Fran is a native of Salem, Oregon, and a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. She has had more than thirty years of ministerial and professional experience as a college professor, director of student counseling, psychotherapist, psychological consultant for various religious communities and dioceses, and a research director for a major social ministry study. Fran holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Loyola University, Chicago, and a doctorate in ministry from Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis. Fran is also a frequent presenter at national and international conferences. She is the author of Words Made Flesh (Ave Maria Press). She has published several articles in various journals over the past fifteen years.