Spotlight on sisters
The legacy of education ministry
Sister Georgia Christensen continues to serve in the ministry of education by teaching a weekend servant leadership class in Wisconsin’s Superior Diocese. She also serves on higher education boards in addition to her duties as FSPA congregational secretary.
Sister Marcella Steffes’ ministry as a music teacher spans 67 years. She continues to teach music to elementary and high school students through lessons offered at Viterbo University in La Crosse, Wisconsin. She also shares her gift of music by playing cello for the FSPA Schola Choir at St. Rose Convent.
Sister Diane Boehm currently teaches English as a Second Language. Her patience and care for her students is as remarkable as her determination to help anyone struggling with a language barrier.
Sister Virdean Meyer has moved from the elementary and high school classrooms to working in a parish. One of her responsibilities includes preparing adults for Catholicism through the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. An inquiring mind and desire to learn is a gift at any age!
Sister Kathy Roberg has embraced technology, teaching English to students from around the world. Sister Kathy traveled to Prague, Czech Republic, volunteering as a teacher of English as a Second Language. Now, from her home in Spokane, Washington, she connects with students online and checks in on their progress.
Sister Laura Nettles enjoys the rigors of academia as a full-time college professor and Ph.D. candidate. She continues the sisters’ ministry at FSPA-founded Viterbo University where she has taught for 10 years in the Religious Studies Department.
Sister Kathleen Mitchell, once an elementary school teacher and pastoral minister, has completed requirements in the doctor of ministry degree at Chicago Theological Union and is the Associate Dean of Formation and the Associate Director of the Teaching Parish Program at Mundelein Seminary in Illinois. She teaches theology to men discerning priesthood and mentors them in their parish experiences.
Did you know?
FSPA’s early history in La Crosse, Wisconsin, included educating children and care for orphans. Sisters addressed their own educational needs by founding St. Rose Normal School which served as a higher education facility where they studied to minister in the education field. St. Rose Normal School developed into what is today known as Viterbo University.
Through the years, FSPA have staffed scores of schools around the nation and have provided religious education for children and adults, tutoring for new immigrants, and training in many other areas.