In loving memory of our Sisters, who followed in the footprints of Jesus, eagerly observing what they promised the Lord.
Sister M. Guadalupe De La O 1929-2016After being in education for 17 years, Sister Guadalupe ministered in Brazil for almost 28 years. Besides doing catechetical and social work, she took on the role of formator for women entering our congregation as well as those entering other congregations in the area. In her humble way, she shared her love of the Lord and nourished in others a yearning for a deeper relationship with the Lord. During her time in Brazil, one special event remained very vivid in her memory. In 1980 St. John Paul II visited Brazil. Sister was honored to meet the Pope, accompany him on some of his activities like going to the leper colony, take several pictures with him at the seminary, and even help make the shrimp salad that was going to be served to him. A treasured photo is of her with St. John Pau II. On the occasion of her 70th Jubilee in 2016, Sister said that she was so grateful for all the treasures that she held in her heart, for through them she saw the greatest one of all: God’s love for her and her love for God. To her the life that God carefully arranged for her was filled with many challenges, some easy and others not so easy. Nevertheless, she always made an effort to listen to God and to try to understand what God was offering her. (Read more...)
Sister Guadalupe, you have been one of our special treasures. Thank you for so visibly showing us and being for us the presence of the Lord!
Sister Mary Catherine Reichert 1920-2016Sister Mary Catherine realized her first dream when she entered our congregation in 1940. Soon after Profession of Vows, she pursued her second dream—that of becoming a teacher, which she considered an awesome privilege. For the next 44 years, she taught students in grades 1-8 in our schools in Dyer, Garrett and Schererville, IN, and Peru, Lockport and Park Forest, IL, and also served as Principal in Mokena, IL, and Oroville, CA. In her classroom, Sister wanted all to feel like they belonged. She had a special gift for getting students interested in and excited about learning, which made her a favorite teacher. All of this, plus her organization and preparedness, became her teaching trademark. One of the greatest joys of her teaching career was seeing one of her students ordained a diocesan priest. After retiring from teaching, she served her Sisters in community, wrote letters in her still-beautiful penmanship, and spent much time with her hands folded in prayer. Our hearts are saddened by her loss, but she leaves with us the spiritual fragrance of her life. (Read more...)
Sister Mary Catherine, the Lord has certainly done marvels for you! May you now marvel at the beauty of God’s face for all eternity.
Sister M. Bernadette Beveridge 1937-2016Sister Bernadette said the Good Shepherd sustained her throughout her religious life and that she, in turn, tried to bring the same compassionate care to others. Certainly she did this during the 25 years she ministered as an X-Ray Technician, Pharmacy Technician and Radiographic Clerk, especially during more than 18 years at Presence Saint Joseph Medical Center in Joliet. While countless patients showed up at the x-ray department, Bishop Blanchette was one she would never forget. In gratitude for Sister’s care, Bishop Blanchette gave her a relic of St. Bernadette, a gift she always treasured. Even as a retired Sister living at Presence Villa Franciscan in Joliet, she witnessed a giving spirit to her fellow residents. This is so evident from her roommate’s comment, “Sister is the best roommate I could have, and I wouldn’t trade her for 15 million dollars. She is the best nun I have ever known.” To everyone, Sister gave love, friendship, kindness and care in various ways. She was a special gift and a true inspiration by her joyful acceptance of prolonged disability. (Read more...)
Sister Bernadette, the Good Shepherd closely companioned you during life. May he now lovingly carry you in his arms into his dwelling place, your eternal “villa.”
Sister M. Lorita Lawler 1929-2016Sister Lorita enjoyed a teaching career of 40+ years, during which time she deeply touched the hearts and lives of children in the primary grades. When no longer in the classroom, she continued her contact with children by being a faithful pen pal. Besides being an excellent seamstress, Sister showed her creativity through numerous crafts and projects. Her love for creation was expressed by her frequent trips into the woods to find monarch caterpillars for many to delight in as they experienced their metamorphosis. In everything that Sister did, she exemplified a precious love, gentleness, peace and joy. Her faithfulness was sustained by a deep prayer life and a strong belief in the divine mercy and love of Jesus. Her devotion to Our Lady was evident in her continual praying of the rosary. On her 60th Jubilee in 2013, Sister said that she was so grateful to God for calling her to be a Franciscan Sister of the Sacred Heart. (Read more...)
