Sisters of St. Francis Ruth Schock and Mary Jane Koenigs celebrate Dubuque Franciscan jubilees

Sisters Ruth and Mary Jane

Sioux City, IA - Sister Ruth Schock, associate professor of education, and Sister Mary Jane Koenigs, technical services and interlibrary loan librarian, are celebrating milestone Dubuque Franciscan jubilees this year. A eucharistic liturgy acknowleding their anniversaries will be held on Saturday, June 23, at 11:30 a.m. at Mount St. Francis Chapel in Dubuque, IA.

Sr. Ruth is celebrating her ruby jubilee, which commemorates her 40th anniversary as a Sister of St. Francis of Dubuque, IA. Sr. Ruth entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1977 and made final profession in 1986. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of South Dakota and her master’s degree and doctorate from the University of St. Thomas, St. Paul, MN. After serving several years as a teacher and principal, she currently teaches in the education department at Briar Cliff University, helping to prepare the next generation of teachers. “God has been good to me in many ways, but the call to live religious life with the Sisters of St. Francis has been the greatest gift of all,” said Sr. Ruth. 

Sr. Mary Jane is celebrating her golden jubilee, which commemorates her 50th anniversary as a Sister of St. Francis of Dubuque, IA. Sr. Mary Jane entered Mount St. Francis on Sept. 3, 1967. After graduating from Briar Cliff University in August 1971, she attended the University of Northern Iowa and earned a master’s degree in speech pathology in December 1972. She returned to BCU in March 1973 and has ministered at the university since that date. She was a faculty member and chair of the speech and hearing science department for eight years, the coordinator of the Learning Resource Center for one year, and has served as the technical services librarian in the Bishop Mueller Library since July 1981. “Growing up, I saw joy in the faces of the sisters who taught me. I wanted to experience that same joy,” said Sister Mary Jane. “Deep inside of me, I thought that the gifts God had given me could best be shared as a Dubuque Franciscan.”

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