Congratulations to all Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration and affiliates celebrating jubilee in 2019!
Class of 1944
Celebrating 75 years as Catholic sisters
Sister Lorraine Forster
At each successive jubilee I have been more grateful for the communities with whom I lived as I taught junior and senior high school students for many years. This year's celebration is doubly blessed as I share jubilee with former pupils who are remembering their years of service to the church as members of FSPA. Now, we seriously search for ways that we smaller religious communities can best serve the needs of our church. Forever devoted Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration, supported by dedication and prayer!
Sister Lois Lobdell
I am thankful for these past 75 years as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. I am grateful to God for all the blessings, experiences and support I have received from my sisters, family and friends. In my retirement years, I am enjoying the beauty of the Villa, my FSPA sisters and my special time for prayer. My heart is full of God’s goodness and love.
It has been a wonderful life full of blessings and challenges!
Class of 1949
Celebrating 70 years as Catholic sisters
Sister Clarone Brill
August 12, 1949, I made my vows to God and committed myself to be a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. As I reflect over these past 70 years, my heart is filled with deep gratitude for the multiple blessings I’ve received on this life’s pilgrimage, ministering to God’s people in various ways and being ministered to at times as well. Jesus was with me all the way as he promised and will be my companion until I reach the end of my earthly pilgrimage. Truly, I am blessed!
Sister Rita Mae Fischer
“What gift can ever repay God’s gift to me?” Psalm 116 expresses well my reflection, especially at this time of jubilee. I have been blessed to be called by God to FSPA, to share in community life with my Franciscan sisters and to continue the mission of Jesus, which is to reveal God’s love while working for justice and peace.
Sister Patricia Keating
My religious profession is truly a gift from God. My life as an FSPA has been filled with special blessings from God. I am grateful for my beloved parents who encouraged me and set a special example of loving and serving God. I have experienced great joy in the missions I have served. I am grateful to God for his love which has blessed me in the past 70 years.
Sister Laura Schreck
I am profoundly grateful to God for calling me to religious life, especially to the FSPA congregation to be a minister of the Gospel and a woman of the Eucharist. It has been a challenge and a tremendous privilege to teach children, youth and adults of God’s enduring love for them. My 30 years in full-time religious education has given me a great awareness of the tremendous need for catechesis in the Catholic church. I want to thank my FSPA community for allowing me to work in this area of ministry. I pray that the Holy Spirit may touch the minds and hearts of others who may be called to share the Gospel in this way.
Class of 1959
Celebrating 60 years as Catholic sisters
Sister Celesta Day
Sixty years as an FSPA has been a great evolution. The people and ministries in which I have participated have taken me far beyond my earliest aspirations. Each experience opened another door to a new chapter in God’s plan and among God’s family. It has been a blessing. I thank all whom I have journeyed with and wish them the continued experience of God’s overflowing love and companionship.
Sister Janet Fischer
A true gift from God to be an FSPA — I am grateful to my FSPA sisters for their support and encouragement; maybe most of all for the fun we have had during these 60 years. Blessings to my community and my family.
Sister Mary Kathryn Fogarty
My heart is full of gratitude for these 60 years. I am grateful for all those who have touched my life. Every day I give thanks for the companionship and support of the FSPA community, family and friends. Finally, I rejoice in the gift of God’s call and the graces that continue to draw me into the heart of love and peace.
Sister Delmarie Gibney
Life is a precious, fragile gift we’re given. How to respond to that treasure is a lifetime work. Joining the FSPA community 60 years ago provided opportunities and challenges that have nourished and enriched both my life and ability to minister in ways I could not have imagined. The continuous development of one’s spiritual life and skills for ministry has been a rich and profound experience. Relationship with family, community members and friends has been an important part of my growth. I feel a deep gratitude to all who have supported, loved and cared for me these many years.
Sister Jolyce Greteman
It is hard to believe that my 60th anniversary as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration is this year. Where have the years gone? How have times changed? Many of the externals have changed. The essential aspects of religious life — faith, consecration, prayer and community (from “Unity in Diversity”) — remain.
Sister Joan Hageman
It is with heartfelt gratitude and appreciation that I look back over the past 60 years as a Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration. God has guided me to use talents that I didn’t know I had. My ministry at Villa St. Joseph has allowed me to see and experience the goodness of our retired sisters. I thank God and my FSPA community for all the blessings in my life.
Sister Mary Eve Hytry
I am grateful to God, my family and my community for all the many blessings I have encountered in my 60-year journey. God has showered my life with many blessings.