May your name be beautifully inscribed in the Book of Life for all eternity.
Sister M. Josephine Rosenkranz 1937-2016Sister Josephine followed the example of her father whom she said helped everyone. She dedicated much time to special needs children, often visited the lonely and homebound, and participated in the Big Brother, Big Sister program. She prepared thousands of bakery items for our annual Garage Sale. Besides this gift of generosity, her gift of creativity was seen in the entertainment she provided at various events and in the many poems she wrote for special occasions such as jubilees, anniversaries and birthdays, or as tributes and thank-yous. Throughout her religious life, she wove together a beautiful pattern of prayer, community and service to others. She also said that, because of being short, she practiced a great deal of humility. However, all of us know that God’s little nun was none too little to accomplish all that she was called to do. (Read more...)
May you receive a deserving reward for your love, your faithfulness, your Franciscan presence among us, your ways to make others feel better, and of course, your ability to make all of us laugh!
Sister Mary Jane Sola 1920-2015Sister Mary Jane was a special gift to many through her friendship, prayers and ministries of nursing for 17 years and teaching for 30+ years. In addition to her professional ministries, she would find time for visiting a shut-in, taking food to a person in need, praying at the bedside of the dying, taking communion to a homebound person, chatting with a lonely neighbor, decoupaging a picture or formal invitation, or creating a floral arrangement. All of these special acts of kindness were done with great love and care. Perhaps the most grace-filled patterns were found in Sister’s elder years. With worry-free confidence in the Lord’s care for her, Sister could usually be found with a rosary in hand. Very frequently she lifted up special and urgent requests to her favorite saint, St. Therese, the Little Flower, who on many occasions sent her a rose signifying a prayer answered, sometimes quite miraculously. (Read more...)May St. Therese welcome you with the first rose of eternity!
Sister Francelina Guimarães (1965-2015)Sister did many ministries during her years—catechetical work, liturgy, vocation ministry, adult formation—but she was most happy working with bioenergetics and the medicines made from theplants, barks and roots of the Amazon jungle. She trained a group of women who worked at her side with great zeal to discover new medicinal plants to heal the people with non-chemical ways at a very reasonable cost. The poor just could not afford to buy medicines at the pharmacy. Her last employment was with the city of Barcarena where she worked as a city health agent who covered a certain geographical part of the town. She would visit the families, make note of their illnesses and living conditions, give health orientations, and inform the proper authorities of those who needed help. The people she cared for in her area had little money, but they loved Sister Francelina, so chickens, eggs, fruits, and plants always appeared at the convent door for her as their expression of gratitude. (Read more in English...) (In Portuguese)May your heaven be a comforting piece of the Amazon jungle with fried fish, tapioca and acai.
Sister Mary Shawn Mitchell 1946-2015Wherever Sister was missioned, she gifted others with her beautiful presence. It is no wonder that in 2005 she was chosen as the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart recipient of the Franciscan Federation’s Peacemaker Award. She always sought harmony in life, whether it be in song, words, friendships or nature. Her prayer was that everyone would come to “bless the Lord” and bow to the sacred, whenever and wherever they met it, as did St. Francis. Sister was grateful for the many people who nourished her, especially her Sisters in community who enriched her by their example, understanding, forgiveness and encouragement. She felt exceptionally blessed to walk this Franciscan journey with her four classmates in religion. With a grateful heart she also remembered the love and faithfulness of friends, living and deceased, who allowed her to grow in the warmth of their friendship. (Read more...)
May Sister be eternally happy in the Lord!
