Since July, 3 2014, the residents of Speers Court Apartments have been blessed with the presence of a compassionate, caring and neighborly retired nun named Sr. Francis. In addition to shuttling fellow residents to and from the grocery store and doctor appointments, Sr. Francis takes note of things that bother residents and has become an advocate for them. With short notice and at the age of 80 (going on 55), Sr. Francis graciously agreed to meet me at Bellevue Frisch’s and I came away from our meeting knowing she truly is heaven sent.
Upon taking her vows of Sisters of Divine Providence in 1954, Sr. Francis’ first teaching stop was right here at Dayton’s St. Bernard School where she spent 9 years. She then spent 2 years at Christ the King in Lexington, KY. She then went on to serve as principal at 7 other schools:
In the middle of Lent in March of 2009, Sr. Francis experienced an inner allocution, and she heard the voice of God telling her, “Build me a house of mercy.” This was followed by a long period of discernment as she was trying to figure out what God was telling her.
In May of 2014, just as she was about to retire from St. Theresa Little Flower School, Sr. Francis received a call from Sr. Fran Moore, Superior of the Sisters of Divine Providence, asking her to visit some public retirement homes and to choose the one to live in that she thought would benefit most from God’s mercy.
After checking out a retirement home in Covington and one in Latonia, she saw they offered activities and events to bring the residents together, resulting in a community spirit where neighbors become friends. Her third stop was Speers Court and she immediately noticed there was nothing to do and all people did was complain about a lack of communication between residents and management. Now she knew what God was telling her to do.
Since moving to Speers Court in July of 2014, Sr. Francis brightens the day of everyone she encounters. And as an advocate of the residents who knows how to get things done, there have been many improvements such as new carpeting and 20 security cameras. There are also crafting times, card games, pot-luck dinners and occasional musicians to entertain the residents. God bless you, Sr. Francis!
Dayton Community News