“My vocation as a woman religious has been a life of faith and meaning, purpose and love. There is always support to receive and give. The vows are more relevant than ever as a witness of alternative values in our world that tends towards greed and violence. We do much more as group, and networking with other groups of religious and lay women and men, than we could alone, especially in the areas of justice and peace.”
Sr. Jane Eschweiler, SDS, celebrated her 40th Jubilee of religious profession in June 2008. A Milwaukee native, she had the Salvatorian Sisters as teachers in her home parish, Mother of Good Counsel, and at Divine Savior High School.
“The Sisters were role models to me and I felt a call to prayer and service within community at a very early age. I also had three aunts who were Franciscans and three uncles who were priests in the Milwaukee Archdiocese.” In fact, 2008 was a summer of celebrations for the Eschweiler family. Her aunt, Sr. Rose Eschweiler, SSSF, celebrated her 80th Jubilee, and her uncle, Fr. Ed Eschweiler, his 60th Jubilee.
Sr. Jane holds master’s degrees in English from Marquette University and the University of Wisconsin, both in Milwaukee; and a master’s in pastoral studies from Loyola University in Chicago. She served as a high school English teacher at two Catholic schools in Milwaukee and at another in Clarksdale, Miss. She also worked as a receptionist and bookkeeper at Tutwiler Clinic in rural Mississippi. Later, she also led prayer groups for women inmates at Parchman State Penitentiary, and served as a resident pastoral minister for two parishes in the Diocese of Jackson, Miss. She continued her pastoral ministry at St. Andrew’s Parish in Saginaw, Mich., from 1990-95 and at Sacred Heart Parish in Mount Pleasant, Mich. from 2000-03. In between, she served four years on the SDS North American Province Leadership Team. Earlier in 2015, Sister Jane concluded 12 years serving the Tucson Diocese on the Jordan Ministry Team (JMT).
“I have been a teacher and retreat facilitator helping with the formation of lay Church ministers. I travel to schools and parishes providing catechist certification classes, retreats and workshops preparing the laity for ministry. I am also active in preparing future deacons for their work in the church. I lead retreats with another JMT member at a prison in Florence, Ariz. As a team, we are committed to serving the Tucson Diocese and feel our work is an investment in the future of our Church.”