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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
P.O. Box 48, Spokane WA 99210
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Local Franciscans celebrate jubilee; ministered in education and spirituality

the Inland Register

(From the July 1, 2010 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Elaine Thaden OSF (IR photo courtesy of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia)

On Sunday, June 13, more than 200 members of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia gathered in Our Lady of Angels Chapel in Aston, Pa., to give witness to the lives and service of the congregationís 36 jubilarians. Celebrating 75, 70, and 50 years of Religious profession, the jubilarians represent an accumulated 2,045 years of service in 21 states and 45 dioceses, including Puerto Rico, Guatemala, Ireland, Nicaragua, and Africa.

Sister Elaine (Joseph Maureen) Thaden (50 years) was born in Tacoma, Wash. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1957 and professed her first vows in 1960.

Sister Elaine ministered as the executive director of St. Joseph Family Center in Spokane from 2002 until this past May. She also ministered in education in Spokane, serving as principal of St. Charles School from 1964-1973 and at All Saints Middle School from 1975-1976. From 1973-1975, she also worked at St. Ann Infant and Maternity Home.

Additional ministry experiences also took Sister Elaine to the Archdiocese of Seattle, the Diocese of Baker, Ore.; the Diocese of San Bernardino, Calif.; and to Zambia in Africa.

Among those marking 75 years of Religious profession was Sister Francis Paula Bader, who ministered at St. Joseph Family Center.

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