Religious sisters serving in the diocese to mark anniversaries
Two religious sisters who are currently serving in the Diocese of Sioux City are celebrating milestone jubilees this year. They will be recognized at a 10:30 a.m. Mass celebrated by Bishop Walker Nickless on May 5 in the Our Lady of Grace Chapel at Briar Cliff University in Sioux City.
Sister Mary Clarenita Froehlich, BVM, is celebrating her 60th jubilee and Sister Janet May, OSF, is celebrating her 50th jubilee.
Sister Clarenita, a native of Chicago, earned her bachelor’s degree at Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles, Calif.; and a master’s from Bemidji State University in Bemidji, Minn.
She is celebrating her 60th jubilee of entrance into the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Sister Clarenita entered on Sept. 8, 1952, and professed first vows on March 19, 1955. She made her final vows on July 16, 1960.
Throughout her ministry, she has worked at St. Brendan, Los Angeles; Holy Redeemer, Montrose, Calif.; St. Vincent, Chicago; St. John, Des Moines; Sacred Heart School, Boone; St. Bridget, Omaha; St. John-St. Andrew, Meiere Grove-Greenwald, Minn. and served as principal at St. Michael Grade School in Sioux City from 1990 to 2001.
She retired in 2001 and continues to reside in Sioux City and is a member of St. Michael Parish.
“Religious life has given me the opportunity to be a part of the BVM Congregation and to work with prayerful, dedicated, supportive and loving women who are striving to bring God’s message and love to all,” Sister Mary Clarenita said. “It has also given me the opportunity of serving in various areas of our country with many diverse groups of children and adults who have greatly enriched my life.”
Sister Janet May, a native of Stacyville, Iowa, earned a Bachelor of Science at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City and a master’s in religious education at Seattle University.
She is celebrating the 50th jubilee of entrance into the novitiate for the Sisters of St. Francis, Dubuque, Iowa.
Presently, Sister Janet serves as the director of Campus Ministry at Briar Cliff University. She has held this position since 2003.
In the past, she has served at De Sales High School Ossian, Iowa, 1966-69 as biology and religion teacher; Aquin High School, Cascade, Iowa, 1969-1972 as religion teacher; Wahlert High School, Dubuque, 1972-77 as religion teacher and also served on formation team of Franciscans; Loras College, Dubuque, 1977-82 as part-time campus minister and served as vocation minister for the Franciscans; full-time Vocation Minister for Franciscans 1982-87; Fort Lewis College and local parishes, Durango, Colo., 1987-92 working in campus ministry and youth ministry; 1992-2000 served on leadership team for the Franciscans at Mount St. Francis, Dubuque and was vocations minister for the Franciscans 2000-2003.
“The variety of ministries I have been privileged to be involved in which have enabled me to develop mutually transforming relationships with many wonderful people which ultimately has deepened my experience of a God full of goodness and love,” she said. “Also being a member of my Franciscan Community that has supported and challenged me to become a global citizen, concerned about the needs of all peoples, especially those who are poor.”