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Remembering Sister Sharon Kerscher, OSF

Sharon_Kerscher_9-24-14More than 150 years ago, many families of German immigrants settled in an area of Columbus, Ohio, which is now called German Village. It was in this community of strong German roots and equally strong Catholic values that Rosemary Cecilia Kerscher was born on September 19, 1926, to her parents, Valentine and Martha (Schmidt) Kerscher. She was welcomed into her family by four older brothers (Charles, Erwin, Bernard, and Edward) and three older sisters (Rita, Dolores, and Virginia). Her birth evened out the number of boys and girls in the family – until three years later when her younger brother, Paul, arrived on the scene and made the boys the majority.

Rosemary was educated by the Joliet Franciscan Sisters at St. Mary Grade School and High School in Columbus. However, even before she entered the first grade she was familiar with the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, for our deceased Sister Siena Schmidt was her aunt, her mother’s sister.

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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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Remember Sister Agnes (Alcantara) Goode, OSF

Agnes_GoodeHospitality and generosity permeated the life of Sister Agnes who, in her words, “took delight in the service of hospitality to all guests.” Born into a family of 11 children, Agnes wrote, “teaches a person to share, apologize and work together.” She enjoyed happy memories of each of her ten brothers and sisters and credited each with “giving me a gift of themselves.”

She was born to William and Ruth (Maechtel) Goode on October 25, 1928. The generosity of spirit of her parents fostered the same in her and her 10 brothers and sisters. They taught them about God and the Church.

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Remembering Sister Johanna Didier, OSF

Johanna_webOn the evening of March 6, 2012, as the glow of Sister Moon filled the starlit night skies of Goiás, beams of light fell upon Saint Genevieve Hospital in Goiânia. It was there that Sister Johanna Didier was called forth by the Holy Trinity and Our Lady to embark on her final missionary journey. Dying as she had lived, she responded with readiness and confidence: “Behold the handmaid of the Lord! Let it be done unto me according to your word.” (Luke 1:38). And so it happened that Sr. Johanna made her way to the gates of heaven with a smile on her face and a rosary in her hand.

Born to her parents Aloysius and Emma (Geimer) Didier, on March 19, 1918, in Evanston, Illinois, Martha Josephine was baptized five days later at St. Nicholas Church. The fourth of fifteen children, she attended St. Mary Parish School and St. Patrick Academy in Des Plaines, Illinois. On September 8, 1936, at the age of eighteen, she entered the Congregation as a postulant. In August of the following year, she was received as a novice and given the name Johanna in honor of St. John the Baptist her patron and model for mission. Two years later, she professed her first vows, went on to complete her undergraduate studies at the College of St. Francis and soon thereafter began her ministry of teaching. As time for her final profession drew near, Sr. Johanna included in her request to Mother Thomasine a solemn pledge that gave expression to the principle and foundation for her consecrated life: “I will strive to be a religious according to the heart of God and the spirit of our Congregation.”

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