Sisters Elect New International Leadership Team
The School Sisters of St. Francis have elected a new International Leadership Team, to take office July 1, 2018. The Sisters were elected during the current General Assembly, being held in Bangalore, India.
The International Leadership Team is:
President: Sister Mary Diez, 73, from the United States Province. Received into the community in 1963, she served many years as a teacher at Alverno College in Milwaukee and is currently the President of the Congregation.
First Vice President: Sister Tresa Abraham Kizhakeparambil, 55, from St. Francis Province, North India. Received into the community in 1980, she served as the Provincial of St. Francis Province and currently is a community coordinator and teaches at Mother Alexia Convent School.
Second Vice President: Sister Barbara Kraemer, 76, from the United States Province. Received in 1960, she was a Vice President of the Congregation and Provincial of the United States Province; she currently teaches at DePaul University in Chicago.
Third Vice President: Sister Lucy Kalapurackel, 57, from the Assisi Province, South India. Received into the community in 1984, she is a nurse by profession, served as the Provincial of Assisi Province, and currently works as a community coordinator.
The School Sisters of St. Francis meet the needs of the times in the United States through their varied ministries.
Today our sisters of the Latin American Region serve in Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Mexico and Peru.
Today our sisters of the European Province serve in Germany and Switzerland.
In India, the School Sisters of St. Francis have served those in need since the 1930s. In October 2015, the School Sisters of St. Francis’ Assisi Province in southern India launched a new mission to Tanzania.