“Those Who Put Their Hands to the Plough, Never Looking Back: Part One, Francis J. Fluno, C.S.D.”

Spring/Summer 1998 issue

In the latter part of the nineteenth century and early twentieth, as Christian Science was becoming more widely known, a number of notable men and women – doctors, lawyers, judges, clergymen – gave up their professions to serve the Christian Science movement as practitioners, teachers, preachers, and lecturers. This series will focus on some of these individuals, including several former medical doctors, who sacrificed income and professional prestige to devote their whole hearts to the Cause they loved, and left for future generations a record of strong, selfless service.

The first article in the series provides background on the life and achievements of Francis J. Fluno, C.S.D., a Christian Science practitioner, teacher, and lecturer, who was based for many years in Oakland, California. It is hoped that his example, as well as the examples of others who were similarly committed to the Cause of Christian Science in its fledgling years, will illustrate the qualities of thought valued by the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, Mary Baker Eddy, which contributed to the rapid growth of the early Christian Science Church.