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James “Jim” Schad became an Associate of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor in 2005. After 8 years as an active Associate, (at the young age of 85 in 2013!) Jim made his permanent covenant.   Jim was married; the father of five children and fifteen grandchildren whom he loved to visit frequently.   Family was an important aspect of Jim’s life; family meant the world to him.
For many years, Jim faithfully served daily Mass at St. Clare Convent.  Although Jim’s family was very important to him he always managed to find time to volunteer at many organizations which included  being a Eucharistic Minister at Mercy Franciscan Terrace; reading to blind resident’s at the Terrace.  When the Terrace closed Jim began reading to the Sisters in the Magnificat Community.   He loved playing golf with his son and he attended all the sporting events of his grandchildren who kept in touch with Jim on a regular basis.   On occasion, Jim served Mass at Bellarmine Chapel and was a loyal supporter and fan of the Xavier Musketeers.  
For forty years, Jim refereed football and basketball at Roger Bacon, in which, I’m sure being the person Jim was, he was able to instill good moral values in the players.   Jim was a very mission minded individual who supported a seminarian in Ghana.  
 Jim was a simple and caring gentlemen who loved being an Associate.  His letter requesting permanent covenant states:  Over the years that I have been an Associate I have been enriched by the example, love and support of the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor.  By being a witness to the Sisters I have come to a deeper understanding of the vision of Blessed Frances Schervier.  She is a great example for us today.  Looking at her life has given me inspiration on how I should live my life each day.”  
Well done good and faithful servant!

by Associate Joan Mills

Published: March 9, 2017