Sr. M. Francelia Klingshirn was born in 1917 in Elyria, Ohio, and she was first introduced to the Sisters of Notre Dame in elementary school. At the age of 17, during her senior year of high school, she entered the community as a postulant in Cleveland. After many years of ministry in Ohio, she came to California in 1962, and served as teacher and administrator at St. Matthias Elementary School in Huntington Park and at Our Lady of the Assumption School in Ventura. In 1981, Sr. Francelia became the founding principal of Sacred Heart School in Ventura. Sr. Francelia also served in province leadership, as school supervisor and provincial superior. As provincial, she was responsible for the design and construction of Notre Dame Center in Thousand Oaks. Sr. Francelia’s upbeat attitude continues now at 103 years of age!