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Happy Foundation Day
June 30, 2016 1:12 PM

On July 2, 1844, Father Christopher Bernsmeyer, OFM, welcomed young women into an organization that would care for the sick - thus marking the foundation of the Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis. We give thanks to God as we continue to be an international, multi-cultural congregation of Franciscan Sisters with Provinces in Germany, Poland, USA, Japan, and India.


In memoriam
June 12, 2016 3:28 PM


Sister Marie Clare Scheible, OSF (age 91) died on Sunday, June 12 at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, IL.

Sister Marie Clare was born on June 27, 1924 in Rochester, NY - the daughter of Anthony and Florence (Servatius) Scheible. She entered the Congregation of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis on September 8, 1947 and professed her religious vows on June 13, 1950.

In her long life, Sister Marie Clare served as a registered nurse, a clinical nursing instructor, in hospital administration and pastoral care at HSHS hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin, and as a massage therapist in Springfield, IL.

Sister Marie Clare earned a diploma from St. John's Hospital School of Nursing, a BSN from St. Louis University, and an MBA from Xavier University. She also completed education at the Chicago School of Massage Therapy.

On March 25, 1965, she participated in the Freedom March in Montgomery, AL where she heard Dr. Martin Luther King speak and had the opportunity to meet him.

She was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by a sister, Bernice Reinhardt (Rochester, NY), a niece, nephews, and cousins, as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for more than 68 years.

Visitation will be held on Monday, June 13, 2016 at St. Francis Convent from 4-7 p.m. with a Wake Service at 6:30 p.m. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Andre Schludecker on Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 10 a.m. in St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent. Burial will be in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery at St. Francis Convent.

To read her feature story from 2012, please click here.


Happy Jubilee
June 7, 2016 10:22 AM

We celebrated the Jubilee of our eight Sisters on June 4 in St. Francis of Assisi Church. The Eucharistic Liturgy was celebrated by Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, Bishop, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Reverend John L. Ostdiek, OFM, who resides at St. Clare’s Villa, Alton, IL, was the homilist. “And now with a Jubilarian’s eye, look back on how the years in your religious life and ministry matured, blossomed in full,” Father John stated in his homily. “Think back to your ministry, ‘To heal the broken-hearted…to bring good news to the poor…to tell the people that the Lord will save them.’ (Isaiah 61:1-11). Through countless efforts to care and even cure, you brought Jesus’ story of the Good Samaritan, the story of St. Francis of Assisi caring for lepers, and the example of many, many Hospital Sisters, into reality,” he added.

Throughout their religious life, these Sisters served in various capacities at their sponsored hospitals in Illinois, Wisconsin, China, and Japan, served in leadership, and served in cities throughout Illinois, Missouri, Louisiana, and Haiti. Jubilee marks the anniversary when a Sister professes First Vows in a religious community.


(Seated) Sisters Francis, Marciana, and Owen Marie
(Standing) Sisters Marianna, Mary Mac, Therese, and JoAn
Sister Hugh is not pictured



Bishop Thomas John Paprocki (right) with Reverend Brian Alford


Father John Ostdiek


St. Francis of Assisi Church


Jubilee
May 20, 2016 1:23 PM

Each year, we recognize our Sisters who observe the anniversary of their First Profession of Vows - this observance is called Jubilee and is celebrated at 25 years, 50 years, 60 years, 70 years, 75 years and even 80 years.

In 2016, we give thanks to God for our eight Jubilarians' life of service to our Community, the Church, and the world.


Congratulations Sister Marciana
May 20, 2016 12:27 PM

We congratulate Sister Marciana Lynch, OSF as she celebrates her Jeweled Crown Jubilee (75 years professed).

To view her feature story from 2005, please click here.
To send her a greeting, please click here.
To view a listing of her ministries over the years, please click here.

 


Congratulations Sister Francis
May 20, 2016 12:17 PM

We congratulate Sister Francis Kuo, OSF as she celebrates her Grace Jubilee (70 years professed).

To view her feature story from 2009, please click here.
To send her a greeting, please click here.
To view a listing of her ministries over the years, please click here.
 


Congratulations Sister Hugh
May 20, 2016 12:02 PM

We congratulate Sister Hugh Holtmann, OSF as she celebrates her Grace Jubilee (70 years professed).

To view her feature story from 2003, please click here.
To send her a greeting, please click here.
To view a listing of her ministries over the years, please click here.

 


Congratulations Sister Marianna
May 20, 2016 11:58 AM

We congratulate Sister Marianna Kosior, OSF as she celebrates her Grace Jubilee (70 years professed).

To view her feature story from 2006, please click here.
To send her a greeting, please click here.
To view a listing of her ministries over the years, please click here.

 


Congratulations Sister Therese
May 20, 2016 11:53 AM

We congratulate Sister Therese Fang, OSF as she celebrates her Grace Jubilee (70 years professed).

To view her feature story from 2005, please click here.
To send her a greeting, please click here.
To view a listing of her ministries over the years, please click here.

 


Congratulations Sister JoAn
May 20, 2016 11:48 AM

We congratulate Sister JoAn Schullian, OSF as she celebrates her Diamond Jubilee (60 years professed).

To view her feature story from 2006, please click here.
To send her a greeting, please click here.
To view a listing of her ministries over the years, please click here.

 


Congratulations Sister Mary Mac
May 20, 2016 11:42 AM

We congratulate Sister Mary Immaculate Creedon, OSF as she celebrates her Diamond Jubilee (60 years professed).

To view her feature story from 2005, please click here.
To send her a greeting, please click here.
To view a listing of her ministries over the years, please click here.
 


Congratulations Sister Owen Marie
May 20, 2016 11:28 AM

We congratulate Sister Owen Marie McArdle, OSF as she celebrates her Diamond Jubilee (60 years professed).

To view her feature story from 2011, please click here.
To send her a greeting, please click here.
To view a listing of her ministries over the years, please click here.



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