Sr. Carol Besch

Sister Carol Besch is the second of five children born to Aurellia and George (Alig) Besch.  She attended St. Michael’s School in Whittemore, Iowa, and Garrigan High School in Algona, Iowa.  She entered religious life in 1966 and received a bachelor’s degree at Clarke University.  She taught at Resurrection, Dubuque; St. Joseph’s, Farley, Iowa; and St. Edwards, Waterloo, Iowa.  She professed her final vows in August 1975. Sister completed a master’s degree in theology at St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and directed religious education in Monticello, Iowa, and Pueblo, Colorado.  For 10 years she served with four other sisters in Suchitoto, El Salvador.  Since returning from El Salvador Sister Carol has ministered among Hispanics in North Central Iowa and in Dubuque.  Sensing a need for counseling among the Latino population, she completed a master’s degree in counseling from Loyola University, Chicago.   From 2008 to 2014 she served as a member of the leadership team for the Franciscan Sisters. At this time of celebrating Jubilee, Carol sees that “all is gift.”


Sr. Patricia Clemen

Sister Patricia Clemen is one of nine siblings born to Gregor and Marie Clemen in Dyersville, Iowa. In 1966 she joined the Sisters of Saint Francis and professed her vows on November 9, 1974.  She received her bachelor of science in nursing at Marycrest College, Davenport, Iowa, and a master’s degree in theological studies at Springhill College, Mobile, Alabama.  Her nursing ministry began at Xavier Hospital, Dubuque, Iowa.  In 1978 she moved to Mississippi.  Her nursing experiences include coronary care supervisor, health facility surveyor, and school health consultant.  From 1988-2008 she volunteered as DRE/RCIA Director at the Cathedral Parish, Jackson, Mississippi.  Presently, Sister Pat lives in Morton, Mississippi, and is Quality Improvement Director at Sta-Home Health and Hospice, in Jackson and volunteers at Excel Learning Center in Morton teaching CPR. “Jubilee is a time to pause, reflect, forgive and celebrate life/relationships!”

Sr. Kathy Lentsch

Sister Kathy Lentsch, daughter of Grace and Maynard Lentsch, grew up on a farm near Clare, Iowa.  After graduation in 1966 from St. Edmond’s High School in Fort Dodge, Iowa, she entered the convent.  Her final profession of vows was in 1975 at St. Matthews Church in Clare, where she had been baptized and confirmed.  In 1971 Sister received a  bachelor’s degree from Clarke University in Dubuque and in her early ministries taught primary grades at Niles, Illinois, and Iowa schools in Mason City, Bankston, and Sheldon.  She received her MA in Christian Spirituality in 1981 from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska. Using her gifts, her ministries included working in retreat centers such as Colette Renewal Center in Dubuque and Marywood Spirituality Center in northern Wisconsin. Sister also served in campus ministry at the University of Iowa and Grand Junction, Colorado. From 2000-2008 she was part of the congregation’s Leadership Team. Presently sister works in pastoral care for the Sisters of St. Francis in Dubuque. “I have loved my religious life in whatever manner I served. It is my community of sisters and those I have served that that have given me blessings, grace and inspiration.”

Sr. Nancy Meyerhofer

Sister Nancy Meyerhofer was born to Clem and Rose Meyerhofer in February of 1948 and lived her first 14 years on their family farm in the Meyer, Iowa, parish.  In the fall of 1962 she began to attend the congregation’s aspirancy for three years and finished her high school in Riceville, Iowa.  She entered the congregation in the fall of 1966 and graduated from Loras College in spring of 1971.  Her career as a high school teacher included five years at Garrigan in Algona, Iowa, and two years in Holy Cross, Iowa.  During these years she studied at Boston College in the summertime and acquired a masters in religious education.  After a year of pastoral ministry in San Antonio, Texas, she began her missionary career first in Arica, Chile, for 10 years, then in Suchitoto, El Salvador for 12 years, followed by three years at the University of San Diego, obtaining a master’s in pastoral counseling and a certificate degree in spiritual direction and working half-time in a factory in Tijuana, Mexico.  She is currently completing her 12th year in Honduras.  “I have been privileged to happily serve the Gospel in all my ministries, especially among poor people in Latina America.”