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Remembering Sister Anna Marie Metz, OSF

Metz,-Anna-MarieLate in the afternoon of February 21, Sister Anna Marie Metz was sitting quietly in her room. Although she regularly attended the 4 o’clock Mass, she was not feeling well enough go that day. During that Mass Annie was peacefully invited to share in the heavenly banquet that the Lord had prepared. No fanfare here on earth, but heavenly rejoicing to be sure! Just like her, quiet, private, not wanting any fuss.

We now celebrate her new life and begin by recalling her life on earth. Anna Marie was born on April 6, 1925, to Leo and Louise (Thielen) Metz in Chicago, Illinois. Louise Metz died three days after giving birth to Anna, her first child. Anna’s godmother and aunt, Frances Jaskowiak (Metz) assisted her father in caring for Anna until he remarried. Leo and Marjorie (Barber) Metz had three more children: Frederick, Veronica and May.

The Metz family were members of St. Bartholomew’s parish in Chicago where Anna was baptized and attended grade school. After graduating from Foreman High School, she worked a few years before asking to enter the postulancy of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate in 1948. She was received into the novitiate and was given the name Sister Mary Leonissa. Her father, Leo, was undoubtedly very proud of his daughter.

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Remembering Sister Anne Flaska, OSF

Anne-Flaska-9-14-14On Sunday, September 14, 2014, the feast of the Exultation of the Cross, as the words of John’s Gospel echoed in churches throughout the world, our sister, Anne Flaska, passed peacefully into eternal life at the age of 94. Drawn by the God who “so loved the world that he gave his only Son,” Anne clung faithfully to the conviction that “everyone who believes in God will not perish but will have eternal life (Jn 3:16).”

Born on December 6, 1922, the feast of St. Nicholas, Anne was lovingly welcomed into the world by her parents Mary (Turkan) and John Flaska. Raised on the near north side of Chicago, Anne was one of six children and a most energetic member of her hard-working and faith-filled family. Ever mindful of her immigrant roots, Anne embraced her Slovak cultural heritage with great enthusiasm, pride and joy. Educated at Sacred Heart School (Oakley & Huron Streets), she took advantage of every opportunity made available to her. It was at Sacred Heart that Anne’s lifelong passion for teaching was inspired, nurtured and encouraged.

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Remembering Sister Andrea Prindes, OSF

Andrea_Prindes-6-2-14On the morning of June 2, 2014, our Sister Andrea Prindes passed quietly into eternity in the same manner as she passed through every day of her religious life. In her living and in her dying, she remained a woman of deep prayer. Steadfast and unrelenting in her attachment to the Sacred Heart, she clung hopefully to promises that anchored her faith.

Born on June 6, 1922, Andrea was welcomed into the world by her loving parents Hermina (Kovacik) and Andrew Prindes. Coming of age in the Depression years, Andrea, in the company of her three older brothers and her younger sister Emily, came to understand the importance of self-sacrifice and hard work. Raised in a loving atmosphere of joy and gratitude to God, Andrea’s religious devotion and ethnic pride in her Slovak cultural heritage, informed and influenced her sense of vocation and her call to Franciscan sisterhood.

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Remembering Sister Kathleen Kirk, OSF

Kathleen-Kirk-4-14-14“I’ll Take You Home Again, Kathleen!”
Sister Kathleen Kirk was an Irish Lassie and a musician throughand through, and how fitting that the sheet music of this song was in her file. Did she have a premonition that the Lord wouldbe singing this melody to her in the wee hours of April 14, 2014?

Sister Kathleen was born the second daughter of five children to William and Marguerite (Clancy) Kirk on September 29, 1916. Kathleen was baptized one month later on October 29 at her Parish Church, St. Pascal’s in Chicago, Illinois, and attended St. Pascal Grade School and Alvernia High School in Chicago. Her connections to St. Pascal Parish remained strong over the years. She became part of the parish staff in 1955 when she was assigned there to teach music and play the organ.

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Remembering Sister Rita (Mary Alexander) Greene, OSF

Greene_Rita_web“My aim in religious life has never been to acquire a great name for myself as an artist but to be of service to others.” Our Sister Rita Greene wrote those words thirty-four years ago. They are words that marked her entire Franciscan life, a life of service to others.

Sister Rita Greene was the fourth of nine children born to the late Helen (Scheiblich) and Michael Greene on July 6, 1919, in Columbus, Ohio. Her older siblings, now deceased, were Michael, James and Helene and younger siblings, now deceased, were Jerome, Lydia, Luella, and Joseph. Her remaining sister, Patricia Sorenson, still lives in Columbus.

