Courtesy of Jean L. (Wagner) Merry, ’84, communications director, Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi

In July, 22 Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi celebrated their anniversaries of religious profession at a special Jubilarian Mass. Among the Sisters, 14 hold degrees from Cardinal Stritch University, most earning them at the time the institution was known as St. Clare College. In addition, three Sisters served as faculty or staff members of the University.

80th Anniversary

Senior jubilarian, Sister Theodora Bies, OSF, marked 80 years of vowed religious life. She was a student at Stritch in the 1970s.


75th Anniversary

(left to right)
Sister Rosanne Sanders, OSF, was a residence hall director at Stritch from 1974–79.

Sister Francis Marie DeLany, OSF, (B.A. Education, ’42) was the dean of residential students and worked in the registrar’s office at Stritch.

70th Anniversary

(back row, left to right) Sister Generose Willkomm, OSF, (B.A. English, ’53, M.E. Professional Development in Teaching, ’83); Sister Humbeline Guenther, OSF, (B.A. English, ’58); Sister Martina D’Amour, OSF

(front row, left to right) Sister Annette Fessler, OSF, (B.A. English, ’56); Sister Charlene Chang, OSF, (B.A. Education, ’67); Sister Irene Kundinger, OSF, (B.A. Biology, ’55, M.A. Special Education, ’62) (Not pictured: Sister Catherine Morrissey, OSF)

60th Anniversary 

(back row, left to right) Sister Mary Jerome Lacy, OSF; Sister Jodene Wydeven, OSF, (B.A. English, ’69); Sister Therese Ann Koltes, OSF, (B.A. Education, ’67); Sister Agnes Terese Eckelkamp, OSF, (B.S. Education, ’67)

(front row, left to right) Sister Donna Siegl, OSF, (B.A. Music, ’69); Sister Grace Schauf, OSF; Sister Lourdette Van Driel, OSF, was the director of alumni and community relations at Stritch in the 1980s. (Not pictured: Sister Valerie Jarzembowski, OSF)

50th Anniversary

(back row, left to right) Sister Rose Sevenich, OSF, (B.A. Music, ’67); Sister Julianna Koch, OSF, (B.A. History, ’67)

(front row, left to right) Sister Rita Ann Haderer, OSF, (B.A. Sociology, ’67, M.A. Special Education, ’76); Sister Adele Thibaudeau, OSF, (B.A. English, '67) served in vocation and campus ministries at Stritch.

See a slideshow of the Sisters who celebrated their Jubilee in 2015 on their YouTube channel. Visit the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi website to learn more about the founders of Stritch. 

Honor the Sisters and their legacy through a donation to the Santa Chiara Fund, a need-based annual scholarship fund commemorating the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi.