Sr. Thecla Cain
Sister Thecla Cain was born on a farm near Remsen, Iowa. After graduation from St. Mary’s High School in Larchwood Iowa under her baptismal name Dorothy Cain, she entered the Dubuque Franciscans in the fall of 1946. Sister served as a teacher in Dubuque and in Portland Oregon. She was principal at St. Mary’s Manchester Iowa, Director of our House of Affirmation in St. Cloud, Minnesota and worked in the Education Offices of Dioceses of Dubuque and Omaha, Nebraska. For several years she served as superintendent of Catholic schools and as chancellor in the Diocese of Austin Texas. Sister is retired at Mount St. Francis Center. “Frequently during my retirement days, I marvel that God led me to this wonderful religious community and assisted me in a life of ministry that I enjoyed from beginning to end.”
Sr. Edna Ginder
Sister Edna is the second youngest child of seven of Peter and Rose Ginder, born on a farm near Meyer, Iowa. She attended Sacred Heart School for the eight grades then boarded with a great aunt to study at Visitation High School at Stacyville. After a year helping at home she entered Mount St. Francis on August 25, 1946, and professed on August 10, 1949. She taught primary grades at schools in Dubuque, Waterloo, Jesup, Stacyville, Petersburg, and Cascade all in Iowa; Chicago; and Portland, Oregon. She received a bachelor’s degree from Briar Cliff and a master’s degree as reading specialist from Clarke University. After retiring from 41 years teaching, she tutored at NICC downtown and worked as an office aide and secretary at Scenic Valley Area VIII Agency. She now volunteers at the Dubuque Food Pantry. She enjoys water aerobics, reading, doing embroidery and playing cards and has lots of time for prayer. “Jubilee is a time of rejoicing with gratitude for all God’s blessings,” she said.
Sr. Mary Assumpta Glaser
Sister Mary Assumpta Glaser, daughter of Frank and Elizabeth Rosmaryn Glaser, was born May 8, 1928, in Chicago. Several years later the family moved to Tinley Park, Illinois. She attended elementary school at St. Christopher’s in Midlothian, Illinois. Following graduation Sister attended Immaculate Conception Academy, Dubuque, while working at St. Francis Home. Entering the Franciscan congregation in August 1946, sister was received August 12, 1947, and professed her final vows August 10, 1949. She received her academic degrees from Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa, and Loras College, Dubuque. Sister ministered as an elementary teacher and principal in Iowa, California, and Illinois. Returning to Dubuque in July 1994, she coordinated the Sewing Department at Mount St. Francis while delving into personal study of Franciscan history and spirituality. Presently Sister enjoys sharing the message of God’s great love with sisters, family, and friends.
Sr. Jeanine McDermott
Sister Jeanine McDermott was the second youngest of 10 children born to Daniel and Elizabeth McDermott in 1927 in Epworth, Iowa. She graduated from Epworth Public School in May of 1945 and in August of 1946 entered Mount St. Francis and made final vows in 1952. She received her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa, in 1970. Sister’s first mission in 1949 was Xavier Hospital in Dubuque where she spent 14 years in business admissions offices. In 1965 sister was sent to work in the business office of Briar Cliff University where she spent 31 years as a bookkeeper. In 1993 she returned to Dubuque to serve the residents of Alverno Apartments as a housekeeper where she spent 14 years. In 2010 she retired to Mount St. Francis. Sister has said that every mission to which she was sent were very happy years. She thanks God for all of His blessings.
Sr. Alice Schaefer
Sister Alice Schaefer was born on August 22, 1927, to Matt J. and Isabelle (Blake) on the family’s farm in Meyer, Iowa. She was baptized at Sacred Heart Church in Meyer on August 23, 1967, receiving the name Mary Alice. She attended Sacred Heart School, Meyer, and Adams (Minnesota) Public High School. She entered the congregation on August 25, 1946, and was received into the community on August 12, 1947, and given the name Sister Mary Sebastian. She celebrated final vows on August 10, 1952. She happily served as an elementary teacher in Iowa at Granville and Worthington; and Melrose Park, Illinois; and as principal in Iowa at Monticello, Dubuque, and Cascade. She also ministered at the Dwelling Place Retreat Center, Brooksville, Mississippi, and at Mount St. Francis. “My 70 years of religious life have been filled with countless blessings and joyful thanksgiving,” said Sister Alice.
Sr. Consilia Schoenherr
Beatrice Schoenerr was born in Mapleton, Iowa, on July 24, 1920, to Mike and Elizabeth Zeimen Schoenerr. She went to grade school at St. Mary’s, Mapleton, and the Mapleton Consolidated High School. She attended Western Union College in LeMars, Iowa, receiving a teacher certificate in 1938. She taught for six years before entering the community in 1946. She was given the name Sister Consilia at her reception in 1947. She professed final vows in 1952. Sister taught at schools in Iowa in Hospers, Odebolt, Norway, Bode, Hazel Crest, Jesup, Sioux City, and Midlothian, Illinois. She enjoyed teaching and was a great role model for her students. Sister is retired and lives at Clare House at the Mount St. Francis Center.