Sr. Kay Gaul
Sister Kay Gaul was born to LaVern and Viola (Wulfekuhle) Gaul in Dyersville, Iowa, on October 31, 1949. With her four siblings she shared chores and fun times on the Gaul homestead farm near Luxemburg, Iowa. She attended Holy Trinity School in her home town and Leo High at Holy Cross, Iowa. She entered the Franciscan community in 1967. She graduated from Loras College and received her master’s degree in theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. She enjoys teaching high school students. She taught at Garrigan High in Algona, Iowa; Beckman High School, Dyersville, Iowa; and currently Wahlert Catholic in Dubuque. She has served on many Teens Encounter Christ (TEC) and Christian Experience Weekend (CEW) retreat experiences. “I am filled with deep joy and gratitude. These years have offered me the gift to share the Gospel in community and teaching,” said Sister Kay.
Sr. Mary Jane Koenigs
Sister Mary Jane Koenigs was born May 21, 1949, to Aloysius and Olive (Blake) Koenigs. She and her five brothers and sisters attended Sacred Heart Church and grade school in Meyer, Iowa, and were taught by Dubuque Franciscans. She attended Immaculate Conception Aspirancy for two years before it closed in 1965 and then graduated from Marian High School in Stacyville, Iowa, in the spring of 1967. Sister Mary Jane entered Mount St. Francis on September 3, 1967. After graduation from Briar Cliff University (BCU), Sioux City, Iowa, in August 1971, she attended the University of Northern Iowa and earned a master’s degree in speech pathology in December 1972. She returned to BCU in March 1973 and has ministered at the university since that date. She was a faculty member and chair of the Speech and Hearing Science Department for eight years; the coordinator of the Learning Resource Center for one year; and has served as the Technical Services Librarian in the Bishop Mueller Library since July 1981. “Growing up I saw joy in the faces of the Sisters who taught me. I wanted to experience that same joy. Deep inside of me I thought that the gifts God had given me could best be shared as a Dubuque Franciscan,” said Sister Mary Jane.