Persevere in discipline and holy obedience, and with good and firm purpose fulfill what you have promised the Lord.
~ St. Francis: Letter to the Entire Order 10
Each year, we celebrate the jubilees of our Sisters who have been shaped by God’s hand into women full of grace with a clear vision and deep faith. In a Franciscan community, jubilee is important. It is a celebration that commemorates the passage of years in which a sister has lived the vowed life with faithfulness and fidelity. We hope you will be touched by their faith as many of you have been touched by their presence in your lives.
Sister Marita Dargis
Sister Marita Dargis is a native of Shenandoah, PA, a small community located in the anthracite coal region of eastern Pennsylvania. Prior to entering religious life, Sister Marita worked as a riveter in a factory during World War II. The noise of that work affected her hearing to this day.She entered our congregation in 1944, several years after her older sister, Sister Delphine Dargis, had entered. Sister began her teaching ministry in Elizabeth, NJ, followed by 43 years in a number of different parish schools, including 22 years at Sts. Peter & Paul in Elizabeth. Subsequent assignments included St. Valentine’s, St. Gabriel’s, James Lavell and Holy Trinity in the Pittsburgh area. Sister also served as principal at St. Joseph’s in Dubois, PA, St. Gabriel’s and Sts. Peter & Paul in Grand Rapids, MI. She returned to Sts. Peter & Paul, serving as a pastoral Assistant until 2013. Sister then worked in the convent’s craft room before re-locating to Presbyterian SeniorCare where she continues in her ministry of Prayer & Presence.
Sister Marita is a graduate of Mt. Mercy College (now Carlow University) with a B.S. degree in Education. She also earned her Master’s degree at Duquesne University.
Sister says that “I see that the Providence of God was my guide from the very decision of entrance to the religious life . . . I am aware of countless workings of the Providence of God, especially when I ‘let go’ and surrender my will. I thank God for life and for all goodness.
Sister Lillian Yurksaitis
Sister Lillian Yurksaitis was born in Bridgeport, CT, a historic seaport city and the largest city in Connecticut. Sister Lillian entered the congregation in 1954. Sister began teaching at Holy Trinity in Moon Run, with subsequent assignments in Grand Rapids, MI, Cleveland, OH, Kenosha, WI and Kearney and Elizabeth, NJ. Other assignments included parish school in West Mifflin, Bethel Park and Pittsburgh. Sister Lillian also taught elementary school children in Sao Paulo, Brazil, for several Years. Sister holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Education from Duquesne University.
Following a pastoral internship, she worked at Hartford (CT) Hospital and Hope House in Wilmington, DE. Subsequent ministries included time in Assisi Hall at our motherhouse in Pittsburgh, including seven years as assistant director. Sister also worked in congregational support services in a variety of positions for over 20 years, including transportation coordinator, postal clerk, assistant in community life and library aide. In 2015, she relocated to Presbyterian SeniorCare where she continues as a minister of Prayer & Presence.
Sister Lillian is most grateful to God for each and everyone she was privileged to be with throughout each of her years in ministry.