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Sister M. Francis Clare Radke - 60 years of religious life!

Sister M. Francis Clare Radke was born on August 25, 1943, in Chicago. She entered religious life on August 27, 1961, and professed her vows on August 12, 1964. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in English and also her Master of Religious Education from Loyola University in Chicago. Sister served in the ministry of education starting in 1965 where she became a teacher and then later served as assistant principal at Five Holy Martyrs in Chicago. She taught there until 1980 and also served as local superior. Sister was a member of the formation team of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago, starting in 1972, and then later became formation and novice director until 1983.

In 1983, Sister M. Francis Clare moved into leadership of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago congregation by serving as General Vicar until 1993. During this time, the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago established the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago Service Corporation or FSCSC (currently named Franciscan Ministries). The goal of FSCSC was to provide better oversight over the corporate entities and senior living communities the Sisters operated. Sister M. Francis Clare was an integral part of establishing FSCSC, as she served as the first Corporate Director of Mission Integration for FSCSC from 1984 to 1993, laying the building blocks for the overall future growth and development of the company and the Sisters' ministries. She became the General Minister of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago in 1993 and held that position until 2003, while also serving as CEO of FSCSC from 1993 to 1995.

Over the years, Sister M. Francis Clare served as Chairman of the Board or as a member of the Boards for many of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago's entities such as: Saint Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point, Indiana, Madonna High School in Chicago, Mount Alverna Village in Parma, Ohio, Franciscan Village in Lemont, Illinois, St. Joseph Village in Chicago, Addolorata Villa in Wheeling, Illinois, and University Place in West Lafayette, Indiana. She has also served as the Chairman of the Board for FSCSC since 1993.

Sister M. Francis Clare was a Board Member of the Illinois Catholic Health Association and then President of that organization from 2002 to 2004. From 2004 to 2009, Sister M. Francis Clare was Chairman of the Board of the Royal Neighbors of America and served on that Board until 2011. In addition, Sister remained in various roles in leadership as she was also on the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago General Council from 2008 to 2013 and has been the General Treasurer since 2006.

Sister M. Francis Clare has a gift for the arts as she often worked with architects, interior designers, and artists in liturgical environment design in the development of the chapels built in each of the senior living communities. She also continues to refresh Sacred Heart Chapel in OLV Convent with fresh flowers and decorations aligned with the liturgical year and helps with various interior design projects around the convent. Sister M. Francis Clare Radke was honored with the Peacemaker Award at the Franciscan Federation in 2015.

Congratulations and God's blessings to Sister M. Francis Clare Radke on 60 years of religious life!