Sister Frances (Fran) Kersjes



United States

fkersjes2_lgIn 1991, Sister Fran, along with two blind priests and three lay persons founded a rehabilitation center for blind children. The children are now incorporated into public schools with special education teachers from pre-K and even to college. She also organized a special education library for Bolivian teachers and the blind.

Born and raised in Grand Rapids, Michigan, Sister Frances (Fran) was the fifth of eight children. She worked as a secretary in St. Alphonsus Parish for two years and entered Maryknoll at the Valley Park, Missouri novitiate in 1951. She was assigned to Bolivia in 1959. After language study she went to the Beni and did social work, taught in primary and high school, trained catechists at the primary school level, as well as doing youth work and adult education. She became principal of the school, parish secretary and librarian.

Later she did pastoral work in both La Paz and Cochabamba, where she discovered her passion for ministry with the blind. Or they discovered Sister Fran!

Presently she is working in mission awareness promotion in the U.S.

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