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Sister Janice Friess, ASC (Adorers of the Blood of Christ)

‘My personal joy is bringing Christ to those I serve’

Sister Janice Friess, ASC, is Pastoral Chaplain at Via Christi, St. Francis, Wichita. She is a religious vocation from St. Aloysius, Ransom.

SKR: Why did your enter religious life?

Sister Janice Friess, ASC: I grew up on a farm near Ransom, Kansas. Our town did not have a Catholic school, so each summer our parish would have a two-week vacation/summer school. Three different religious communities came at different times to teach religion to the school children. The orders were: Sisters of St. Joseph, Wichita; Dominican Sisters, Great Bend; and Precious Blood Sisters, Wichita. I was very intrigued by their joyfulness, and by the fact that they seemed to me to know everything. I remember telling my mother that I wanted to be a Sister when I grew up.

SKR: Why did you choose your particular congregation? Sister Janice: The summer when I was ready to start high school, the Precious Blood Sisters had the vacation school. Sister Elizabeth Determan and Sister Dorothy Stremel were our teachers. They encouraged me to come to St. John’s Academy, an all-girls academy in Wichita. In September, I began high school at the academy. Each day at Mass I saw the Sisters, and watched what they did. I increasingly desired to be one of them. Their kindness and their joyfulness was one factor that really drew me to join them. Sister Mary Vincent Werner helped me write a letter to my parents to let them know of my desire. With my parents’ approval, I entered the convent December 8, 1944.

SKR: What have been your greatest challenges as a religious?

Sister Janice: In the religious life, a great challenge for me has been the acceptance in obedience of the ministry assignment given to me by my superiors. In particular, after teaching school for 14 years, I was assigned to go to Carlsbad, New Mexico, to minister in health care there. I loved my interaction with children, and I had hoped that teaching would be my lifetime ministry. However, as I look back on the past 27 years, I realize that this assignment has brought me personal growth and development of gifts in myself to reach out in healing love to those afflicted with various illnesses. This ministry, which I accepted through obedience, has brought much joy to me, and hopefully to those I serve.

SKR: What have been your greatest joys?

Sister Janice: That day I made my first vows as a religious, and my recent celebration of the gift of 60 years as an Adorer of the Blood of Christ, have been great joys to me. In my current ministry, I can truthfully say that the one great joy is bringing Christ to those to whom and with whom I minister. All patients have a deep-seated dignity that demands my loving concern and compassion.

SKR:
What kind of ministries have you been/are you involved in?

Sister Janice:
My ministries have been varied. For 14 years I taught primary school in Olmitz and Windthorst in the Dodge City Diocese, and Christ the King, St. Mark’s, and St. Mary’s, Aleppo, in the Wichita Diocese. I was then asked to go to Carlsbad, N.M., to work in our hospital there. Four of these years were spent working at Cavern Lodge, a rehab for the dual-addicted. When our hospital there was sold, I returned to Wichita, and have been working at Via Christi Hospital as a chaplain for 26 years.

SKR: Please offer a quote that makes a statement about the value of religious life for you.

Sister Janice:
The values I prize in my religious life are living in community with Sisters who share the same charism and support one another in our life and ministry. We have many resources to help us grow spiritually in prayer and theological understanding, and in our closeness to God. Finally, in my current ministry, I reiterate that my personal joy is bringing Christ to those I serve.

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Feb. 10, 2019

Jan. 27, 2019

Jan. 13, 2019

Dec. 23, 2018

Dec. 9, 2018

Nov. 25, 2018

Nov. 11, 2018

Oct. 28, 2018

Oct. 14, 2018

Sept. 16, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: 2018 Golf Classic; student athletes; physically challenged; Leonard Stegman; Lesson in forgiveness; Sending us on a mission

Sept. 2, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Priest crisis; Scandal; Opioid addictions; Seeds of Suicide; Leightons; St. Anne; Vincke; seminarians; Dominican Sisters; Stewardship Conference; Dead Sea Scrolls; PSR programs; Roe V. Wade

 

August 12, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Prayer and Action; Totus Tuus; Janee Bernal; Diana Ramirez; Heidy Ramirez; Bishop Gilmore honored for 20 years ministry; suicide; contraception and abortion; Dead Sea Scrolls; Humanae Vitae; certification in youth ministry; Chuck Weber; Cathedral rectory chapel; Sister Viola Heichelbech; Adam Urban

July 15, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Immigration Protest/Rally; Faith and Light Fiesta; Seeing the Dead Sea Scrolls; Corpus Christi procession; Prayers for priests; Sisters turn 100; Michael Brungardt; Gerald Vincke; Massacre in San Salvador; Action for Alex 

 

June 3, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Parish Pray for Priestly Vocations; Appeal reaches $10 million; Gangs; Seminarians; Pam Willis; Why I like being a priest; Happy Father's Day; Patricia Lujan; Tyler and Rachel Bennett; Adoption Protection Act.

May 20, 2018
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation
KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Track meet; Beloved Sinners; Benjamin Martin retires; Smiles; Future of Fortune Telling; Hoisington mission; DofI; Getting Equipped; Spring Social; First Communion; Confirmation

May 6, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Archbishop Romero; Seeing, Touching, Tasting; Exhortation; Father Patrick Conroy; Happy Mother's Day; A child on your doorstep; Vibrant Ministries Grant; From the heart of a young father; Love Gives Life; Roman Holiday; Smartphone; retirement
Fossil Hunting

 

April 15, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Easter Vigil; Angelica Village; Colorado woman; The art of anger; Cimarron Couple; Staats; Adoption; 

Father Ultan Murphy anniversary; Coughlan; Spiritual Advisor to Hoodlums; Woman of Courage; Oration contest; Darcy Feist  

 

April 1, 2018

 

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Defending Adoption; Led by the Spirit; Knights; ABC Pregnancy Center;
Memorial of Mary; Homeless; Relics; Down syndrome abortion; Chrism Mass

 

March 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: SKYAC; Aleksandr Men; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; Uganda; School for deaf; Rannah Evetts; Oberle; Rachel and Doug Trombley; Oscar Romero; Paul VI; DACA

 

 

March 4, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Fasting for priestly vocations; Father Juan; Fasting and prayer;
Quest Weekend 2018; DACA; With God, anything is possible; Homelessness in our communities; Rhubarb, Kansas;
What's the point of fasting; Rite of Election; same-sex couples

 

Feb. 18, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Catholic Schools Week; Rachel Doll; Ellinwood; Great Bend; Garden City; Ness City; Dodge City; Sister Rita Schwarzenberger; Nigeria; Bishop Hermes; Fasting for Priestly Vocations; World Day for Consecrated Life; 50th Anniversary St. Dominic School; What will life be like in 50 years?

 

 

Feb. 4, 2018

 

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: March for Life; Tracy and Ross Smith; Adoption; Vibrant Ministries; Faith and Light;
Pro-Life; Mortal sin to discard elderly; DACA; Abortion; Dreamers; Human Trafficking

 

Jan. 21, 2018

 KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Louise Korbe; Anne Frank; Miep Gies; Home Heat; Father Solanus

 

Jan. 7, 2018

KEYWORDS, PHRASES: Good news and kingdom living; dreamers; Sister Teresa Orozco; Infant Adoption; Elderly; a moral conundrum; seminarian; feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

 

 

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