Sister Jean Therese Jarosz - 60 years of religious life!

Sister Jean Therese Jarosz was born on April 12, 1948, in Gary, Indiana. She entered religious life on August 26, 1962, and professed her vows on August 12, 1967. Sister Jean Therese was inspired by the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago who taught her while she attended first through eighth grade at Assumption B.V.M. School in Hobart, Indiana. Sister began her work as a novice in 1967, serving and helping at St. Joseph Home in Chicago and at the convent. During this time she took courses to become a certified nurses’ aide. From 1967 to 1968, Sister served as an infirmary aide at Our Lady of Victory Convent. From 1969 to 1970, Sister served as a Resident at St. John’s Hospital in Huron, South Dakota, while she worked on her certification as a certified nurses’ aide (CNA). Once she received her CNA certificate, she returned to work at Mother Theresa Home in Lemont in 1970 and worked there until 2011.


Over the years, Sister dedicated her time to all the residents there and provided care and support for them. She served as a secretary and sacristan from 1970 to 1986 and as a certified nurses’ aide from 1978 to 1991. Sister also worked as a ward clerk from 1991 to 2002, doing a variety of jobs such as assisting with blood work, and providing transportation for Sisters and residents.


Sister became a Mother Theresa Home Associate in 1999 and worked part-time in pastoral care. She also served in the chapel as a Eucharistic Minister and lector. Sister helped bring residents to Mass for prayer and often attended the wakes of residents from Mother Theresa Home and Franciscan Village, providing support and comfort. After 42 years of service, Sister Jean Therese retired in 2011. Sister received the President Award at Mother Theresa Home in 2001 honoring her devotion and dedication there. "With the life and spirit of our foundress, Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik, I gave my love and spirit, following her path and caring for our residents," Sister Jean Therese said.


Sister has served as the local secretary at Our Lady of Victory Convent since 2008 and was the General Chapter teller in 2013. She continues to help the older Sisters at OLV Convent and often will assist the support staff in the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago administration building. Congratulations to Sister Jean Therese Jarosz on 60 years of religious life!


Sister Jean Therese Jarosz