Franciscan Friends

Part of the Franciscan Life Process Center’s volunteer program, the Franciscan Friends meet once a week to work on specialized projects and discuss future endeavors. An integral part of the Franciscan family, these volunteers donate their time and skills in a wide variety of areas from programming needs to out-reach projects.

Since many of the Friends are skilled in sewing and needle crafts,  they often turn materials donated to the Center into into items needed at local charities.

Ongoing projects include

  • prayer shawls
  • caps for chemo patients
  • caps for neonatal babies
  • quilts for children at St John’s Home
  • pillows for hospice patients
  • stuffed “mice” for cats at animal shelter
  • pants for the clothing bank at St. Alphonsus
  • dolls and quilts for Santa Claus Girls

In addition, special projects are completed as requested such as weighted blankets for the music therapy program, walker bags, and pillowcases for a low income school.

The Franciscan Friends invite knitters, sewists, crafters, quilters, and others to join them. All skill levels are welcome.

Friends Helping Friends

The Franciscan Friends are also available for those needing advice with their sewing, needlework or other creative projects. These projects may include crochet, cross-stitch, embroidery, knitting, needlework, quilting, and scrap-booking.

If you would like to learn more about the Franciscan Friends or ask for advice on a project, please contact Kathy Bechtel at or call 616-897-7842 ext. 352.