Catholic Schools Week: Joliet Franciscan Sisters honored for their work in Catholic education

Sister Margarert Hoffman

Sister Margarert Hoffman

Sister Lucille Krippel

Sister Lucille Krippel


JOLIET – Sisters Margaret Hoffman and Lucille Krippel were recently honored for the dedicated service at their varied ministries.  Both of these sisters are members of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate, more commonly known as the Joliet Franciscan Sisters.

Sister Margaret Hoffman was recently honored by the Diocese of Columbus (Ohio) Department of Education for her dedication to Catholic Education.

A native of Columbus, Hoffman has taught high school English for more than 50 years.  When Hoffman first entered the congregation, her first teaching assignment was at St. Francis Academy (now Joliet Catholic Academy-JCA) in Joliet followed by St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Louisville, Ohio.

Hoffman was then assigned to the Diocese of Columbus where she continued to teach high school English. She has been at her present ministry, St. Charles Preparatory High School in Columbus, Ohio, for the past 25 years.

Hoffman also prepares the school’s liturgies and serves as the local chapter coordinator for several of the Joliet Franciscan Sisters who live in Ohio and Michigan.

Sister Lucille Krippel received the Sister Myra James Bradley Award by the Penrose-St. Francis Health Foundation. This annual award is given to an individual who has selflessly helped fulfill the foundation’s mission.
Krippel served in schools for many years before being named the administrator of Joliet’s Guardian Angel Home in 1971, where she served until 1976. In 1980, Krippel moved to Colorado where she served in parish ministry for the Diocese of Colorado Springs. Krippel then became the director of what is now Catholic Charities in that diocese.

After returning to Joliet for a few years to serve as CEO of Joliet Catholic Academy (JCA), Krippel went back to Colorado and joined Penrose-St. Francis Health Services as the Director of mission effectiveness and spiritual care.

In 2007, Krippel joined the planning committee for the John Zay Guest House and became the house manager a year later, a position she still holds today.

Click Here to read the entire article published Thursday Feb. 5, 2016 in the Joliet Herald News.

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