Follow Sylvania Franciscans as they blog about living their mission of joyful service to all people. Each week you can read a new entry from the personal journal of a Sister and how she applies Franciscan values to her ministry and the impact they have on the community where she lives. If you like what you read, comment back. We’re always looking for a good conversation.
Sister M. Madonna Marchiniak, 88, died on December 30, 2016 at Rosary Care Center on the Motherhouse grounds of the Sisters of St. Francis of Sylvania. Sister Madonna came to the Sylvania Franciscans from Immaculate Conception Parish in Columbia Heights, Minnesota in 1955 and professed her first vows in 1957 and her final vows in 1960. Sister spent 30 years teaching in Michigan, Ohio and Minnesota and 22 years as the education coordinator at St. Joseph Health System in Bryan, Texas. There will be a Welcoming for Sister Madonna at 6 p.m., Wednesday, January 4 in Queen of Peace Chapel on the Motherhouse grounds. Her funeral will be at 4 p.m., Thursday, January 5.
Happiness and joy sound like words that mean the same thing, but they are not. Read Sister Nancy Surma’s Blog to learn the distinction. Happiness depends on external circumstances. Joy comes from a heart that is focused on love and compassion.
Sister M. Alonzo Gozdowski, 93, died on December 22, 2016 at Rosary Care Center where she had been a resident since 2007. Sister Alonzo came to the Sylvania Franciscans from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Toledo in 1947 and professed her final vows in 1952. Sister spent 39 years teaching in Michigan and Ohio and another 10 years in administration at Cardinal Stritch High School and Lourdes College. There will be a Welcoming for Sister Alonzo at 6 p.m., Tuesday, December 27 in Queen of Peace Chapel. Her funeral will be at 4 p.m., Wednesday, December 28.