The Joliet Franciscan A Publication of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate - Joliet, IL
Letter from the President
Sister Dolores Zemont, OSF
Dear Friends, In April, it was my honor to accept the Final Profession of Vows of Sister Deborah Ann Gaughan. In the presence of her Joliet Franciscan Sisters, family and friends. Sister Deborah professed vows and committed to do her best to live up to the passion of Mother Alfred Moes, our foundress, and all the Sisters who have gone before us. The youngest of our North American Sisters, Sister Deborah serves as a child and family therapist for a social service agency in a northwest suburb of Chicago. Jubilee is always a special day for our Congregation. This year, we honored 11 Sisters celebrating 40th, 50th, 60th, 75th and 85th Jubilees. Each is a unique woman who has given her life to serve the people of God in a wide variety of ministries. You will read about each of them within the pages of “The Joliet Franciscan.” A special moment was sharing the experience of Sister Mary Franz, an 85th Jubilarian and her grand-niece, Sister Mary Rose Lieb, a 40th Jubilarian, as they recommitted their vows as Joliet Franciscans together.
Sr. Dolores Zemont, OSF
Summertime is a busy time for the Joliet Franciscans. Members of the Governing Board, along with Sister Ann Freiburg, have just returned from the Annual Franciscan Federation Conference held in Buffalo, New York. The theme was “Franciscans and Muslims: Lessons from the Past and Prospects for the Future.” Sister Ann was among those being honored for her work with the Muslim community. In late July, we will gather as a Congregation to spend time together in prayer and reflection, sharing thoughts and ideas and enjoying each other’s company. Soon after that the Governing Board will participate in the Annual Leadership Conference of Women Religious in St. Louis. This is always time well-spent as it is filled with opportunities for education, reflection on issues pertinent to religious life leadership, networking, prayer and celebration. Since the beginning of the year, nine Sisters - each unique in her own way - entered eternal life. As you can imagine this leaves a significant hole in our collective hearts, but we rejoice in knowing that they have seen the face of God and are reunited with family, friends, and of course, their Joliet Franciscan Sisters. You will read more about these Sisters in this issue of the magazine. You are remembered in my prayers every morning as I begin my day. I am grateful for your presence in our lives and for the many ways that you support us. I send you best wishes for summer days spent sharing time with family and friends. Peace and all good,
t, OSF Sister Dolores Zemont, President
The Joliet Franciscan (Spring - Summer 2018) CONGREGATION LEADERSHIP Sr. Dolores Zemont, OSF Sr. Rosemary Fonck, OSF Sr. Elaine Kerscher, OSF Sr. Barbara Kwiatkowski, OSF
EDITOR / LAYOUT DESIGN Lucy Sanchez Director of Communications email@example.com
COPY EDITORS Sister Ann Freiburg, OSF Renee Cipriani
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Advancing the Mission Hello Everyone! The activities of summer are underway. Baseball games, backyard cookouts and vacations to places near and far. As a kid, I remember car trips to the Grand Canyon, the Northwoods and Florida. One activity was to watch for license plates from states other than Illinois. I assume you also did this. Even now, when driving to Florida or shorter trips in the Midwest, I still look at the license plates of other cars. We have recently introduced four new cards to our Gift of Prayer program. A sympathy card and a get well card feature the work of the late Artist Laureate Sister Kay Francis Berger; a birthday card celebrates with a beautiful monarch butterfly painted by Sister Jaye Nelson; and an all-occasion card displays a photo of an open door in Assisi taken by Sister Barbara Kwiatkowski. Please visit our website at www.jolietfranciscans.org/ift-of-prayer/. As promised, also available on the website is online giving through PayPal. We have been working on making this available to you for several months and it is now here. As we all know, the new Tax Reform bill was signed into law in December 2017 and amends the Internal Revenue Code to reduce tax rates and modify policies, credits and deductions for all individuals and businesses.
Nan Nagl able to read as I learn more about your connection to the Sisters. The Sisters have also been the recipients of some estate gifts over the past 12 months. When an individual remembers the Sisters in his or her estate plans, it signals the role that Sisters played in that person’s life was something special – something to be remembered. As more of our Sisters retire, the additional financial support is greatly appreciated, so please consider remembering them in this special way.
Nan Nagl Director of Mission Advancement
With that, head to a ballgame, fire up the grill or get in the car and go! Enjoy your summer. Until next time, enjoy the miracle of each new day.
By now, you are aware that the new tax law raises the standard deduction in 2018 to: • • •
$24,000 for married couples filing jointly $18,000 for heads of household filers, and $12,000 for single taxpayers
There is an additional standard deduction of $1,300 for each married person over age 65 ($1,600 for single taxpayers). The additional standard deduction is also available to taxpayers who are legally blind. The legislation limits the deduction for state and local taxes to $10,000 and eliminates many other deductions. However, it is important to note that the charitable deduction is still in place. Also remember that if you are age 70½ or older, you might consider a qualified charitable distribution from your IRA. (Source: The Catholic Foundation) I want to close by thanking you for your support of the Joliet Franciscan Sisters. The notes you send are enjoy-
Happy Birthday Top: Sympathy and Get Well Cards by Sister Kay Francis Berger. Bottom: Happy Birthday Butterfly by Sister Jaye Nelson and All-Occasion Card by Sister Barbara Kwiatkowski
Sister Deborah Professes Final Vows Sister Deborah signs her profession papers as Sister Dolores and celebrant Fr. John Regan look on.
