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When she was young and pondering religious life, Mary Irene Moser, the future Sister Charlotte Francis, told her mother she wanted to be a Sister-nurse. The only obstacle was that she didn’t actually know how to go about that, because she was unaware what community she could enter that would give her that opportunity. Who she did know, on the other hand, were the Adrian Dominican Sisters who taught her at Our Lady of Good Counsel School in Chicago.
Ultimately, she said in her 2017 “A Sister’s Story” video, “God fulfilled, because I was a teacher and I worked at the hospital.”
Mary Irene was born on March 24, 1934, in Chicago to Francis and Charlotte (Mazur) Moser, in the southwest section of the city close enough to a variety of industrial operations that the smells of everything from Wrigley’s gum to Nabisco cookies to the Swift meatpacking plant wafted past. She was the oldest of six, followed by John, Frank, Jerome, Walter, and Sandra, who was born after she entered the Congregation.
After grade school at Our Lady of Good Counsel, she attended St. Joseph High School, where she was taught by the Felician Sisters, for a year. Her long experience with the Adrian Dominican Sisters inspired her, and she enrolled in the Congregation’s “prep” program in the summer of 1949. She became a postulant that September and was received as a novice and given her religious name, Sister Charlotte Francis in honor of her parents, in August 1950.
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