Cross Plains Sister brings joy to others despite terminal cancer

Sr Acker (left)
There’s a special parking space in front of St. Francis Xavier's parish office -- a cone with lots of markings letting people know -- this spot is reserved for Sister John Rose.

In recent weeks, you could see signs all around Cross Plains asking for prayers and encouraging her to, "Hang in there, Sister!" I found her inside the church, moving around the facility, attending to visitors. She was willing to take a little time to talk about her recent diagnosis.

Sr. John Rose Acker has been involved in pastoral ministry at St. Francis Xavier Parish in Cross Plains for 23 years, where she ministers to the sick, elderly, and dying. Prior to that, she was a teacher for 32 years. She celebrates 62 years as a School Sister of St. Francis this year.
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