Sister Deborah Gaughan Makes Final Profession On Saturday, April 28, 2018, Sister Deborah Ann Gaughan became the 1256th Perpetually Professed member of the Joliet Franciscan Congregation. In front of Sisters, family and friends, Sister Deborah professed her vows of living in poverty, in chastity and in obedience according to the Rule and Life of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis and the Constitutions of the Congregation of Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate. “God has always blessed me with people who have taught, encouraged and supported me,” said Sister Deborah. She was grateful that almost all of them were present at her profession ceremony. As part of the ceremony, Sister Dolores Zemont placed a gold ring on Sister Deborah’s finger, as a sign of Jesus’ love and faithfulness. It will also serve as a reminder of Sister Deborah’s commitment to God and to His people. God’s plan for her had come to fruition. What was planted in her as a first grader has become a reality. Sister Deborah entered the novitiate of the Joliet Franciscan Sisters on August 8, 2010. During this time she learned more about the Congregation while also spending time in ministry. Her first ministry placement was at the St. Louis Crisis Nursery for children who are at high risk for child abuse in St. Louis. This opened her eyes and her heart to children in need. In 2012, Sister Deborah professed her first vows and then renewed her vows in 2015, while completing her studies for a Master of Social Work. She graduated from Aurora University on May 8, 2016, and also obtained a Child Welfare Employee License. The Congregation’s Formation Team (from Left) Sisters Mary Jean Morris, Mary Ann Hamer, Deborah Gaughan, Clarita Schumacher and Maria Pesavento.
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Sister Deborah ministers as a child and family therapist at the Bridge Youth and Family Services.
Congratulations Jubiliarians Jubilee is always one of the highlights of the year for our Congregation. This year we celebrated alongside eleven Sisters, two of whom celebrated their 85th Jubilee, one celebrated her 75th, three celebrated their 60th Jubilee, four celebrated their 50th Jubilee and one celebrated her 40th Jubilee. Many blessings to all of them. On Jubilee Day, Sister Dolores Zemont, president of the Joliet Franciscans, welcomed everyone to this beautiful ceremony. She shared that the Jubilarians have served not just in the Joliet and Chicago areas, but in Ohio, Colorado, New York, central Illinois and Brazil. Sister Dolores stated that collectively our Jubilarians have served 665 years in religious life. Sister Nadine Koza (a 60 year jubilarian) gave the reflection. She spoke of being chosen to serve in religious life and of the variety of ministries in which this group of Sisters has served over the course of their religious lives. You can read more about our Jubilarians be going to: http://www.jolietfranciscans.org/our-jubilarians/.
85th Jubilarian - Sister Mary Franz Sister Mary Franz is celebrating 85 years since her Reception into the Sisters of St. Francis, Joliet. She was received as a novice on August 12, 1933, and was given the name of Sister M. Ursuline. Sister Mary was born in Columbus, Ohio, to the late Rosa and Joseph H. Franz. Her eight brothers and her three sisters, are all deceased. She has a grand-niece, Sister Mary Rose Lieb, who is also a member of the Sisters of St. Francis. Sister Mary resides at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home and describes her ministry as a Ministry of Presence. She finds great joy in sitting with other residents and praying with and for them. She is still able to listen to and enjoy her books, thanks to CDs. This past May, Sister Mary celebrated her 102nd birthday.
85th Jubilarian - Sister Mariarthur Hamann A Chicago native, Sister Mariarthur Hamann was born to the late Rose and William Hamann. She had two sisters, Elaine Wermich and Shirlee Heinz, both of whom are deceased. Sister Mariarthur ministered in Ohio, Illinois, Colorado, and Wisconsin. She described her years of ministry from 1935-1994 as â€œa blizzard of activities and responsibilities.â€? She says that her life as a teacher, principal, organist, superior, diocesan school consultant, elementary school supervisor, director of diocesan teacher personnel, adult education teacher and director and office manager was blest because of the delightful challenges each position presented to her. She now resides at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home where she enjoys music, reading, letter writing, card-playing, and crossword puzzles.
Our eleven Jubilarians have collectively served 665 years of religious life.
75th Jubilarian - Sister Bernard Marie Campbell Sister Bernard Marie is a native of Joliet, Illinois. She was born to Evelyn and Bernard J. Campbell, now deceased. One of five children, Sister Bernard Marie has two brothers, Thomas and Robert. Her two sisters, Patricia Johnston and Dorothy Rink are deceased. Sister Bernard Marie began her ministry in the educational field at St. Peter’s High School in Mansfield, Ohio, in 1946. After nine years at St. Peter’s, she spent the next eight years at Sacred Heart and Saints Peter and Paul in Chicago and at St. Mary’s in Columbus, Ohio. She returned to St. Peter’s in 1963 making Mansfield her home until 2015 when she moved back to Joliet to Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home. She continues to keep in touch with many students she taught over the years.
60th Jubilarian - Sister Suzanne Lesniewski Sister Suzanne is the youngest daughter born to Pearl and Harry Lesniewski of Chicago. She grew up on the south side of Chicago as a member of Saints Peter and Paul Parish. In September, 1955, she came to Joliet to answer the call of living as a Franciscan Sister. She completed her high school education, graduating from St. Francis Academy (now Joliet Catholic Academy) and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from the College of St. Francis (now the University of St. Francis). She furthered her education with a Master of Arts Degree from Mundelein College, Chicago, with an emphasis on Religious Education. She taught primary grades for many years then served as a Religious Education Coordinator. She also served the Congregation at Our Lady of Angels, was the Director of Planned Giving and is currently a Local Chapter Coordinator.
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60th Jubilarian - Sister Carol Jander Sister Carol Jander was born in Columbus, Ohio, to the late Anne (Wene) and Paul Jander. She has three brothers, Thomas, Daniel and Stephen. She entered religious life from Corpus Christi Parish in Columbus, Ohio. After graduating from St. Mary High School in Columbus, she earned her bachelor’s degree from the College of St. Francis (now University of St. Francis). She holds a Master’s Degree in Education Administration and Supervision from DePaul University in Chicago.
Sister Carol’s ministry has been in the field of education. After serving as Consultant for the Joliet Diocese Catholic School Office, she and Sister Margaret McGuckin fulfilled their dream of beginning an early childhood pre-school. Starting out in Frankfort, Illinois, as St. Anthony’s pre-school, they brought their expertise to Joliet in 1979 with the birth of the Franciscan Early Learning Center. From 1979 until 2017. Sister Carol writes of these years, “I will always cherish my years with young children and their families at the Franciscan Learning Center.” Sister Carol’s ministry is still one of service. Presently, her service is to the residents and staff at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home. She and Sister Margaret have kept in touch with many of the young parents whose children attended the Franciscan Learning Center, and many continue to assist them with projects at OLA.
