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Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie - 60 years of religious life!

Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie was born on February 1, 1945. She entered religious life on January 29, 1960 and made her first vows on August 12, 1963.

Sister has served in the ministry of education since 1964. Her first teaching assignment was at St. Stanislaus Kostka School in Youngstown, Ohio (1964 - 1971), where she taught multiple grades, and then at Madonna High School in Chicago (1971-1979), where she taught English, German, math, and science and was also the foreign language department chairman. Sister then taught science, math, and reading at Five Holy Martyrs School in Chicago from 1979 to 1983. In 1984, Sister Jeanne Marie became principal at St. Florian School in Chicago and served there until 1989 and then served as principal at St. Stanislaus Bishop and Martyr School in Chicago until 1999.

Sister became very tech savy in the early days of the computer age and taught computer literacy in the adult education program at Olive Harvey Junior College in Chicago from 1986 to 1989. She also served as a Teacher Trainer for the IBM 'Writing to Read' program for the Riordan Foundation in Los Angeles, California from 1993 to 1998. Sister returned to teaching in 2001 when she became a professor at St. Xavier University in Chicago, teaching in the School of Education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, and then later as a Coordinator of the STEM laboratory.

In addition to her education background, Sister served on the Board of Directors and the Professional Affairs Committee from 1987 to 1996 at St. Anthony Medical Center in Crown Point, Indiana. Sister has also been very active in leadership in the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. She was a General Councilor from 1998 to 2003, and from 2008 to 2013, and is currently serving as the General Vicar from 2013 to present time.

Sister has a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in German from Youngstown State University, a Master of Arts in Library Science from Dominican University, a Master of Education in Administration and Supervision from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a Doctor of Philosophy from Loyola University of Chicago. In addition to her extensive education, Sister holds professional memberships in the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Phi Delta Kappa, American Assoociation of University Women, and is an active participant in many others. She is also an honorary lifetime member of the Illinois Junior Academy of Science.

Sister Jeanne Marie is also a published writer with an extensive list of written articles for various periodicals over the years. Her latest writing project was serving as editor of The Chronicle by Venerable Mother Mary Theresa (Josephine Dudzik), foundress of the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago. This book contains Mother Mary Theresa's journal writings writings as well as historical background information and an epilogue about her Cause for canonization. Sister has also been the promoter for the Cause of Venerable Mary Theresa Dudzik since 2006 and continues to give multimedia presentations on her life and tours of Heritage Hall which traces Mother Theresa's charism to the Franciscan Sisters of Chicago which she founded.

Congratulations to Sister Jeanne Marie Toriskie on 60 years of religious life!