MANITOWOC, Wis. — Holy Family College has named Sister Louise Hembrecht vice president of mission integration.
The college was founded by and continues to be sponsored by the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.
“We plan to continue deepening the college’s Catholic identity by encouraging the development of missionary discipleship built on a deep personal faith relationship with Jesus and generous servant leadership by all who work and study at the college,” she said.
During the 2017-18 academic year, Sister Hembrecht served as assistant director of mission under Sister Lorita Gaffney, who has been assigned to serve in Yuma, Arizona.
Sister Hembrecht will continue to coordinate mission activities with the lay employees at Holy Family Convent and serve as representative for Diocese of Green Bay religious community members.
A native of Indiana, Sister Hembrecht came to Wisconsin as a high school student intent on becoming a Franciscan Sister of Christian Charity. She formally entered the community after graduation.
In 1974, the same year she professed her perpetual vows, Sister Hembrecht earned her bachelor's degree from Holy Family College. She majored in French and minored in history, both in secondary education.
She taught in the upper grades in Michigan and Wisconsin and in high school in Nebraska.
Sister Hembrecht continued her studies at St. Bonaventure University, New York, where she graduated with a master’s degree in Franciscan studies.
She has taught classes in Franciscanism, prepared articles for publication for Greyfriars Review and edited the book, “The Teacher of His Heart: Jesus Christ in the Thought and Writings of Saint Francis,” by Norbert Nguyen-Van-Khnh of the Order of Friars Minor.
Sister Hembrecht has served her religious community in vocation ministry and as a general council member and as Community Director. She also served as director of sponsorship, planning and church relations for the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity Ministry Office.