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Tiffin Franciscans to celebrate 2 golden jubilees

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Aug 29, 2018 at 7:54 AM

TIFFIN —  The Sisters of St. Francis of Tiffin will celebrate the golden jubilees of Sisters Joanne Lammers and Edna Michel during a 1:30 p.m. Mass on Sept. 16 at St. Mary Church, 85 S. Sandusky St., Tiffin.

A reception will follow the Mass immediately in Elizabeth Schaefer Auditorium, 190 St. Francis Ave., Tiffin. A golden jubilee is the celebration of a 50th anniversary.

Michel, of Tiffin, is the daughter of the late Othmar and Dorothey (Morman) Michel, of St. Isidore Church in Cuba, Ohio. She was received as a novice Aug. 11, 1968 and professed her perpetual vows Aug. 11, 1974.


Michel began her service as a teacher at St. Bernard school in New Washington. In 1976, she moved to Millersville, where she taught in St. Mary school and served as the director of religious education. She earned a master’s degree in theology from St. Bonaventure University in New York.

In 1982, Michel returned to Tiffin to serve as the director of vocations and to teach part-time at Calvert High School. Continuing her similar work for the Sisters of St. Francis, she became pastoral associate at St. John Church in Delphos. In 1987 and 1988, Michel received training in spiritual direction at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago to prepare for her role as a novice director and her future ministry as a spiritual director.

The sister served as a member of the retreat staff at the Franciscan Renewal Center (aka Pilgrim House) in Carey from 1988-1994 while assuming responsibilities as novice director for her congregation. She returned to Tiffin in 1990, having been elected a community counselor. She continued retreat ministry and spiritual direction and also served as community liturgist at St. Francis Convent.

After two terms in leadership, she was appointed pastoral leader for the parish St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Wakeman, a position she held for eight years. In 2006, Michel again returned to Tiffin to serve as a community counselor and director of vocation ministry. She continued to utilize her leadership skills as a member of the leadership team of the Sisters of St. Francis and continued her spiritual direction and retreat ministry. She became the director of St. Francis Spirituality Center in 2014, a position she currently holds.

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