Sunday, 26 May 2019 18:10

Hospital Sisters of St. Francis elect leadership team

HSOSF 2019Sister Maureen O’Connor, OSF, has been elected for a second term as provincial superior of the American Province of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. In addition, Sister Christa Ann Struewing, OSF, was elected provincial vicaress and Sisters Rosily Menachery, OSF, and Janice Schneider, OSF, were elected for a second term as provincial councilors. They will serve a term from 2019-2023.

The provincial superior represents the American Province of the Hospital Sisters, its establishments and interests while responsible for directing the province in spiritual life and its ministries. The provincial vicaress assists the provincial in the province business and in the absence of the provincial superior, she assumes her responsibilities. The provincial councilors, together with the superior and vicaress, form the leadership team that directs the province business. In addition, the provincial superior and her council serve as the founding institute of Hospital Sisters Ministries, the public juridic sponsor of Hospital Sisters Health System (HSHS).

Born in Springfield, Sister Maureen is a graduate of St. John’s Hospital School of Nursing and holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Marillac College, a master’s degree in nursing from University of Colorado Denver, and an MBA from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. From 2015-2019, she served as provincial superior of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis. Prior to this, she served as provincial vicaress and on the HSHS board of directors. From 1988 to 2007, she served as the provincial secretary/treasurer, and began her ministry more than 50 years ago as a nurse at province-sponsored hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin. Presently, she serves on the ASC Health board of directors (St. Louis).

Sister Christa Ann is a native of Carthage, Mo., and holds a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Marillac College and previously worked as the community life leader for sisters residing outside of St. Francis Convent. Since 2015, she has served as the St. Francis Convent community life leader and on the HSHS board of directors. Prior to this, she served on the provincial council, in leadership at HSHS, and as a registered nurse at province-sponsored hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin.

Sister Rosily is a native of Meladoor, Kerala, India, and holds a bachelor’s degree in theology from Quincy University and a master’s degree in pastoral studies from Aquinas Institute of Theology. She made her first profession of vows with the Indian Region of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis and served as its superior from 1998-2001. She transferred to the American Province in 2008 and worked several years as a chaplain at HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital. From 2007-2015 she served as a provincial councilor.

Sister Janice is a native of Olney and holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from University of Illinois at Springfield, a master’s degree in business administration from Lakeland College, and a master’s in health care mission from Aquinas Institute of Theology. Since 2007, she has served as provincial secretary/treasurer and prior to that served in accounting at province-sponsored hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin. Since 2015 she has served on the board of Hospital Sisters Ministries and previously, she served on the boards of HSHS hospitals in Illinois and Wisconsin and Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach. From 2007-2015 she served as a provincial councilor.

The Hospital Sisters of St. Francis is an international congregation of Franciscan Sisters founded in Germany in 1844, and their provinces include Germany, Poland, USA, Japan, and India. The American Province, based in Springfield, was founded in 1875 when sisters from Germany arrived and began a healthcare ministry.