December 1999

Sponsoring Congregation Member Elected Superior General of International Congregation

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Ann Marie Friederichs, OSF, former Provincial Superior of the Hankinson, N.D., Province of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, was elected Superior General of the Franciscan Sisters of Dillingen. Sister Ann Marie, who also serves as a Sponsoring Congregation Member of Catholic Health Initiatives, is the first American to head her international Franciscan congregation. With approximately 1,000 members, the congregation has been in existence for 758 years.

Sister Ann Marie is a graduate of the College of St. Theresa in Winona, Minn. She received a master’s degree in social work from the University of Iowa and has worked as a medical and school social worker. Since entering the convent of the Sisters of St. Francis and her first Profession of Vows in 1973, Sister Ann Marie has served in parish work, as a social worker and youth director, was a provincial councilor and worked in the formation of young sisters. Since 1988, she has been Provincial Superior, serving on a number of local, state, national and international boards. She is currently active in a number of organizations and serves on various governing boards, including the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious National Retirement Office for which she is a delegate.

With Sister Ann Marie’s election to Superior General of her congregation, a new member of the Sisters of St. Francis of the Immaculate Heart of Mary will be appointed as sponsoring congregation Member of Catholic Health Initiatives.