These pages contain the names of more than 200 religious sisters, brothers and priests who have served or are serving in the Archdiocese of Chicago.
They include teachers and nurses, pastors and principals. While the short descriptions of their lives in ministry cannot do justice to their years of service and prayer, they give a glimpse of the dedication shown by these women and men.
This is the second issue this year honoring our religious jubilarians; the first; in April, honored people celebrating special anniversaries of 60 years or more. A few of them are included in this issue as well, if the Catholic New World did not get them in the earlier publication.
To all of them, congratulations.
Congregation of St. Agnes
SISTER DIANNE BERGANT has worked in theological education. She served at St. Nicholas, Evanston, and is now a professor of biblical studies at Catholic Theological Union.
Benedictine Sisters of Chicago
SISTER JOHNETTE SAWYER worked in pastoral and liturgical ministry and education. She served at Queen of All Saints, St. Hilary and St. Symphorosa. She now is the pastoral associate and director of liturgy at Sacred Heart Parish, Alamosa, Colorado.
Sisters of St. Casimir
SISTER MARY JANINE GOLUBICKIS served in education, parish ministry and pastoral care. She served for 12 years at SS. Peter and Paul and Providence of God. She now ministers at Holy Family Villa, Palos Park.
SISTER MARILYN KUZMICKAS is a Waukegan native from St. Bartholomew Parish. She worked in education, formation and congregational leadership. She was the archdiocesan postulator for the cause of Maria Kaupis and was the community’s general superior for 10 years. She now does congregational ministry at the motherhouse.
Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary
SISTER DOLORES BECKER worked in education, religious education, AIDS ministry and nursing. She served at St. Tarcissus and Divine Savior, Norridge, and in Oregon, Washington, Montana, California, New Hampshire and New York. She is retired and lives in Deer Park, N.Y.
SISTER LAURENE BRADY , a Chicago native whose parish was St. Joseph, Downers Grove, worked in education, congregational administration and nursing. She served at St. Gertrude; in Joliet, Ill.; and in Kansas, Missouri, California, South Dakota, Kentucky, Alabama and Ghana.
SISTER RUTH EVERMANN (Lyle) offered education, bilingual education and art therapy. She served at Annunciation and St. Mark and in Indiana, Arizona, Iowa and Bogota, Colombia. She now is an art therapist at Jose de Diego Community Academy, Chicago.
SISTER NANCY FELDMAN (Dorothy Mary) worked in nursing and epidemiology. She served at St. Francis Hospital, Evanston, for more than 30 years and in Iowa. She is retired and lives in Chicago.
SISTER MARY AGNES GIBLIN (Julianne), from Presentation Parish, worked in education and parish ministry. She served at St. Dorothy and in Iowa, where she now is a pastoral associate at St. Mary Parish, Iowa City.
SISTER ANN M. HARRINGTON (St. Remi) served at Mundelein College for 22 years and now is a professor of history at Loyola University Chicago, where she has been since 1991. She also served in Kansas and Missouri.
SISTER CORNELIA HARRISON , from Mary Help of Christians Parish, worked in elementary education at Our Lady of Angels, St. Robert Bellarmine and in Missouri, California and Iowa. She now is a volunteer at St. Robert Bellarmine School.
SISTER MARY ANN LENAHAN , from St. Matthias Parish, offered education and religious education. She served in Iowa, Montana and California, where she now does bereavement ministry at St. James Parish, Petaluma.
SISTER MARCELLA MAGLINTE taught at Our Lady of Lourdes; St. Joseph, Round Lake; St. Bartholomew; and in Montana, California and Hawaii, where she now teaches at the Lihikai Elementary School, Kahului.
SISTER MARGARET MCCULLOCH (St. Henry) was a teacher and administrator at St. Dorothy, Seven Holy Founders and in New York, Iowa, Mississippi and Missouri, where she now is the director of elementary schools in St. Louis.
SISTER JEAN MEYER (Jeanette) worked in Montessori and elementary education and nursing. She served at St. Bridget, Holy Family and in Iowa, Colorado, Nebraska and Missouri. She now is a certified nursing assistant, Marian Hall, Dubuque, Iowa.
SISTER SHEILA MARY O’BRIEN (Mary Trea), an Evanston native whose home parish was St. Gertrude, taught Spanish, primarily at the college level. She served at Immaculata High School and in Wisconsin and Iowa for 30 years. She now teaches at Centro Muchacho Trabajador in Quito, Ecuador.