Sister M. Clotilde Barcomb 1922-2015After her First Profession of Vows in 1947, Sister Clotilde Barcomb’s life of service began to take shape and continually mature. For the next 26 ½ years, her ministry took her to various institutions where she praised the Lord through the work of her hands, doing each task with the greatest of care. After these years, Sister was missioned to the Motherhouse where she continued to use her gifts in being of service to others. If anyone was in need, Sister Clotilde was always available and eager to be of assistance. She was also a most gracious hostess, always making visitors to the Motherhouse feel very welcome. When her main ministry became one of prayer, she continually lifted up the needs of others to her loving God. She had the ability to appreciate the providence of God in her life and enjoyed a great devotion to Our Lord in His Eucharistic presence. Sister leaves with us the spiritual fragrance of her life – the fragrance of love that draws us to God and inspires us to work tirelessly for the Kingdom. (Read more...)
May Sister now enjoy the blessed reward of her many deeds of goodness!
Sister Mary Flora Papesh 1924-2015For nearly 30 years, Sister Mary Flora Papesh fulfilled one of her desires to bring healing and compassion to others through her ministry as a Registered Nurse. In time her interest turned to Pastoral Care. After becoming certified, she ministered as a Pastoral Care Minister/Chaplain in several of our hospitals. The greatest number of years in this ministry were spent at Presence Villa Franciscan and Presence St. Joseph Medical Center, Joliet, IL. Sister was especially known for her generous personality and desire to please and be there for others. The long hours on call and the many times she arose during the night to be with someone who was suffering or dying were signs of her tremendous love of Jesus whom she graciously made visible to others. She had a particular devotion to St. Padre Pio as well as a missionary heart, giving every coin found on the ground to the missions. She was ever grateful for her religious vocation and her 60 plus years of compassionate ministry in the spirit of Jesus,often wondering what she had done to deserve such a blessed life. (Read more...)
May Sister’s heart swell with delight at seeing her God face to face!
Sister Eileen Wemhoff 1935-2014After Profession, Sister joined the ranks of those in the field of education, teaching in various schools in Illinois, Indiana and California. Through the years, she also taught children in religious education programs, assisted in day care centers, taught Vacation Bible School, and worked with children in the inner city. In addition, she participated in our congregation’s summer ministry programs with poor, underprivileged and neglected children. After many years of full-time teaching, she made herself available as a substitute teacher or as a tutor. All children, but particularly those who had suffered loss or who had known neglect,were especially dear to her heart. To all, she showed the tender love of her God. Looking back over her life on the occasion of her 60th Jubilee, Sister Eileen said that God quietly planted, watered, and brought to life the seed of her Franciscan vocation. To anyone interested in pursuing a religious vocation, she would invite them to “come and see,” for she knew that one’s life can only blossom under the tender hand of the Master Gardener. (Read more...)
May Sister celebrate a joyous reunion with her dear mother and all the holy ones in her eternal home.
Sister M. Leonore Cousino 1918-2014For over 70 years, Sister Leonore was engaged in the ministry of education. After teaching in several schools in Illinois and Indiana, Sister went to St. Charles School, Fort Wayne, IN, where she continued to live out her teaching dream for 38 years. She deeply touched the hearts and formed the lives of many precious children. She said, “One of her most rewarding experiences was being involved in teaching religion to the little ones and preparing them for the sacraments.” In her gentle and unselfish way, Sister shared the marvelous things the Lord had done for her. She was always grateful for the many and varied ways that God enriched her life. To those thinking of a religious vocation, Sister would say: “Have a profound trust in God’s providence.” Sister was often part of the formation of many of our young Sisters with whom she lived. She herself was always young at heart and a beautiful example of loving faithfulness. She also shared her goodness and wisdom with many of our Associate members. (Read more...)
May Sister now rejoice and celebrate with the great family of saints in her heavenly home.
Sister M. Marcellita Weller 1921-2014As a child, Sister Marcellita remembered her mother taking her to visit the Sisters in Hessel Cassel, IN. Sr. Charlotte become her inspiration to eventually enter our community. Following profession, Sister ministered as housekeeper, cook and seamstress for the Sisters on many school missions. Sister then went to Mundelein, IL, where she ministered to priests and seminarians at the Stritch Retreat House, St. Mary of the Lake Seminary and the Villa. Her housekeeping and cooking skills were excellent, but what was more exceptional was her warm, winning smile—a smile that uplifted the hearts of all those with whom she came in contact. Also remarkable was her kindness, cheerfulness and generous spirit in helping with whatever needed to be done. The same could be said of her 26 years of ministry at St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin, IL. A friend once said of her, “She embodies the spirit of Christ in her gracious, giving spirit─full of warmth, kindness, generosity and love.” (Read more...)
