Wednesday, 19 September 2012 14:25
Adorer of the Blood of Christ Sister Florence Seib, formerly Sister Mary Denissa, died Sept. 2 at the ASC Wichita Center at age 81. She had been an Adorer for 63 years.
A funeral Mass was celebrated Saturday, Sept. 8. Burial was in the ASC cemetery.
She was a longtime educator, chaplain, and pastoral care minister who served in Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Texas.
Sister Florence was born March 9, 1931, to Paul P. and Mary (Stoecklein) Seib of Ness City, the fifth child of 14, and baptized the next day at Sacred Heart Church in Ness City. On Sept. 2, 1947, at age 16, she entered the ASC community in Wichita, finishing high school at Sacred Heart Academy there.
She pronounced her first vows on July 1, 1949, and her permanent vows on July 1, 1954. Sister Florence earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, with a minor in social science, in 1963 from Sacred Heart College in Wichita and a master’s degree in elementary education in 1971 from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
Her early ministry years included housekeeping and teaching elementary grades. After working in St. Mary’s Hospital business office, Enid, Okla., from 1981 to 1984, Sister Florence became part of a ministry formation program in the Diocese of Jefferson City, Mo. From 1986 to 1990, she taught courses for Catholics interested in deepening their spiritual growth and developing their parish ministry involvement.
In 1990, she earned a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Seattle (Wash.) University. Sister Florence served as a hospital chaplain in Missouri from 1991 to 1993 and 1996 to 2001 and in Texas from 1993 to 1996. In 1993, she trained and earned a National Association of Catholic Chaplains certification.
Memorial contributions in memory of Sister Florence may be sent to the ASC Retirement Fund, 4233 Sulphur Ave., St. Louis, MO 63109, or made on-line at www.adorers.org by clicking on “Support Our Ministries” on the website’s left-hand column.