Sr. Amelia Thole
Sister Amelia (Ida) Thole was born on a farm near Petersburg, Iowa; the family later moved to Manchester, Iowa. She attended St. Peter and Paul School in Petersburg, Xavier (now St. Mary’s) in Manchester. As an elementary teacher, her places of ministry were New Hampton, Keota and Buena Vista in Iowa. In 1965 she and two other Franciscans left for Chillan, Chile, where they taught in the Jesuit sponsored school and a rurual Maryknoll sponsored school for 13 years. At the request of the bishop of Arica, Chile, in the Atacama Desert, she and her companions ministered to the people in three large parish communities. Returning to Iowa in 1990, she ministered among the Latino population in Visitation/Guadalupe Parish in Des Moines until 2001. Sister now resides at Clare House at Mount St. Francis Center.