Sister Francesca SIlver and Sister Collette Maritim

MERIDEN, CT (05-21-2018) – The motherhouse community is celebrating the educational accomplishments of Sister Francesca Silver and Sister Collette Maritim this month.

Sister Francesca Silver, FSE

Sister Francesca received a Masters degree in Theology with a concentration in Dogma from Holy Apostles College and Seminary on May 5, 2018. Sister Francesca lives with her fellow Sisters in formation at the John Lateran House of Formation. The degree in theology complements her other degrees in environmental studies. Sister is a part-time teacher of Spanish at St. Bridget School, Cheshire, Connecticut. She enjoys teaching children at the Summer Enrichment Experiences where she specializes in stream studies, bugs, and all fascinating and beautiful creatures of the earth. Prior to entering the Franciscan Community, Sister Francesca delighted in her work as a teacher/naturalist in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park at the Great Smoky Mountains Institute at Tremont, Townsend, Tennessee.

Sister Collette Maritim, FSE

Sister Collette received a Bachelor degree in Nursing from Central Connecticut State University on May 19, 2018 at the commencement ceremony held at the XL Center, Hartford. Several Franciscan Sisters weathered the drenching rain to attend the event in the packed stadium. On Friday, May 11, Sister Collette received her nursing pin at the Class of 2018 Pinning Ceremony held in the Welte Auditorium at the university. This traditional ceremony of the nursing profession is a ritual of completion as well as a symbol of welcome into the medical community. The ceremony included introduction of faculty and staff, congratulatory remarks by university authorities, keynote speakers, reflections from the class of graduates, explanation of the pin, and presentation of the pin to each new nurse. Students could choose a person special to them to do the pinning. Sister Collette was honored that Mother Miriam Seiferman, FSE Mother General, a psychiatric nurse (APRN), was her special guest to do the pinning. Following the pinning, the nurse graduates read the Nurses’ Pledge. Sister Collette looks forward to ministering as a nurse with professional skill coupled with her characteristic generous, joyful spirit.