Sister Lois Erpelding

Jan 29, 2024

Sister Lois Erpelding, daughter of Paul and Rosalia Erpelding, originates from St. Joseph, Bode, Iowa. After graduating from Algona Garrigan, she completed her bachelor’s degree at Briar Cliff, Sioux City, Iowa and a master’s degree from St. John University, Collegeville, Minnesota.  She taught elementary students in Dyersville, Cascade, Petersburg, Sioux City, also in Minnesota and Illinois.  Sister Lois served as Director of Religious Education/ Pastoral Associate in Sioux City, Marion, Waterloo, New Hampton, Lawler, and Mason City in Iowa. Recently she ministered in Waseca, Minnesota as Pastoral Associate, volunteer in Federal Women’s prison, Waseca Area Secular Franciscan Spiritual Assistant, and Associate Mayo Hospital Chaplain.  Sister Lois now resides in Clare Retirement Home in Dubuque. I am grateful in co-partnering with family, Franciscan Community, co-workers, parishioners throughout these years. With St. Francis of Assisi I proclaim: “May God bring to completion with joy what we have begun with God’s grace.” (Sc Ex 66)