Sister Mary Frances Gorman, OP (Sister Thomas Mary)

Those who know Sister Mary Frances might call her a creative, free spirit. It is that joy and creativity that she brought to all the years of her ministry, whether as an educator, pastoral minister, or artist.

A native of Aurora, Ill., Sister Mary Fran ministered throughout Illinois and in Mississippi.

She began her vowed life teaching in central Illinois: Holy Cross, Mendota (1970-1973), Our Saviour, Jacksonville (1973-1975), St. Maurice, Morrisonville (1975-1977); St. Mary, Mt. Sterling (1977-1980); and St. John Neumann, Maryville (1980-1983). She also taught at St. Bernadette School, Evergreen Park (1983-1986).

Her pastoral ministry assignments included St. Cecilia, Glen Carbon, Ill. (1986-1991) and St. Therese Parish, Jackson, Miss. (1993-1997). She also taught computer at Cathedral School, Springfield, Ill. (1997-1998) and worked at Sacred Heart-Griffin High School (1998-2001) before transitioning full-time to life as the resident potter at Jubilee Farm (2001-2013), where she delighted in welcoming children and adults to share the joy of creativity. Thank you, Sister Mary Fran!

3 thoughts on “Sister Mary Frances Gorman, OP (Sister Thomas Mary)”

  1. Patricia Rees

    Dear Sister Mary Fran
    Congratulations on your anniversary!
    You are an absolute delight to be around. I remember your beautiful voice and all I could do was squawk! I still have my “Ugly Bugs”!!!!
    Fondly,
    Patricia Leinen Rees

  2. I am glad I stumbled on to this. I had Sister Thomas Mary as my first and second-grade teacher at St. Mary’s in Mt. Sterling, IL in the late 1970s. She is a wonderful teacher. I can’t say I was a wonderful student, however. Yes, she had her hands full with me. Over the years I have thought about her often. My best wishes and thanks to her!

    Dr. Dan Cravens
    Blackfoot, Idaho

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