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Franciscan Sister of Perpetual Adoration celebrates diamond jubilee

the Inland Register

(From the August 15, 2013 edition of the Inland Register)

Sister Mary Simeon Werner of the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration was honored earlier this year for her 60 years of vowed Religious life.

Born in Logan County, N.D., Sister Mary Simeon grew up in Spokane, where she discovered the Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration. She joined the congregation at St. Rose Convent in La Crosse, Wis., and began her ministry of teaching.

Sister Mary Simeon taught in La Crosse, Prescott, Wausau, and Colby, Wis., and also in Spokane.

She completed her Bachelor of Science in education from La Crosse’s Viterbo College (now known as Viterbo University) and earned a Master of Science in education from Spokane’s Gonzaga University.

She then attended Aquinas Institute in Dubuque, Iowa, before returning to St. Rose Convent as director of novices from 1971-75.

Sister Mary Simeon moved to Oregon in 1975 to minister as teacher and principal at Queen of Peace School in Salem and St. Paul School in St. Paul, until 1997. For the next three years she stayed in Oregon and ministered as a parish visitor and chaplain in a correctional institution.

In 2000, she retired to Spokane, where she continued volunteer work with Catholic Charities until last year, when she retired to La Crosse’s Villa St. Joseph, the FSPA skilled-care retirement home.

A jubilee celebration was held in her honor at St. Rose Convent on April 19 and Villa St. Joseph on May 16.


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