Meet our 2017 Jubilarians
Class of 1942 ~ Celebrating 80 years as Catholic sisters
Sister Drusilla Trussoni
I have had 80 blessed years as a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. I have loved the people I worked with, lived with and cared for over the years. I hope I have been a good example of an FSPA to all whose lives I have touched.
Now that I am up in age, I still enjoy life and hope to continue to age gracefully. I am thankful for all the love and care I have received from my community, family and co-workers.
Sister Marie Weller
Eighty years of life as a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have been full of blessings. I am grateful for years of teaching and other responsibilities in schools and parishes in Spokane and around the country. In retirement, I am most content to enjoy the Villa’s beauty, my sisters and time for prayer. I am very grateful for passing the milestone of my 100th birthday and the support of so many friends and family.
Class of 1942 ~ Celebrating 75 years as Catholic sisters
Sister Lydia Wendl
This 75th jubilee would not be possible without a “yes” made during a retreat when the retreat director at St. Angela Academy said, “God is calling some here to join religious life.” It was then I made my commitment and entered in August.
First of all I thank God for all the graces given these many years. I also thank the community for all the guidance given to live a life of love and service to children and elderly. The sisters with whom I lived also were a great blessing to me.
Sister Praxedes Wertalka
I am thankful for all the blessings and experiences of the past 75 years as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. I am grateful to God and all those who have walked the journey with me.
Class of 1947 ~ Celebrating 70 years as Catholic sisters
Sister Marguerite Bruening
Reflecting on my 70 years as an FSPA gives me a feeling of deep gratitude to my family and community and for God’s blessings, support and encouragement. I thank God each day for having called me to share in the life and service of FSPA.
I loved my 50 years of teaching young children; visiting and caring for the elderly was always an intense joy. I feel blessed in my retirement for the privilege of praying in our Adoration Chapel; volunteerism at the hospital and care center added rich dimension to my life too. It is with a grateful heart that I celebrate the goodness of God.
Sister Joselda Hageman
It is with heartfelt gratitude that I look back over the past 70 years as an FSPA. It was an honor to serve the sisters as their home maker and live in the community with them.
Sister Rita Heires
“I heard the Lord call my name - we are glory bound.” The words of this song from the mid-seventies tell it rather like it happens when God calls. I felt invited and became journey-bound and mission-led these 70 years as FSPA, to live out the mission of Francis and Clare in the 20th and 21st centuries. My heart knows deep gratitude for being allowed to know Christ in the everyday encounters and reflective moments. All is gift. My heart is grateful.
Sister Helen Keating
My love for the Eucharist originated as a result of the witness of my parents. With nursing as my chosen career, God seemed to be calling me to life as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. My gratitude for the experiences I have had, the joys and sorrows I have shared with others, and the many manifestations of God’s love in other ways can be expressed only when I meet my loving spouse face-to-face.
Sister Bernice Newton
As I reflect on my life as Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, I have a deep sense of gratitude for my Franciscan vocation. I am also blessed to have shared my life with my parents in Waterloo, Iowa. My most meaningful ministry was the 10 years I spent as a volunteer at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in the Cedar Rapids area. I enjoyed sharing it with my sister and extended family, the parish staff and parishioners. I have always been pro-life, but especially when the St. Francis Hospital Family Birth Place was my responsibility.
Sister Mary James Ramaekers
My 70 years of religious life as an FSPA have been a gift from God. The FSPA community has supported my faith, values and love for the sick and for the poor. Years of nursing, teaching and social justice ministries deepened my relationships with God, with my sisters and with all God’s people. I praise and thank God for each relationship and for these retirement years of rest and reflection.
Sister Pat Sheridan
It has been a happy 70 years full of growth as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration! Each year my music students blessed me greatly. I am grateful for educational opportunities, for my loving faith-filled family and my sisters who have supported me and loved me. My retirement allows me to do many of the things I have always done, hopefully with a little more wisdom!
Class of 1957 ~ Celebrating 60 years as Catholic sisters
Sister Marianna Ableidinger
“One thing I ask of the Lord; this I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord and to meditate in his temple.” (Psalm 27:4) From my first day at St. Rose Convent to now, I have been privileged to live and minister in and around the church, the house of the Lord, where Jesus is present in the Blessed Sacrament. Perpetual Adoration is our charism as Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. I am grateful for Jesus’ presence in the churches. I am grateful for the sisters, priests, bishops, deacons, catechists, my family, the children and adults and all who have supported, encouraged and loved me these past 60 years. Blessings!
Sister Joyce Blum
I celebrate with JOY … what a meritorious journey. My deep LOVE radiates God’s blessings for giving me such an abundance of COURAGE, ENERGY, WISDOM, KNOWLEDGE and INSPIRATION that helped me to journey these faith-filled with spirit-filled years in the vineyard.
CHASTITY: the acceptance of God’s will, chastity reaches, transforms and imbues with a mysterious likeness to Christ my being in its most hidden depths.
The vow of POVERTY is taken in imitation of Jesus who lived poor and who advised the would-be follower to sell all; to distribute to the poor and then come follow him. God is true wealth of human heart.
OBEDIENCE is the vow to sacrifice my will in order to unite with greater steadiness and security to the saving will of God. And so, I strive to follow Christ, who gave his life as a ransom for many.
Sister Cecilia Corcoran
It has been my good fortune and a blessing to be living in a time of historical transformation. I grew into changes in religious life across these six decades through the FSPA commitments at home and abroad. My life has been shaped by remarkable people who have shared and supported me throughout the years. I look forward to growing in ‘wisdom, age and grace’ as the future unfolds.
Sister Delores Claire DuCharme
May God reward my FSPA community, my family and friends for my 60 years of religious life. Each day holds some lovely secret waiting for me to find and discover as I grow in God’s creative universe. Life is short and moving fast.
