Sr. Nancy Miller

Sister Nancy Miller, daughter of Kathryn and Roy Miller, grew up with four siblings on a farm near Walker, Iowa, and attended All Saints Church in Rowley.  She graduated from North Linn High School and the University of Northern Iowa in social work with a Spanish minor.  After working a year in Colorado, she entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque where she was made her promises on August 4, 1979.  She has ministered as a social worker in Dubuque, and a social justice coordinator in Blaine, Minnesota.  She served as a pastoral associate at Corpus Christi Parish in Chicago, during which she earned a master’s degree from Boston College and professed final vows on April 16, 1988.  She has ministered as director of religious education at Nativity Parish, and as adult faith formation director at St. Anthony’s, both in Dubuque.  She was campus minister at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City, and then earned her masters’ degree in Franciscan Studies at St. Bonaventure University in New York.  Sister has served as vocation minister for her congregation and is presently the Spirituality Director of the Franciscan Peace Center in Clinton, Iowa. “Celebrating Jubilee is an awesome gift and it has been an incredible journey!” she said.

Sr. Ruth Schock

Sister Ruth Schock was raised on a farm near Estherville, Iowa, where her father, Lyle, currently lives.  Sister Ruth’s mother, Mary, passed away in 2007.  After teaching five years, Sister Ruth entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1977 and made final profession in 1986.  She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota, and her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, Minnesota.  After serving several years as a teacher and principal, she currently teaches in the Education Department at Briar Cliff University, Sioux City, Iowa, helping to prepare the next generation of teachers.  “God has been good to me in many ways, but the call to live religious life with the Sisters of St. Francis has been the greatest gift all,” said Sister Ruth.