2024 Jubilarians

65 Years – USA

Theresa Codispoti, OSF

A native of Pittsburgh’s South Hills, Sister Theresa Codispoti entered our Congregation after graduating from St. Francis Academy in 1959. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from Duquesne University and served as an elementary school teacher for more than a decade at schools served by our Congregation, including Mt. St. Peter School in New Kensington, St. George School in Philadelphia and St. Gabriel of the Sorrowful Virgin in Pittsburgh. In 1972, Sister Theresa earned her Master’s degree in Religious Education from Duquesne University. She served in religious education at St. Valentine’s in Bethel Park, followed by more than 20 years at Sts. Peter and Paul Parish in Homestead in several roles where she ministered to communities experiencing economic hardships and parish reconfigurations.  She also engaged in bereavement ministry helping parishioners process loss and grief.   In the early 2000s, Sister Theresa served as receptionist coordinator at our Pittsburgh Motherhouse ensuring all were welcomed with Franciscan hospitality and all inquiries were directed to the appropriate office.  In 2015, as our Congregation was discerning more sustainable living arrangements in Pittsburgh, Sister Theresa was one of our pioneer Sisters called to reside in local senior living communities and minister through their prayer and presence.  Sister presently resides at Paramount Senior Living Community in Bethel Park, where she continues to offer an empathetic ear, spiritual guidance and prayer to residents and staff, as well as St. Francis Academy classmates, family and friends.

50 Years – USA

Janice Campbell, OSF

Sister Janice Campbell (pictured on the right) says that she was called to be a Franciscan since birth.  Born at St. Francis Hospital in Lawrenceville, Sister was baptized on the Feast of the Stigmata of St. Francis of Assisi and taught by Franciscans at Corpus Christi Grade School in Pittsburgh’s East End and Mount Alvernia High School in Millvale, PA. While earning her BA in Psychology at Carlow University, she first encountered our Community when Sister Gloria invited her to a weekend retreat. Sister Janice entered our Congregation in 1974 and served 24 years in education, including James LaVelle and St. Agnes Schools in West Mifflin, PA, Mt. St. Peter School in New Kensington, PA, and our St. Francis Academy, where she taught English and served as a guidance counselor. She also served as assistant principal and guidance counselor at Mt. Alvernia High School in the 1990s.  Sister was awarded the Golden Apple by the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1995.

In the early 2000s, while serving as our Congregation’s  Vocation Director, Sister Janice earned her Masters in Pastoral Ministry from Duquesne University.  She served 13 years as a Pastoral Associate at St. Ursula Parish, which included bereavement ministry where she organized support groups for parishioners experiencing grief and loss.  Providence called Sister Janice to hospice ministry in 2016 where she offered patients and families counsel, guidance and prayer.

Presently, Sister Janice resides in Pittsburgh’s North Hills where she volunteers at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish – a consolidation of St. Mary of the Assumption Church and St. Ursula Church, which includes assisting families with funeral planning and a bereavement support group. She also continues to serve our Community by driving Sisters to appointments, gatherings and outings.

65 Years – Brazil

Sister Elenice Maciel da Costa

Sister Elenice Maciel da Costa was as born in Ouro Fino, Minas Gerais and entered our Congregation in 1959. Much of her ministry has been dedicated to education and pastoral services.  For several years she was missioned to Bolivia, where she engaged in pastoral ministry.  Sister Elenice served in leadership for many years, including eight years as a Provincial Councilor and eight years as Provincial Minister in Brazil.  Presently, at age 80, she resides at our Paz e Bem Community and ministers through her faithful presence, prayer, and however Providence calls her to extend the love of Christ.

25 Years – Brazil

Sister Adriana Duarte , OSF

Born in Monte Claros, Minas Gerais, Brazil, Adriana Duarte (pictured on the left ) entered our Congregation in 1999, and earned her Bachelor’s degree in Education and Master’s degree in Educational Administration. Much of her ministry has focused on pastoral service, vocation/formation and education, including school administration. She also served in our Bolivia mission engaging in parish and prison ministry. Presently, Sister Adriana serves as Director of Our Lady of Carmel School and as Administrative and Financial Director of Pius XII School. She also serves in leadership as our Assistant General Minister, where one of her responsibilities is acting as liaison to our Vocation Animation Committee.