harvest Gathering

During the late afternoon and evening of Saturday, October 8, Franciscan Mission Service board member Evelyn Mercantini and her husband John hosted a group of their closest friends at FMS for "A Harvest Gathering." Since joining the board of FMS in February of 2011, Evelyn has been very active in her support for the mission and programs of the organization.The pleasant autumn day was a wonderful backdrop for her recurring idea to share her passion for the organization with her dearest friends.

After touring the Franciscan Monastery of the Holy Land in America, the group of friends strolled over to Casa San Salvador for a peaceful evening of prayer, camaraderie, and dining. First, the group celebrated Mass with Fr. Joe Nangle, OFM, and was inspired by the musical reflection of FMS mission candidates Kitzi Hendricks and Michael Redell. 

Next, the group embarked upon a five course, mainly organic meal coordinated and cooked by Kim Smolik, executive director of FMS. The meal consisted of wine and cheeses; savory seasonal squash soup and homemade croutons; an apple harvest salad with toasted walnuts, apples, bleu cheese, and an apple cinnamon vinaigrette; a main course consisting of roasted dijon chicken, sweet potato puree, and honey roasted brussel sprouts; and three kinds of cheesecake for dessert.

Evelyn's and John's guests were joined at dinner by mission candidates Kitzi and Michael, as well as FMS board members, staff, and volunteers. Returned missioners Beth Riehle, Katie Mulembe, Kristen Zielinski-Nalen, and Rhegan Hyypio also attended and presented heart warming stories of their ministries.


The recipes we used for our meal
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