Assist the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis in continuing our mission by clicking here to donate online.

State of Wisconsin Recognizes Sister Claudine Balio

On Friday, May 4, 2018 at 8:30 a.m., there was a special May Crowning Mass with the St. Joseph School students and faculty at St. Joseph Church in Rice Lake, Wisconsin. All of the grandparents were invited to this Mass. The celebrant was Bishop James Powers from the Diocese of Superior. Bishop Powers had served as pastor of St. Joseph Parish for thirteen years. Pictured at left: Rev. Edwin Anderson, pastor of St. Joseph Parish, Bishop James Powers, and Sister Claudine.

Unknown to Sister Claudine Balio it was also during this Mass, after Communion, that she received a special recognition plaque from the State of Wisconsin. It was presented by State Representative Romaine Quinn, 75th Assembly District. Romaine had been one of Sister Claudine's students 20-25 years ago. Though this was presented on May 4, 2018, the recognition was passed and signed on September 21, 2017, the year she celebrated her 50th Jubilee as a Sister of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis.

Pictured above: Wisconsin State Representative, Romaine Quinn, and Sister Claudine.

The text of the plaque is as follows:



WHEREAS, Sister Claudine Balio took her vows in 1967 as a Sister of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis and this year celebrates her 50th Jubilee; and

WHEREAS, Sister Claudine has been an instrumental leader in the community serving as the Agent-In-Place for the Heart Island Campus which houses four different ministries dedicated to helping those in need; and

WHEREAS, Sister Claudine founded and oversees the Guest House; Benjamin's House; the Women, Infant, and Children program; and the Heart Island Family Enrichment Center, as well as serves on the board for the Family Enrichment Center, and

WHEREAS, Sister Claudine has been an influential teacher to many students at St. Joseph School since 1992 and has no plans of retiring anytime soon; and

WHEREAS, Sister Claudine enjoys reading, fishing, gardening, bike riding, playing with her dogs, and staying involved in her religious community;

THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the members of the Wisconsin State Legislature, on the motion of Representative Romaine Quinn, do congratulate Sister Claudine Balio on her 50th Jubilee and commend her for her selfless dedication and service to the community of Rice Lake.

  Share this article with your friends on Facebook!

Related Links


A Message from our President

Deepest Desires and Mission

Congregational Commitments


Our Logo

Sponsored Institutions



News and Events

Sisters' Publications

SSJ-TOSF On Facebook