Associate Vivian Metzger Clausing



Tell us about your growing up years and family.

I grew up in Ventura County and have a mixed religious background. My mother was Buddhist, and my father was Lutheran. I joined the Catholic Church in 2000 and learned about the Franciscan community through my parish. I was drawn to the joyful and inclusive theology that I experienced and sought further formation through the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkeley.

Please share a favorite story about your early community service.

My first ministry was liturgical dance. While leading a group of dancers at St. Mary’s Cathedral, I met one of the sisters who was preaching at the prayer service. Our conversations over time would lead to my association with the community.

Why did you decide to become an Associate?

I was drawn to the love and joy that I saw in the sisters, associates, and friars whom I met at FST. I cherish the opportunity to be part of the community and am continually inspired.

How do you share your Franciscan values and spirituality now?

I currently live in the Bay Area, and I am blessed to direct a program that supports women transitioning from incarceration. I share Franciscan values through conversations with others and I strive to live simply and lovingly.

What would you like us to know about being a Franciscan?

The Franciscan way has brought me much joy and peace.

Please share a favorite quote or verse.

“Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” Attributed to St. Francis

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