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Jubilee
June 29, 2015 1:19 PM

Our Jubilarians: Sisters Leola Brown (75 years), Marilyn McCormick (50 years), Carol Sue Daniel (50 years), and MaryAnn Falbe (50 years). Sister Marie Neier (75 years) is not pictured.


We celebrated the Jubilee of five of our Sisters on June 27 here in St. Francis of Assisi Church. The Eucharistic Liturgy was celebrated by Most Reverend Thomas John Paprocki, Bishop, Diocese of Springfield in Illinois. Reverend Thomas Nairn, OFM, Ph.D., senior director of ethics for the Catholic Health Association of the United States, was the homilist.

In his homily, Father Tom stated “But your work has not only been an act of faith, it calls others to faith. Following the example of Christ, you have been healers, healing not only broken and diseased bodies, but healing people’s spirits–people’s souls. Without necessarily trying to convert, you have brought people–whether patients or co-workers–to Christ. Your hospitals have been the places where the poor and the sick can come for care and for healing; where they can encounter Christ through the faith-filled example that you give.”

This year’s Jubilarians are Sisters Leola Brown and Marie Neier, 75 years professed; and Sisters Carol Sue Daniel, Marilyn McCormick, and MaryAnn Falbe, 50 years professed. Throughout their religious life, these Sisters served in various capacities at our sponsored hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin, served in leadership, and served in cities throughout Illinois, Missouri, Arizona, Louisiana, and Taiwan.

Jubilee marks the anniversary when a Sister professes First Vows in a religious community.


Recognition at annual Conference
June 22, 2015 1:43 PM

Sister MaryAnn Falbe was recognized during the 2015 Franciscan Federation Conference that was held June 19-22 in Indianapolis, IN. The banquet included an opportunity for each Congregation to honor one of its members who reflects the beauty and goodness of God through artistic expression and we were grateful to honor Sister MaryAnn.

In her nomination, we wrote that "Sister MaryAnn has, for many years, been the creative artistic go-to person in our community for any celebratory event or feast day. She has excellent taste with a strong Franciscan flavor of simplicity to all she does. No matter what role she has in ministry, she continues to inspire others to prayer and action by her deeply spiritual expressions of beauty that are very fitting for the occasion. She has a gift of clear and inspiring expression in composing and fitting together the group prayers that our Sisters pray together on special occasions. She not only is able to create a beautiful atmosphere herself, but she recognizes and assists others in drawing out their hidden talents. She often teaches others some of her learnings and enables them to use talents they didn’t realize they had. She is always eager to learn new forms of expression of beauty, especially from among our international congregational members." We congratulate Sister MaryAnn and give thanks to her service.

This annual Franciscan Federation Conference was themed with "Responding to God's Love: A Franciscan Moral Vision." The Franciscan tradition offers the church an aesthetic moral vision in which humanity is called to reflect the beauty and goodness of God. Franciscanism is an artistic expression: Francis, the herald of the Great King, Francis, the troubadour. The tradition advocates not simply solidarity with the poor, but also a unique and humble ethical practice of reform and community building that grants power to the powerless.


In memoriam: Sister Lillian Marie Brown
June 17, 2015 8:35 AM

Our Sister Lillian Marie Brown (92) died on Wednesday, June 17, 2015, at 7:35 a.m. here at St. Francis Convent.

Sister Lillian Marie Brown was born in Denver, CO, on June 30, 1922, the daughter of Edward and Lilly Morgan Brown. She entered our Congregation on September 8, 1953, and professed her religious vows on October 4, 1956.

Sister Lillian Marie served the community at St. Mary’s Hospital; Streator, IL; St. Vincent Hospital, Green Bay, WI; and St. Francis Convent in Springfield, IL, in housekeeping and refectory ministry from 1956 to 1968. In 1968, Sister served as a nurse aide and licensed practical nurse at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield, IL. In 1972, she returned to the Motherhouse to care for the Sisters in Loretto Home as an LPN on the night shift. Due to failing vision, Sister Lillian Marie relinquished her LPN duties and continued to care for her Sisters as a nurse aide until 1992 when she assisted the staff in our Convent laundry. In 2003, she assumed the ministry of prayer and continued volunteering in the Laundry until she was no longer able.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: Edward, Michael, and John Brown; and three sisters: Joyce Rouse, Betty Thompson, and Ann Lease. She is survived by one brother, Patrick (Karen) Brown of Coulee City, WA, a brother-in-law, Fred Thompson, of Filmore, CA, several nieces and nephews, great nieces and nephews, and her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 61 years.

Visitation will be held here at St. Francis Convent from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, June 19, 2015, with a Wake Service at 6 p.m. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Andre Schludecker on Saturday, June 20, 2015, at 9 a.m. here in our St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel. Burial will be in our Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.

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

Staab Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Congratulations Jeweled Crown Jubilarian: Sister Leola Brown
June 15, 2015 2:47 PM

Congratulations to our Sister Leola as she observes 75 years of religious life. She professed First Vows with our Community on June 13, 1940.

Please click here to send her a greeting.

Please click here to read her feature story from 2008 and click here to read her assignments over the years.

 


Congratulations Jeweled Crown Jubilarian: Sister Marie Neier
June 15, 2015 2:43 PM

Congratulations to our Sister Marie as she observes 75 years of religious life. She professed First Vows with our Community on October 4, 1940.

