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Sister Emilie Marie Lesniak - 60 years of religious life!

Sister Emilie Marie Lesniak was born on July 12, 1938, in Chicago, Illinois. She entered religious life on August 27, 1961, and professed her vows on August 12, 1964. Prior to entering religious life, Sister received her Master's Degree in Piano (1956) from the E.V. Eggert Academy of Music in Chicago. She also attended St. Xavier College (later named University) in Chicago, and received her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Education (1960).

As a postulant, Sister Emilie Marie resided at the Madonna Convent and ministered as organist for daily Mass and taught Religion at Madonna High School (1961). During the two years (1962-1964) of her Novitiate, Sister ministered to her co-sisters, teaching music and occasionally playing the organ for Mass. As a professed sister, she continued to share her gift of music as organist at Our Lady of Victory Motherhouse (1965-1966). During this time she received a Bachelor of Music Degree from the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois.

From 1967-1969, Sister taught Junior High students at St. Stanislaus Bishop & Martyr School in Chicago and was the organist at the convent chapel for daily Mass. Sister Emilie Marie was then assigned to Five Holy Martyrs School in Chicago (1969-1972) and taught various subjects in the junior high. In 1972, Sister received her Master of Music Education Degree from De Paul University in Chicago. From 1972 to 1980, Sister became the Formation Director of Postulants, Novices and Junior Professed Sisters. During this time she also ministered as choir director and organist at Our Lady of Victory Motherhouse.

In 1980, Sister Emilie Marie returned to Five Holy Martyrs, her home parish, and ministered as Local Superior and Principal of the school until 1988. During this time she also served as the organist and community choir director.

Sister Emilie Marie returned to the Motherhouse in Lemont in 1988 as the community music minister. At the General Chapter, she was elected General Councilor and appointed General Secretary for the congregation and held these positions for two consecutive terms until 1998. In 1983, Sister Emilie Marie was appointed Director of the FSC Associate Program. She held this position for 16 years.

Moving forward from 1998 into 2002, Sister Emilie Marie was the choir director and organist at St. Patricia Parish in Hickory Hills, Illinois. Sister was appointed Local Minister at Our Lady of Victory Convent in 2002 and held that position until 2009. She also served as General Councilor and General Secretary for the congregation from 2003-2008 and 2013-2018.

Sister Emilie Marie is a Board Member of St. Jude House in Crown Point, Indiana, and also served on the Boards of Mount Alverna Village in Parma, Ohio, and St. Joseph Village of Chicago. Sister was also a Board member and Chairperson of Madonna High School in Chicago and Franciscan Village in Lemont. Sister is also a member of the National Pastoral Musicians (NPM) Association and has attended many of their annual conventions over the years. She is also a member of the Chicago Chapter of the NPM. Sister Emilie Marie continues to share her gift of music with the Sisters at Our Lady of Victory Convent in Lemont, Illinois

Congratulations and God's blessings to Sister Emilie Marie Lesniak on 60 years of religious life!