School Sisters of St. Francis – U.S. Province (OSF)

L to R: Sr. Marilyn Ketteler, Sr. Deborah Fumagalli, Sr. Carol Rigali

Province Offices: Milwaukee, WI

Web site:

Total in Province: 438

Leadership Team:

*Carol Rigali – Provincial Team Coordinator

*Deborah Fumagalli – Provincial Team Member

*Marilyn Ketteler – Provincial Team Member

Term Ending: June 2019

Mission Statement: 

Our mission is to witness to the Good News of Jesus and the presence of the reign of God as we enter into the lives and needs of people, especially the poor. In serving, we are served. Our focus is giving, healing and defending life (from Response in Faith: Rule of Life of the School Sisters of St. Francis).


In 1873, three courageous women, who believed they were called by God to found a religious order that would care for people in need, left their 10-member community at an orphanage in Schwarzach, Germany and sailed to America. Within two years that had begun the congregation of the School Sisters of St. Francis, in response to the major need of the time: the parochial school movement in the United States.

Those three young women, Emma Franziska (Mother Alexia) Hoell, Paulina (Mother Alfons) Schmid, and Helena (Sister Clara) Seiter, began their order on April 28, 1874 in New Cassel, now Campbellsport, Wisconsin, where they became teachers in St. Matthew parish school. The community now has 800 members in five Provinces serving in the United States, Europe, Latin America, India, and Tanzania. The U.S. Province has more than 438 members.

*LCWR Region 9