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In Memoriam
October 30, 2017 10:42 AM

Sister M. Francis Kuo, O.S.F. (97) of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis died on Tuesday, October 24, 2017 at 9:50 a.m. at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, Illinois.

Sister M. Francis, the former Mary Kuo, was born in Beijing, China on January 12, 1920, the daughter of Joseph Kuo and Ann Shon. She entered the Congregation on March 25, 1944 and professed her religious vows on September 17, 1947 in Tsinan, China. Sister had to leave her homeland in 1948 when the Communist threat became serious. She and the other Sisters traveled to Springfield, Illinois leaving behind their ministry to the sick and poor in their hospitals and clinics.

In 1953 Sister completed her studies at St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing and ministered as a nurse in HSHS hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin from 1953 to 1963. Sister Francis became a U.S. citizen in 1963. In 1964, she completed a program in Histology and ministered in HSHS hospitals in Wisconsin and Illinois as a histology technician until 1994 when she retired to the Motherhouse.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Francis Kuo and Chung Chiang Kuo, and a sister, Agnes Kuo.

She is survived by a sister, Mary C.J. Kuo, several nieces and nephews, and a great nephew, all of the People’s Republic of China, as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 73 years.

Visitation will be held at St. Francis Convent from 4:00-6:00 p.m. with a Wake Service at 3:30 p.m. on Sunday, October 29, 2017. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father André Schludecker, OFM on Monday, October 30, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent. Burial will be in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.

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New members join our Franciscan family
September 25, 2017 1:19 PM

We welcomed 12 new Franciscan Associates on Sunday, September 24 during the morning liturgy in St. Francis of Assisi Church. The new Associates are Ameyo Ayilisunga, Donna Chase, Jean Kapp, Diane Tebrugge, Gerardo Valdés, and Michelle Wood (Springfield, IL); Mike Brummer, Joan Eggers, and Jane Herman (Effingham, IL); Shirlene Kassing and Kathy Lohman (Highland, IL); and Pam Achten (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 12 Associates join the Hospital Sisters’ family of 138 Associates who embrace Franciscan values and the Hospital Sisters’ 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 the Hospital Sisters’ 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 click here

The new Associates with their sponsors and RuthEllen Davis, Associates Coordinator

We welcome Pam Achten
September 25, 2017 1:16 PM

"As I watched my father's health decline four years ago, I realized I needed to deepen my faith life and so I began reading books and getting more invovled in church. By the time my father died a couple of years later, I was at peace with his death but still had a long way to go on my spiritual journey. I worked as an RN for 39 years at St. Mary's Hospital Medical Center and St. Vincent Hospital and when I read about the Associates in the newsletter, it felt like a good fit," Pam stated (Green Bay, WI).

Karen Skaletski, sponsor, and Pam Achten

We welcome Ameyo Ayilisungu
September 25, 2017 1:14 PM

"I want to become an Associate of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis to augment my baptismal commitment by living the gospel of Jesus through the spirit of St. Francis. In addition, I want to be with people of similar faith beliefs, deepen my prayer life and serve those in need wherever I am needed," Ameyo stated (Springfield, IL).

Kathy Howard, sponsor, and Ameyo Ayilisungu

We welcome Mike Brummer
September 25, 2017 1:12 PM

"I want to become an Associate of the Hospital Sisters because I love Franciscan values, and the Sisters' joyful spirit. They have a good outlook on life that I hope to imitate through a deeper prayer life and deeper humility," Mike stated (Effingham, IL).

Mike Mueller, sponsor, and Mike Brummer

We welcome Donna Chase
September 25, 2017 1:11 PM

"I have worked with the Sisters for over 16 years and want to carry on their spirit of healing by being a healing presence to others in my everyday life," Donna stated (Springfield, IL).

Sister Jomary Trstensky, sponsor, and Donna Chase

We welcome Joan Eggers
September 25, 2017 1:10 PM

"I would like to share my journey in seeking the simple way of life with others of like interest. Learning together and sharing similarities brings about community," Joan stated (Effingham IL).

Karla Huddleston, sponsor, and Joan Eggers

We welcome Jane Herman
September 25, 2017 11:55 AM

"I want to become an Associate of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis to learn more about the life and spirits of Saints Francis and Clare. By integrating their life into my own spirituality, I believe it will deepen my faith and commitment to my Christian way of life," Jane stated (Effingham, IL).

Betty Boos, sponsor, and Jane Herman

We welcome Jean Kapp
September 25, 2017 11:53 AM

"I have a deep respect for the Sisters and all they have accomplished. I feel a connection with them that has deepended in my years of working with HSHS. Becoming an Associate will support my continued spiritual journey, help me connect with others, and enable me to bring that connection to others," Jean stated (Springfield, IL).

Sister Christa Ann Struewing, sponsor, and Jean Kapp

We welcome Shirlene Kassing
September 25, 2017 11:51 AM

"I believe in the mission of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, and have strived to live out their mission as a registered nurse at St. Elizabeth's Hospital. I am proud of the HSHS hospitals and the care given to patients that I want to pass on to my younger co-workers the importance of the Sisters' mission and what they ask us to do. I hope as an Associate my desire to serve God continues to be an important part of my life," Shirlene stated (Highland, IL).

Sister Marilyn McCormick, sponsor, and Shirlene Kassing

We welcome Kathy Lohman
September 25, 2017 11:50 AM

"St. Francis' lifestyle of simplicity is appealing, and I hope to simplify my life so I can be of service to others. I worked with Sister Agnes McDougall at St. Elizabeth's Hospital for numerous years. I was impressed with her willingness to do so much for others and the joy it brought to her. I, too, desire that joy in my life and I know it comes from truly loving and serving the Lord. I believe becoming an Associate will be another way to help me grow in my faith, love and service to God and others," Kathy stated (Highland, IL).

Sister Marilyn McCormick, sponsor, and Kathy Lohman

We welcome Diane Tebrugge
September 25, 2017 11:48 AM

"I have worked with and for the Hospital Sisters since 1981. Over the years, I have had the opportunity to grow in my career and now I am at a point where I want to give back. I recently experienced the death of someone very close to me and am seeking to grow spiritually. Becoming an Associate is the next path I believe I need to take," Diane stated (Springfield, IL).

Carol Coleman, sponsor, and Diane Tebrugge

We welcome Gerardo Vald├ęs
September 25, 2017 11:46 AM

"There are several reasons why I am interested in becoming a Franciscan Associate. One reason is to deepen my faith in Jesus as I strive to journey to do God's will. I look forward to bonding with the Sisters and Associates by listening and sharing experiences. I hope to become a better disciple of Jesus by becoming a Franciscan Associate," Gerardo stated (Springfield, IL).

Gerardo Valdés and Sister Jonette Devlin, sponsor

We welcome Michelle Wood
September 25, 2017 11:45 AM

"At first, becoming an Associate was a way of growing closer to God. But as I learned more about the Associates, I realized it was more complex. The reflection process took me through a spectrum of prayers, meditations, and doubting my abilities to realizing my desire was more of a calling. I am more aware of the presence of God all around me that I desire to lead others to God, and at the same time be open to be led by God," Michelle stated (Springfield, IL).

Sister Janelle Athorp, sponsor, and Michelle Wood

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