May Sister’s warm smile grace her face for all eternity as she gazes upon her Beloved Lord, the one she so faithfully served.
Sister Agnes Kulas 1921-2014Sister Agnes was assigned as a young Sister to St. Vincent Orphanage, Freeport, IL, where she ministered as a housemother to high school girls, making sure that each of them was accepted, cared for and loved in her own uniqueness. Sister was approachable, gentle, kind, and a very good listener, and from her lips to God’s ear went many prayers on their behalf. Sister then served at Stritch Retreat House in Mundelein, IL. To all the priests who came there for retreat, Sister reflected God’s hospitality, treating them with the highest respect as did St. Francis. Following this, Sister Agnes’ presence blessed St. Anne’s Maternity Home in Los Angeles, CA. With her nurturing heart and hands, she worked with the staff to provide a healthy and nurturing home for the young mothers-to-be and mothers. Sister once said in an interview: “Each day the beautiful wide-eyed, smiling babies and toddlers with angelic faces bring a bit of heaven to me.” Wherever Sister was, she became the face of the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart and a reflection and extension of God’s own hospitality.(Read more...)
May Sister now be enveloped in the awesome beauty and grandeur of her loving God.
Sister M. Caroline Alfano 1921-2014Sister Caroline pursued her dream of teaching children about God by entering the field of education. She taught primary grades in schools in New York for 15 years and then went to Antonio, Texas, where she opened a school, serving as both teacher and principal, and helped to organize a lay apostolate, the Daughters of St. Francis. Later, Sister began a kindergarten for children of Mexican descent in Raymondville, Texas. This work was so beneficial to struggling students that the Superintendent of Public Schools asked for her help. Deeply trusted by parents and teachers as well as children, she helped to heal deep divisions and to bring understanding and acceptance among the Catholics and Mexican people. After transferring her vows to our Congregation, she taught kindergarteners at St. Joseph School, Lockport, IL. Here, as in all the other places where Sister ministered, the children, parents and faculty loved her. Over the many years, Sister nourished thousands of people with her faith, kindness, thoughtfulness and gentleness. (Read more...)
May Sister now hear the voice of her gentle and faithful God, welcoming her into his presence for all eternity.
Sister M. Cassilda Ayala (1918-2014)For 65 years, Sister Cassilda’s love, mercy and compassion were beautifully expressed in her gracious manner of living and in the particular ministries in which she engaged. She brought her special presence to the Admitting Offices at Queen of Angels Hospital in Los Angeles, California, and St. Joseph Hospital in Joliet, Illinois, and to the Cardinal Stritch Retreat House in Mundelein, Illinois, where she cared for the priests, deacons and Sisters who came for retreat. In 1995 Sister Cassilda returned to the Motherhouse and continued her gracious service. Since the day of her entrance to our congregation, Sister Cassilda has done all things in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. She was a little body with a huge heart, and many people thought they met an angel with they met her. Often she would invite others to come and follow Jesus as a religious sister saying: “Take up your cross and follow. Look for the good qualities in others and it will bring out the best in you. Play out the composition of your life with all your heart before the Lord.” (Read more...)
May Sister be welcomed by the Blessed Trinity into the heavenly mansion, where a special dwelling place has been prepared for her.
Sister Mary Frances Calderon 1919-2014Sister Mary Frances ministered in health care for 35 years, believing that the presence of a Sister was very important to the people and could make a real difference. In her quiet way, she exemplified one of the most important qualities of St. Francis—simplicity of heart. She truly showed everyone the face of Jesus in her humble and unassuming way. On her face one would always find a warm smile, even when times were difficult. When she eventually moved to volunteer work, she still had a strong desire to be visibly present to the people. On the occasion of her retirement, a newspaper reporter wrote that “zeal was evident in her spirit. While most people consider retiring from a career with an average span of four decades or so, she has been active in her role going on seven decades. And she shows no sign of going quietly into retirement.” To this Sister responded, “My joy was coming to work every day. The future is still coming, and I don’t know that I’m really ready for retirement. I don’t know what God has in store for me.” (Read more...)
