Our dear Sister Jovita went to her rest in the arms of our loving God on February 16. Sister Jovita received all of her sacraments and elementary education at St Stanislaus Parish in St Louis. It is here that her spirit was touched by the Franciscan Sisters. She entered the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in 1935 and professed perpetual vows in 1942.
Sister Jovita was a kind, generous person who was ever ready to assist others with a happy heart. It’s no wonder that the Gospel reading for her Mass of Resurrection was the account of Jesus visiting with Martha and Mary.
Sister Jovita taught hundreds of children at the elementary level in Illinois, Missouri, West Virginia, Ohio, and Texas. In her later years, she shined as a volunteer. She tended her own journey, never judging others, always giving praise and glory to God.
A wake and Mass of Resurrection was held in the Lally Room on the Carberry Campus in St Louis, and she was buried on February 22nd at the St. Louis Chapel in Resurrection Cemetery.
. SISTER JOAN PHYLLIS DYREKS Feb 23, 1938 -- July 16, 2023 . “What you hold, may you always hold. What you do, may you always do and never abandon.” — Letter of St. Clare to Agnes of Prague, 1237 This letter could easily have been written to our Sister Joan Phyllis...