sister frances maher


50th Jubilee

Sister Frances Maher was born in St. Louis, Mo.  She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1963 and was received into the novitiate in 1964 as Sister Elizabeth James.  She received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Fontbonne College in 1969 and a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Notre Dame in 1975.

In her 50 years of ministry in education, Sister Fran taught in the late 1960s in Illinois at Little Flower High School in Chicago and at Academy of Our Lady in Peoria.  She taught and then served as principal at Reicher Catholic High School in Waco, Texas in the the early 1980s  and finished that decade at Holy Family High School in Denver as teacher, assistant principal and principal.

In the 1990s Sister Fran served as principal and teacher at Bishop Hogan High School in Kansas City, Mo. In 1994 she became the assistant registrar at Avila University and then was an advising/admissions director prior to her return to St. Louis in 2000.

Sister Fran began her service in the Archdiocese of St. Louis in 2000 when she became the director of Academic Student Services at Fontbonne University.  In 2002 she served her CSJ community as a provincial councilor for six years. She was also a part-time faculty member at Harris-Stowe State University in 2007-2008

Since 2008 Sister Fran has been an academic advisor at Webster University. 

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