May Sister find God's plan for her joyfully fulfilled as she celebrates her 75th Jubilee in heaven.
Sister M. Paul Therese Tate 1930-2013Combining both dreams of being a religious and a nurse, Sister Paul Therese was known for her excellent patient care, her love and devotion to St. Therese, the Little Flower, and for being an inspiration to many. She said that St. Therese had often sent her a shower of roses, and with God’s grace she was able to persevere in her vocation. In addition, she was known to make and write beautiful cards of thanks, get-well, sympathy, or just cheery notes to brighten someone’s day. Prayer was essential to her, and she always spent significant time communing with her God, saying that “nothing can be accomplished without the unshakeable foundation of prayer.” In 2006, on the occasion of her 40th Jubilee, Sister said that she thanked God for having chosen her, and that she wanted to do God’s will and be the best instrument that she could possibly be. She added that God, who is loving, kind, gentle and patient, was her constant helper. (Read more...)
May Sister now be warmly welcomed into the company of all the angels and saints, especially that of St. Therese, the Little Flower, for having followed her “Little Way” in such a big way during her life!
Sister Mary William Hughes 1917-2013Through her many years in ministry, Sister Mary William worked in the Business Office and Admitting of four hospitals in California and Illinois, and in the Business and Pastoral Care Departments of Presence Sacred Heart Home in Avilla, Indiana. She also served as our Procurator General and the Local Community Leader at various times. Even after retirement she continued to graciously give of herself as a faithful volunteer. A special highlight for Sister was being chosen by her Sisters to receive the Peacemaker Award at the Franciscan Federation Conference in 2003. The nominating letter said, “We feel that Sister brings the Gospel alive, not only by what she does, but with what great love it is done.” Sister said that community has been the most satisfying aspect of her religious vocation. She considered it a blessing to live with others whose values and goals she could identify with and be a part of. She often remarked that she came to religious life because she was called by the Lord, and she stayed because it was here that she found fulfillment. (Read more ...)
May Sister now find her greatest fulfillment of all—the eternal embrace of her Beloved Lord.
Sister M. Eleonore Kaydus 1918-2012For many years Sister Eleonore ministered as a classroom teacher or as a housemother at St. Vincent Home, Freeport, IL, where she touched many young lives. In her later years in a retirement home, she engaged in a wonderful ministry of friendliness to the residents whom she knew by name, encouraged in many ways, entertained with humorous stories and jokes and even evangelized now and then. All through her religious life, Sister remained grounded and well rooted in her love of God who provided her with the spiritual nourishment needed to reach her 75th jubilee in May 2012. We are grateful for Sister’s generous gift of self to Christ, to us and to the Church and for radiating an inner strength and spiritual greatness. (Read more ...)Sister, may all your love be abundantly rewarded by Love Himself.Sister Clara Marie Dietz 1913 -2012Sister Clara Marie dedicated herself to doing the works of neighborly love, primarily through the ministry of education and then wherever there was a need for her special skills. Her Franciscanism was shared in a special way through her ministry as postulant and novice director. Sister was renowned for her organization and thoroughness and for her ability to plan a super party for any occasion. Her special prayer ministry deepened in her later years and her deepest appreciation was for the opportunity to attend daily Mass. She often prayed that her every act would be an act of love divine. She celebrated her 80th Jubilee in June of 2009—a fitting celebration of a life truly dedicated to a faithful presence of love. (Read more ...)
May Sister now be wrapped in “love divine” as she gazes on the face of her God for all eternity.
