I have chosen you; you have not chosen Me.
Sister Jean Edward, baptized Violet Ellen Selcke, was born on March 6, 1915, in Chicago. She was the fourth of six children born to Edward and Mary (Heffernan) Selcke. Her three older brothers were Edward, Lawrence and Raymond. Six years after Violet’s birth, Lucile and Margaret were born.
In her autobiography, Sister Jean Edward wrote:
It was great fun having two sisters. We spent enjoyable time together visiting Garfield Park Conservatory, Riverview Park, the Chicago Civic Opera House and the Art Institute. Swimming and picnics were our favorites. Even though we spent time doing many pleasant things, my parents provided time for us to have piano lessons.
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