Each day, centered in the Eucharist, I attempt to follow the Gospels as did Francis and Clare in our Rule of Life, based on the basic Catholic Church training of my parents and my educational opportunities. I am thankful for the challenge of change and growth as I retire with my FSPA family; as I make my final preparation to serve others in little ways in my small world; as I listen, learn and grow in peace and love as a bride of Christ and a child of God.
Sister Maria Friedman
When I look back on 60 years of vowed life, I wonder how I could have been so lucky as to choose FSPA. It has been a great gift. The community has seen me through the ups and downs of life and allowed me to be a part of its wondrous ministry. I treasure every relationship with the many FSPA who have been and are part of my life, and with Robert Browning I say, “The best is yet to be!”
Sister Arlene Melder
I am thankful for all the many graces and blessings of these past 60 years. I am especially grateful for my parents for their support and love, also for the FSPA who were my teachers at St. Robert's School in Halder, Wisconsin, who inspired me.
I am grateful for all the FSPA who have loved and supported me on my journey. As a young sister I had the privilege of working with the sisters at St. Michael’s Home in La Crosse, which was an enriching experience. I have good memories of the love and support I received. Many people touched my life in my various ministries in Idaho Falls, Hillsboro, Claxton, Caledonia, Arcadia (16 years) and at Villa St. Joseph.
There have been many challenges, but God has been good to me as I strive to be more aware of God’s love for me. I am most grateful for time in nature, the daily opportunities for Eucharist and the privilege to participate in perpetual adoration at St. Rose.
Sister Mary Louise Mutch
The past 60 years have deepened and changed me in many ways that I would never have expected—spiritually, intellectually, emotionally and personally. The support and friendship of community members have encouraged and sustained me throughout this process. May God continue to bless and guide us during these times of change.
Sister Eudora Navarre
I am grateful to God for calling me to become a member of the FSPA Eucharistic community 60 years ago. It has been 60 years of learning and serving in both Pewaukee and La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Thanks to God, my family and my community for all their love and support over the years. I have been truly blessed.
Sister Nina Shephard
Sixty years as a vowed FSPA have been filled with blessings and with challenges. I have never stopped growing in insight and in sisterly love. The inspiration and example of my sisters help me to live my consecration more fully each day. I thank God for FSPA and for the abundance of gifts we share, and ask God to continue to bless us and all those to whom we minister.
Sister Charlene Smith
Everyday has been/is a surprise! Certain African catechisms say that God created us because God thought we would like it! I do.
I am grateful to the Creator for showering me with a loving family, inspired community, superb education, prayerful retreats, loyal friends, creative students, energizing ministries, and informative travel. Quite a few years of life have strengthened my conviction that each and everyone’s existence is deeply tied to that of others: life is not time merely passing by, life is about interactions . . . everything is connected. Pope Francis. I am an appreciative, blessed, Franciscan, happy woman.
Sister Laurette Sprosty
I am thankful for this time set aside to recognize and celebrate the life-giving Spirit that has been present in every step of my journey, in every circumstance of my life, in every person and culture that has touched me, in nature that constantly embraces me. In retrospect it seems that even disaster has somehow borne seeds of transformation! And there is no way that I can look at myself and where I have been without recognizing that I am FSPA-shaped, too, by a very special community of sisters for which I am most grateful. Tatenda, mazvita, siyabonga, thanks.
Sister Jeanne Storms
I praise and bless God for having chosen me to serve Him and others in a life protected and inspired by the evangelical vows.
I thank God for the leadership that has provided means and encouragement to carry out this service according to the opportunities and inspiration this life provides, as well as to work and pray with women persevering in this life. Glory to God.
Sister Donna Mae Venteicher
It is with heartfelt gratitude I look back over the past 60 years of being a Franciscan. The wise and prudent leadership that has always guided me is a blessing and the companionship of my sisters I lived with, I will always treasure. Today as I discern and explore religious life I say be yourself, love your family, keep an open mind to whatever happens. Love God. I am proud to be an FSPA.
Sister Joan Weisenbeck
Celebrating jubilee has been a time of profound gratitude, of awesome remembering, of reflecting on the Divine-life within me that has grown and deepened over the past 60 years. It has been a time of pondering the many blessings of life; of challenges overcome and lessons learned; and of looking back at events and relationships and relishing them again in joy, reliving them in my memories. I celebrate jubilee, knowing that it is a prelude to the festivities of eternity.
Sister Therese Wolf
I have been truly blessed many times over these past 60 years as an FSPA. I have been blessed with education, varied ministry opportunities, living situations, travel experiences, and many FSPAs and affiliates as companions on the journey. I have been blessed with good health and health care when I needed it. I have been blessed with a loving, close-knit family. I am now blessed with time to be part of the adoration in our Adoration Chapel.
Class of 1967 ~ Celebrating 50 years as a Catholic sister
Sister Romana Klaubauf
What a life it has been and continues to be! It is with heartfelt gratitude that I look back over the past 50 years of Franciscan life as a vowed religious woman. The wise and risk-taking leadership that guides our mission is a great blessing and the companionship of all sisters I have lived with and worked with provides constant encouragement and inspiration for me. May God bless and guide us as we continue our journey in service to God’s people. I am proud to be an FSPA!
Sister Esther Leis
In looking back on my 50 years as a vowed Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, God’s love has been so evident. I have been blessed with visionary FSPA leadership. Through my ministries, my FSPA sisters, family, friends and all I have met, ministered to and walked with on the journey of life—in times of trials as well as the many joys—my life has been enriched.
~ Celebrating 25 years as an FSPA affiliate
Affiliate Dean Yohnk
FSPA congratulates Dean on 25 years of affiliation.