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Sister Arleen Bourquin, SFP

Entrance into the Novitiate:  September 8, 1962
First Profession:  August 25, 1965
Perpetual Vows:  September 28, 1969

Sister Arleen grew up in Resurrection Parish in Dayton, Ohio and attended the former Julienne High School. She then became a registered nurse and worked at St. Elizabeth Hospital for three years before entering St. Clare Convent in Cincinnati in 1962. “I went down and talked to the provincial, and six weeks later, I was in the convent,” she said. After joining the community, she earned advanced nursing degrees and taught for ten years at Raymond Walters College at the University of Cincinnati in Blue Ash. In recent years, she has focused her attention on spirituality, serving as a spiritual director and teaching a course in spiritual direction at the Bergamo Center in Dayton. She also teaches religious education and is involved in various liturgical ministries at St. Francis of Assisi Parish in Centerville. But perhaps Sister Arleen’s greatest love is her work with children.

In 2007, Sister Arleen became a Court Appointed Special Advocate for children who are living in a troubled family situation and who often are in danger of being lost in the shuffle of a complex system of courts and social services. “My role when I visit families and talk to the children and parents is to try to determine what is best for the child,” Sister Arleen said. Families enter the system from a variety of backgrounds and for many different reasons. Most often, Sister Arleen serves as a liaison with children, parents, lawyers, social workers and the judge or magistrate. On May 27, 2010, she received the Gold Star Award for her volunteer work with CASA at the Montgomery County Juvenile Court.

In addition to being a nurse, she served as a volunteer and staff member at Women Helping Women in Cincinnati, where she helped support abused women by accompanying them in court or in the hospital. She has also taught about issues regarding the sexual abuse of children.

Regarding her 50th Jubilee in religious life, Sister Arleen said, “I felt in a profound way that I was loved as a Franciscan Sister of the Poor and by the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor and Associates, family, friends, and members of my parish. It is in the spirit of profound gratitude that I will wake up each day.”