SISTER BETTY SLOWN (Laetitia) offered education and parish ministry at St. Peter; St. Tarcissus; in East Moline, Ill.; and in Iowa, Tennessee, Arizona, California, Alabama and Florida. She is retired and lives in Duubuque, IA.
SISTER ELIZABETH STEINER (Stephanie), from Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, served in education, administration, child care and foster care. She served in New York, Iowa and Wisconsin, where she now is the assistant administrator, Guardian Angel Learning Center, Milwaukee.
SISTER REGINA WAGNER has been a teacher and administrator at Our Lady of Lourdes, in California and in Nebraska, where she is now teaching at Mary Our Queen School, Omaha.
Sisters of Christian Charity
SISTER MARY ANN WARWICK is from St. Thomas of Canterbury Parish. She ministered in education, local community leadership and liturgical organ accompaniment. She served at St. Alphonsus, Prospect Heights; St. Teresa of Avila and at Maria Immaculata, Wilmette, where she now works as an organist and provincial secretary.
SISTER ANASTASIA SANFORD was a high school and college librarian. She served at Josephinum High School; Montay College; and in Wilmette at St. Joseph, Mallinckrodt College, the community’s motherhouse and Sacred Heart Convent, where she now works as an assistant archivist and assistant editor of the province publication Broken Bread.
Sisters of SS. Cyril and Methodius
SISTER M. KAREN WILSON worked as a nurse and director of religious education and handled health insurance matters for her community. She served at Villa St. Cyril, Highland Park. She now is a pastoral assistant at Sacred Heart Parish, Lewisburg, Pa.; does health insurance work and is a clerical assistant to the general treasurer, Sisters of SS. Cyril & Methodius, Danville, Pa.
SISTER PATRICIA BRADY is a Chicago native whose home parish was St. Kilian. She taught high school and worked in community and school administration. Brady served at Immaculate Heart of Mary High School and Mother McAuley High School and was the prioress for her community’s Upper Midwest chapter. She now serves as the promoter of Dominican Youth Ministries in the Chicago area.
SISTER EUNICE DRAZBA is a Chicago native whose home parish was St. Mary Magdalene (84th & Saginaw). She worked as a facilities director. She now serves at St. Leonard’s Ministries (S. Hermitage).
SISTER FRANCES LOMBAER is a Chicago native whose home parish was St. Philip Neri. She was a teacher, principal, coprovincial and administrator for her community and as an archivist. She served in California, Nevada and in South Africa. She now is a clinic assistant, Dominican Life Center, Adrian, Mich.
SISTER HELEN MCALLISTER is an Evergreen Park native whose home parish was St. Carthage. She taught at St. Cyprian, River Grove; St. Benedict, Blue Island; Immaculate Heart of Mary High School, Westchester; and Queen of Peace High School, where she now is a Christian Living teacher.
SISTER DIANE MCGUIRT is a native of St. Rita of Cascia Parish (63rd & Washtenaw). She worked as a teacher, director of religious education and as a mental health counselor. She served at Queen of Angels, Bishop Quarter Military School and St. Columbanus. She is a parish life director at St. Elizabeth Church, Ravenna, Ky.
SISTER JOELLA MILLER , an Elgin native, worked as a teacher, principal and chapter prioress for the Chicago area. She served at St. Nicholas of Tolentine, St. Philip Neri, St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. Clare of Montefalco. She now is director of plant operations at the motherhouse, Adrian, Mich.
SISTER JUDITH ANN SEEFELD (James Charles) taught for 40 years in kindergarten and primary grades, CCD and Saturday enrichment classes. She served at Queen of Angels, St. Rita, St. Lawrence, St. Rose of Lima, Holy Cross and in Florida and California. She volunteers at Hospice House/Westland House, Monterrey, Calif., where she also did pet therapy.
SISTER JANET TRAUT is a Chicago native who ministered in education. She served in the Detroit Archdiocese and works at the Siena Literacy Center there.
Dominican Sisters of Springfield Illinois
SISTER MARY HARRIS was a teacher, a director of religious education and a pastoral associate. She served at St. John Bosco; St. Bernadette, Evergreen Park; in Aurora and Springfield, Ill.; and in Minnesota. She now is at the community’s motherhouse in Springfield, Ill.
SISTER M. ALVERNA HOLLIS is from Our Lady of Grace Parish. She served in teaching, administration, working with deaf adults and students, and directing religious education. She ministered at Queen of Angels and St. Teresa Avila; at the Archdiocese of Chicago Office of Catechesis; in Aurora, Ill.; Washington D.C.; and in Lima, Peru. She now directs the ministry formation program for deaf adults in collaboration with the Archdiocesan Office for the Deaf, though the program is international.
