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New Leadership Team is elected and installed
March 15, 2015 5:36 PM

(Pictured: Sisters Rosily Menachery, Provincial Councilor, Maureen O'Connor, Provincial Superior, Sherrey Murphy, General Superior, Christa Maria Frie, General Vicaress, Trudy O'Connor, Provincial Vicaress, and Janice Schneider, Provincial Councilor)

The Provincial Council of the American Province of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis was installed at a Eucharistic Liturgy this morning in St. Francis of Assisi Church. The Sisters welcomed Sister Maureen O’Connor, OSF, Provincial Superior; Sister Trudy O’Connor, OSF, Provincial Vicaress; Sister Rosily Menachery, OSF, Provincial Councilor; and Sister Janice Schneider, OSF, Provincial Councilor, who will serve from 2015-19.

The Provincial Superior represents the American Province of the Hospital Sisters, its establishments and interests while responsible for directing the Province in spiritual life and its ministries. The Provincial Vicaress assists the Provincial in the Province business and in the absence of the Provincial Superior, she assumes her responsibilities. The two Provincial Councilors, together with the Superior and Vicaress, form the leadership team that directs the Province business. In addition, the Provincial Superior and her Council serve as Members of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS) and Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach in which they have Reserved Powers.

The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is an international congregation of Franciscan Sisters founded in Germany in 1844 and their Provinces include Germany, Poland, USA, Japan, and India. The American Province, based in Springfield, IL, was founded in 1875 when Sisters from Germany arrived and began a healthcare ministry. The Province continues as a significant provider of Catholic health care services through sponsorship of: 14 hospitals throughout Illinois and Wisconsin through HSHS, a mission in Tanzania, and Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach – a medical equipment and supply recovery and redistribution program. In 2007, the Province opened Chiara Center – a retreat and conference center.


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Sister Maureen is elected
March 15, 2015 5:17 PM

Sister Maureen O'Connor was elected Provincial Superior for the 2015-2019 Leadership Team. Sister Maureen is a native of Springfield, IL, and graduated from St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing, Springfield. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Marillac College, St. Louis, MO, a master’s degree in nursing from University of Colorado Denver, and an MBA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2007-15, she served as Provincial Vicaress and on the HSHS Board of Directors. From 1988 to 2007, she served as the Provincial Secretary/Treasurer, and prior to that, she worked as a registered nurse at Province sponsored hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin. Presently, she serves on the ASC Health Board of Directors, St. Louis. She made her First Profession of Vows with the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in 1968.

Provincial Superiors of the American Province

Mother Angelica Ratte (1875-79)
Mother Ulrika Busch (1879-87)
Mother Macaria Rottkamper (1887-95)
Mother Paula Speckhart (1895-1905)
Mother Marciana Willebrand (1905-24)
Mother Afra Schmedtjann (1924-33)
Mother Magdalene Wiedlocher (1933-52)
Mother Canisia Kettman (1952-58)
Mother Ludwina Kraus (1958-63)
Mother Noel Bruseke (1964-70)
Sister Clarella Smits (1970-73)
Sister Marianna Kosior (1973-79)
Sister Frances Elizabeth Schmitz (1979-82)
Sister M. Paulette Collings (1982-88)
Sister Mary Ann Minor (1988-94)
Sister Bernadine Gutowski (1995-99)
Sister Joan Winkler (1999-2007)
Sister Jomary Trstensky (2007-15)
Sister Maureen O’Connor (2015-19)

On this historic day, eight Provincial Superiors gathered for a photograph. Seated: Sisters Marianna, Frances Elizabeth, Paulette, and Joan; standing: Sisters Mary Ann, Bernadine, Jomary, and Maureen.


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Sister Trudy is elected
March 15, 2015 5:13 PM

Sister Trudy O'Connor was elected Provincial Vicaress for the 2015-2019 Leadership Team. Sister Trudy is a native of O’Fallon, IL, and a graduate of St. John's Hospital School of Nursing. She holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Marillac College, St. Louis, MO, a master’s degree in education from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a master’s degree in nursing from Rush University, Chicago. She has served as a nurse and manager at sponsored hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin and St. Francis Convent, Springfield, and clinical instructor at St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing. From 2011-15, she served as Provincial Councilor and on the HSHS Board of Directors. She made her First Profession of Vows with the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in 1959.


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Sister Rosily is elected
March 15, 2015 5:11 PM

Sister Rosily Menachery was elected Provincial Councilor for the 2015-2019 Leadership Team. Sister Rosily is a native of Meladoor, Kerala, India, and holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from Quincy University, Quincy, IL and a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology, St. Louis, MO. Presently, she works as a chaplain at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville. She made her First Profession of Vows with the Indian Region of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in 1984 and served as Regional Superior from 1998-2001. She transferred to the American Province in 2008.

 


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Sister Janice is elected
March 15, 2015 5:08 PM

Sister Janice Schneider was elected Provincial Councilor for the 2015-2019 Leadership Team. Sister Janice is a native of Olney, IL and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Illinois at Springfield, a master’s degree in business administration from Lakeland College, Sheboygan, WI, and a master of arts in health care mission from Aquinas Institute of Theology. Since 2007, she has served as Provincial Secretary/Treasurer and prior to that served in accounting at Province sponsored hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin. Presently, she serves on the Board of Directors of HSHS St. Francis Hospital, Litchfield, HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital, Belleville, and Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach. She made her First Profession of Vows with the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in 1992.

 


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