In memoriam: Sister Kenneth Wildt October 12, 2016 8:06 AM
Sister M. Kenneth Wildt, O.S.F. (86) died on Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 8:15 p.m. at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, IL.
Sister Kenneth, the former Laverne Wildt, was born in Washington, MO on March 22, 1930, the daughter of Herman and Catherine (Zwicke) Wildt. She entered the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis on February 1, 1947 and professed her religious vows on October 4, 1949.
Sister Kenneth graduated St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1953 and received a BSN from Marillac College, St. Louis, MO, in 1971. She served the Community as a registered nurse in HSHS hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin and spent 11 years on the Navajo reservations in Chinle and Page, AZ. In 1993, Sister Kenneth joined the Community in Highland, IL where she served as a Home Health Aide and volunteer at HSHS St. Joseph’s Hospital. In 2014, Sister Kenneth returned to St. Francis Convent.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Kenneth Wildt, and a sister, Mildred Skouby, and her cousin, our Sister Marie Neier, O.S.F.
She is survived by two brothers: Donald Wildt and Paul Wildt, Washington, MO, and three sisters: Doris Skornia, Washington, MO, and Helen Hanneken and Carol Straatmann, Villa Ridge, MO, many nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews, as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for 69 years.
Visitation will be held at St. Francis Convent from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, October 14, 2016 with a Wake Service at 6 p.m. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Steve Janoski on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at 11 a.m. in St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent. Burial will be in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery. Kirlin-Egan-Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.
Today we celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi (1181-October 4, 1226) with Franciscans throughout the world.
The Prayer of St. Francis has become very popular as it embodies the spirit of St. Francis of Assisi and his simplicity and poverty. According to Father Kajetan Esser, OFM, the author of the critical edition of St. Francis' Writings, this prayer was not written by St. Francis. The prayer first appeared during the World War I in France (circa 1912) - written on the back of a St. Francis holy card. The name of the author was not included.
Mindful of St. Francis' example, may we always be instruments of peace.
Make Me an Instrument of Thy Peace by Mary MacDonald (1986)
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The Barron Collier High School Alumni Chorus and Mixed Chorus
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In memoriam: Sister Hugh Holtmann October 3, 2016 8:02 AM
Sister M. Hugh Holtmann, O.S.F. (103) died on Monday, October 3, 2016, at 12:25 a.m. at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, IL.
Sister Hugh, the former Eleanore Maria Holtmann, was born in Muelheim, Germany, on September 3, 1913, the daughter of Ernest and Gertrude (Zender) Holtmann. At the age of seven, Sister Hugh immigrated to America with her family to live in Chicago, IL. She entered the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis on February 2, 1944, and professed her religious vows on October 4, 1946.
Sister Hugh graduated from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing, Springfield, IL in 1949 and practiced nursing in various HSHS hospitals. She obtained a BA from SIU Edwardsville, IL in 1973, and later an MBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. Sister Hugh served in Hospital Administration: HSHS St. Anthony's Memorial Hospital, Effingham, IL (1968-1971) and HSHS St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield, IL (1973-1983). Sister Hugh then ministered as an Admitting Representative for 18 years at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in Belleville, IL. In 2001, she retired from hospital ministry and resided in Gillespie, IL. In 2008, Sister Hugh moved her residence to St. Francis Convent, Springfield, IL.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, Helmut Holtmann, and her sister, Anneliese Lowder. She is survived by several great nieces and great nephews as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 72 years.
Visitation will be held at St. Francis Convent on Thursday, October 6, 2016, from 4-7 p.m. with a Wake Service at 6 p.m. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Andre Schludecker, OFM, on Friday, October 7, 2016 at 10 a.m. in St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent. Burial will be in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.
Concert Across America to End Gun Violence September 25, 2016 4:10 PM
Nationwide, people will be remembering the forgotten victims of America’s gun violence epidemic with a series of live music events today. Locally, a concert and prayer service was held in our St. Francis of Assisi Church at 3 p.m. with music provided by members of the St. Agnes Parish Church Choir, Springfield.
New Associates September 25, 2016 1:27 PM
We welcomed five new Franciscan Associates today during the morning liturgy in St. Francis of Assisi Church. The new Associates are Karen Brown and Nancy Davis (Springfield), Marciann O’Brien (Decatur), and Kay Baranczyk and RoseMary Salzman (Green Bay, WI).
