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Dubuque Franciscans to celebrate 150th anniversary in October

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The Sisters of St. Francis of Dubuque will celebrate the 150th anniversary of their founding on Saturday, Oct. 4, and Sunday, Oct. 5.

At 2 p.m., Saturday, , in the Clare House Conference Room at Mount St. Francis, 3390 Windsor Ave., Father Udo Tielking of Herford, Germany, will give a presentation titled, "Rev. Bernard Heising: A Great Man in a Poor Time."

Heising is credited with opening an orphanage in Herford where the Sisters of St. Francis' founder, Mother Xavier Termehr, began her labor of love caring for the orphans and nursing the sick.

The following day the sisters will celebrate the anniversary of their founding from 2-4 p.m., at Loras College in the Marie Graber Ballroom, 1450 Alta Vista St., Dubuque.

A peace pole will be given to Dubuque City Council Member Karla Braig as a gift to the citizens of Dubuque at 2:30 p.m.. The peace pole will be installed in Washington Park at a later date.

According to a press release, The Dubuque Franciscans were founded on November 4, 1864, in Herford, Germany. Political changes resulted in the passage of laws in 1875, which called for religious communities to either disband or go into exile. The entire community of 18 professed sisters, seven novices, and four postulants chose to exile to Iowa City, Iowa, where they opened the first Catholic orphanage in the state. Dubuque Archbishop Hennessy requested that the congregation move to Dubuque to open and staff an orphanage. They arrived in Dubuque in December 1878.

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