Sr. Marie Cigrand

Sister Marie Cigrand was born in Cascade, Iowa, the third of four children.  She attended grade school at Sacred Heart, Fillmore and high school at Aquin High School, Cascade. She graduated from Mount Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, and has a master’s degree from Clarke University in Computers in Education. Sister Marie entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1979 and professed final vows on July 31, 1988. Sister Marie taught in elementary schools in Worthington, Iowa; Granville, Iowa; Dyersville, Iowa, and Dubuque (St. Anthony’s).  She has also served as a media specialist in Dubuque and Janesville, Wisconsin. (St. John Vianney).  She ministered as the Sisters of St. Francis Congregational Secretary from 2002 until 2014.  Sr. Marie then was elected as a vice president of the Sisters of St. Francis Leadership Team serving from 2014-2020. Presently she is the director of the libraries at Mount St. Francis Center and assists the congregation in socially responsible investing. “Forty years ago I could never have imagined where God would lead me.  I have been enriched and empowered by my family, my Franciscan sisters, and all with whom I have ministered.  It has been and continues to be a blessed life and I am full of gratitude. “


Sr. Maureen Leach

Sister Maureen Leach, of Des Moines, Iowa, is the youngest of four children of Betty Gene and Vernon E. Leach. In 1979 she received her bachelor’s degree in Spanish with a math minor from the University of Northern Iowa.  She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1980 and professed final vows on August 11, 1987. Sister Maureen’s ministries included: activities director at Stonehill, work with refugees from Cuba; social service worker/organizer with the National Farm Worker Ministry; parish ministry in rural Guatemala; peace and justice center staff member; teacher trainer/adult education instructor; education coordinator at Visitation House Transitional Housing; Spanish/English interpreter; and licensed massage therapist specializing in hospice care. Sister Maureen co-authored the book Psalms Anew in Inclusive Language. In collaboration with the San Antonio PeacCENTER, she co-authored/edited the book, Insights on the Journey, Trauma Healing and Wholeness. For over 20 years she was part of an intentional ecumenical neighborhood community. More than a dozen mission trips to Honduras were gift for her spirit. She enjoys music, hiking, camping, swimming, softball, photography, and spending time with friends. Her passions are interculturality, inclusivity, and contemplative dialogue.  Sister Maureen presently serves on the Sisters of Saint Francis Leadership Team. The theme from her final vows continues to be an inspiration during this jubilee year: “The Dawn from on high shall come upon us to guide our feet on the way of peace. Let us celebrate Franciscan style the One who calls us to life.”