Submitted by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities

Partners in Franciscan Ministry (PFM) announced July 18 that Dr. Paul Lipowski, FRSA, will bring his considerable experience in Franciscan theology and organizational management when he joins PFM as Vice President and Special Advisor on July 26.

In his position, Lipowski will assist PFM in developing programs to integrate the Franciscan mission and values of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities (SOSF) into the congregation’s “sponsored ministries” — the hospital, day care centers, hospice and museum the Sisters established but that now are administered by lay employees. Lipowski also will support PFM in strategic planning.

Most recently, Lipowski served in Mission Integration for the Felician Sisters in Chicago, Illinois. There he oversaw mission integration, governance, program quality, and corporate responsibility for that religious community’s more than 30 ministries. He holds a degree in history and a minor in theology from Loyola University in Chicago, where he also completed a master’s in Pastoral Studies. He holds a certificate in Change Leadership from Cornell University’s School of Industrial and Labor Relations, a Master of Letters in Bible and Contemporary World from St. Mary’s College (School of Divinity) at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and a doctorate in Interdisciplinary Leadership from Creighton University.

Sister Margaret Carney, OSF, president emeritus of St. Bonaventure University, chaired the committee that conducted an extensive national search and interview process. She worked with Lipowski on a program that trained Franciscan Mission Advancement officers.

“Through that contact, I could see Paul already possessed the knowledge and experience of thorough mission education and that he would be an excellent partner to PFM. We are truly fortunate that he will be working with us,” she said.

PFM President Robert Myers, Ph.D., said Lipowski’s strong background in theology and change leadership gives him both the pastoral experience and strategic planning skills needed for PFM to carry out its mission — supporting ministries so they can maintain the Sisters’ Franciscan values such as caring for those most in need and respect for the environment.

“Paul will look at every component in a system, from pay equity to management training to diversity in board members, and help a ministry put values into daily operations in ways those values can be measured,” Myers said.

Lipowski said he looks forward to helping the ministries embrace the Sisters’ Catholic-Franciscan mission through a collaborative approach that looks for the best way each ministry can build mission into its individual culture.

“I also like the variety of different ministries and having a hands-on style, walking with ministry leaders. I plan on visiting the ministries, the ministry leaders and the people they serve, not just to build relationships, but to meet them where they are,” Lipowski said.

Lipowski lives in a suburb of Chicago with his wife, Kathy, and their three children. He will divide his time between Chicago, Syracuse, and the ministries.

The Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities established Partners in Franciscan Ministry in 2011. PFM is a separately incorporated nonprofit charged with ensuring that the Sisters’ Franciscan values remain embedded in the ministries they founded but that are now run by laity. These ministries include a health care system in Hawaii; day care centers in Syracuse, New York, and Millvale, Pennsylvania; and a hospice center and museum and shrine to St. Marianne Cope, both in Central New York. For more than 150 years, the Sisters of St. Francis have ministered to people most in need through education, healthcare, parish work, and legal services. For more information, go to

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