SISTER BERNICE JUIP (M. Anthony) was a teacher, principal and community administrator. She served at St. Christina and in Springfield, Peoria and Rockford, Ill. She is now the administrative assistant to the prioress general of the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Ill.
SISTER M. LINDA TONELLATO taught and did formation work. She served at St. Bernadette, Evergreen Park; Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights; and in Peoria and Springfield, Ill. She now is the archivist for her congregation of Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Ill.
Dominican Sisters of Saint Catharine, Ky.
SISTER THOMAS ANN FORD was a teacher and director of finances. She served at St. Michael, Orland Park, and in Nebraska and Kentucky. She is retired and lives in St. Catharine, Ky.
SISTER MARTIN DAMIEN MIQUELON was a teacher and director of religious education. She served at Our Lady of the Wayside, Arlington Heights, and in Massachusetts. She is retired and lives in Watertown, Mass.
SISTER JOAN BRICHACEK (Yoland), from St. Vincent Ferrer Parish in River Forest, was a teacher and administrator. She served at the Bartlett Learning Center, Bartlett, and at Dominican University, River Forest; was finance officer and secretary for the Eastern Province of her congregation; and now does ministry of care at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Schaumburg. She also worked in Wisconsin, South Dakota and New York.
SISTER PATRICIA DOERR (Estella) is from St. Barnabas Parish. She ministered in secondary education and hospital chaplaincy. She served at Trinity High School, River Forest; Queen of Peace High School, Burbank; Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood; in Freeport, Ill.; and in Nebraska and Wisconsin. She is retired and lives in community in River Forest.
SISTER CAROL FOX (Honorata), from St. Margaret Mary Parish, taught in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, Colorado, New York, Washington and Washington D.C. She now teaches English as a second language at St. Louis Community College, St. Louis.
SISTER GERALDINE HOYE , from St. Stephen Parish, worked in pastoral ministry and faith formation. She served in Kentucky, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Illinois, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Louisiana. She now serves as a pastoral associate at St. Leo Parish, Murray, Ky. and other far west Kentucky parishes.
SISTER DIANE KENNEDY (Mary Alana), from St. Giles Parish in Oak Park, has served as an administrator. She now is vice president for mission and ministry at Dominican University, River Forest. She also ministered in Wisconsin, Missouri and Minnesota.
SISTER MERCEDES KUCERA (Mary Meloria) is a Chicago native whose home parish was St. Giles, Oak Park. She taught at St. Sabina; Westside Center; Trinity High School, River Forest; and in Wisconsin, South Dakota, Wyoming and Iowa. She now volunteers with the Sinsinawa Mound Children’s Choir at the motherhouse and at St. Dominic Villa, Sinsinawa, Wis.
SISTER MARY MAHONY (Ivana), from St. Mary Parish in Evanston, served in elementary and adult education and pastoral ministry. She served at St. Brendan, St. Richard, St. Thomas the Apostle and in Wisconsin, Alabama, Minnesota and Washington D.C. She now teaches in the STEPS Program for adult education at Columbia St. Mary’s Ozaukee Hospital, Mequon, Wis.
SISTER SUSANNE MCDONALD (Julianus) taught and served at Visitation; St. Thomas More; St. Giles, Oak Park; and in New Jersey, Minnesota and Wisconsin, where she is a member of the support staff at the motherhouse.
SISTER MARY MONTGOMERY (Mary Henry), from St. Christina Parish, has been an educator and administrator at the parish and diocesan levels. She served in Rockford, Ill., and in Minnesota, Maryland and Wisconsin. She now serves as the director of pastoral planning for the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Iowa.
SISTER MARY VIRGINIA PHILLIPS (Gratian) was a teacher, school and diocesan administrator and religious educator. She served at the Westside Employment Center and in Alabama, Minnesota and Michigan. She now is ministering as an administrative assistant at Visitation School.
SISTER LEONIUS SKAAR has been a teacher and administrator. She served at St. Cajetan; St. Patrick, Lemont; Visitation; and in Bloomington, Ill.; Minnesota and Wisconsin where she has ministered as principal at St. Dennis, Madison.
