Each summer the Franciscan Sisters recognize members who are celebrating jubilees. It’s a festive time when sisters in community along with families and friends return to the Motherhouse. This August we honor Sister Mary Hroscikoski, who celebrates 25 years as a member of the Order. Sister Mary entered the novitiate at St. Francis Convent on August 30, 1987. She made her first profession of vows on January 15, 1989, and her final profession of vows on October 1, 1995. Sister Mary was born in Burbank, Calif. She earned her doctorate degree at Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., and completed her residency with affiliated University of Minnesota Hospitals. She ministered as a physician in Minneapolis, Isle and Albany, Minn., served on the FSLF Leadership team and is now preparing to minister in Mexico.
We also honor four sisters who are celebrating 50 years as vowed members. These sisters represent 200 years of dedicated service to the people of God in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. They include Sisters Mary Dumonceaux, Beatrice Eichten, Sharon Fitzpatrick and Carol Virnig, who entered the novitiate at St. Francis Convent on July 31, 1964, and made their final profession of vows in 1971.
Sister Mary Dumonceaux grew up near Foley and has spent years in the education field, serving throughout Minnesota, in Texas and in Venezuela. She’s ministered to women in the Little Falls area and currently serves in ministry and outreach to young women in San Rafael, Mexico.
Sister Beatrice Eichten grew up in Lindstrom. She was elected to serve on the Community Board from 1976-1980 and has ministered as a psychotherapist in the Chicago area and as a consultant/facilitator in Minnesota. She served as Community Minister from 2001-2006. In 2011 was again elected to the Leadership team and presently serves Community Minister.
Sister Sharon Fitzpatrick grew up in the Foley area. Sister Sharon ministered throughout the Diocese of Duluth and then as cofounder and women’s advocate for a women’s homeless shelter in Indiana and in a program for at-risk single women in Chicago. She currently ministers as the Benefactor Relations coordinator for the Franciscan Sisters’ Development Office in Little Falls.
Sister Carol Virnig grew up in the Little Falls area. She has ministered in the nursing field in Sauk Centre, Onamia, three years in Peru and seven years in Bolivia, South America. She has also served in vocation ministry in Minneapolis, St. Paul, the St. Cloud Diocese and in Chimayo, N. Mex. She currently ministers to immigrant families through her work with Cento Hispano, a program she started in the St. Cloud/Waite Park area.
A Mass of Thanksgiving will be celebrated August 10 at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls, followed by a dinner and reception for invited guests.