ALTON — The Sisters of St. Francis of the Martyr St. George will celebrate the first profession of one novice and the diamond jubilee of Sister Mary Gabriel Gibbons during Mass at 9:30 a.m. on Feb. 2.
Bishop Thomas John Paprocki will be the main celebrant of the Mass at St. Francis Convent, Alton. He will be joined by other bishops and priests.
Sister Mary Gabriel Gibbons, the daughter of the late Marcus and Florence Gibbons, is a 1955 graduate of Marquette High School in Alton. She made her profession of vows on Jan. 6, 1958, and celebrated her Golden Jubilee of profession on Jan. 19, 2007. From 1960 to 1990, she worked in the X-ray department of Saint Anthony’s Hospital in Alton. After serving in convents in Oklahoma, Nebraska and Illinois, she then served from 1996 through 2014 in the Mother of Good Counsel Home in St. Louis.
Sister M. Pieta Keller will make her first profession of vows in the same celebration. She is the daughter of Philip Keller and Cynthia Janson of Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned a bachelor of science in biomedical engineering from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind., before entering the congregation in September 2013.
Bishop Paprocki will join others at the reception for the sisters in the Perpetual Help Center of OSF Saint Anthony’s Health Center in Alton.