Story courtesy of the ASC Mission Center, St. Louis MO
On October 6, 2013, Sister Francine Schuster, ASC celebrated her golden jubilee as a vowed member of the Adorers at the ASC Ruma Center in Ruma, Ill.
Sr. Francine was born in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She entered the Adorers of the Blood of Christ in 1961, made her first profession of vows on July 1, 1963, and her final profession on June 28, 1970. Sister Francine earned a BSN from St. Louis University in St. Louis, a Midwifery Certificate from the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson, Miss., and a MS from the University of Arizona in Tuscon.
Sister has spent her entire ministry in nursing and midwifery. She began her ministry nursing at St. Vincent Hospital in Taylorville, Ill., then St. Clement Hospital in Red Bud as well as LaPaz, Bolivia. After receiving her certificate in midwifery, this ministry became her passion serving in Raymondville and Harlingen, Tex., Davis-Montham Air Force Base in Arizona, Family Care Services and Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, Mo., and St. Joseph in Carbondale. During this time she was also teaching either nursing or midwifery in Harlingen, Tex., at the University of Arizona in Tuscon, and at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville. In 1994 she became the director of Casa San Jose in Grant-Milan, New Mexico, a home and support system for young women and their children. She also continued her midwifery at the Gallup Indian Medical Center during this time.
She continued in that ministry until October 2012 when she became a Councilor on the Leadership Team for the ASC United States Province. She currently lives in St. Louis.