60th Jubilarian - Sister Nadine Koza Sister Nadine Koza is a native of New York City, New York. She is one of two children born to Katherine (Kozik) and John Koza. Her parents and her brother, John Koza Jr., are deceased. She has a cousin, Ann Marie Kolesar, and several second cousins in her mother’s hometown of Jessup, Pennsylvania.
Sister Nadine’s ministry has been varied. When asked to name a special memory of a ministry, she responded, “My core faith experience has been Genesis 12:1 – God’s words to Abram, ‘Go forth…to a land I will show you.’ – A God who has continually been calling, inviting, nudging and sometime shoving me beyond my comfort zone as I moved from high school teaching to campus ministry, parish ministry, patient advocacy and finally chaplaincy.” Sister Nadine received a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics and MS in Mathematics. She also received a Master’s in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. She completed her CPE Residency at Methodist Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, and is a certified chaplain by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. She currently ministers at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, as a staff chaplain in the Hematology/Oncology/Stem Cell Transplant unit.
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50th Jubilarian - Sister Sandra Sudkamp “Many people will walk in and out of our lives and some leave footprints on our hearts. It was the Joliet Franciscan Sisters at St. Michael Grade School who inspired me to join the community in 1965.” These words explain why Sister Sandra left Sigel, Illinois, on September 5, 1965, to begin a new path on her journey with the Lord. Sister Sandra is the eldest of seven children born to the late Edith and Harold Sudkamp. Sister Sandra spent 32 years in Illinois as a primary grade educator. She then served in various ministries in Rantoul before moving to Effingham where she ministered as a Med-Assist Coordinator and as a Food Pantry Coordinator. Sister Sandra is now in her eighth year of ministry with Catholic Charities in Effingham. “I strive to make a difference in the lives of those I encounter each day,” said Sister Sandra.
50th Jubilarian -Sister Jo Anne Murphy Born and raised in Chicago, Sister Jo Anne is the daughter of the late Elizabeth (Nowak) and Joseph Murphy. Being the eldest of a very large family, Jo Anne learned early in life how to take responsibility and care for her younger brother and sisters. Sister Jo Anne has had a variety of ministries including teaching, being a principal, a math instructor, a computer programmer and data processing operator, serving as Executive Office Manager and as Human Resources Information Systems Manager. “I’ve had a wide variety of ministries and experiences in my religious life... something new came into being in each instance.”
50th Jubilarian - Sister Marie Miller Sister Marie Miller is the oldest of 9 children born to the late Rosemary (Reber) and George Miller of Shelby, Ohio. She attended Most Pure Heart of Mary Grade School in Shelby and graduated from St. Francis Academy (now Joliet Catholic Academy) in Joliet, Illinois. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Education and Art from the University of St. Francis in Joliet and a Master of Arts Degree in Reading Education from Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. After entering the Joliet Franciscans it soon became apparent that teaching was the perfect ministry. A natural teacher with boundless enthusiasm, she embarked upon the joys and challenges with a smile and a desire to assist all learners: teaching first graders all the way to high schoolers, tutoring young children and adults and even young boys who were incarcerated. Her ministry these last few years has been that of caregiver, tutor, hospice volunteer and worker at a soup kitchen.
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50th Jubilarian - Sister Roberta Naegele When Sister Roberta entered the Congregation, she envisioned teaching in schools, since that was the main ministry of the Joliet Franciscans. One of her favorite quotes, “I am a part of all that I have met,” sums up her educational experiences over these 50 years. As a nurse, a family nurse practitioner, a midwife, a community nurse practitioner, a practitioner of holistic practices of healing touch, and a traditional Chinese practitioner of acupuncture and now, also, shiatsu – she acknowledges that she has been and remains, primarily a teacher, while also a learner. She claims that her education has been life changing. It has led her to her ministries. Both her education and her ministries have been transformative. She has also served in schools, as a psychiatric nurse and home visitor. She spent time in helping in shelters and with victims of domestic violence. She also spent 10 years as a hospice nurse, and was a guest professor at USF. She is currently an independent practitioner at Wellness Center in Joliet.
40th Jubilarian - Sister Mary Rose Lieb Sister Mary Rose Lieb is a native of Columbus, Ohio. She is the second child of Rose Ann (Lyons) and Joseph Paul Lieb, both deceased. Her ties to the Joliet Franciscans run deep; she had two great aunts as members of the Congregation: Sister Mary Franz, who is celebrating her 85th year and Sister Mary of the Angels Sauer who is deceased. She also has a cousin Sister Celine Eisel who made the journey to Joliet before Sister Mary Rose was born.
Sister Mary Rose has a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a Master of Education Administration and Supervision. She also has a MSA in Business Administration. She has served as a math teacher, basketball coach, assistant principal and principal. She was elected President of the Congregation in 2008 and served till 2012. She is currently the Principal at St. Francis de Sales Grade School in Denver. Under her guidance and encouragement, the school will be the first PK – 8 Catholic Stem school in Colorado and all the surrounding states.
60th Jubilarians: Sisters Nadine Koza, Carol Jander and Suzanne Lesniewski.
50th Jubilarians: Sisters Jo Anne Murphy, Roberta Naegele, Sandra Sudkamp and Marie Miller.
