Franciscan Sisters Serve Nine Rural Nebraska Parishes

Sister JulieAnn Sheahan

September 05, 2018

Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity begin ministry in nine parishes in the Diocese of Lincoln, Nebraska.

IMPERIAL (SNR) – The nine parishes of the Grant Deanery recently welcomed two women religious to the area to work in parish and youth ministry.

Sister Monica Mary DeQuardo and Sister Rochelle Kerkhof of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity from Manitowoc, Wisc., arrived July 25.


Sister Monica Mary is not totally new to the Diocese of Lincoln. She served in the John XXIII Diocesan Center between 2007-2010 as assistant director of religious education under Father Christopher Barak.

“I am extremely happy to be back in this diocese. I know it will be a wonderful experience,” she said. “I appreciate the Catholicity here and the dedication of the priests and all the people who minister within the diocese.”

Sister Monica Mary will assist Father Lothar Gilde in multiple roles of daily parish life at St. Patrick Parish in Imperial.
Sister Rochelle Kerkhof has previously worked in Catholic elementary and high schools as principal and teacher in the Omaha Archdiocese. During those 10 years of service, she participated in youth ministry events such as summer school camps, middle school retreats, Cursillos and TEC weekends.

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