Jean Pagliaro to take the helm of Franciscan Spirituality Center

LA CROSSE (WKBT) — Jean Pagliaro will take over as executive director of the Franciscan Spirituality Center at the end of February after the retirement of long-time leader Audrey Lucier.

Lucier is retiring Feb. 25 after nine years as executive director.

Jean Pagliaro Franciscan Spirituality Center DirectorThe Franciscan Spirituality Center Board of Directors selected Pagliaro after a nationwide search. The spirituality center said in a release that her vision for the future, her training in theology and trauma-informed care, and her experience working at the FSC for the past five years best positioned her to carry the mission forward.

“Jean impressed us with her enthusiasm for the executive director role and for the Center in general. Jean’s vision aligns perfectly with the FSC’s mission. I am excited to have Jean as the FSC’s next executive director,” said Lyell Montgomery, FSC Board president.

Pagliaro has served as FSC’s program and retreat coordinator since 2017.

“I’m looking forward to continuing to grow our vision and mission in partnership with our staff, the FSPA, the La Crosse community and beyond,” Pagliaro said. “I personally have experienced abundant welcome, grace and hospitality during my time at the FSC and that has led to personal transformation and a deep respect for what the Center offers people in their own faith exploration and journey toward wholeness and healing.”

The Franciscan Spirituality Center is a sponsored ministry of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. It opened to the public in 1985 and welcomes people of all faith backgrounds and traditions. Other past directors have been Kathleen Kenkel, FSPA; Mary Kathryn Fogarty, FSPA; Vince Hatt and Jeff Dols.

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