Sister M. Bernardine Takes New Post
Hankinson Post, Hankinson, North Dakota,
Sister M. Bernardine, OSF, administrator of St.
Gerard Hospital in Hankinson for the past 12 years, will leave
her post to take a similar position at the hospital in Oakes March
She will be replaced by Sister Mary Jane Reiber,
OSF, now administrator of St. Anne's Guest Home at Grand Forks.
Sister Mary Jane was head of St. Gerard from 1959-1962. She has
been at Grand Forks for the past six years. Sister Mary Jane will
take over here April 1. Gene Hoefs, assistant administrator, will
be in charge during March.
Sister Bernardine is a graduate of St. Francis
Academy, St. Bernard's School of Nursing, Chicago; received her
Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing Education from Loyola University,
Chicago; and did post graduate work in Obstetrical Nursing in
During her career she has held the following positions:
Obstetrical Supervisor, St. John's Hospital, Fargo--1942-1945;
Acting Director of Nurses, St. John's School of Nursing, Fargo--1945-1946;
Administrator, St. Elizabeth's Hospital, Drayton--1948-1953; Administrator,
Towner County Memorial Hospital, Cando-1953-1962; Administrator,
St. Gerard Community Hospital, Hankinson--1962-1974; 1946-1947
taught Home Nursing for the Richland County Red Cross.
Sister Bernardine is past President of the N.D.
Catholic Conference and the N.D. Hospital Association, past board
member of the Upper Midwest Hospital Conference as well as a board
member for 15 years of the N.D. Blue Cross and a member of the
Fargo Soroptimist Club, an international organization for executive
business and professional women.
The last few years she has become very interested
in alcohol problems and has represented Richland County on the
Fargo-Moorhead Area Commission on Alcohol Problems.
Sister Bernardine Bickler 60th jubilee
Among the four Franciscan Jubilarians, Sister M.
Bernardine Bickler, OSF, celebrated her 60th jubilee as a Sister
of St. Francis June 19 at the Provincial Motherhouse in Hankinson.
Reverend Joseph Huebsch, chaplain, was the main
celebrant and Reverend John Anderson, pastor of St. Philip's Church
was homilist for the occasion. Visiting clergy joined in celebrating
the eucharistic liturgy.
Sister Bernardine, daughter of the late Lewis and
Katherine Bickler, Orrin, entered the Sisters of St. Francis at
Hankinson in 1934. She received her B.S. in nursing education
from St. Bernard's School of Nursing in Chicago and served as
administrator and in nursing ministry in North Dakota hospitals
in Drayton, Cando, Hankinson and Oakes.
Following a year of spiritual renewal in the Credo
program at Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, Sister did retreat
work and offered Bible study for two years in Hankinson. After
two years at the congregation's generalate in La Storta, Rome,
Sister Bernardine returned to Hankinson and served as assistant
activity director at St. Gerard's, Hankinson, and in 1987 she
returned to work at the motherhouse infirmary, taking care of
the sick and elderly sisters.
During her years of nursing, Sister Bernardine
served on the Provincial Council from 1962-1968; as past president
of both the North Dakota Catholic Hospital Association and the
North Dakota Hospital Association, she served as board member
of the North Dakota Blue Cross for many years.
Reprinted with permission of the Hankinson
News, Hankinson, North Dakota.