Sister Frances Joan Vuillemin

Sister Frances Joan Vuillemin was born in Waco, Texas, one of five daughters and three brothers. Her father August, a noted contractor, built at least six churches including St. Francis on the Brazos in Waco. This is a replica of the famous San José mission in San Antonio.

Sister was an artist and an excellent primary teacher in many of the schools staffed by the Sisters of St. Mary in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, as well as in Hollister, CA. While in California, she had the opportunity of studying with the noted artist Corita Kent.

She became even busier during her “retirement” years as she volunteered at both Our Mother of Mercy Catholic School and St. Andrew Catholic School as art teacher.

In January, 1995, she, Sr. St. John Begnaud, and Sr. Cecile Faget volunteered to go to war-torn Rwanda to work with our Sisters there as they tried to recreate the schools and missions which had been destroyed during the genocide. For this, she and the other two Sisters received the Dorothy Day Award from the Diocese of Fort Worth.

Upon returning to Texas, she volunteered in the mentoring program at both the Women’s Federal Prison and the Tarrant County Jail. The latter gave her an award in 2019 for 23 years of spiritual service each week in their program.

Sister is survived by two brothers in Arizona, a niece in Waco, and the Sisters of her religious community.

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