everyday heroes
Joanne Queenan loves to write. She also loves the Franciscans. Maybe it has something to do with the fact that her little brother is Provincial Minister, Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM.
     Joanne has long been working to make this world a better place. She holds a Master’s Degree in Social Work and has worked with clients in Dialysis, Rehabilitation, Women and Hospice. For nearly a decade, Joanne worked with the homeless and poor at a soup kitchen in Over-the-Rhine, a neighborhood of Cincinnati, and shares those experiences in her book, Boys on the Rock, Listening to the Voices of the Homeless. Since retiring, she has plunged headlong into her passions of writing and art.
     She is always ready and willing to help. When she says she will have the story by a certain time, it’s in and she is eager for the next project. Whether it is interviewing a friar at the nursing home or learning about the latest project in the missions, her laid-back style puts everybody at ease and the interview quickly turns into a conversation with a new friend. It makes for great stories.
     Thanks for all you do, Joanne. You are our everyday hero.

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Br. John Bok, OFM

Thank you for visiting the Ministry & Mission page. I am Fr. John Bok, co-director along with Colleen Cushard of the Friar Works/Franciscan Ministry & Mission office. This office generates charitable gifts to support our ministries and missions so that we are better able to spread the Good News of Jesus to others.
     My thoughts at this time of year turn frequently to family because of Father’s Day, weddings, graduations, and other events that bring families together. I feel so blessed.  In the game of life, I was dealt a great hand of cards and God placed me in a very loving family.  I can take no credit for any of it May God bless all families. May we as a society find ways to strengthen our families.
     Thank you for all that you do to help the Franciscan Friars of St. John the Baptist Province family. Just as our biological families play an important role in who we are, you play an equally important role in our Franciscan family and its ministries. Your gifts make a real difference in the lives of the poor and forgotten, the retired friars and our men in formation. Your support has allowed us to continue in the spirit of St Francis and we are very grateful. 
     If you have any questions about our ministries, I urge you to contact Colleen or myself at friarworks@Franciscan.org

May God Bless you in abundance!

Fr John Bok, OFM
Co-Director Friar Works

Friars' Work
He persevered
Throughout a long struggle with illness, Br. Don Rewers continued to be positive in the face of ongoing physical deterioration and pain and found joy in the beauty of nature. The struggle ended for Don on May 4, when he welcomed Sister Death. Don was 75 years old.
     Donald David Rewers was born in Detroit, Mich., one of three boys. He completed a B.S. in Biology at Wayne State University before entering St. Joseph Brothers’ School. After Solemn Profession in 1968, Don taught biology at Farmington High School. In 1969 he served as a biology teacher at Roger Bacon High School – his favorite ministry – then served in Oldenburg, Ind., as a member of the Formation Team and as Assistant Novice Director.
      In 1986 Don’s hermitage experience at St. Anselm in Houck, Ariz., led to his involvement in the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation ministry for the province.
     In 1997 Don began to slow down slightly. He was still running five miles a day, logging a lifetime total of more than 60,000 miles. But his professional life turned to another of his talents--organization. Don joined the team at the provincial archives where he helped prepare for the transfer of the rare book collection to the Franciscan Institute at St. Bonaventure University and the move of the provincial archives from the former St. Francis Seminary to the current location on the St. Anthony Friary and Shrine property. It was during his time at the archives that the physical problems that plagued him for the last 10 years of his life first manifested themselves. In November, 2006, Don moved to St. Margaret Hall where he remained under the wonderful care of the Carmelite sisters and the staff until his death.
     Rest in Peace, Brother Don. We miss you!