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Fran Gimber, RSCJ, Translator and Historian

Sister Fran Gimber

Originally from California, Frances Gimber, RSCJ, first met the Society of the Sacred Heart as a student at the Academy of the Sacred Heart, in Menlo, California (now called Atherton). After graduating from Manhattanville College of the Sacred Heart, she entered the Society in 1955. She made her first vows in 1958 and her final profession in 1964. She celebrated the 50th anniversary of her final profession in February.

Sister Gimber spent several years in teaching and administration in Sacred Heart schools at Greenwich, Grosse Pointe, Kenwood (Albany), Woodlands (Lake Forest, Illinois), 91st Street (New York City) and Stone Ridge (Washington, DC). She was sent to the International School in Tokyo in 1988 to teach English and religion for three years. When she returned, she worked briefly at Newton Country Day School before being called to the motherhouse in Rome to be secretary to the superior general; she remained at that post for seven years.

Shortly after returning to the United States, she was asked to take over the direction of the archives of the United States Province of the Society of the Sacred Heart in St. Louis. She held that position for seven years. During those years she also served two terms on the board at Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in Houston. She is currently a trustee of Newton Country Day School of the Sacred Heart and a member of the Formation to Mission Committee of the Network. Her experience in the Society has given her a working knowledge of its history, which she is putting to use now in translating and editing Society materials.