Sister M. Francine Labus - 70 years of religious life!
Sister M. Francine Labus was born on November 30, 1936, in Chicago, Illinois. She was inspired to join the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago while she was a student at her parish, St. Hedwig in Indiana. Sister Francine entered religious life on August 22, 1952, and professed her vows on August 12, 1955. Sister started in the ministry of education in 1954, when she was assigned to teach fifth grade at St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr and then the fourth grade the next year. In 1956, Sister taught fourth grade at St. John Cantius in East Chicago, Indiana. From 1957 to 1968, Sister Francine taught multiple grades at St. Louise de Marillac in La Grange, Illinois. She also served as local treasurer from 1965 to 1968. She was also the Director of Junior Professed. During this time she received her Bachelor of Science in Education degree at Loyola University in Chicago in 1966, and her Master of Education from Loyola in 1968.
Sister Francine continued her work in education by serving as principal and superior at St. Pancratius in Chicago from 1972 to 1974 and then taught religion to tenth graders from 1974 to 1975 at Madonna High School. From 1975 to 1980, Sister served as principal and local secretary at Five Holy Martyrs in Chicago. She served as secretary of Archdiocesan Principals’ Association, Council 15, from 1978 to 1979 and was also was a board member of the Sisters Vocation Association.
From 1980 to 1983, Sister Francine was one of the founding Sisters at the St. Francis House of Prayer on the Our Lady of Victory Convent (OLV) campus in Lemont. She also served as the assistant organist at OLV convent and assisted in transcribing Mother Mary Theresa Dudzik’s spirituality manuscript. In 1983, Sister Francine began to serve in various leadership roles in the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. She was elected as a Councilor and appointed General Secretary in 1983, and re-elected as a Councilor in 1988. She served in that position until 1993 and then General Vicar from 1998 to 2008.
Sister Francine served at St. Anthony Home in Crown Point, Indiana. She was the Chairman of the Board of Directors there from 1985 to 1998 and served as the Mission Integration Director from 1991 to 1999. She also was the local assistant superior (1995 - 1997), a member of the board at St. Anthony Medical Center (1991
- 1996), and the Chairman of the Corporate Ethics Committee for Long-Term Care (1995 - 1998). During this time, she served as the Corporate Director of Mission Integration for Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Service Corporation (FSCSC) from 1993 to 2001 and a board member for FSCSC from 1988 to 2012. Over the years Sister Francine attended many educational seminars, religious retreats and Catholic healthcare symposiums. All this was integral to her development of various mission integration programs for St. Anthony Home and FSCSC.
Sister Francine served as the Beatification Liaison for the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago from 2002 to 2014, promoting the cause of sainthood for Venerable Mary Theresa Dudzik, foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. Sister Francine retired in 2013. In 2014, she was honored with the Franciscan Weaver Award.
Congratulations to Sister M. Francine Labus on 70 years of religious life!
Sister M. Francine Labus