Ms. Yvonne Forrest receives the Francis Medal from Fr. Jim Bok, OFM.

An honor reserved for extraordinary service, the Francis Medal was established to give “concrete expression to the spirit of St. Francis.” Last year St. John the Baptist Province recognized three colleagues who have devoted themselves to supporting and furthering our ministries in Easton, Pa., and Negril, Jamaica:

• “For many years of faithful and faith-filled service to the Franciscans and the faith community at Mary, Gate of Heaven in Negril, Jamaica,” Mrs. Yvonne Forrest was presented the Francis Medal on Nov. 25 by Fr. Jim Bok, pastor of the parish. Yvonne recently retired as cook and housekeeper at the friary in Negril. “She served the friars for our 18 years here,” says Jim, “feeding and supporting 15 of us.”

Br. Ed Demyanovich, Sr. Regina Rokosny, OSF, Jasmine (Jaye) Capobianco, and Br. Mark Ligett, OFM

• For many years Jasmine (Jaye) Capobianco has generously invested her time and her heart in St. Francis Retreat House in Easton, Pa., serving as a Board member, fund-raiser, project leader and more. An irreplaceable member of the retreat house family, she received the Francis Medal on Oct. 17, as friends and supporters gathered during the Friars’ Harvest Bistro.

• That same evening Sr. Regina Rokosny, OSF, was presented with the Francis Medal for generosity and kindness that have “enriched the lives of the friars and the thousands of guests and retreatants at St. Francis Retreat House, thereby giving concrete expression to the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi.” In addition to her “day job” as Finance Director, Sr. Regina selflessly pitches in whenever the need arises.

Thanks and congratulations to all!