Sister Consilia Buka 1928-2024

Sister Consilia Buka, a Franciscan Sister of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, was born to eternal life on June 3, 2024.

SISTER CONSILIA BUKA, 1928-2024

“As compassionate women alive in the spirit, we enable and empower others to live the Gospel with hope and joy.”
–Franciscan Mission Statement
Sister Consilia Buka was born into eternal life at the age of 95 on June 3, 2024. She empowered others to live the Gospel with hope and joy for 74 years as a Franciscan Sister of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Sister Consilia was the second of four daughters born to Sophia and Boleslaw Buka in Sioux City, Iowa. Influenced by the love and faith of her family and her home parish of St Francis of Assisi, she entered religious life in 1948 and professed first vows to the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in 1950.
She was small in stature. Her smile was genuine. Her eyes spoke volumes. Her mind was sharp. Her commitment was unfailing. Her leadership was decisive. Her faith was undeterred. Her heart was large.
While her ministry began as an elementary and high school teacher with a BA from Saint Louis University, Sister Consilia went on to earn an MS in health sciences education from the State University of New York. Furthering her desire to minister to others on a deeper level, Sister became a certified chaplain. Acknowledging Sister Consilia’s gifts and talents, she was called to leadership within the congregation as First Councilor, Directress of Postulants, Secretary General, and Minister General. Sister was also an instructor in the Department of Health Sciences Education at St. Louis University for seven years, and Chaplain at St. Francis Hospital in Green Springs, Ohio.
An encounter dear to Sister Consilia’s heart was meeting Saint Teresa of Calcutta in person on more than one occasion. On behalf of the congregation, Sister Consilia provided assistance to Saint Teresa and her Sisters when they moved to and opened a soup kitchen in St Louis. Sister Consilia was impressed, saying, “Her silence spoke more than words could ever say.”
While Sister Consilia would be the first to say there was nothing special about her life, those who knew and loved her would beg to differ. Truly, because of her generosity and faithfulness there has been more hope and joy in the world. A Franciscan of deep compassion, prayer, and action, Sister Consilia volunteered well into her retirement years. She befriended staff and residents at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services in St Louis, frequently going from room to room to see how each person was doing and to offer a prayer with them. When she promised to pray for someone’s intentions, the person could rest assured that God would listen. Now, the Lord’s work on earth for her is finished, and God calls, “Beloved Consilia, come rest in me!”
Following a celebration of her life and Mass of Resurrection, she will be laid to rest among her Franciscan Sisters at Resurrection Cemetery in Shrewsbury, Missouri. Memorials for Sister Consilia are welcomed by the Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help. Donations and stories are being accepted through the website https://franciscansisters-olph.org/donations/, by phone at 314-965-3711 (leave a message for Sister Cheryl at x-111) or through the mail: Franciscan Sisters, 335 S Kirkwood Rd, St Louis, MO 63122.