Sr. Alverna Goldade
Sister M. Alverna “Christina” Goldade, OSF
Dec. 15, 1926 – Jul. 26, 2018
Sister M. Alverna Goldade, OSF, (Christina Goldade)
Visitation: Sunday, July 29, 2018, 2:30-4:30 p.m. Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m. Mass of Christian
Burial: Monday, July 30, 2018, 10:30 a.m. Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel, St. Francis Convent, Hankinson. Burial will follow at St. Francis Convent Cemetery.
Sister Alverna Goldade, OSF, peacefully died Thursday, July 26, at St. Francis Convent, Hankinson, ND. She had happily spent the whole afternoon with her younger
brother, Pete, who had come from California to visit her. Attended by the nurse on duty and one of the Sisters she immediately appeared at peace, with no trace of struggle about her countenance. It was easy to think of her being greeted by Jesus and Mary and many children as she had stood weekly in front of Fargo’s abortion chamber for many years praying and sacrificing for the babies and their mothers, a ministry for which she was best known outside her convent.
Sister Alverna (Christina) was born December 15, 1926, to John and Mary (Sanders) Goldade, on the family farm near Selz, ND. She had two brothers and two sisters.
After completing eighth grade in Selz, Christina became a student at St. Francis Academy in Hankinson in 1942. She was accepted as a candidate for her Franciscan community during her high school years, then entered the novitiate in July 1945. At that time she was given the name Sister Alverna in honor of St. Francis of Assisi who had received rich graces during his lifetime on Mount Alverno, Italy. On July 31, 1946, Sister Alverna consecrated her life to Christ. She died just five days short of
the 72nd anniversary of vows.
Sister Alverna’s life as a Franciscan was one of prayerful service. Her first 22 years were spent as a domestic at many missions in North Dakota, Chicago, and South Dakota. From 1968-1977 she served as a surgical technician in hospitals at Gettysburg, SD, Drayton, Oakes and Hankinson, ND. In 1977 she trained to take on X-ray duties at St. Gerard’s Hospital in Hankinson, which she did until 1991 when she was called back to St. Francis Convent to help in many areas. There she drove for the Sisters, did much of the shopping, and was able to do the work closest to her heart in the altar bread department, and sacristies of the convent’s two chapels.
Sister Alverna was profoundly faithful in her service to the prolife movement. No matter what weather conditions were like, she drove the hour to Fargo almost every Wednesday for nearly 25 years to pray in front of the abortion chamber in Fargo. In 1988, Sister Alverna and Sister Rose Marie Freund were among the 41 people arrested for criminal trespassing while protesting abortion at the abortion chamber in Jamestown. That chamber was the first of two in North Dakota to close and never
reopen. She was a dedicated member of Hankinson Chapter Right to Life and North Dakota Right to Life Association.
Sister Alverna was what some affectionately called a ball of fire. Small of stature, she moved mountains when needed. May the Lord give her the fullness of eternal life now for her long life of loving service to Him, to the Church and to the Sisters of her Franciscan community.
Sister Alverna is survived by her Franciscan Sisters; her siblings: Magdalen Sanders, Jacksonville, FL; Cecilia Lauinger, Bismarck, ND; Peter (Karen) Goldade, Fountain
Valley, CA; James (JoAnn) Goldade, Bismarck, ND, many nieces and nephews, and the caring staff of St. Mary’s Unit at St. Francis Convent who did so much for Sister in her last years.
Online guestbook: www.frankfamilyfuneralhome.com
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