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Faith Focus: Sister Ramona celebrates 75 years since vows

May 13, 2019

Sister Ramona celebrates 75 years since vows

Sister Ramona Kruse, a member of the Sisters of Saint Francis, Rochester, will celebrate her 75th Diamond Jubilee this month.

Sister Ramona, daughter of Raymond and Elsie Kruse (both deceased), was born Jeanette Ione Kruse in St. Clair, Minn., and entered the Rochester Franciscan Congregation from Immaculate Conception Parish in St. Clair. She professed vows in 1944.

Sister Ramona received a bachelor’s degree in education, English and Latin from the College of Saint Teresa, Winona, in 1961, and a master’s degree in reading problems and diagnosis from the University of Minnesota, Mankato, in 1971. From 1972 thru 1989, she taught in the English and Education departments at the College of Saint Teresa. In 1974, she earned a specialist’s certificate in curriculum and instruction and library science from the University of Minnesota, Mankato. Her career was primarily spent teaching in Minnesota, Nebraska and Maryland.

In 1977, she was a presenter at the International Reading Convention at Dublin University in Dublin, Ireland. From 1983-1985, she was on leave from CST to teach English as a second language at the Immaculate Heart College in Kagoshima, Japan; during which time she also accompanied 26 senior students to study in Australia prior to their graduation. From 1990 until her retirement in 2015, Sister Ramona worked in the Archives Office for the College of Saint Teresa.

In addition, Sister Ramona is a Philatelist for the Congregation and has written a multitude of poems, many of which have been published. Currently, she resides at Assisi Heights.

Interfaith community meals during Ramadan

Ramadan, which runs from May 5 through June 4, is the month on the Islamic lunar calendar during which Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunup to sundown.

In 2019, mosques and Islamic Community Centers throughout the Twin Cities metro area and greater Minnesota are extending an invitation to their non-Muslim neighbors for a traditional Ramadan Iftar, or fast-breaking meal.

People of all faiths or none are invited to experience one or more of the Ramadan open houses organized as part of the Taking Heart Open House program of the Minnesota Council of Churches in partnership with the Muslim American Society and participating mosques in Minnesota.

Taking Heart has been bringing Muslims and non-Muslims together for food and conversation in its current format for 14 years. “In 2018 over 1400 community members participated in Taking Heart during Ramadan. Our hope is that many more people will join us this year for an Iftar dinner, especially those who have never had the opportunity,” said The Rev. Cynthia Bronson Sweigert, Taking Heart Organizer.

In Rochester, an Iftar will be hosted by the Rochester Muslim Community Circle, 8 p.m. May 18 at Mayo High School, 1420 11th Ave. SE.

These events are free and open to the public but registration is required. Information and registration materials can be found on the Minnesota Council of Churches website: http://bit.ly/TakingHeartRegister