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Sister Fran’s Impact on the Ryan Community

Taylor Mertz

Taylor Mertz

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There is a missing place in room South 102 that is typically occupied by one very special woman, Sister Frances Antoinette or “Sister Fran”.

She is known for her generosity, energy, enthusiasm, kindness, and sense of humor. Prior to her recent stroke, Sister Fran was a Theology teacher here at Archbishop Ryan and the moderator of the Community Service Corps (CSC).

She played a big role in the expansion of CSC over the years and she has served the Ryan community for over 20 years.

When members of the faculty were asked what CSC projects led by Sister Fran were most impressive, they had much to say. Their responses ranged from collections for the poor, feeding the poor at St. Francis Inn, delivering meals to the elderly, taking the St. Martha’s children to the zoo, Operation Santa Clause, and Hand-in-Hand, the annual trip where AR students spend a day with individuals with special needs.

When students first think of Sister Fran, they often think of what she does for the less fortunate. But when interviewed, the faculty emphasized the good she has done for countless former and current students at AR.

One former student particular is our current Assistant Principal for Academic Affairs, Mr. McFadden.  Before he was Assistant Principal, he was Senator of Mercy Hospice, until he got an after-school job. Sister Fran told him he had to make a choice. Today, he is able to laugh about it, saying, “She made me learn about commitment at a young age.”

Sr. Eileen, both a colleague and fellow sister had this to say, “I think Sr. Fran has poured herself out for the students of Ryan and for service to the people of God. These illustrate Sister’s love of God, love of her community, and love for the people she serves.”

Even while recovering from a stroke, Sister continues to think of others, requesting that an announcement be made to remind students of their Lenten sacrifices, in her absence and thank them for their prayers.

 

Mr. Nejman, English teacher and former Track coach said she’s a, “source of admiration for all of us.” And, Mr. McFadden said, “She was the Pope Francis of AR before there was a Pope Francis.”

  Please remember to keep Sr. Fran in your prayers.

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