Sister Maris Kerwin
These past 60 years as an FSPA have been the basis for so much gratitude to God, to FSPA and to the many people I have worked with and served. My basic career choice of nursing was driven by a call to help others when I could. The ministry in leadership, both in congregational leadership and leadership at Villa St. Joseph, put a different focus on service as it enhanced the basic reasons of working together. The ministry of heritage curator is driven by making the history of FSPA known to all as I continue to learn. It contains the commitment to help people know and serve others. We don’t do anything alone.
Sister Fran Morrissey
It is with heartfelt gratitude that I look back over the past 60 years of Franciscan sisterhood. The wise and prudent leadership that guides our mission is a great blessing, and the companionship of all the sisters I have lived and worked with provides constant encouragement and good example for me. May God bless and guide us as we continue our journey in his service. Although now retired at St. Rose, I continue to serve adoration hours and sew as a proud FSPA.
Sister Karen Neuser
My call to live as a Franciscan Sister is the biggest blessing I’ve received from God! My soul sings with gratitude and praise for the varyingly clear, foggy, smooth, rocky, joyful, sad, easy or difficult path that’s been my life journey. Gratitude for God’s continuous love and the spirit of our FSPA community is at the center of my 60th jubilee celebration and the rest of my life.
Class of 1969
Celebrating 50 years as a Catholic sister
Sister Sharon Berger
I have been mulling over the words of Adrienne von Speyr: “One is never at the goal and must always remain open to new calls and possibilities.” My life has been filled with unexpected opportunities, life-changing ministries and amazing relationships. I am deeply awed, humbled and grateful. And I await what is yet to be.
Sister Silvana Panza
Since I was a child I have always had a strong attraction to eucharistic adoration. During my years of formation in religious life this form of prayer was foundational; proved to be essential in my mission of evangelization and then central to my life as a Franciscan. Today, on my golden jubilee, I have deep feelings of gratitude recognizing the continued presence of God during my life journey. God’s presence transformed the difficulties and challenges I encountered in life into a place of contemplation and an oasis of trust. I share this quote by St. Hilary: “I’m a poor woman of the earth but chained to your love. Thanks to your mercy I started to live.”
Sister Linda Riesberg
What a wonderful gift from God to be able to celebrate 50 years of religious life. I feel blessed to have had the privilege to work and live with great people from whom I’ve learned so much. May God bless us as we creatively move forward in Gospel living.
Sister Beth Saner
It is a milestone moment to celebrate 50 years of living vowed life. The community that met us when we arrived here has evolved and been transformed many times over as we have lived the life day-by-day and done what is ours to do in this time. What a gift to be part of such a profound reality. I look back and celebrate who we have been together and the incredible women who shaped that reality. I look forward to who we are becoming and the remarkable women who share that journey. Deo gratias!!
Sister Donna Stevens
I am deeply humbled that the Creator God has called me so many years ago to live the Gospel life through service to the people. I have been gifted with the courage and patience to endure and to actively live with love for the broken, service to the needy and a listening heart. I cherish my community and companion sisters and am grateful for their support and encouragement. I have been blessed! I am filled with gratitude.
Sister Marie DesJarlais
As I reflect on 50 years of vowed life, I am grateful to have lived early years in a pre-Vatican church, but more grateful to be living in a post-Vatican II church. The presence of Franciscan Sisters throughout my life, and the gift of Catholic education from grade school through university, is a blessing. I thank God for our FSPA community, my local community, family and friends. It is a further gift to count people in Latin America as colleagues and friends.
Congratulations to all FSPA affiliates celebrating 25 years of affiliation in 2019!
Affiliate Margie Bleuer
I am blessed to have met so many FSPA and affiliates and shared so many opportunities for prayer, ministry and community. An ad for the affiliation program that said “Listen to your heartbeat” was what sparked my awakening to be an FSPA affiliate. I have been continually blessed to be touched by that call.
Affiliate Mary Jane Pranger
Thank you, sisters, for letting me pray for your community for the past 25 years. Time has flown by! I was interested in the affiliation process as my mom had friends in La Crosse — Franciscan Sisters — who we visited in the 1960s. I still remember their generosity as we returned home with many apples! I was also taught throughout grade school and high school by FSPA including Myrene Stork, Ruth Winnike, Mildred Tigges and Ione Nieland. God bless them! When I met Sister Rita Mae Fischer to learn about prayer affiliation in 1992, I was drawn to her. Thanks Sister Rita Mae for being my contact. I continue to pray morning and evening for you and the FSPA community.
Affiliate Edna Whalen
The Lord has provided me a home in this world: the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. Twenty-five years … so many memories of retreats, spiritual direction, short missions and ministries, programs of enrichment, parties, fun … but most of all the deep feeling that this sacred place is where I come to be nourished, to be accepted and loved … where I am home.
Affiliate Mary Harvey
Affiliate Marjorie Schultes