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2023 Jubilarian: Sister Melanie Paradis

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Celebrating 40 Years of Religious Life

Sister Melanie was attracted to the Franciscan way of life “because of its ‘aliveness’ and joy in life, [and] the simplicity of it all.” The invitation from the Sisters in her community to join the Wheaton Franciscans felt like coming home.

She began her faith journey as a child, growing up with her family in Attleboro, Massachusetts and attending Catholic schools through college. She taught in Attleboro for seven years before entering the community.

After entering into religious life, she continued teaching through her education ministry: first in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, teaching junior high at St. Charles Borromeo School in Milwaukee, WI, then later becoming a teacher at Mother of Good Counsel School. In addition, Sister Melanie pursued her graduate studies at Stritch University in Milwaukee from 1992-1994.

She has a diverse range of experiences, having served as the Formation Directress of the Wheaton Franciscans and as a spiritual and retreat director. Moreover, she served as Provincial Councilor from 2012-2016, as Provincial Directress from 2016-2020, and is currently serving as the Regional Directress. She believes that each experience prepares her for the next, and the movement of the Spirit is constant.

Sr. Melanie’s life is an example of being present and available. Her journey with the Wheaton Franciscans has brought her immense joy and satisfaction, and she continues to serve and inspire others with her commitment to her faith. Congratulations!

I would like to be remembered as myself, a daughter, sister, aunt, and friend – a person who lived the best life she could.

Sister Melanie

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