Entries by Lucy Sanchez

Sister Mary Celebrates Her 100th Birthday

Sister Mary Franz recently celebrated a milestone birthday.  Born in Ohio on May 23, 1916, Sister Mary (formerly known as Sister Ursuline) celebrated her centennial  birthday among family, friends and residents at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home in Joliet. To read more about Sister Mary’s Birthday celebration, click on Sr. Mary Birthday.

Newly Graduated, Sr. Deborah Gaughan, OSF

Sister Deborah Gaughan, OSF, recently graduated from Aurora University with a Masters of Social Work degree with a specialization in child welfare. Prior to graduation, she passed her state exams and has obtained her LSW and CWEL licenses. Sister Deborah hopes to be able to work with abused children and their families. She believes that […]

Sr. Jeanne Bessette, OSF, Ed.D. Honored

On May 7, Sister Jeanne Bessette was presented with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree from Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, Ohio, for her lifelong commitment to education, her dedication to her community of religious Sisters and for her hope that all children can reach their greatest potential through education. Sister Jeanne has […]

Remembering Sister Karla Zdenek, OSF

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Sister Karla Zdenek, OSF.  Sr. Karla died on Sunday, May 8, 2016.  Our condolences to her classmates and to her family and friends. Sister Karla’s services took place at Our Lady of Angels Chapel on Thursday, May 12, 2016, from 2:00 – 6:45 pm, […]

A Beautiful Day for the Annual Afternoon Tea

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, over 200 women joined the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate at the Annual Afternoon Tea held at the Jacob Henry Mansion in Joliet.  Many of the women who attended the Tea on April 24, some for the first time, came in colorful hats. Twenty-four basket raffle items were […]

New Associates join the Associate Program

On Sunday, April 17, 2016, the Joliet Franciscan Sisters welcomed 7 new Associates into the Associate Program. Carol Baranski, Elizabeth Collins, Jeanne Giambrone, Ruth Rohan, Susan Rockett,Wendy Weishaar and Rosemary Zemlo made their commitment in front of a large gathering of Sisters, Associates, family and friends at the USF Motherhouse Chapel. These women along with […]

Two Joliet Franciscan Sisters Recently Honored

Sisters Margaret Hoffman and Lucille Krippel were recently honored for the dedicated service at their varied ministries. Both of these sisters are members of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, more commonly known as the Joliet Franciscan Sisters. Sister Margaret Hoffman, OSF was recently honored by the Diocese of Columbus […]

Successful 26th Annual Franciscan Autumn Feast

On Sunday, October 25, 2015, the 26th Annual Franciscan Autumn Feast was held at the Patrick C. Haley Mansion in Joliet, IL.  We had beautiful weather, wonderful attendance and a delicious dinner.  It was also a time to congratulate and honor our four honorees: Claire Millweard and Fran Naal with the Joliet Franciscan Heritage Award […]

Rest in Peace – Sister Eileen Bannon

It is with deep sadness that we announce the death of Sister Eileen Bannon.  She died on Tuesday evening, October 6, 2015.  Our condolences to all of our Sisters and to Sister Eileen’s family and friends. Sister Eileen’s wake and funeral service took place at Our Lady of Angels Chapel on October 13, 2015.  She […]