Sister Marilyn Ellert 1947-2012When Sister Marilyn was named the 2005-2006 Light of Learning Administrator for the Diocese of Fort Wayne/South Bend, Indiana, the Associate Superintendent of the Diocese said of her: “She demonstrates a leadership based on vision and an ability to inspire others to excellence.” This was true of Sister in all of the various ministries in which she was engaged throughout her lifetime. When celebrating her 40th Jubilee, she reflected on the Gospel story of the feeding of the five thousand with a mere five loaves of bread and two fishes. She would often imagine herself sitting with those hungry thousands waiting to be fed. She would then be reminded that her gifts and talents were more than sufficient for “loving tenderly, acting justly and walking humbly with her God” as she faithfully and generously responded to the needs of others. (Read more ...)May Sister forever walk humbly with her Beloved, and may she now be loved most tenderly and completely!
Sister June A. Does 1927-2012 From her earliest memories, Sister June A. Does recalled being a package of great energy and enthusiasm—characteristics that accompanied her throughout life and in her beloved ministry of health care. She began as an X-ray technician at hospitals in LaSalle, Elgin and Chicago, Illinois, then moved on to serve as an administrative assistant in three hospitals in California and Elgin. Finally, she became a Fund Development Executive at St. Joseph Hospital in Elgin, a position she held for nearly 15 years. Sister June’s efforts have been recognized with numerous awards over the years. In 2010 when celebrating her 60th Jubilee, Sister said her more than 50 years of ministry had brought abundant blessings into her life, with one of the most satisfying aspects being the opportunity to work with so many wonderful people. Surely Sister reached her personal goal of making this world a better place. (Read more ...)
May Sister now reside in the best of all places—God’s eternal dwelling place.
Sister M. Patricia Doebber 1921-2012After 28 years in healthcare ministry, Sister followed her heart’s desire by becoming a certified Pastoral Care Minister. Her comforting words and quiet presence brought a strengthening peace to those dealing with difficult situations. Later, when retired at the Motherhouse, she freely shared her deep spiritual goodness with our Associates and women participating in the Come and See programs at the Motherhouse. Sister Patricia was always most grateful for her family, relatives and friends who faithfully supported her in her religious vocation. This past June when celebrating her 70th Jubilee and being thankful for a blessed life, she expressed a yearning to be with her Beloved God. (Read more ...)
May Sister now sing her eternal song of praise in the presence of our loving Father.
Sister M. Alberta Raderstorf 1926-2012Throughout her religious life, Sister ministered as a pharmacist. She had a reputation for working whenever needed, often the off-shifts, and was known for her smile, a smile that was as quiet as her gentleness. She remarked how true these words of Jesus are: “Everyone who has given up house or brothers or sisters or father or mother for my sake will receive a hundred times more and will inherit eternal life." Sister felt that she had more than received her hundred fold in this life. Now she inherits that abundant life that will last for all eternity. (Read more ...)
May Sister’s heart be filled to overflowing as she is welcomed into the presence of God and all the holy ones who have gone before her.
Sister M. Anna Skube 1917-2011Sister Anna ministered as teacher/principal at the elementary and secondary levels where she said it was a privilege to touch and shape the lives of countless students. Part of her legacy to our congregation is the women who are proud to call themselves Sister Anna’s novices, as she was Director of Postulants and Novices from 1964-1970. When asked how she would celebrate her 70th jubilee year she said, “Just as I have done all these years. Each morning I hand over my life in surrender to whatever God asks of me, spend ample time before the Blessed Sacrament, work hard to reverence the Trinity in each of my Sisters, and live my vows as I promised so joyfully many years ago.” (Read more ...)
May Sister be joyfully and eternally embraced by the God she has so faithfully served!
Sister Marilyn Phillips 1916-2011Sister Marilyn’s education ministry ranged from the elementary to college level and, after earning a Doctorate in Canon Law, she became the first woman in our area to be appointed to a Church Tribunal in 1984. Sister was known for her unswerving dedication to truth, and her particular gift to our congregation was her dissertation entitled, “The Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart: Their Patrimony and Historic-Canonical Status.” Her favorite meditation by Cardinal Newman said: “God created me to do Him some definite service. He has committed some work to me which He has not committed to another. I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next.” (Read more ...)
May Sister now know that the work God committed to her and to no other has been faithfully fulfilled.
