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Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration with Eastern Washington connections celebrate jubilees

the Inland Register

(From the Sept. 15, 2011 edition of the Inland Register)

Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration celebrated jubilees at a Mass celebrated by Bishop William Skylstad, Bishop Emeritus of the Spokane Diocese, the evening of Aug. 16 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. From left are Sisters Evelyn Schlosser, Kathryn Roberg, Patricia Gordon, Theodora Feulner, Joanne McGoldrick, Eileen Neumann, and Sharon Bongiorno. (IR photo)

Seven Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration with ties to Eastern Washington recently celebrated their jubilees, marking 70, 60, 50 and 25 years of vowed Religious life.

70 Years

A native of Spokane, Sister Theodora Feulner began her career as an elementary teacher in Iowa, Wisconsin, Idaho and Montana before earning a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wis. For several years she was an x-ray technologist at Carroll, Iowa’s St. Anthony Regional Hospital. From 1947-1980 Sister Theodora served at times as a registered nurse and as a nursing program director in hospitals in La Crosse, Wis., Boston, Mass., and Sparta, Wis. Returning to Spokane she cared for her mother while working as a home health nurse and then as a staff nurse at Holy Name Health Care Unit. From 1991-2007 Sister Theodora worked as a parish visitor at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane before retiring to FSPA’s St. Rose Convent in La Crosse in 2009. Jubilee celebrations were held on May 6 at St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wis., and Aug. 16 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane.

60 Years

Spokane is the home town of Sister Patricia (Sheila Marie) Gordon. Her education career began in primary grades where she taught for five years in Wisconsin and for three years in Salem, Ore. Sister Patricia then served as a teacher and principal for 19 years at Spokane’s Marycliff High School. She left the classroom in 1979, served for a year in child care in Spokane and then became a student at Gonzaga University. From 1981-1990 Sister Patricia served as director of RCIA in Spokane, North Las Vegas, Nev., and Oceanside, Bell Flower and Lomita, all in California. She moved to Huntington Beach, Calif., where she worked with the RCIA program at St. Bonaventure Parish from 1990-1993. In 1993 Sister Patricia was elected leader of the FSPA Western Region, a position she held until 1998. After a sabbatical year she became director of FSPA’s Clare Center Franciscan Spirituality Center in Spokane, where she served from 1999-2002. From 2003 to the present Sister Patricia has given retreats and spiritual direction, and in her current ministry serves as a St. Francis Fraternity Spiritual Assistant and council member in Spokane. Jubilee celebrations were held on May 6 at St. Rose Convent in La Crosse and Aug. 16 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Sister Eileen (Mary Dominic) Neumann is a native of Ancon, Panama Canal Zone. Serving as a medical lab technologist and/or cytotechnologist for 36 years her skills took her to both La Crosse and Hillsboro, Wis.; Idaho Falls, Idaho; Tucson, Ariz.; Baton Rouge, La.; Sioux Falls, S.D.; and Walla Walla, Wash. She then served in prison ministry in Las Vegas, Nev., San Francisco and San Jose, Calif., and Walla Walla. Sister Eileen retired in 1996 in Spokane, Wash., where she worked at Mary of the Angels as a master gardener and groundskeeper, and also provided spiritual programs at Clare Center Spirituality Center. She has resided at FSPA’s St. Rose Convent in La Crosse since 2009. Jubilee celebrations were held on May 6 at St. Rose Convent in La Crosse and Aug. 16 at Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

50 Years

Another native of Spokane, Sister Sharon (Rowena) Bon-giorno ministered for eight years as an elementary teacher in Spokane, Provo, Utah, and Edgar, Wis., before she began to teach students on the secondary level. She taught chemistry and mathematics at Marycliff High School in Spokane for eight years, during which time she also served her Religious community for a four-year term as FSPA Western Province Treasurer. After two more years of teaching in West Point, Iowa, she earned a Master of Theological Studies at the Franciscan School of Theology in Berkley, Calif., and transitioned to the vocation of pastoral ministry, serving in Keizer, Ore., from 1983-1990 and Walla Walla, Wash., from 1990-2006. Retiring in Spokane, Sister Sharon then became the parish visitation coordinator of the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, a ministry she serves today. Jubilee celebrations were held on June 11 at St. Rose Convent in La Crosse and Aug. 16 at Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Yet another native of Spokane, Sister Kathryn (Willette) Roberg, served as a primary teacher for 21 years in schools in California, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin. She then entered the vocation of pastoral ministry, serving as the director of religious education at Our Lady of the Valley Parish in Okanogan Valley, Wash., from 1987-1993. For 13 years Sister Kathryn lived in Walla Walla, Wash., first as a youth minister for the parishes of St. Patrick and St. Francis of Assisi, and then as a teacher of ESL at Blue Mountain Community College in Milton Freewater, Ore. At one time she cared for her elderly mother and aunt before moving back to Walla Walla to continue serving as an ESL and GED teacher. In 2007 Sister Kathryn became a volunteer at Our Place, Free Restaurant for Women and Children as well as House of Charity Homeless Shelter in Spokane, Wash. Two years later she was invited to live at FSPA’s residency for women in formation in La Crosse, Wis., where she presently resides and volunteers with the Hispanic community and Church Women United. Sister Kathryn is also a YWCA board member and helps to care for the organic garden on FSPA farmland at St. Joseph Ridge. Jubilee celebrations were held on June 11 at St. Rose Convent and Aug. 16 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Another Spokane native, Sister Evelyn (Mary Leo) Schlosser, entered the FSPA community at St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wis., in 1958. There she began her career as a receptionist at Viterbo College, now known as Viterbo University. From 1966-1977 she served as a bookkeeper at St. Mary’s Hospital, Sparta, Wis., St. Anthony Regional Hospital, Carroll, Iowa, and Viterbo College. Sister Evelyn returned to Spokane and served her community as Western Regional Treasurer until 1989. Since then she’s continued her bookkeeping ministry as a volunteer in FSPA’s Finance Department at St. Rose. Jubilee celebrations were held on June 11 at St. Rose Convent in La Crosse and on Aug. 16 at the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes.

25 Years

Sister Joanne McGoldrick is a native or Spokane, Wash. She had established herself in the field of counseling and social work and had also worked as a reporter at The Spokesman Review before entering the FSPA community in 1986. She continued to minister in Spokane where, as a state-certified family counselor, she spent the next eight years as family welfare director with The Salvation Army. She then served for two years with Love Church Services Network. In 1994 Sister Joanne became the first director of FSPA’s newly-established Clare Center Spirituality Center, a position she held for four years. For the next four years she served at Spokane’s St. Peter Parish as a pastoral assistant. In 2003 Sister Joanne retired and today continues to serve the Spokane area, volunteering at Rockwood Lane Retirement Community where she is involved in various social service programs with the residents.

A jubilee celebration was held on Aug. 16 at Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes in Spokane.

Based in La Crosse, Wis., the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration consist of more than 290 women religious engaged in furthering the work of the Catholic Church and the Gospel. Their partners in ministry, including more than 220 affiliates and 120 prayer partners, join them in service of God’s mission. The sisters work in the United States and internationally in varied ministries, creating innovative approaches to healing, teaching and praying. Visit FSPA online at www.fspa.org or on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/franciscansisisters.


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