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In Remembrance: Sister Frances Marie Voigt

Sister Frances Marie Voigt passed away at Maryvale Convent August 23, 2020 at the age of 87.

Sister Frances Marie (Beverly Anne) was born November 24, 1932 at home near the town of Elbowoods, North Dakota to ranchers John and Frances (Gondringer) Voigt. She professed her vows as a Sister of Mary of the Presentation September 4, 1951. She earned a Bachelors degree in Education and a Masters degree in Ministry. During her 59 years of ministry she taught elementary, junior high, art, was a principal, and for the last 23 of these years she ministered to Native American communities in North Dakota.

Sister Frances Marie saw the goodness in people, emphasizing their abilities and minimizing their limitations. She loved children and was pleased whenever she could teach any child. She found solace in the chapel communing with God, her Comforter and Strength. She will be greatly missed.

In Remembrance: Sister Giustina Zanin

Sister Giustina (Angelica) Zanin passed away at Maryvale Convent in Valley City, North Dakota, July 6, 2020 at the age of 96.

Sister Giustina was born November 26, 1923 to Natale and Giustina Zanin in Vintondale, PA. In 1945, she made Vows of consecrated chastity, obedience and poverty to God with the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation. She worked with the Sisters as a sacristan, seamstress, and cook. Sister Giustina lived and served in convents in Spring Valley, IL, Peoria, IL, Washington, IL, Willow City, ND, Bottineau, ND, and Valley City, ND.

Independent and accomplished, she did not let her deafness limit her. Sister Giustina was an artist – she painted, drew, made her own clothing patterns, and sewed teddy bears from old coats. She loved to visit with people and was especially fond of children. Sister Giustina lived boldly and with a joyful heart. She will be greatly missed.

In Remembrance… Sister Dorothy Bertsch

On Monday June 22, 2020, Sister Dorothy Bertsch went home to be with the Lord at the age of 92.

Sister Dorothy was born July 29, 1927 in Harvey, ND to Martin and Catherine Bertsch. On August 22, 1946 she made Vows of consecrated chastity, obedience and poverty to God with the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation. She received her master’s degree in education administration going on to be an elementary teacher or principal at 9 schools from 1948 to 1998, she served as a Director of Religious Education at two parishes from 1998 to 2005, and then served as a volunteer at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Illinois from 2006 to 2018.

Sister Dorothy was a natural leader, founding St. Louis School in Princeton, IL. With tenacity and a heart for her mission she improved and grew the many schools under her care. Through tireless persistence she has bettered many lives, great is her legacy.

LCWR Resolution 2019-22

Sisters of Mary of the Presentation stand in support of The LCWR Assembly Resolution 2019-22:

“Reading the signs of the times from our desire to create communion, we, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, affirm the interrelatedness of the justice concerns addressed by the LCWR Call for 2015-2022. We are heartbroken by the myriad ways our one human family and Earth, our common home, suffer from disconnection, indifference, violence, and fear in the face of racism, migration, and climate crisis. Responding to God who loves all of creation into being, we recommit ourselves to create communion and examine root causes of injustice. We particularly focus on the intersection of racism, migration, and climate crisis. We recognize a sense of urgency and pledge prayer, education, and advocacy. We will use our collective voice, resources, and power in collaboration with others to establish justice which reflects God’s creating love.”

Sisters’ Jubilee

On July 1, 2018 Sister Marlyss Dionne and Sister Therese Celine Craven celebrated their 65th Jubilee.  A festive Mass, planned by Sister Marlyss and Sister Therese Celine, was held in the Maryvale Chapel with their Religious Community.  

In attendance was our Superior General, Sister Jacqueline Josse (pictured), and Sister Mary Jo Guivarch from France.  

After Mass, the celebration continued with a delicious brunch and a sharing of memories by their Sisters in religion.  Many cards, gifts, and good wishes were given to the celebrating Jubilarians.