Following the example of Christ who offered himself for the salvation of all, every Sister gives herself to the community with a sincere and mutual love, indicated by reciprocal respect and profound understanding.

Constitution Art. 39.

 

 

Our Provincial Leadership Team

2016-2022

Sister Klara Simunovic, General Superior, and Provincial Leadership.

Sr. Patricia Kolenda

Sr. Patricia Kolenda was born in Chicago, Illinois, one of six children.  It was when she attended high school at Mt. Assisi Academy, that she felt the call to religious life. She entered our aspirancy her sophomore year, and she became a postulant her senior year, graduating as valedictorian of her class.  Her ministries in the community have been varied, including teaching grade school for six years and teaching math, physics and computers at Mt. Assisi Academy from 1971-1993.  Along with teaching, Sr. Patricia was called to leadership several times.  She was elected to the Provincial Council for six years in 1986.  She was elected to the General Council of the Congregation and served in Rome from 1993-1999. On her return to the U.S., she ministered as novice directress until she was elected to serve as Provincial Superior from 2004-2010.  For three years, she was Director of Religious Education at St. Mary Nativity in Joliet. Concurrently, she assisted at SS. Peter and Paul Parish in Naperville.  At the 2016 Provincial Chapter, she was again elected to a six year term and currently serves as the Provincial Superior.

Sr. Cindy Drozd

Sr. Cynthia Ann Drozd was taught by our Sisters at St. George Parish in Chicago, where she was parish organist.  She was inspired by and mentored by the Sisters whom she often helped, and it was during those years that she had a strong desire to join the Sisters.  She entered the aspirancy at Mt. Assisi Convent after eighth grade, but when the aspirancy was closed the following year, she finished her high school at St. Francis de Sales in Chicago.  She then entered the postulancy and became a college student. Her ministry began in teaching elementary school and being a parish organist. She then became principal and a computer teacher.  In 1994, she began her ministry at Alvernia Manor, a senior residence, where today she serves as the Administrator.  In 2004, she was elected to the Provincial Council while continuing her ministry at Alvernia Manor.  At the 2016 Provincial Chapter, she was elected Vicaress and once again serves on the Provincial Council.

Sr. Mary Francis Werner

Sr. Mary Francis Werner met the School Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King when they moved into her neighborhood in Greenfield, Wisconsin.  Already active in the parish, she admired the Sisters and helped them during her high school years.  Following graduation, she entered the community and began college, hoping to do social work.  However, her life took a different direction when she began her ministry teaching grade school and then high school religion at Mt. Assisi Academy.  In 1997, she was appointed principal of the Academy, a position she held until the Academy closed in 2014. Always involved in religious education part-time, she now ministers full time as Director of Religious Education K-5 at Immaculate Conception in Elmhurst as well as Director of Religious Education at St. Ambrose-St. Ann in Crest Hill.  Elected at the 2016 Provincial Chapter, she also serves on the Provincial Council.

Sr. Marjorie Westendorf

Sr. Marjorie Westendorf came as a freshman student to Mt. Assisi Academy from Lockport. It was during her high school years that she was introduced to our Sisters and felt that God was calling her to serve Him in this community. Sr. Marjorie’s gift of communicating with little children led her to spend many years in the ministry teaching primary grades and kindergarten and especially art and music.   She uses her gift for music in the classroom, at liturgies, and for community activities. In the Provincial Chapter of 2004, she was elected to the Council for a six year term and also was the Vocation Director.  She then ministered in our infirmary for two years and also returned to teaching little ones which she continues to do at SS. Peter and Paul in Naperville.  She was elected to the Provincial Council again at the 2016 Chapter and has also accepted the position of Novice Directress.

Sr. Francine Hribar

Sr. Francine Hribar was taught by our Sisters in Euclid, Ohio.  After high school at Villa Angela Academy in Cleveland, she entered the community willing to do whatever was asked of her.  Over the years, she has ministered in various ways.  She began her service teaching both in grade schools and CCD programs. She spent years in administration as principal in several dioceses, the Assistant Administrator at St. John’s Children’s Home and was President of Mt. Assisi Academy. She has also done consulting for planning in parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago, pastoral ministry, and jail ministry.  In the community, she was elected to the Provincial Council in 1998, has served as Local Superior several times, and at the 2016 Provincial Chapter was again elected to serve on the Provincial Council.