The Associate Journey More than 100 Sisters and Associates came together in the Motherhouse at the University of St. Francis for our April Associate Weekend. Fr. Ed Shea, OFM, was the presenter on Saturday for our day of reflection. The morning was spent reflecting on Franciscan Spiritualty and we discussed reconciliation and mercy in the afternoon. Our weekend was filled with many stories, songs and joy as our Franciscan family came together in prayer and fellowship. Joining us were many guests and most importantly our new Associates. During the yearlong discernment process, the Candidates meet as a group with the Director for three half-day sessions. They also have regular sessions with their Sister or Associate Companion, learning more about the Congregation, the Franciscan Charism and what it means to be an Associate. The Candidate and Companion then discern whether the individual is called to the Associate Relationship. Ana Darcy Mason Arredondo, Nancy Giannelli and Director of Associates Kathleen Lennon made their formal commitment to the Associate Relationship during our Sunday Liturgy. This event formalizes the special relationship between the Associate Candidate and the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate. Carole Studer was recuperating from a recent illness and will have her commitment ceremony following our Fall Day of Reflection on September 22. We also celebrated the anniversaries of two of our Associates into the Associate Relationship, Patricia Hall, 40 years, and Jean Roach, 25 years. Patricia Hall Jean Roach
Meet Our New Associates Ana Arredondo was born in Puerto Rico. Her family moved to the Chicago area when she was 1½ years old. She was first drawn to the Franciscan way of life while in grammar school at St. Bonaventure School in Chicago. As a child she felt an attraction to the simple stories and images of St. Francis; that appeal has continued throughout her life. Ana and her husband, José, have been married twenty-seven years and have a son, Luis. Her family is very involved in their parish. José and Luis are both active in the Knights of Columbus and Ana has been a spiritual director for Christ Renews His Parish for the past three years. She feels that becoming an Associate would enhance her spiritual walk while living the Franciscan Charism with her family, her coworkers and all whom she meets.
Are you interested in learning more about the Associate Relationship? Please contact the Associate Director, Darcy Mason, at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 815-725-8735x128. Or visit our website at www.jolietfranciscans.org for more information.
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Meet our New Associates: Ana Arredondo, Nancy Giannelli and Kathleen Lennon.
Nancy Giannelli grew up in Chicago and attended St. Boniface School where she first met the Sisters. Her close ties to the Joliet Franciscans led her to St. Francis Preparatory. However, in her senior year she met her future husband Joe, and they were married in 1972. They have three daughters and two grandsons. Nancy has worked for the last 21 years at the office of Hatchell & Associates in Elmhurst, Illinois. Although her job can be stressful, she makes an extra effort to be a Christian example in all of her daily interactions. Her ministries at her parish include facilitating several Christ Renews His Parish weekends. Each day, Nancy attempts to find and follow the path that leads her closer to Jesus.
Kathleen Lennon was born the ninth of eleven children in a home that valued our Catholic faith and social justice. She is a retired elementary school teacher, with a Master’s in Reading. Kathe’s three children, two sons-in-law, and three grandchildren are the joys of her life. Kathe’s faith is what sustains her. Raising her children to be good, decent, and caring human beings, encouraging her grandchildren to be grateful for the gifts God has blessed them with, and educating her past students — therefore helping them to become self-confident and respectful — have been Kathe’s lifelong ministries. Working in partnership with the Sisters of St. Francis as an Associate, Kathe will focus her ministry on service to the residents of Our Lady of Angels.
Sister Peggy Quinn (right) and Sister Jean Okroi, IBVM, were at the recent Bluestem Earth Festival in Joliet
Meet My Ministry - Sr, Peggy Quinn As I started many times to put into words the description and the meaning of my present ministry, I realized that I wanted to weave together the past, present and future in some way. When I attended a meeting for vocations recently, I was inspired by our theme: Weaving Our Future. Everything about the theme gave me food for thought in terms of my ministry. The past ministries are present in the ministry I do now; they are a part of the story. They are a part of the fabric of how I do and what I do now and why. The people with whom and for whom I minister all have a place in the tapestry. So while I may not be crafty with the making of a tapestry, it becomes obvious to me that my life in ministry is about creativity, actual weaving, finding ways to share the Gospel by weaving together the opportunities to use my gifts, my time, along with those I meet each day, to do my part to build the Kingdom. My present ministries developed in this same way, by answering what was mine to do. Each part of the past 40 years of ministry are still a part of who I am
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now…always developing, but in another way, always the same. Everything is about living and sharing the Gospel message of love and healing and justice for all people. I started out as a teacher of theology and that piece keeps coming back. Even as I studied theology in college, though, I was attracted to working with the poor and it led me to missionary work in the mountains of Appalachia in Kentucky. It was there I developed my teaching skills in new forms. I developed my theology to incorporate God’s love for the poor. I taught GED, bible school, religious education, and assisted with outreach to the poor. It was in Kentucky that I met the Joliet Franciscans and felt called to move from Kentucky to Illinois, to look into the community option for my life, but the love for the poor and the mountains didn’t get left behind. As I moved back into formal teaching in Illinois, I was led back into ministry with the poor in a new way, sharing that love with high school students as Campus Minister. We developed a very busy ministry at our school,
St. Francis Academy. I did this for 20 years including the years of transition from a girls’ school into a coed Joliet Catholic Academy and another 8 years in Colorado as Campus Minister. I was using theology and justice outreach to develop a way to make gospel living viable in the lives of the students and faculty. Always teaching the Gospel through actions and prayer. We were involved in numerous outreach programs including many mini-missionary trips, most of them back in the mountains of Kentucky. All of those experiences are a part of my present ministry; I kept learning and making connections. Opportunity to be creative in prayer and liturgy enhanced and gave meaning and helped us celebrate all we did. Returning to Joliet I began to use the same skills Sister Peggy is also a local coordinator for the Congregation. She in ministry within the Congregation as Councilor is pictured here with Sister Carol Jander who is a 60th Jubilarian. for Franciscan Spirituality. In some ways beyond the administrative responsibilities, it was similar Human Trafficking focuses on Prevention, Protection, to being a Campus Minister. So the journey continued Prosecution in cases of Human Trafficking. We’ve and grew and stayed the same. hosted 2 major conferences; we’ve held numerous prayer and movie discussion nights around the Chicago So what creativity am I engaged in now? It is three fold: vocation ministry, justice outreach and community and Joliet areas; we began a very useful website (www. stophumantraffickingil.org) and a Facebook page. We service. In vocation ministry I travel to high schools, grade schools, parishes and youth events and make con- work to keep up on legislation that can make a differtacts through email and various events in order to allow ence and we distribute resources throughout Illinois. I am a representative from this group with the US Cathopeople to meet Sisters, to ask questions and to discern lic Sisters against Human Trafficking and a member of their own call in life. It involves working with our our Congregation’s Human Trafficking and ImmigraCongregation Vocation Team, collaborating with the Joliet Area Vocation Association and the Chicago Vaca- tion Committee, the Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation Commission and our Bluestem Earth Festival core tion Association, and collaborating at times with other Franciscan Congregations. I see my goal as sharing our planning team. In our own Will County I take part in the Will County Coalition Against Child Pornography mission and the Franciscan life. One of the most exciting experiences was attending and cohosting an exhibit and Exploitation. I’ve been given opportunites to speak at the National Catholic Youth Conference in Indianap- on the topic of Human Trafficking. All of these committees bring people together to make a difference. A third olis. Over 20,000 young people were present for those three days. Throughout those days we met and talked to area of ministry is service to and with members of the all kinds of youth and adult chaperones and got to work Congregation. This has taken the form of facilitating a with them in outreach projects. It gave me hope for our local chapter group of Sisters and assisting them in any way they may need along with prayer services, transChurch and I met young people who are considering portation and music. religious life. We are always seeking creative ways to meet and assist others to answer their call. Another large part of my outreach is as member of committees for justice at the congregation, county, state and national level. Illinois Women Religious Against
In these three main areas of ministry, the past has called me to “find what is mine to do” and then do it. These allow me to share the Good News in my little way and I pray into the future.
