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Dubuque Franciscans Celebrate Milestone Jubilees

Dubuque Franciscans Celebrate Milestone Jubilees

The Dubuque Franciscan Sisters honored their Diamond (60 years), and Double Diamond (70 years) Jubilarians at celebrations at Mount St. Francis Center in Dubuque on June 23, 2024. Diamond Jubilarians honored were: Sisters Marge Burkle, Lois Erpelding, Dorothy...

Sisters and Associates Show Support for Immigrants

Sisters and Associates Show Support for Immigrants

On Monday, June 10, Sisters Nancy Miller and Rita Goedken, and Franciscan Associates Bill Hickson, Rose Quirk, and Gary and Nancy Guthrie traveled to Des Moines for a rally and preliminary hearing regarding a recently passed anti-immigration Iowa law. SF2340 would...

DBQ Franciscans Hosted Two Summer Camps for Girls

DBQ Franciscans Hosted Two Summer Camps for Girls

Tis the season for summer camps at MSFC!  Over a period of seven days, 5 young women and 3 college mentors attended “Surfin’ the C’s” overnight leadership camp on June 7-8; and 19 girls and 5 high school counselors attended BFF (Best Franciscan Friends) Day Camp June...

Sister Laurinda Honored at School’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

Sister Laurinda Honored at School’s 100th Anniversary Celebration

St. Christopher's School in Midlothian, Illinois, which was founded by the Dubuque Franciscan Sisters, celebrated 100 years on Saturday, evening May 18.  At the celebration, Sister Laurinda Hefel was honored for her retirement after almost 50 years of service to the...

Sister Mary Jane Koenigs Receives Award at BCU

Sister Mary Jane Koenigs Receives Award at BCU

Sister Mary Jane Koenigs was honored with the Clare Diversity Award at Briar Cliff University (BCU) at a ceremony May 10. The Clare Diversity Award, "is given to an employee who has demonstrated, through positive interactions with others, respect, and value for...

MSFC Part of Mobile Tour of DBQ Sustainability Conference

MSFC Part of Mobile Tour of DBQ Sustainability Conference

Mount St. Francis Center was part of mobile tour for the Growing Sustainable Communities Conference hosted by the City of Dubuque on Wednesday, April 24.. Sisters Michelle Balek, Janice Hoffman, Nancy Miller and Maintenance Director Paul Hayes shared the Dubuque...

Mount St. Francis Employees Recognized for Years of Service

Mount St. Francis Employees Recognized for Years of Service

he annual Mount St. Francis Employee Appreciation and Recognition dinner was held Wednesday, April 10.  Special recognition was given to employees who completed 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, 30, and 35 years of service.  Employees were treated to a special dinner held at Shalom...

Water-Wise Earth Month Calendar Offered for April

Water-Wise Earth Month Calendar Offered for April

As Earth Month approaches, the Midwest Franciscan Justice Promoters proudly announce the release of their special calendar for April 2024, titled “Flowing Forward: A Water-Wise Earth Month Calendar.” Developed by Catholic sisters from six congregations spanning...

Interested in Religious Life? Area Congregations Offer Event

Interested in Religious Life? Area Congregations Offer Event

Behind the Scenes of Convent Life Are you interested in exploring religious life? Here’s your chance to spend time with sisters from several communities, visit congregations and hear their stories and ask questions. There will be time for prayer, personal reflection,...

Sister Water Project Seeks Volunteers for Service Trip

Sister Water Project Seeks Volunteers for Service Trip

The Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque are seeking volunteers for a service trip to Honduras with the Sister Water Project July 22-August 1, 2024. The Sister Water Project Service Team will help make potable water accessible to people in the rural village of Lavatorio,...

Shalom Spirituality Center Celebrates 35 Years

Shalom Spirituality Center Celebrates 35 Years

Shalom Spirituality Center celebrated its 35th anniversary on January 4, 2024. Sisters, associates, donors, volunteers, staff, and friends gathered at Shalom to mark the occasion with a blessing by Dubuque Archbishop Thomas Zinkula and a new video that featured the...

