LaCROSSE, Wis. — Two Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration with ties to the Diocese of Davenport recently celebrated their diamond and golden jubilees of vowed religious life. The jubilees were celebrated at St. Rose Convent on May 6 and June 11.
A native of Edgar, Wis., Sister Margaret (Jacinta) Wagner ministered in education for 27 years as a teacher or principal in Wisconsin as well as in the Iowa communities of Milford and Muscatine. She worked in LaCrosse in the St. Rose Convent business office for two years and served as FSPA Congregational treasurer from 1983-1992.
After a sabbatical year Sr. Wagner became vice president of student life at Viterbo College, now Viterbo University. In 1996 she took over responsibility for food service at Marywood Franciscan Spirituality Center in Arbor Vitae, Wis. In 2000 she moved to the Christine Center Spirituality Center in Willard, Wis., to serve in finance and as coordinator of housekeeping, maintenance and volunteers. Since 2006, Sr. Wagner has been at the FSPA’s St. Rose Convent.
Born in Carroll, Iowa, Sister Marlou (Mary Vincent) Ricke ministered as a teacher for 20 years in Catholic schools in Wisconsin, Oklahoma and in Iowa, including in West Point. While in Stillwater, Okla., Sr. Ricke was religious education director for two parishes.
After earning certification at Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass., Sr. Ricke entered the field of creative art therapy in Minneapolis, Minn. She also served one year as a pastoral minister in Minnesota. Returning to Iowa, she ministered in creative art therapy at Heritage Nursing and Rehab Center in Cedar Rapids. She also offered spiritual direction with healing ministry at Prairiewoods Franciscan Spirituality Center in Cedar Rapids. Sr. Ricke continues to minister today in Colorado Springs, Colo.