Sister M. Barbara Ann Raderstorf 1918-2011During her many years of active ministry, Sister Barbara Ann rose each morning to “simply work for the Lord.” Her gift of presence and her passion for domestic service are what she graciously offered and shared so effectively throughout her religious life. In her gentle and caring way, she created a welcoming spirit wherever she was and lifted many hearts with her beaming smile, cheerfulness and wit. (Read more ...)
May the Lord now bestow on Sister the crowning touch of glory that she so richly deserves.
Sister M. Elizabeth Wlezien 1924-2011 Sister Elizabeth Wlezien was known for her kindness, friendliness, sense of humor and willingness to do almost anything. But compassion and understanding were her extraordinary gifts—special Christ-like qualities which enabled her to feel with another person, to suffer with them and to understand their pain. Her years of caring for mother and baby, for children in Pediatrics, for our elder Sisters, and for patients and families suffering through the pain and discouragement caused by cancer were an inspiration to all of those around her. (Read more ...)
May Sister now be gifted with the eternal fullness of love, joy and peace.
Sister M. Sylvianne Mattern 1916-2011“What is the right thing to do? Justice must always be predominant in our lives. And that’s a part of the ministry.”
Sister Sylvianne will be long remembered for her many building and renovation projects at St. Francis Hospital in Santa Barbara. In fact, someone once asked her, “Why don’t you quit building and go smell the roses?” Sister proudly replied, “Oh, I smell the roses, and I build, too.” Of course, monies were needed for these many projects, so Sister was always soliciting for the needed funds. As she said of herself: “I’m a great fundraiser. People have been most generous with me. I think it is because I am quite a beggar.” (Read more ...)
May Sister enjoy the kingdom that she faithfully helped to build through her special works of neighborly love!Sister M. Dominica Scygiel 1923-2010On the occasion of her 60th jubilee, Sister Dominica was asked to share her vocation story. She recalled that at the early age of 5, she saw a sister and was fascinated. The desire to be ‘one of them’ remained with her and influenced her decision to enter or congregation. After many years as a Sister, she noted that sharing her life with the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart was among the most rewarding aspects of her religious life. (Read more ...)
Echoing the words of her favorite prayer, may Sister “dwell in the house of the Lord for years to come.”
Sister Frances Anna Hraback 1920-2010Throughout her religious life, Sister Frances Anna was always open to a variety of ministries and eager to serve in numerous locations. No matter what she did or where she was, Sister was known for her ability to be ready for any situation. Her motto was, “I am always prepared!” She was also a person of warm hospitality in her kindness to Sisters, relatives, friends, employees—everyone she encountered. (Read more ...)
May Sister now be experiencing and enjoying eternal hospitality at the banquet of her Lord and friend.
Sister Anthony Clare Floto 1932-2009 Sister Anthony Clare’s desire was to do everything for the love of God, which she so wonderfully exemplified throughout her life. She was always willing to give of her time, talents and musical abilities, and careful to provide a listening ear and a kind heart. When she talked with anyone, she gave them her fullest attention. She was most welcoming to everyone and had a smile that enriched all who received it. (Read more ...)
May Sister be enjoying the music of the angels in that place she longed for all her life.
Sister Mary Luke Engel 1925-2009Sister Mary Luke's dream of becoming a missionary became a reality when she began her work at the congregation’s foreign mission in Icoaraci, Para, Brazil. She stated, “I first heard about the missionary needs of the people along the Amazon when I was an elementary student. I always thought that some day I would go there to work. So, when the chance came, I eagerly took it.” (Read more ...)
May Sister be at peace in her heavenly home where every dream knows complete fulfillment.
Sister Mary Bernard Engelman 1919-2009Sister Mary Bernard recalled that there was never a time when she did not want to become a sister. This silent, unrelenting call of God echoed in her heart until that day when she entered our congregation. Throughout the many years, Sister served God faithfully in her unassuming and gentle way. She was most generous with her time and energy, very exacting in her work, and always ready to tease and to have a good laugh. (Read more ...)
May Sister live forever in the embrace of her beloved God.