Sister Patricia McGuckin, OSF Sister Patricia McGuckin died on January 24, 2018. Sister Patricia was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate for 67 years. A native of Joliet, Illinois, she was one of five children born to Joseph and Caroline (Culik) McGuckin. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Mary McAsey. She is survived by her brother Joseph and her sisters, Sister Margaret McGuckin, OSF, and Maureen Mueller.
Sister Si t P Patricia tii M McGuckin G ki Born September 1, 1933 Postulancy September 5, 1949 Novitiate August 12, 1950 Final Profession August 13, 1955 Entered New Life January 24, 2018
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Before entering religious life, Sister Patricia was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Joliet and attended the parish grade school. She graduated from St. Francis Academy. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of St. Francis and certification from the Seraphic Institute of Theology from the College of St. Francis. She furthered her education at Illinois State University in Bloomington, Illinois, with coursework in sign language and deaf education. Sister Patricia began her ministry in the field of education in 1952 at St. Michael School in Sigel, Illinois, where she taught grades 3 and 4. She taught grades three through eight, in schools in Illinois and Ohio. From 1971 to 1985, she taught grades 5 and 6 at St. Andrew grade school in Romeoville, Illinois. She served as a teacherâ€™s aide at the Franciscan Learning Center in Joliet, from 1989 to 2007. Teaching was a very important value to Sister Patricia and she was acknowledged as one of the Congregationâ€™s excellent educators, when she was invited to give demonstrations to beginning teachers at various Joliet Diocesan Institutes for Teachers. As Sister Pat grew older, her hearing diminished and she faced health challenges. She had to make adjustments to her life that did not come easily, especially leaving the classroom that she loved so well. Creative in her own way and endowed with a gentle sense of humor and a joy, she always had a ready joke and humorous story to tell. Sister Pat endeared herself to those whom she encountered. A quiet and reserved person by nature, she knew better than most the importance of inclusion, mindfulness, mutual concern and simply being present. Throughout her life, Sr. Pat gave expression to the virtue of kindness and the importance of recognizing the image and likeness of the Creator in every person we encounter.
Irmã Maria Aparecida (Cida) Teles Proto, OSF Irmã Maria Aparecida Teles Proto died in Brazil on February 1, 2018. She was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate for approximately 52 years. On November 21, 1944, Dona Margarida and Senhor Sebastião, welcomed their daughter who was named Maria Aparecida because of their devotion to the Patroness of Brazil, Our Lady of Aparecida. She was the eldest of nine children. Growing up on the outskirts of a small agricultural town, Cida was a young teen when the first American missionary priests and Sisters arrived in Santa Helena de Goiás.
Irmã Cida Teles
Born November 21, 1944 Postulancy January 15, 1967 Novitiate December 15, 1967 Final Profession March 29, 1976 Entered New Life February 1, 2018
Almost immediately, the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate captured the hearts and vocational imaginations of the young women including Cida. Responding, as St. Francis said, to “God’s holy manner of working,” Cida was among the first members of the Brazilian foundation of the Joliet Franciscans. Throughout the formation stages, Irmã Cida dedicated herself to her studies and to pastoral ministries. As time went on, she recognized a growing need for nurses among the people, especially those on the margins. Knowing that this was a path that few Joliet Franciscans had taken, she held fast to a vision of quality healthcare for the poor. In January of 1980, Irmã Cida made her first journey to the United States. One reason was to further develop her abilities in English and to gain more understanding of North American culture. However, the other reason, which for Irmã Cida was the more important one, was to get to know her North American Sisters, especially the senior Sisters living at the Motherhouse and the infirm Sisters at OLA. She stayed for several momths before returning home. As the health of her own parents began to decline, and the needs of other family members increased, Irmã Cida also devoted herself untiringly to the care of her family. After the death of her mother, she began exploring new opportunities in Franciscan life and mission. She traveled with Irmã Teresinha Mendonça Del’Acqua to the Dominican Republic and began working with the Bernardine Franciscan Sisters. She returned to Brazil in April, 2012. In Dember 2015, faced with a serious diagnosis of cancer, Irmã Cida demonstrated exceptional courage that was sustained by a strong faith. She lived life to the fullest, as much as she could for as long as she could, thanks to the loving support, concern, companionship and untiring care of her Franciscan Sisters and family members. Gradually, Irmã Cida began to prepare for her journey home to God, fully conscious as a nurse of what awaited her in the passage from this life to eternal life where there would be no more tears, no more suffering and death, and no more mourning or sadness (Rev 21:4).
