Briar Cliff faculty member honored by Franciscan Federation

Sr. Ruth Schock

Sister Ruth Schock at the Franciscan Federation's annual conference

SIOUX CITY, Iowa — Sister Ruth Schock, associate professor of education, was named a 2017 Franciscan Federation Honoree at the Franciscan Federation’s Annual Federation Conference in June in Buffalo, New York. Sr. Schock and 30 other Sisters and Brothers of member congregations throughout the U.S. were recognized at the conference for their embodiment of Franciscan values.

Each year, the Annual Federation Conference presents awards based on that year’s conference theme. This year’s theme, in honor of St. Bonaventure’s 800th birthday, was the embodiment of the Franciscan teaching tradition in their ministry.

“I feel very honored to have been chosen for the award this year. Our community has a long history of exceptional educators, from whom I've learned so much,” said Sr. Shock. “Without their mentoring and modeling, I would not be the educator I am today. So many of our Sisters have congratulated me on receiving this award. This affirmation and support is what makes the award so meaningful to me. I am proud to be a Franciscan educator.”

“Sr. Ruth Schock has been and is a very important part of the education department at Briar Cliff University,” said Theresa Engle, chair of Briar Cliff’s education department. “In her time here, she has developed new programs, such as our Professional Development School and special education program. She has also been an excellent mentor to her fellow faculty members and teacher candidates. The courses Sr. Ruth teaches set a strong foundation, both in planning and professionalism, for new teachers going out into the world to work with children.”

The Franciscan Federation provides national and regional opportunities to collaborate, gather and celebrate the Franciscan Evangelical life. For more information on the Federation, visit

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