Join Us 4/28/17 at The Weber Center!

Meet the cast!

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We are beyond grateful for the partnership we’ve received from our local show sponsor, the Franciscan Spirituality Center. This welcoming space is our home base during auditions and rehearsals, and the Center’s staff and volunteers are among the best to work with!

Don’t just take our word for it, though. Here’s what FSC had to share themselves!

Everyone has a story. Here at the Franciscan Spirituality Center, we want to hear yours.

As the only spirituality center in the Coulee Region, we have the unique privilege and mission of being a sacred place of simplicity and hospitality for those seeking spiritual renewal, healing and deeper self-awareness – open to everyone, anywhere on their search for meaning and wholeness. Though we are rooted in the Gospels, we welcome people of all faiths and backgrounds through our doors.

Tea Party event hosted at FSC

Tea Party event hosted at FSC

We invite you to share your sacred stories with one of our experienced spiritual directors, who will listen to you deeply, non-judgmentally and confidentially. These trusted companions journey with you as you discover your inner wisdom and peace. Whether you meet individually or within a group setting, FSC spiritual directors receive your story with compassion and patience.

If your story is best expressed through creativity, we offer several opportunities throughout the year for nature journaling, poetry and prose writing, intuitive painting and iconography workshops. Each Monday on our blog, we also publish our Reflections from the Center – short, insightful writings from various voices in the community – which are also emailed to more than 2,000 subscribers.

For stories shared through movement, we offer yoga and tai chi classes, and our monthly Drumming Circle. For stories shared through silence, we offer several meditation opportunities and have available three private and cozy hermitages tucked away on the edge of woodland on Solitude Ridge in nearby St. Joseph.

So many of us yearn to be heard. Through the sharing of our stories, we connect with another. We experience better dialogue, understanding and mutual respect. As our stories come to life, we grow. We’ve seen this through our programs, contemplative dialogue and listening sessions, and retreats.

Terry Hershey

Terry Hershey

As important as it is to listen to one another, it’s vital that we listen to ourselves. Often, the message we ignore is that we need to slow down, rest and recharge – that our mind-body-spirit connection is worth our attention. To address this need, we have organized a community presentation and weekend retreat with author and sanctuary garden designer Terry Hershey this April.

“Rest. Renew. Live.” will take place from 8:30-11:30 a.m. Friday, April 28, at English Lutheran Church. Join Terry for a practical and humorous invitation to replenish in a too-hurried, distracted and busy world. “Finding Your Sanctuary” will take place from 5:30 p.m. Friday, April 28, through 5 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the FSC. During this overnight retreat, we’ll learn to create a space for grace in our life and explore how we can be a sanctuary to others. Registration details for both events are at

Our own story started 32 years ago, when the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration remodeled the east end of the St. Convent building to establish the FSC in response to a growing spiritual hunger. Our mission is just as vital today. As one of our guests recently shared with us: “The FSC provides opportunities for deeper insights into the wonder of God’s creation.”

Today, we have a dedicated staff of 12, who offer unparalleled Franciscan hospitality and design a rich variety of experiences and opportunities for spiritual growth and transformation. We offer several healing ministries at no charge to participants and have a generous scholarship policy so that no one is turned away for inability to pay. We have eight bright and comfortable meeting rooms, featuring exquisite woodwork and historic charm, available to rent to groups, clubs and businesses.

If you haven’t visited us yet, we invite you to see what so many others have come to love about the FSC. We are at 920 Market Street, or check us out at When you do stop by, allow for some time to linger in our Sophia Bookstore, with a cup of coffee or tea on us. This little gem is packed with thought-provoking books from the most gifted spiritual writers and thinkers today, plus lovely cards, handmade earrings and soaps, beautiful scarves and many other Fair Trade gift items.

Come as you are! All are welcome.

