FAN Welcomes Members

HNP Communications Franciscan World

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Franciscan Action Network (FAN), a grassroots advocacy organization launched last spring, is looking to reach new members.

FAN’s mission is to bring a coordinated and effective voice to matters of justice, peace and care for creation to Washington, D.C., and throughout the world. It seeks committed people to make this vision a reality.

Those interested in joining the organization should visit FAN’s Web site, In the upper right corner, is a member sign-up box.

Russell Testa, Holy Name’s director for Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation, said that FAN is a valuable organization.

“Becoming a member enables people to participate in a variety of discussion groups and to learn about advocacy opportunities. In addition, members will be included in a subscriber list to receive an e-letter being  launched this fall.”

FAN’s focus for 2008 to ’09 is to develop legislative advocacy strategies for peacemaking, care for creation, and support for persons who are poor and/or marginalized in conjunction with religious and secular partners.

“If we continue the actions we are currently building, FAN will be well positioned to add our needed Franciscan vision of inclusive social transformation,” said Jim Hoffman, OFM, who wrote about the opportunity to transform the world for good in the June 29 issue of a news bulletin of Sacred Heart Province. “We need to grow our movement to transform the world in the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare, FAN’s slogan.”

According to FAN’s Web site, the organization is  “a grassroots, faith-based legislative advocacy organization with a growing national base of organizations and persons who are inspired by the witness and example of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi.”

Holy Name Province is one of 41 member organizations of FAN, which is working to build a base of persons who can propel this movement forward.