I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living.
Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted and wait for the Lord. Psalm 27:13-14
BRIDAL VEIL, OR (09-02-2015) - The words of the responsorial psalm for the Liturgy of the Word at yesterday's Mass poignantly described Sister Kathleen Ann Cieslak's attitude the past months as she faced the reality of invasive cancer: "Wait for the Lord with courage; be stouthearted and wait for the Lord." Sister Kathleen Ann peacefully entered eternal life yesterday at the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist center in Bridal Veil.
Sister Kathleen Ann was known as a stouthearted woman throughout her life. Born of Polish parents on February 25, 1942, she was raised with her brothers in Detroit, Michigan. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis as a young adult and professed final vows on August 10, 1967 at the Sisters' center in Garfield Heights, Ohio. A vibrant teacher and talented administrator, Sister was assigned to schools in Garfield Heights (1966-1967), St. Claire Shores, Michigan (1971-1972) and Meriden, Connecticut (1964-1966, 1967-1971, and 1972-1984). As principal of St. Stanislaus School in Meriden, she came in contact with the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist. Beloved by the people of St. Stanislaus Church, Sister Kathleen Ann was known throughout the city as an enthusiastic, joyful and undaunted educational leader. Her love of her vocation as a consecrated woman religious, her generous and friendly approach to people, her ready laugh and spunky optimism combined to radiate true Franciscan joy to others. A stalwart woman of Polish heritage, she took on challenges with practical fortitude.
After much prayer and reflection, Sister Kathleen Ann requested a transfer from her beloved religious order to the Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist. On July 9, 1984, she entered a three-year process of transfer with the approval of both orders' superiors. On July 9, 1987, she was received permanently as a perpetually professed Franciscan Sister of the Eucharist.
Sister Kathleen Ann was missioned to the Bridal Veil center and served as Associate Administrator of the Franciscan Montessori Earth School in Portland from 1987 until 2010 when she assumed the position of Administrator.
The Franciscan Sisters of the Eucharist, the Franciscan Brothers of the Eucharist, the Franciscan Lay Apprentices, the staff and students of the Franciscan Montessori Earth School, and the Cieslak family all mourn her death.
Sister Patricia Glass, FSE, Funeral Director, and Holman's Funeral Service, Portland, are in charge of arrangements. A wake will be held at St. Henry Church, 346 NW First Street,
Gresham, on Thursday, September 3rd, from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. and on Friday morning, September 4th, from 9:00 to 10:30 A.M. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 A.M. Burial will be in the Franciscan cemetery in Bridal Veil.