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Remembering Sister June (Donald Marie) Marshall, OSF

Marshall_JuneOn Tuesday, November 26, 2013, early in the afternoon, our sister, June Marshall, made the final stitch on the embroidery of her life, an intricate piece of needlework which took 79 years to complete. Trusting in God’s will and steadfast in her desire to make of her life a reflection of God’s handiwork, she endeavored to follow a unique and sometimes complicated pattern of divine design. Mindful of the underside of all needlework, especially the embroidery of life, June was no stranger to the shadows that accentuate the knots and twists, and the seemingly mismatched threads of being human. Yet, she also was familiar with those experiences of grace and inner peace that come when the light of Christ shines bright as the morning sun, revealing the preciousness and significance of each embroidery of life, topside up.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, on August 21, 1934, June Rose Marshall was the eldest of five children born to Eleanore (Schroeder) and Joseph Marshall. Attentive to her parents and to her siblings, Donald, Gary, Michael and Barbara, June was a devoted daughter and older sister. She began her elementary education at Sacred Heart School in Toledo. In second grade, she transferred to Immaculate Conception School in Darby and after graduation from eighth grade, she attended Central Catholic High School for two years. Inspired by the Sisters whom she knew as teachers, June experienced a call to religious life, and in September of 1949 she became an aspirant with the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate and completed her secondary school education at St. Francis Academy in Joliet, Illinois.

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Remembering Sister Patricia (M. Francis de Sales) David, OSF

Pat_David_webOn the morning of October 21, 2013, our Sister Patricia David passed quietly from this life into eternal life. Dying as she had lived, her peaceful movement into the arms of God constituted the final steps of the grace-filled dance that was her life.

Born in Toledo, Ohio, on May 2, 1937, Patricia was one of two children born to Anna (Liszak) and Frank David. She was a devoted daughter and a loving sister to her younger brother Frank. From childhood on, she was a joyful and gentle presence in the lives of everyone who knew her – relatives, neighbors and friends. Educated by the Joliet Franciscan Sisters at St. Francis de Sales Grade School in Toledo, young Patricia’s Hungarian heritage and ethnic identity were nurtured at St. Stephen Church, where later in life she would return to minister.

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Remembering Sister (Mary) Alcuin Kelly, OSF

alcuin_webAs Pope Francis, along with Franciscans throughout the world, celebrated with great joy the feast of Godʹs Troubadour, our Sister Alcuin peacefully completed her transitus from this life to eternal life, a passage accompanied at its end by the soft notes of sparrows whose autumn medley gave expression to the heartfelt religious sentiment that served to orient the life of our beloved violoncellist: ʺsoli Deo gloria ‐ glory to God alone.ʺ (JS Bach)

Born in Sidney, Nebraska, on July 23, 1917, Agnes Kelly was the third of twelve children born to Francis and Anna (Reinke) Kelly. As a young child, she moved with her family from Nebraskaʹs panhandle to Falls City in the southeastern part of the state. Raised in Saints Peter and Paul Parish, she attended Lake Side Public School and Sacred Heart Academy where she was taught by the Ursuline sisters. As a young adolescent, following the example of her two older sisters, Bernardine and Marie Terese, Agnes made her way to Joliet, Illinois, to become an aspirant with the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate. She attended St. Francis Academy and as her 16th birthday approached, with a supportive recommendation from her aspirant mistress, Sister Apollonia, she prepared to enter the Postulancy in the Fall of 1933. In August of 1934, she was received as novice by Mother Thomasine and given her religious name, Sr. Mary Alcuin. Two years later, she professed her first vows and proceeded on her journey into an unfolding future of 80 years of consecrated life as a Joliet Franciscan.

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Remembering Sister Mary Ann (M. Lawrence) Glascott, OSF

Glascott-webOn the morning of August 2nd, the beloved Franciscan feast of the Portiuncula, as rain drops ceased and rays of sun broke through the passing clouds, our sister Mary Ann Glascott released her final breath and let go of the assuring hands that comforted her until her pilgrimage was completed, hands of sisters, family and friends from the United States and Brazil. Dying as she had prayed and lived, she entrusted herself at the hour of death to the intercession of Mary, the Mother of God, who in the company of the Angels, led her into paradise, where the hand of God now awaited her and the voice of God spoke the words she longed to hear: “Rise, clasp my hand, and come!” (Francis Thompson, The Hound of Heaven)

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