“Our Associates are men and women who desire to deepen their baptismal commitment by accepting God’s call to live according to Jesus’ gospel in the spirit of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi,” explained RuthEllen Davis, Associate Coordinator. “These men and women also strive to embody the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis’ healing charism,” explained RuthEllen.
These five Associates join our family of 145 Associates who embrace Franciscan values and our healing spirit while bringing the compassion of Jesus to others in ways that fit their lifestyle. Associates meet monthly to share their faith on spiritual and Franciscan topics, share in our spirituality and join with them in prayer, community, celebration and ministry. Associates do not take vows.
Founded in 1987, Associates of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is a ministry that is open to baptized Christians 18 years or older with gatherings in Decatur, Effingham, Highland, Springfield, and Streator, IL; and Eau Claire, Green Bay, and Sheboygan, WI. For more information, please view this website page or contact RuthEllen at 217/522-3387, ext. 664 or email her.
Front row (left to right): Kay Baranczyk, Karen Brown, Marciann O'Brien, RoseMary Salzman, and Nancy Davis.
Top row (left to right): Sister Marilyn McCormick, Sister Maureen O'Connor (Provincial Superior), Sister Jonette Devlin, Sister Annice McClure, Sister Jocelyn Serwatka, and RuthEllen Davis
We welcome Kay September 25, 2016 1:21 PM
We welcome Kay Baranczyk, our new Associate from Green Bay, who is pictured with Sister Annice McClure, OSF (left), her sponsor.
We welcome Karen September 25, 2016 1:19 PM
We welcome Karen Brown, our new Associate from Springfield, who is pictured with Sister Marilyn McCormick, OSF (left), her sponsor.
We welcome Nancy September 25, 2016 1:16 PM
We welcome Nancy Davis, our new Associate from Green Bay, who is pictured with Sister Jonette Devlin, OSF (left), her sponsor.
We welcome Marciann September 25, 2016 1:15 PM
We welcome Marciann O'Brien, our new Associate from Decatur, who is pictured with Sister Jocelyn Serwatka, OSF (left), her sponsor.
We welcome RoseMary September 25, 2016 1:09 PM
We welcome RoseMary Salzman, our new Associate from Green Bay, who is pictured with Sister Annice McClure, OSF (left), her sponsor.
We congratulate Sister Elreda September 15, 2016 1:31 PM
Sister Maureen O'Connor, OSF, Provincial Superior, and Sister Elreda Huser, OSF are pictured in front of the Japanese Gate Lantern - a gift from the Japan Province of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis on September 3, 1977 in appreciation to the American Province. Sister Elreda is in Springfield, IL for a home visit and will return to Japan next month.
This weekend we will honor Sister Elreda Huser, OSF and her 60 years of service in Japan.
Born on April 8, 1925 in a small town near Wisconsin Rapids, WI, Sister Elreda learned of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis from her two older sisters, Sister Elaine and Sister Elvon. She entered the Community on February 2, 1942 and Professed First Vows on October 4, 1944. After graduating from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing, Springfield, and serving her Community, she was assigned to the Community’s mission in Lukachukai, AZ in 1953 where she served three years.
Upon receiving a letter from Mother Canisia for volunteers to serve in the Community’s Mission in Japan, she was selected along with three Sisters who sailed to Japan on the President Wilson Liner on November 23, 1956 and arrived on December 7. Soon after arriving in Himeji, she learned the Japanese language and began working in St. Mary’s Hospital. She was also asked to help in the formation of the Japanese women who were interested in religious life and was appointed Novice Mistress and Convent Superior. She served in this role for eight years in Tokyo.
In 1967, she was appointed Regional Superior of the Japan Region. Ten years later, when the Japan Region was raised to the status of a Province on September 3, 1977, Sister Elreda was appointed Provincial Vicaress and transferred her membership from the American Province. Two months later she was elected Convent Superior in Himeji. After a two-year term as Vicaress, she served at Francisco Villa, Tokyo.
On November 3, 1986, Sister Elreda was elected Provincial Superior and served two terms (one was three years/the other was four years). In November 1993, she was elected Provincial Councilor and served a four-year term. On November 1, 1999 she accepted the role of the Convent Superior of the Retreat House Convent. In October 2005, she was elected Provincial Councilor for a four-year term. Since that time, she has been serving as an accountant for the Himeji Convent Superior while providing English and Japanese translation for the Sisters and praying for the needs of the world.