Franciscan Footprints

Every year, on May 17th, the feast of St. Paschal Baylon, we honor and celebrate our sisters' anniversaries in Religious Life.

Communities don't all count this in the same way. It may be from admission as a postulant, reception into the novitiate, or profession of vows. This year we are celebrating Sister Joan Marie's 70th year in religious life.  That is 70 years since she she was admitted as a postulant, on March 21, 1947.

She earned a Bachelors degree in Business and a Masters in Hospital Administration. Over her 70 years with us, she has served as an accountant and internal auditor, a hospital administrator, and as Director of Quality Improvement for our OSF Healthcare System. 

Aside from her various roles in our health care apostolate, she has also served as the liaison between the presbyteral council of the Diocese of Peoria and the religious sisters of the diocese.

Sister enjoyed her day: the special Mass with the Bishop and many priests, and visiting with her family and friends, and her sisters.

You can read the announcement in the Catholic Post here (on page B13) along with Sisters comments on what she values most in religious life and her advice to young women discerning the call.

Sister Joan Marie OSF as a Novice


Sister Joan Marie OSF when Adiminstrator at OSF Saint Anthony Medical Center

Sister Joan Marie renewing her vows at Jubilee Mass

Sister Joan Marie with Bishop and Superior

Sister Joan Marie with her guests at her Jubilee celebration

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