On Sunday September 20, 2015, the University of St. Francis held their annual Alumni Award Ceremony during their Homecoming and Reunion Weekend. Among the various alumni awards presented was the Presidential Award. This year, the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, were honored for their continued service and support of USF. The Sisters founded the University of St. Francis.
Our prayers and sympathy to her classmates Sisters Janet Tucci, Margaret Krieger, Joan Clare Wisner, Phyllis Pitz, Lauren Wiegman and Albert Marie Papesh and to Sister Dorothy’s family and friends.
Sister Dorothy’s wake and funeral service took place at Our Lady of Angels Chapel on September 21, 2015. She was buried on September 22, 2015 at Resurrection Cemetery, in the Congregation Plot, in Romeoville, Illinois.
Sr. Dorothy’s prayer service and funeral can be viewed on our live-stream channel by clicking on the Congregational Shield on the front page of our website.
May she rest in peace.
In their lifetime, the Joliet Franciscan Sisters witnessed the Wright Brothers take flight in Kitty Hawk, Charles Lindbergh cross the Atlantic, and Neil Armstrong become the first person to walk on the moon. Alexander Graham Bell invented the telephone, laying the groundwork for the ability to communicate with people around the universe in more ways than even he could have possibly imagined.
Sister Jeronima Marques da Costa was elected Regional Coordinator and Sister Neli Vieira dos Santos and Rita Cristina Lima dos Santos were elected councilors.
Right after the elections, the Council met and asked Sister Ruth Berry to continue as Secretary and Ana Claudia Pontes Rezende will remain as Treasurer.
Photo: Sisters Ana Claudia, Jeronima, Rita, Dolores, Neli and Ruth.