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Sister M. Helene Galuszka Retires from Franciscan Ministries
After 33 years of Service

Sister M. Helene Galuszka recently celebrated a major milestone when she officially retired as Treasury Manager from Franciscan Ministries after 33 years of service. Sister Helene has been an important part of Franciscan Ministries since its inception in 1986. She was one of the first official employees of what the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago originally called the 'Home Office,' which was eventually named the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Service Corporation (FSCSC) and later renamed Franciscan Ministries. FSCSC’s goal was to unite all of the communities and ministries sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, and place them under one corporate umbrella. These entities would be imbued with the spirit of St. Francis and Mother M. Theresa Dudzik and uphold the traditions of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. The members of the original Home Office staff consisted of Sister Joseph Marie Zenda, Executive Director; Sister M. Francis Clare Radke, Director of Mission Effectiveness; Sister M. Ralph Stawasz, Treasurer; and Sister M. Helene Galuszka, Director of Fiscal Services. "The Sisters were sponsors of seven different entities when it started. The intent of the service corporation was to unite them and bring them together for a common purpose. It was all the efforts of the Sisters in the beginning,” Sister Helene remembered.

To honor Sister M. Helene, a retirement party was held by the employees of Franciscan Ministries on Tuesday, April 30th. After lunch, many employees took turns to share touching and fun stories about their time working with Sister M. Helene. In an emotional moment, Sister gave a speech and shared two quotes. One quote was from the foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik who said, "We continued working to attain the goal for which we had banded together."

Sister will miss her time with Franciscan Ministries. “The people in this office - I have known so many of them for so many years and I’ve seen their kids grow up. I’ve been to weddings, and to baby showers. This office is often referred to as a ‘Franciscan family’ - and truly we are one big family.” Sister will continue her work with the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago in her leadership role as a General Councilor. Congratulations to Sister M. Helene on her retirement.