Congratulations to all Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration celebrating jubilee in 2022!
Class of 1946: 75 years as Catholic sisters
Sister Marguerite Bruening
Reflecting on my 75 years as an FSPA gives me a feeling of deep gratitude to my family and community for all God’s blessings, support and encouragement. I loved my many years of teaching where I touched many minds and hearts of young children. Visiting and caring for the elderly in my parishes and nursing homes was always an intense joy.
I feel blessed in my retirement years for the privilege of taking hours of prayer in our Adoration Chapel. My volunteer work at the hospital and care center added a rich dimension to my life. I thank God each day for having called me to share in the life and service of this community. Thanks to all the FSPA sisters that have been a part of my life.
Sister Rita Heires
At this time of my 75th anniversary of profession as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration, I want to express my deepest gratitude for the blessings and support of God, my family and friends, my community and all of my brothers and sisters of creation — all as truly gift and a call fulfilled by a life of loving presence. Please join me in grateful praise. A favorite quote, author unknown, I offer as an expression of thanksgiving: “How does one say ‘thank you’ for a life of loyalty and a million loves!” Gracias.
Class of 1952: 70 years as Catholic sisters
Sister Anita Beskar
Perpetual adoration as a FSPA grounded me, as it became the foundation of my spiritual life. For this I am very grateful. I was blessed with many ministry opportunities, which enriched my life as a FSPA. Each experience invited me to expand my horizons, to learn and to grow. I was honored to share in the lives of so many people that I served.
+ In loving memory
Sister Mary Ann Gaul
In the past 70 years, I am most grateful for the FSPA community support and God’s blessing in the many different ministries. The varied experiences have broadened my life and were an opportunity to grow in spiritual life and prayer. Working in different areas and with other cultures in a variety of careers was very rewarding.
Sister Mary Ellen Huebsch
God has blessed my life with friendships in material ways and various spiritual opportunities, especially with Perpetual Adoration. I am deeply grateful for the encouragement and love I received from my family, from the people whom I served and from my FSPA community. My deepest gratitude is to God for his loving call and abundant gifts of love throughout these past 70 years.
Sister Clara Mae Kuempel
+ In loving memory
Sister LaVerne Ramaeker
As I look back on the past 70 years as a religious woman, I have many things to be grateful for.
First, I am grateful for having been born into a family of 10 children of which I am number nine (I am the last surviving member of my immediate family). I had a mother and father who never missed Sunday Mass or any Holy Days of Obligation. Every evening we would knee by our wooden chairs and pray the rosary together as a family. My mother and father sacrificed much to send us to Catholic grade and high schools. They were most proud of the fact that two of their daughters became religious women ( Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration Mary James Ramaekers and I), a Catholic priest (Father Victor F. Ramaeker). The other seven brothers and sisters got married and had large families of their own.
Second, I am grateful to the FSPA community for allowing and supporting me to obtain higher levels of education beyond my national certification as a radiologic technologist. I was able to obtain a bachelor's degree, master's degree and doctoral degree which allowed me to teach at the university level. After I obtained these degrees, my ministry shifted from being the chief technologist in radiology at several of our hospitals, to teaching adult education courses to health care professionals and to being named as divisional dean at Indiana University.
I would like to thank my immediate and extended family (especially my nieces, nephews and cousins), my friends and especially my FSPA sisters for enriching my life, sharing their journeys (especially my local community, the Traveling Retreads), and in helping me obtain my missionary goals. I have lived a full and productive life as a religious woman. Even in retirement, I feel fortunate to live in La Crosse and to being able to participate in more community events and activities as a member of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration at St. Rose Convent. Thank you all.
Class of 1962: 60 years as Catholic sisters
Sister Carol Arenz
Thank you God and FSPA. I’m grateful for the support of the FSPA community these 60 years for being of service to others.
Sister Ruth Berra
I thank God for the call to be a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. My family, friends and sisters have supported me throughout these 60 years and I thank them for this.
Sister Georgia Christensen
My 60 years as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration have been overflowing with blessings and opportunities beyond my imagining. I thank God (and FSPA) for the people, places, ministries and events that have filled these years. Peace and all good!
Sister Theresa Connolly
God has blessed me with amazing years and supportive sisters, family and faithful friends. Thank you for all the love, JOY and energy given by all!!!
Sister Eileen Lang
A jubilee calls for reflection, gratitude and celebration. My reflection reminds me of Pope Francis’ words that it is the vocation of all Christians to serve the Church with freedom, creativity and hard work. I can truly celebrate the opportunities I have had to engage in all three of these commitments. I was called to serve in a wide variety of ministries with flexibility and resilience. What can I say but thank you, God, for these opportunities to serve you and my sisters and brothers in the life of our Church and world.
Sister Shirley Morrissey
Deep gratitude fills my heart at this jubilee time. I thank God for the call to be an FSPA. It has opened doors to incredible blessings, opportunities and experiences. I am grateful for all the love and support of my FSPA community and my family that enabled me to live life fully while being of service to others.
Sister Fran Sulzer
Sixty-plus years ago when I came to FSPA, a schedule with separate and distinct times for prayer, work and community directed our life in common. Vatican II invited us to a relational way. Community Life continues to evolve as we reflect and grow together for the purpose of serving the needs of the world. These 60 years reflect an evolving consciousness for which I am grateful. And yes, prayer, community and mission continue to comprise the tri-pod but in ways that overlap and relate to each other.
Sister Marlene Weisenbeck
Celebrating a diamond jubilee prompts in me extraordinary awe for the gift of life and my Franciscan vocation. I have been shaped by those who have shared their lives with me in countless ways. Gratitude and beauty overflow in my soul as I continue on this journey of love and service.