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In memoriam: Sister Miriam Joseph Bardot
April 24, 2017 1:44 PM


Sister Miriam Joseph Bardot, OSF (101), died on Monday, April 24, 2017, at 11:47 a.m. at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, IL.

Sister Miriam Joseph, the former Kathryn Leona Bardot, was born in Luebbering, MO, on March 17, 1916, the daughter of August and Cecilia (Barband) Bardot. She entered the Congregation on February 2, 1937 and professed her religious vows on October 4, 1939.

Sister Miriam Joseph graduated from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1943 and from Quincy College in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

During her long years of ministry, she served in various HSHS hospitals in Wisconsin and Illinois in the Business Office as well as in the areas of Administration, Admitting, and Accounting. Sister Miriam Joseph retired from active duty in 1996.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Raymond and James Bardot, and five sisters: Cora Hanngiesser, Helen Schroeder, Mary McDermott, Alice Powers, and Rosalie Baur.

She is survived by a nephew, David Baur, of Gray, ME and her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 80 years.

Visitation will be held at St. Francis Convent from 4-7 p.m. with a Wake Service at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Andre Schludecker, OFM on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 10 a.m. in
St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent. Burial will be in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.

To view her feature story from 2011, please click here.

Kirlin-Egan-Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Sister Jomary is honored
March 29, 2017 3:01 PM


For a lifetime of contributions to the Catholic health ministry, Sister Jomary Trstensky, OSF, Chair, Hospital Sisters Ministries, will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Catholic Health Association (CHA) of the United States. The award will be given during the Catholic Health Assembly in New Orleans, Louisiana in June.

The prestigious award annually recognizes individuals who have devoted much of their life to Catholic health care and who have inspired and mentored others. The award recognizes leadership that extends beyond Catholic health care to impact the local community and beyond.

“Sister Jomary’s leadership has been instrumental in the growth and success of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS). In her many leadership roles with the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis and HSHS, Sister Jomary has inspired her colleagues to live the values and mission of the Catholic Church. This recognition from CHA is well deserved and highlights not only Sister Jomary’s many accomplishments, but also the great respect HSHS colleagues and Catholic health care leaders have for her,” said Mary Starmann-Harrison, President and CEO, HSHS.

Sister Jomary has a distinguished 50-plus year career in Catholic health care. She currently serves as Chairperson of the Hospital Sisters Ministries Board, which was established in 2015 as the public juridic sponsor of HSHS. She had previously served as the Provincial Superior of the American Province of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis (2007-2015), as President of HSHS (1989-2006), and as Executive Vice President of HSHS (1988-89). In addition, she has served as the Assistant Administrator at HSHS St. Vincent Hospital, on the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Provincial leadership team, and in nursing leadership roles at HSHS St. John’s Hospital (Springfield), and HSHS St. Mary’s Hospital (Streator).


Welcome Sister Josephine
March 21, 2017 8:10 AM


We are pleased to welcome Sister Josephine, a Hospital Sister from the Indian Province, who will join our Loretto Home staff in April. She arrived at St. Francis Convent yesterday.

(The following information was taken from the Generalate's website.) I was born on April 8, 1983 at Ottamam, Tamil Nadu, India (southern India). I am the eldest in the family with two sisters and one brother. In addition to my parents who were supportive of my interest in becoming a Sister, I had a loving grandfather who encouraged my vocation. The inspiration of my grandfather was always at the back of my mind and I nurtured it as I was growing up. He was the one who planted the seed of faith in me and was my role model and guide.

After finishing higher secondary studies, I joined our Congregation on July 1, 2000 at the age of 18. During the four years of formation, I had lots to learn and there were struggles and difficulties to adjust with the newness of this life. However, I was ready to respond to His call. By God’s grace, I Professed First Vows on April 20, 2005 and Final Vows on May 25, 2013. I am a nurse and have completed the studies of General Nursing and Midwifery in 2011. I worked in our health center in Ramgarh for two years and recently served in our health center in Pithora.

I find happiness and joy to be a part in the healing ministry of Jesus. I am proud to be a member in our Franciscan family and I love my Religious Life and my Congregation. I thank God Almighty for His abundant goodness, love, and the opportunities given to me to serve humanity.



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