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Every Tiny Flower

Laurel (Harrington ’96) Wallace

Franciscan University and household life gave me more than words can adequately express. First and foremost, it gave me the knowledge that I am the daughter of a loving Father with the ability to live that out confidently and without question in every aspect of my life.

Little Flowers Household gave me the gift of sisterhood and community, which is an eternal, everlasting bond. These are women whom even today, 25 years later, I strive to emulate as I journey through life’s trials and tribulations. These women taught me commitment, sacrifice, unconditional love, and forgiveness—qualities I have carried with me into adulthood and my own family life.

I am blessed now to offer my own children into the hands of Franciscan University and pray their experience will lead them to a household in which they will experience the same treasure that these relationships can offer.

There is a true richness and depth that the Catholic Church offers that can be found in and through Franciscan University and household life. “To whom much has been given, much will be required” (Luke 12:48). Each one of us, in our diversity, brings to the table something special, something unique. Together, with Christ, we make up the loveliness that is the Church. For, “The splendor of the rose and the whiteness of the lily do not rob the little violet of its scent nor the daisy of its simple charm. If every tiny flower wanted to be a rose, spring would lose its loveliness” (St. Thérèse of Lisieux).

Laurel (Harrington ’96) Wallace said, “I am living in Mobile, Alabama and have been for the past 25 years with my husband (David Wallace MBA ’94). We have five children: one married, two at Franciscan, a senior in high school, and an eighth grader. I am the pastoral assistant at St. Mary’s Parish in Mobile, Alabama, and have served there for the last seven years.”