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Sr. Jane Braun

A native of Joliet, Il., Sister Jane is the only child of the late Loretta (Kiep) and Julius Braun. She has a first cousin, Sister Eileen Bannon, who is also a member of the Sisters of Saint Francis. Father Eric Kahn, also a cousin, is a Franciscan priest.

Sister Jane attended St. John the Baptist Grade School, St. Francis Academy, and the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Il. She earned her master’s in English at DePaul University, and in 1981 she received a three-year certificate in pastoral ministry from St. Thomas Seminary in Denver, Colo. While studying in Denver, she also worked as a pastoral assistant at St. Anthony hospital and Our Lady of Lourdes.

Sister Jane taught high school for 22 years in both Chicago and Joliet. She also assisted Joliet Junior College as they began G.E.D. and Basic Adult Centers. She also did work for both the Joliet Will County Welfare Agency and Community Action Agency. During the 1980’s, Sister Jane was engaged to direct door-to-door evangelization in many of Joliet’s east-side parishes.

From 1990 through 1999, Sister Jane worked for Food For The Poor in Deerfield Beach, Fla. After returning to Joliet, she began working at her alma mater, The University of St. Francis, employed as a technical assistant ordering, receiving and cataloguing books.

Many members of the community especially appreciate Sister Jane because of her devotion to comforting all of those in need. She spends her spare time visiting residents at a local retirement home, as well as reading to the blind.

She also comforts those in need as a hospice volunteer. Sister Jane also began a Christian meditation group in 1988 that continues today.

Sister Jane’s hobbies include her various volunteer ministries and reading. Her present goal is to simply "walk with joy in the presence of the Lord and introduce others to the practice of Christian meditation."

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Editor’s note: Sister Jane went to be with our Lord on June 17, 2005 the day before she was to celebrate her 60th Anniversary at Jubilee.

Transcript of video (dated May, 2005):

My name is Sister Jane Braun and I have been a Sister for over 60 years.

As a freshman at CSF in 1942, I was also a beginning Sister, a postulant, in the Franciscan order. I had very little personal contact with the regular students at that time, because according to the development of sisters at that time we could not speak with them or form friendships.

I can remember Sister Eulogia who was the Dean of CSF. She was a great lady, very intellectual and inspiring. She also taught me in one class. I remember her teaching "The Hound of Heaven." She once said "I want to give everything to the Lord, to hold back nothing." That made a great impression on me because I was beginning a religious life and I wanted to do that too.

I will never forget Sister Beatrice, the dynamic Shakespearian English teacher, who made Will Shakespeare's plays so interesting and quite understandable and lively. So much so, that I made it through many of them.

Sister Rose Agnes's religion classes were a treat for me, a young one aspiring to religious life. She was an ardent lover of Mary, the Blessed Mother and specialized in Mariology.

I also remember about Sister Rose Agnes, in the 1970's I think it was 1970-1975; CSF sponsored a Franciscan theology program entitled "The Seraphic Institute." (Editor's note: The Seraphic Institute was from 1953 thru 1970) Sister Rose Agnes initiated and helped plan this program and helped select the instructors; all of whom were Franciscan educators. I was a participant for 3 summers. Father Leonard Pasdertz especially greatly influenced me. He was a Franciscan, a contemplative at heart and so was I. He convinced all in his class that a deeper silent prayer life was possible and the normal thing for all of us. This Institute drew Franciscan Sisters from far and wide. When I was in Florida in the 90's at a retreat center, I met a Sister on staff who received her degree from this Institute.

Now I have just completed five years of service in the USF college library. I receive and fulfill orders for books from USF professors and in that way am connected to the present faculty. Also I am a part of the newly developing program called "Senior Saturday's," a program that engages speakers and events for the senior members of our society. As a staff member of USF, I am able to participate in many events held at the university, and so I'm connected with my former days at my alma mater.

I think my fondest memories of CSF were the wonderful teachers who were religious women as well, I will never forget them.