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Welcome Sister Viji
May 19, 2017 4:05 PM


We are pleased to welcome Sister Viji (pronounced VEE-gee), a Hospital Sister from the Indian Province, who will join our Loretto Home staff in June. She arrives at St. Francis Convent on May 22.

Sister Viji was born on April 17, 1975 in Kerala, India (southern India). Her parents and one sibling—a younger brother—are living. She professed First Vows on January 23, 1996 and Final Vows on December 3, 2004. She completed her nursing education with a bachelor’s degree from Ayush University (Raipur, India) - the Motherhouse is also located in Raipur.


In memoriam: Sister Mary Jo Schulte
May 8, 2017 7:43 AM


Sister Mary Jo Schulte, OSF (77) died on Sunday, May 7, 2017 at 5:20 p.m. at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, IL.

Sister Mary Jo was born in Quincy, IL, on April 25, 1940, the daughter of Frank and Frances (Wilde) Schulte. She entered the Congregation on September 12, 1958 and professed her religious vows on September 8, 1961.

Sister Mary Jo received a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from Marillac College in 1966 and a Master of Science degree in Nursing from The Catholic University of America in 1972. She served as a nurse and clinical specialist in the Psychiatric Departments at HSHS hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin during the early years of her career. From 1981 to 1988 she served as Program Facilitator and Assistant Director at St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing, Springfield, IL. She served two terms as a Provincial Councilor for the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis from 1988 until 1995.  In 1996 until 2004 Sister Mary Jo was a nurse counselor for the Intercongregational Collaboration Project in Dubuque, IA. She returned to St. Francis Convent in 2004 and served in various volunteer ministries.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by three brothers: David F. Schulte, Stanley R. Schulte, and Frank N. Schulte.

She is survived by a brother, Mark (Judy) Schulte of Quincy, IL, Roger (Colleen) Schulte and Steve (Kathleen) Schulte of St. Peters, MO, and a sister, Sister Rose Miriam Schulte, O.P. of Alton, IL, many nieces and nephews, great nieces and great nephews, and cousins as well as her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for nearly 59 years.

Visitation will be held at St. Francis Convent from 4-7 p.m. with a Wake Service at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 10, 2017. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Dennis Koopman, OFM on Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 10 a.m. in the
St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent. Burial will be in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.

To view her feature story from 2004, please click here.

Kirlin-Egan-Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


In memoriam: Sister Miriam Joseph Bardot
April 24, 2017 1:44 PM


Sister Miriam Joseph Bardot, OSF (101), died on Monday, April 24, 2017, at 11:47 a.m. at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, IL.

Sister Miriam Joseph, the former Kathryn Leona Bardot, was born in Luebbering, MO, on March 17, 1916, the daughter of August and Cecilia (Barband) Bardot. She entered the Congregation on February 2, 1937 and professed her religious vows on October 4, 1939.

Sister Miriam Joseph graduated from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1943 and from Quincy College in 1965 with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

During her long years of ministry, she served in various HSHS hospitals in Wisconsin and Illinois in the Business Office as well as in the areas of Administration, Admitting, and Accounting. Sister Miriam Joseph retired from active duty in 1996.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers: Raymond and James Bardot, and five sisters: Cora Hanngiesser, Helen Schroeder, Mary McDermott, Alice Powers, and Rosalie Baur.

She is survived by a nephew, David Baur, of Gray, ME and her Franciscan Sisters with whom she shared her life for over 80 years.

Visitation will be held at St. Francis Convent from 4-7 p.m. with a Wake Service at 6 p.m. on Thursday, April 27, 2017. The Eucharistic Celebration and Rite of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Father Andre Schludecker, OFM on Friday, April 28, 2017, at 10 a.m. in
St. Clare of Assisi Adoration Chapel at St. Francis Convent. Burial will be in Crucifixion Hill Cemetery.

To view her feature story from 2011, please click here.

Kirlin-Egan-Butler Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.



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