Sister Dominic Krivich, OSF Sister M. Dominic Krivich, OSF, died February 8, 2018. She was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate for 76 years. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Sister Dominic Krivich was one of five children born to Mary and Dominic Krivich. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, John, James and Edward; and her sister, Edith Pietryzk. She is survived by numerous nieces and nephews.
Sister Si t D Dominic i i K Krivich i ih
Born December 29, 1925 Postulancy Seotember 8, 1941 Novitiate August 12, 1942 Final Profession August 12, 1947 Entered New Life February 8, 2018
The Joliet Franciscan
Sister Dominic was a member of Sacred Heart Parish, Englewood, Illinois, and attended the Parish Grade School before coming to Joliet to attend St. Francis Academy. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the College of St. Francis and a Master’s Degree in Diagnostic Reading from Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Sister Dominic began what she called “her life’s passion in the field of education” in 1945 teaching second graders at Sacred Heart in what was then called Hubbard Woods, Illinis, and now Winnetka, Illinois. Her educational ministry encompassed elementary grade schools as a teacher and principal, s a reading consultant for the Joliet Diocesan Catholic School Office and co-founder and co-director of the Fran Center (a program to assist students at various levels in remedial education) in Darien, Illinois. In 1985 Sister Dominic began a new phase in her life when she ministered at Our Lady of the Ridge Parish in Chicago Ridge, Illinois as a Pastoral Minister. In the 20 years she served at Our Lady of the Ridge Parish, she coordinated the training program for Ministers of Care and performed various outreach ministries to the elderly, the homebound and those in nursing homes and hospitals. In 2009 Sister Dominic moved to Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home in Joliet, Illinois, where she resided for the past 9 years. As a woman of prayer, she made a habit of reading the scriptures of the day and reflecting upon them from as many perspectives as possible. From the very beginning of her Franciscan life until its conclusion, “reading the Word in the world” was foundational to Sister Dominic’s vocation and her manner of living it out in everyday life.
Sister M. Anne Wayrowski, OSF Sister M. Anne Wayrowski, OSF, died on March 14, 2018. She was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate for 71 years.
Sister Anne Wayrowski
Born June 29, 1927 Postulancy January 25, 1947 Novitiate August 12, 1947
Sister Anne was one of four children born to the late Celia (Zientarski) and Edward Wayrowski. She was preceded in death by her parents and her sister, Delphine Rankin. Her other sister, Sister Loretta Wagner, died on June 9, 2018. She is survived by her brother Edward Wagner, living in Florida, and many nieces and nephews. Sister Anne attended St. Pascal Grade School and Alvernia High School in Chicago, Illinois. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree at the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois and her Master’s Degree in Education at DePaul University in Chicago. Sister Anne also earned a Certificate in Franciscan Studies at the College of Saint Francis. Sister Anne began her life-long ministry in the field of education at the Cathedral of St. Raymond Grade School in Joliet in 1950. She served in Chicago, Norridge, Champaign and Aurora, Illinois and also in the states of Ohio, Florida and Michigan. She was principal of St. Coleman Grade School in Pompano Beach, Florida, and Immaculate Conception Grade School in Columbus, Ohio. After completing her ministry in Grade School education at St. Patrick’s in Joliet (1991 – 1993), Sister Anne began her ministry at the Center for Correctional Concerns (Will County Adult Detention Facility) where she worked in Adult Education until 2016. Known for her correspondence, Sr. Anne’s letters and cards always concluded simply yet profoundly with the words: “May God bless you with inner peace and strength.” Let us carry her words with us.
August 12, 1949 Final Profession August 12, 1952 Entered New Life March 14, 2018
Sister Anne took very good care of her sister, Sister Loretta. Sister Loretta died on June 9, 2018.
Sister M. Margaret Alice Martinek, OSF Sister M. Margaret Alice Martinek, OSF,(1935 - 2018) died at St. Joseph Medical Center, Joliet, Illinois on April 17, 2018. A native of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, she was one of ten children born to Margaret and Andrew Martinek. She was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, John and Stephen; and her sister, Patricia Salas. She is survived by her brothers, Andrew and Edward, both of Pennsylvania; and her sisters, Margaret Pasierb, Betty Ribblett, and Christine Buksa, all of Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and Mary Lorditch of Newburg, New York.
Si Sister M Margaret Alice Ali Martinek Born January 22, 1935 Postulancy September 4, 1951 Novitiate August 12, 1952 First Profession August 12, 1954 Final Profession Aygyst 13, 1957 Entered New Life April 17, 2018
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Sister Margaret Alice was a member of the Joliet Franciscan Sisters for 66 years. Before entering religious life, Sister Margaret Alice was a member of St. Stephen Parish in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, and attended St. Stephen Grade School. She graduated from St. Francis Academy (now Joliet Catholic Academy) and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of St. Francis (University of St. Francis) Joliet, Illinois. She continued her studies at DePaul University, Chicago, where she achieved a Master of Education degree. Sister Margaret Alice ministered in the field of elementary school education for 45 years. Beginning in 1954 she taught 4th and 5th grades at St. Joseph School in Joliet. She then taught 7th and 8th grades at St. Joseph School in Manhattan, Illinois, where she also served as the principal. After teaching 30 years at various schools in the inner city of Chicago, Sister’s dream of working in one of the poor areas of the United States took her to Selma, Alabama. Here she ministered in the Edmundite Missions for 13 years as Director of Catholic Social Ministry. She was able to do remarkable things with the little she had, helping to provide food, clothing and shelter to those in need. In 2016 Sister Margaret Alice returned to Joliet and ministered as a volunteer at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home. Here she continued to serve by brightening the lives of the residents there, visiting them, listening to them and praying with them. With gratitude for her Gospel witness, may the example of her life as reflected in this prayer of Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., continue to serve as an inspiration for us all: “Use me, God. Show me how to take who I am, who I want to be, and what I can do, and use it for a purpose greater than myself.”