Please click here to send her a greeting.

Please click here to read her feature story from 2009 and click here to read her assignments over the years.

 


Congratulations Golden Jubilarian: Sister Carol Sue Daniel
June 15, 2015 2:38 PM

Congratulations to our Sister Carol Sue as she observes 50 years of religious life. She professed First Vows with our Community on September 8, 1965.

Please click here to send her a greeting.

Please click here to read her feature story from 2005 and click here to read her assignments over the years.

 


Congratulations Golden Jubilarian: Sister Marilyn McCormick
June 15, 2015 2:34 PM

Congratulations to our Sister Marilyn as she observes 50 years of religious life. She professed First Vows with our Community on September 8, 1965.

Please click here to send her a greeting.

Please click here to read her feature story from 2005 and click here to read her assignments over the years.

 


Congratulations Golden Jubilarian: Sister MaryAnn Falbe
June 15, 2015 2:28 PM

Congratulations to our Sister MaryAnn as she observes 50 years of religious life. She professed First Vows with our Community on September 8, 1965.

Please click here to send her a greeting.

Please click here to read her feature story from 2011
and click here to read her assignments over the years.


Yokoso (welcome) to our guests
June 1, 2015 12:43 PM


 

This annual event began in 2007 and is organized by the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis Japan Province to engage their medical professionals in an understanding of the Franciscan spirit, an awareness of American health care services, and various aspects of American culture. This year, the visit is led by Sisters Celina and Zita and includes 15 professionals from St. Francis Hospital, Nagasaki, and St. Mary's Hospital, Himeji.

History
On December 9, 1948, Sisters Clementia Dasenbrock and Polycarpa Buhl, from the American Province who had fled Jinan, China, arrived in Nagasaki, Japan to begin a new mission and it continued under the direcition of the American Province until 1977 when the Sisters established the Japan Province.

Presently, the Province sponsors St. Francis Hospital, Nagasaki, (since 1948), a 220 bed facility with services of emergency medicine, long term care, hospice, and palliative care, and St. Mary’s Hospital, Himeji, (since 1949), a 360 bed facility with services of emergency medicine, acute medicine, perinatal care, and palliative care. The Province also sponsors Francisco Villa, Tokyo (since 1975), a life-care facility for the elderly, and Maria Villa, Himeji (since 1992), a temporary care facility for the elderly. As of January, there are 59 Sisters in the Japan Province.

Pictured left to right:
Front row: Mari Isoda, Office Manager (Nagasaki), Yoshie Omizu, Infection Control Nurse Manager (Nagasaki), Sister Celina, Pastoral Care (Himeji), Sister Zita, Volunteer (Himeji), Yuko Fujiwara, Nurse Manager (Himeji), Harumii Hirayama, Nurse Manager (Himeji), and Misako Noshita, Nurse Manager (Himeji).

Back row: Kozo Yamamoto, Anesthesiologist (Himeji), Ichiro Isomoto, Radiologist (Nagasaki), Noriharu Mizumoto, Care Manager (Nagasaki), Kazumai Iwata, Surgical Resident (Himeji), Hirokazu Sugii, Gynecology Resident (Himeji), Yuriko Okazaki, Pediatric Anesthesiology Resident (Himeji), Noritoshi Aimoto, Orthopedic Resident (Himeji), Yuma Onoi, Orthopedic Resident (Himeji), Keiichiro Yagami, Physical Therapist (Himeji), and Koji Tanaka, Marketing Director (Himeji).


Congratulations Sister Joel
May 21, 2015 11:23 AM


(Pictured: Dr. Chuck Lucore, St. John's Hospital President and CEO, Sister Joel Jacobi, and Dr. Brenda Recchia Jeffers, St. John's College Chancellor and Professor)

St. John’s College, Department of Nursing Alumni Association named Sister Joel Jacobi as the recipient of its 2015 Distinguished Alumna Award this afternoon in a ceremony at St. Francis Convent.

Born 98 years ago in Belleville, IL, Sister Joel professed First Vows with the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis on October 4, 1938. She graduated from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1941.

For nearly 15 years, Sister Joel worked as a staff nurse providing direct patient care and later in a supervisory capacity. After obtaining a bachelor’s degree in nursing from St. Louis University in 1955 and a master’s degree in nursing from The Catholic University of America in 1959, she assumed the role of nurse educator. She taught at St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing, Marillac College (St. Louis), and from 1967-95 served on the faculty at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. As a teacher, Sister Joel reminded her students to “think of patients not simply as a room number but more importantly as a person created in God’s image.” Furthermore, her advice to students and people in general was to “be compassionate and competent while caring for one’s physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.”

Following the example of St. Francis of Assisi, Sister Joel and several other Sisters began to feed the poor in Eau Claire in 1979 with excess food from Sacred Heart Hospital. This ministry’s humble beginnings from the Sisters’ convent garage expanded into St. Francis Food Pantry, an organization that serves nearly 600 families per week and is supported by various local individuals and organizations.

Since 2005, Sister Joel has resided at St. Francis Convent and is faithful to her ministry of prayer. “I have been blessed with a most rewarding life as a Hospital Sister and give thanks to God for the journey – his guiding hand was ever-present to me.”



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