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LTYM collageWe weren’t sure what to expect our second year in, directing and producing a local Listen To Your Mother show in La Crosse. How would the stories compare to last year? Would we be able to find a cast as diverse and stunning in their emotional tales of motherhood? We shouldn’t have worried.

This town is full of stories.

Once again, every piece we had the privilege to hear in auditions touched us. We are beyond grateful to the brave women and men who walked into the audition room and shared their truths with us. The stories made us laugh, made us cry, made us remember good times and hard times. They inspired us.

This community inspires us.

We so wish that every single story could be shared on stage. They are all worth it. We could listen all day long. We hope that everyone who wrote a piece felt empowered by sharing their story and surrounded by support from all 30 cities across the country giving motherhood a microphone.

We believe we have curated the best of the best in our 2017 lineup and cannot wait for you to get to know our cast and hear their incredible stories about mothers, and being mothers. Without further adieu, please congratulate the 2017 Listen To Your Mother La Crosse cast! We’ll see you on stage in April!

The 2017 La Crosse Listen To Your Mother Cast!


Beth Erickson (director/producer)

Maureen Freedland

Nancy Heerens-Knudson

Sylvia Jimison

Liv Johnson

Jonathan Lamb

Amy Sanwick

Susan Schuyler

Michael Scott

Joanne Adragna Shird

Sheida Teimouri

Clare Wight

Christy Wopat


This year’s show takes place on April 28th at 7:30pm at The Weber Center.
Tickets will be available very soon, so save the date! These are stories you won’t want to miss!

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Auditions are Open for Listen To Your Mother: La Crosse

January 8, 2017

It’s the second season, and finale show, of Listen To Your Mother: La Crosse! Once again we’re joining folks around the country to give motherhood a microphone!  Hundreds of stories. Each one personal. Sharing the good, the bad, and the barely-rested truth about motherhood. And we want to hear your mother story!  You don’t have to be a mother to audition. You don’t have to be a professional writer or performer. And men are welcome to audition too!  We’re looking for your original, five minute story about some aspect of mothers and/or motherhood. Tell us the story you know will make us laugh, or find comfort, or commiserate, or have an aha moment! Whatever your tale is, we encourage you to share it! Here’s what you need to know.  Audition Dates and Times are:  February 8th, 5:00pm – 9:00pm February 13th, 5:00pm – 9:00pm February 18th, 8:30am – 12:00pm Auditions are by appointment […]

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Your December To Do: Start Writing Your Listen To Your Mother Story!

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2017 rings in the Finale Season of the nationally acclaimed show, Listen To Your Mother! Founded right here in Wisconsin, Madison creator Ann Imig, imagined a space where stories about motherhood (or about the person who raised you) could connect readers and audience members in a way like nothing else. La Crosse is thrilled to return to the Weber Center for the Performing Arts with our 2017 show on Friday, April 28th. So mark your calendars now!  Details about auditions will be coming soon. And we’ll share behind the scenes sneak peeks into the 2017 season and look back at our inaugural year when we joined the LTYM family. In the meantime, get writing! Start by jotting down ideas. What are the poignant, heartwarming or hilarious stories that come to mind when you think about motherhood? You do not need to be a professional writer or speaker to tell your story. You do […]

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Announcing LTYM’s Finale Season! The 2017 City Line Up

October 6, 2016

JOIN US THIS SPRING IN 33 CITIES! Listen To Your Mother La Crosse returns to The Weber Center for our 2nd and final show on Friday April 28, 2017! How can you be a part of this epic, North American celebration of our mothers/our caretakers, and ourselves ? Subscribe to our monthly newsletter (yup, just once per month–no spam here) for updates about auditions, ticket sales for our live shows, book news, and alumni news from hundreds and hundreds of amazing creative women and men who’ve graced our stages. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, and Twitter. As we anticipate 2017, enjoy 2000 videos from past seasons on our LTYMShow YouTube channel. Thank you for helping us give Motherhood a Microphone, telling even more of your stories. WE CAN’T WAIT!! by

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