Sister M. Marlene Ambrose, OSF Sister M. Marlene Ambrose died on May 17, 2018. She was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate (Joliet) for 74 years. A native of Joliet, she was one of six children born to Ursula (Makse) and Valentine Ambrose. She was preceded in death by her parents, her brothers: Stanley, Leonard and Valentine and her sister, Mary Ann Morgan. She is survived by her sister, Therese Bergstrom of Moreno Valley, California.
Sister Si t M Marlene l Ambrose A b
Born March 29, 1927 Postulancy September 7, 1943 Novitiate August 12, 1944 First Profession August 12, 1946 Final Profession August 12, 1949
Before entering religious life, Sister Marlene was a member of St. Joseph Parish in Joliet and attended St. Joseph Grade School. She graduated from St. Francis Academy (now Joliet Catholic Academy) and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the College of St. Francis (University of St. Francis) Joliet, Illinois. Sister Marlene ministered in the field of primary education teaching kindergarten, first and second grades from 1946 until 1992 at various schools in Illinois and Ohio. She taught 9 years at St. Joseph School in Joliet, 13 years at St. Mary School in Plainfield and six years at Holy Family School in Joliet. Sister Marlene served as assistant coordinator for the Sisters living at the Motherhouse for four years before beginning a new ministry of child care and senior care. From 2007 until 2014 she assisted the Diocese of Joliet as the noon-time receptionist at the Chancery. In 2014 she began a ministry of service through prayer and presence at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home. Sister Marlene always remained connected to her Slovenian roots. She was an active member of the Slovenian Women’s Union, Branch 20, volunteering her time to the Heritage Museum, the bake and rummage sales and the annual Grape Harvest Festival. In 2004 she received the Woman of the Year award for her service. Until her move to Our Lady of Angels, she was a member of the St. Joseph Choir. By her own account, Sister Marlene was an artist, a photographer and a lover of music. She was enchanted by the wonders of creation and captivated by Franciscan Spirituality. She found happiness in making the world a better place – “one polka at a time.”
Entered New Life May 17, 2018
Sister M. Judith Kurry, OSF Sister M. Judith Kurry died on May 24, 2018. She was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate for 82 years. Sister Judith was the second of eight children and the first daughter born to the late Mary (Sugar) and John Kurey. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings. Sister Judith was a member of SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Chicago, Illinois, and attended the parish school. In June of 1936 she graduated from St. Francis Academy (now Joliet Catholic Academy). She earned her Bachelorâ€™s Degree at the College of St. Francis (now the University of St. Francis) in Joliet, Illinois and also a Certificate in Franciscan Studies and a Masterâ€™s Degree in Franciscan Studies from the Seraphic Institute at the College of St. Francis.
Sister Judith Si J di h K Kurry
Born November 25, 1918 Postulancy September 8, 1935 Novitiate August 12, 1936 First Profession August 12, 1938 Final Profession August 12, 1941 Entered New Life May 24, 2018
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Sister Judith began her life-long ministry in the field of education at St. Francis Xavier Parish teaching second grade from 1939 until 1942. Sister Judith taught in elementary schools from Grade 2 to Grade 8 in various parishes in Ohio and Illinois. In Joliet, she taught at St. Bernard School from 1952 to 1953; at St. Jude School from 1955 to 1956; at St. John the Baptist School from 1960 to 1963; and at St. Raymond Cathedral from 1965 to 1973. She ministered as secretary at the Catholic School Office for the Diocese of Joliet from 1973 to 1974. In 1977 she began a ministry that encompassed 30 years of her religious life when she served as a teacher aide at the Franciscan Learning Center in Joliet, working with the pre-school children. Many times in her days at Our Lady of Angels where she lived, Sister Judith stated that she enjoyed all her years of teaching, but most especially her last thirty years at the Franciscan Learning Center. The young children brought great joy to her day.
Sister Loretta Wagner, OSF Sister Loretta Wagner died on June 9, 2018. She was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate for 83 years.
Sister Si t LLoretta tt Wagner W
Born August 23, 1918 Postulancy September 8, 1934 Novitiate August 12, 1935 First Profession August 12, 1937 Final Profession August 12, 1940 Entered New Life June 9, 2018
Born on August 23, 1918, to her parents Cirilla (Zientarski) and Edward Wayrowski, Loretta Valeria Wayrowski was baptized two days later at St. Hedwig Parish on the north side of Chicago. The eldest of four children, she was raised in St. Pascal Parish, where she first met the Joliet Franciscans. By her own account, as a young third grader, she already aspired to be a nurse as she observed the dedicated women caring for her dying grandmother at Alexian Brothers Hospital. A chaplain taking note of the calm and caring presence of nine-year old Loretta, encouraged her to consider a call to religious life and to pray to become a registered nurse. While attending Alvernia High School and St. Francis Academy, Loretta continued to grow in her attraction to Franciscan life and her affection for the Sisters who inspired her. At the age of sixteen, Loretta entered the postulancy on September 8, 1934. A year later, on August 12, 1935, she became a novice and received the name of Sister Miriam Edward. During her years in initial formation, along with her studies at the College of St. Francis, she also assisted in the infirmary of the Motherhouse. As Sister Miriam Edward made her first profession of vows in August of 1937, and soon afterwards was enrolled as a student nurse at St. Josephâ€™s School of Nursing. After completing her nursing studies, Sister Miriam Edward, continued to care for the sick and infirm sisters at the Motherhouse. In the years that followed, her ministry of nursing took on added dimensions that included leadership, administration, teaching and mentoring. From 1969 to 1971, Sister Miriam Edward, then known as Loretta Wagner, took a leave of absence from the Congregation, during which time she further developed her nursing skills and interests at the University of Texas Medical Center and the M.D. Anderson Cancer Research Hospital in Houston, Texas. She returned to the Congregation, in 1971 and continued her ministry in Houston, until 1974, when she began a seventeen-year ministry on the nursing staff at Resurrection Hospital in Chicago, Illinois. In 1992, at the age of seventy-four, she responded to the appeal of family members in need of nursing assistance. Ten years later, she returned from the Chicago area to Joliet in order to share companionship with members of the community at Our Lady of Angels. Recognized by the Congregation as an innovative creator and director of a community health program, Sister Loretta also was honored by the University of St. Francis as a distinguished alumna. In 2015, Sister Loretta celebrated her 80th Jubilee. In the subsequent years, as failing health and diminishment began to take their toll, her blood sister, Sister Anne Wayrowski, was a constant companion and care-giver until the time of her own death in March of 2018. As family members, friends and former patients can attest, our Sister Loretta was known for her compassion, empathy and wisdom. A model of tenderness and strength, she also was an undaunted instrument of Godâ€™s peace and love.