Associates and FWL Members Give Service in Ames

Associates and FWL Members Give Service in Ames

Dubuque Franciscan Associates and members of our Franciscan Way of Life program gathered at the Mustard Seed Farm  in Ames, Iowa, on September 2. The Mustard Seed Community Farm is a Catholic Worker Farm dedicated to sustainable, simple living, love of our neighbor,...

11 New Franciscan Associates Commissioned

11 New Franciscan Associates Commissioned

The Dubuque Franciscans commissioned 11 new Franciscan Associates at a liturgy on Sunday, October 1. The 11 new Franciscan Associate are:: Betsy Bradley, Carol Harpenau, Glenn Sibbel, Helen Maddix, Joan Hoffman, Kathryn Mlsna, Kathy Reardon, Margaret (Peggy) Nesler,...

Earth Mama Concerts Performed in Dubuque

Earth Mama Concerts Performed in Dubuque

The Tri-State Area Women Religious invited community members, friends, and family for free, fun and engaging concerts focusing on care for the earth. The interactive concerts were titled “Songs and Stories with Earth Mama” and were held on August 6th and 7th in...

Sisters & Associates Attend AFC in St. Louis June 9-12

Sisters & Associates Attend AFC in St. Louis June 9-12

Five Dubuque Franciscan Sisters and Associates attended the Annual Franciscan Federation Conference (AFC) June 9-12  in St. Louis, Missouri. Attending the 4-day gathering were  Sister Shell Balek and Franciscan Associates Nancy Knipper, Shelle Watters, Dave and Jane...

Sister Katy Renews Vows at Mount St. Francis Center

Sister Katy Renews Vows at Mount St. Francis Center

Sister Katy Orellana renewed her vows at a Liturgy at Mount St. Francis Center on Monday, June 12. “Today we celebrate Katy’s renewed ‘yes’ to continue on this journey of religious life with us,” said Sister Sarah Kohles in her reflection. “The celebration of vows is...

Associates & Sisters Travel for Civil Rights/Service Trip

Associates & Sisters Travel for Civil Rights/Service Trip

Dubuque Franciscan Associates and Sisters were part of a civil rights/service trip from April 16-22, 2023 in Mississippi, Tennessee, and Missouri. Leading the team were Franciscan Associates Chuck and Kathy Glatz.  Team members were: Sister Mary Lee Cox and Franciscan...

MSFC Employees Recognized for Years of Service

MSFC Employees Recognized for Years of Service

The annual Mount St. Francis Center (MSFC) Employee Appreciation and Recognition dinner was held Wednesday, April 12, at Shalom Spirituality Center. Special recognition was given to employees who completed 50, 40, 20, 15, 10, and 5 years of service. Employees were...

SWP Liaison to Tanzania Leads Team on Witness Trip

SWP Liaison to Tanzania Leads Team on Witness Trip

Sister Water Project (SWP) Tanzania Liaison Brian Gilligan led a team of men and women to Tanzania on January 21, 2023, to witness the Sister Water Project and partners Safe Water for Life and Dignity. The team was commissioned at Mass at Mount St. Francis Center on...

Sisters Share Experiences with High School Students

Sisters Share Experiences with High School Students

On Monday, November 22, 12 Dubuque Franciscan Sisters visited with the real-world communications class at Wahlert Catholic High School in Dubuque to share about their lives and ministries. “This exercise in communication and listening allowed our students to encounter...

Sister Mary Ann Helle, OSF

Sister Mary Ann Helle, OSF

Sister Mary Ann Helle, OSF, 79, died on Monday, September 18, 2017, at at Clare House, in the 61st year of her religious life. On November 3, 1937, Mary Ann Helle was born to George and Sedella (Kramer) Helle on a farm outside Dyersville, IA. Her mother died when she...

Sister Norita Tranel, OSF

Sister Norita Tranel, OSF

Sister Norita Tranel, OSF, 92, died Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Clare House in the 75th year of her religious life. On August 2, 1925, Sister Norita was born on a farm in East Dubuque, Illinois at 2:20 a.m. to Edward and Lucille Kieffer Tranel and was baptized Anna...