Sister Clarice Faltus was born into eternal life at the age of 93 on March 2, 2024, after 69 years as a Franciscan Sister of Our Lady of Perpetual Help.

Sister Clarice Faltus, OSFSister Clarice Faltus, nee Barbara Ann, was the second of four daughters born to Clara and Bertram Faltus in East St. Louis, IL. Part of a strong Catholic family, Sister was welcomed into the church at her Baptism at St. Henry Parish on February 15, 1931. She had shared that she was blessed by parents who “lived lives as ideal Catholics…an example for all of us to follow.” Thus, the seeds of Sister Clarice’s future religious vocation were planted and nurtured.

From the “time I was about ten years old, I had an ardent desire to be a nun.” Sister’s desire to enter religious life came to fruition after high school, working four years in an accounting office, and attending classes at Washington University in St Louis, MO. Sister Clarice entered the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in 1952 and professed final vows in 1958.

Sister Clarice’s ministry as a Catholic school educator spanned 55 years and catapulted her from primary school teacher to elementary and high school principal, to assuming the roles of the Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the archdioceses of Shreveport, LA and Wichita, KS. Her desire was to always do more for her students and staff. She was constantly compelled to expand her professional knowledge and skills, sharing them through workshops, in-services, and school committees. Sister’s deep faith, her compassionate heart, and her desire for academic excellence touched the lives of all she encountered.

Upon retirement from education in 2004, Sister Clarice discovered a new passion where she could continue to use her God-given gifts and talents. She accepted the role of pastoral minister at St. Stephen the Martyr Parish in Omaha, NE.  Ever committed to serving others, Sister initiated the national Stephen Ministry Program where compassionate, one-on-one care is provided in times of grief, illness, relocation, divorce, or job loss. At the parish, she also oversaw the ministry of welcome, the food pantry, and social justice projects until 2020 when she hesitantly agreed to full-time retirement at 90 years of age.

A woman steeped in love for her God, Sister Clarice believed her call to the Franciscan way of life was a special blessing for which she was thankful every day. She shared, “Community has given me the opportunity to assist in molding young lives through Catholic education and to serve God’s people in need.”  May your servant heart rest in peace, Sister Clarice.

Sister Clarice will be laid to rest with her Franciscan Sisters at Resurrection Cemetery in Shrewsbury, MO.