Sister Mary Fran's Services
Visitors are welcome; masks required.
Visitation: 4:00-5:00 p.m., Thursday, June 24, 2021, Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704. Visitation begins with a prayer service.
Funeral Mass: 6:30 p.m., Thursday, June 24; Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, Dominican Father Michael DeTemple, celebrant.
Link for funeral Mass live-stream: https://youtu.be/kblSMOJUsc8
Burial: Calvary Cemetery, 10 a.m., Friday, June 25. Live-streamed on Facebook at @springfieldop
Memorials to honor the memory of Sister Mary Fran may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL, 62704. The Dominican Sisters and family of Sister Mary Fran are served by Butler Funeral Homes.
Springfield Dominican Sister Mary Frances Gorman, OP, died peacefully, Sunday June 20, at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Aurora, Ill., in 1949 to Thomas and Mary Alice Lawrence Gorman. She joined the Dominicans in 1967 and professed her vows in 1969 at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield, Ill.
Sister Mary Fran, who for a time was known as Sister Thomas Mary, gave the first 16 years of her religious life to teaching primary students at Illinois’ Catholic schools in Mendota, Jacksonville, Morrisonville, Mt. Sterling, and Maryville, and then 8th grade in Evergreen Park. In 1986 she shifted to pastoral ministry, first as DRE and liturgist in Glen Carbon, 1986-1991, then at the religious education center in Arcola. In 1993 she became a pastoral associate at St. Therese Parish, Jackson, Miss. Returning to Springfield in 1997, she assisted in the computer lab at Cathedral and then at Sacred Heart Griffin where for three years she assisted in the computer lab and taught theology part time while developing her interest in the creative arts. From 2001 until 2018, when her health required a step back from active ministry, she was the resident potter at Jubilee Farm, New Berlin, Ill., and enjoyed creating and nurturing creativity in others. She taught classes at the Springfield Art Association and was a dedicated member and past president of the Dominican Institute for the Arts.
Sister Mary Fran was preceded in death by her parents and her brother John. She is survived by her sisters Nancy (Ray) Bagley/Gorman and Virginia (Paul) Ledesma, and her brothers Thomas (Theresa), David (Dzintra), Harry (Connie), Jay, Don (Jana), Joe, and Bob (Gwen); many nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews, and dear friends.