Sister M. Jeanette Willenborg, OSF Sister M. Jeanette Willenborg died on June 23, 2018. She was a member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate for 51 years. Born to her parents, Shirley (Bushue) and Virgil Willenborg, on November 24, 1948, Jeanette was one of eleven children. Growing up in Lillyville, Illinois, her life was shaped by faith, love, hard work, and occasional hardships. For Jeanette, the example and influence of the Joliet Franciscans who were her teachers and mentors made a deep impression upon her. She began to discern a vocation to Franciscan life which ultimately resulted in the Willenborgs joining the caravan of families from that area making regularly scheduled pilgrimages to Joliet, Illinois.
Sii t Jeanette Sister J tt Willenborg Born November 24, 1948 Postulancy September 11, 1966 Novitiate Aigist 12, 1967 First Profession August 12, 1969 Final Profession April 30, 1977 Entered New Life June 23, 2018
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On September 11, 1966, Jeanette entered the postulancy of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate and began her studies in elementary education at the College of St. Francis. Professing her First Vows on August 12, 1969, she completed her undergraduate studies and was certified to teach in the State of Illinois. In August of 1970 Sister Jeanette was assigned to St. Peter and Paul Parish on the southeast side of Chicago. Making the most of her Franciscan vocation, her passion for the ministry of teaching was evident in every aspect of her day to day life. Sr. Jeanette was committed to serving the educational, social and spiritual needs of Hispanic, African American and ethnic white children - and their families. With a clarity of vision and unwavering commitment to quality education for all, she brought creativity, energy, enthusiasm and a faith filled spirit to every classroom in which she found herself - from Chicago, Illinois, to Boulder, Colorado, to Effingham, Illinois. Devoted to building and sustaining community among her Franciscan Sisters and Associates, Sr. Jeanette had a gift for living simply, centering her life in prayer, always making way for a few card games and taking one day at a time. Resonating with the spirituality of Mother Alfred she committed her way to God and trusted that God would act. Acknowledging the weight of reality that is so often present in the twists and turns of life, she endeavored to shoulder the weight of reality and found ways of carrying it - with fortitude, hope and grace, and always a bit of laughter. Recognized by many for her excellence as an outstanding Catholic educator and formative influence on students, their families and communities, she received the Nathan Jones Special Achievement Award by the Chicago Catholic Schools and was named the 74th Annual Educator of the Year by the South Chicago Chamber of Commerce. Sr. Jeanette was a living witness to the imperatives of Gospel-based education in bringing about racial justice, justice for immigrants and justice for working communities made vulnerable by shifts in economy and politics. Her activism was founded on changing and improving the world one child at a time.
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Ann Casey September 28, 1928 to November 25, 2017
Ann became an Associate in April, 2007. Her parents had eleven children, six boys and five girls. All of the children attended Sacred Heart School in Chicago and the entire family was active in their parish. Ann felt her parents gave each of them a feeling of really belonging to and giving back to God. Ann’s mom was a Third Order Franciscan and the children grew up as kind, compassionate people. Ann and John Casey were married in 1950 and in 1955 moved into their home in Worth, Illinois. They raised seven children, three of whom were foster children and had four grandchildren. Although John died in 2004, Ann lived in their home until her death. She was a member of Our Lady of the Ridge Parish for sixty one years and for over twenty years was a Minister of Care, bringing Eucharist to residents in a nursing home. She felt she was following the family’s tradition of volunteering. Being an Associate deepened Ann’s ties to the Franciscans and gave her a continued sense of community. She was called a thoroughly honest, just woman, who lived out the beatitudes. She had a peaceful presence and joyful heart. We are grateful for the many years Ann spent as an Associate and friend to our Congregation. May she now enjoy the presence of God whom she loved and served.
Nancy Rubadue-Quinn Nancy was first introduced to the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate as a child in Columbus, Ohio, where she attended St. Mary Magdalene elementary school and had Joliet Franciscans as teachers. In eighth grade she was invited to consider religious life and attended high school at St. Francis Preparatory. As Sister Edward she was a member of the Congregation from 1958 – 1970. After leaving the Congregation, Nancy married Mark Quinn and had two children, Christopher and Carolyn. She received her college degree in education and taught at Catholic schools and religious education programs in Chicago. Nancy Rubadue-Quinn June 19, 1937 to July 14, 2017
Nancy and Mark were involved in many peace and social justice issues including housing Polish refugees in their home and were licensed as temporary foster care parents for teenagers. Nancy always had a deep love and respect for the Congregation and brought a Franciscan spirit to all of her endeavors. We are grateful for the many years Nancy spent as a Sister, Associate and friend to our Congregation. May she now enjoys the presence of God whom she loved and served.
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Afternoon Tea Sunday, April 28, 2019 at 2:00 PM Jacob Henry Mansion, Joliet Bluestem Earth Festival Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 10:00 AM University of St. Francis, Joliet Artist: Sr. Kay Francis Berger, OSF
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As Sisters of St. Francis, we embrace the Gospel way of life. We accept the challenge Jesus first gave Francis of Assisi, "Go, rebuild my C...
Published on Aug 8, 2018
As Sisters of St. Francis, we embrace the Gospel way of life. We accept the challenge Jesus first gave Francis of Assisi, "Go, rebuild my C...