SISTER CAROL SUTTER (Aurelian) ministered in teaching, religious education and faith formation. She served at St. Basil; St. Thomas More; in Galena, Ill.; and in Nebraska, Iowa, Oklahoma and Wisconsin, where she now ministers as support staff at the motherhouse, Sinsinawa.
SISTER LINDA HUNT has served as a social worker and teacher. She served at St. Pius V and in Bolivia. She now ministers as a social worker in Spokane, Wash.
SISTER CAROLE MARY CAPOUN is from Our Lady of the Angels Parish. She was a teacher, school and community administrator. She served at St. Turibius; St. Joseph High School; Good Counsel High School; Holy Innocents; and Santa Maria Addolorata and was the director of the Provincialate. She now is the director of associates and a computer resource consultant for her provincialate.
SISTER MARY FRANCESA LA CERBA is a Chicago native from St. Vincent de Paul. She was a teacher, administrator and librarian. She served at St. Turibius; St. Hubert, Hoffman Estates; and Good Counsel High School. She now is the librarian at Our Lady of Tepeyac, coordinating assistant at Our Lady of the Angels Convent and the moderator for the Ladies’ Provincialate Auxiliary.
SISTER JOAN MARIE RYBICKI is a Posen native whose home parish was St. Stanislaus. She was a teacher, medical technician and worked in social services. She served at St. Bruno; was the director of St. Andrew Home, Niles; and worked in Centralia, Salem and Belleville, Ill., and in Wisconsin. She now is a coordinating assistant at Our Lady of the Angels Convent.
SISTER MARY EILEEN WARDZALA is from St. Wenceslaus Parish. She worked in teaching and administration at St. Helen; St. Linus, Oak Lawn; Good Counsel High School; Dehon House; and Catholic Charities’ Cooke’s Manor. She now is an administrative assistant for Catholic Charities Home Care.
Franciscan Sisters of Our Lady of Perpetual Help
SISTER JANICE ALFOLDY was an educator who served at Our Lady of the Ridge, Chicago Ridge. She now is an ESL instructor at St. Louis Community College and St. Louis University, St. Louis.
SISTER FRANCES ANN CLOUSE taught at St. Francis of Assisi and Our Lady of the Ridge, Chicago Ridge. She now tutors at the Notre Dame Tutorial Center, St. Louis.
SISTER JOAN PHYLLIS DYREKS served in education and school administration at St. Francis of Assisi. She now is coordinator of Retirement at Mother of Perpetual Help Residence, St. Louis.
SISTER LUCIA PINSKI has served as a teacher at St. Francis of Assisi. She is now retired and lives in St. Louis.
Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration
SISTER KATHLEEN MITCHELL worked in education, the communication arts and as a historical researcher for the Daughters of St. Paul. She now teaches at Pope John XXIII School, Evanston.
Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart
SISTER M. CORDE’ MIRANDA ministered in health care, teaching, social work and administration. She served at St. Anthony Hospital; St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin; at her community’s Frankfort motherhouse and in Joliet, Mokena, New Lenox and Danville, Ill., as well as Indiana and California. She now works as a local community leader and lives at the Provena Sacred Heart Home Convent, Avilla, Ind.
SISTER RUTH AGEE has served in education and secretarial work. She worked at St. Mary, Mundelein; in Mokena and Springfield, Ill.; and in Indiana and California. She now serves as an executive secretary for Queen’s Care, Los Angeles.
SISTER CHRISTINA FULLER worked in education, community formation and as a director of religious education. She served in Frankfort, Ill., Indiana and is now the director of religious education at St. Nicholas Parish, Evanston.
SISTER JOYCE SHANABARGER has spent much of her religious life as a teacher and principal. She now is a pastoral associate at St. Francis Xavier Parish, Wilmette, and serves as religious community councilor in Frankfort. She also worked in Indiana.
Sisters of St. Francis Third Order Regular Congregation Our Lady of Lourdes
SISTER MARILYN BLESIUS , from St. Juliana Parish, ministered in elementary education and administration. She served in the Minnesota Catholic school system and was the director of education for the Diocese of Winona. She now is an administrative secretary, St. Jerome School, Maplewood, Minn.
Hospital Sisters of the Third Order Regular of St. Francis
SISTER MARY LOU DURBIN worked as a surgery, emergency room and home health nurse. She served at a Chicago-area hospital and nursing center. She now works as a volunteer and health service and personal care assistant. She lives at St. Francis Convent, Springfield, Ill.
School Sisters of St. Francis
SISTER MARILYN BRODD (Edward Ann) is a Chicago native who ministered in education, various pastoral roles, as a campus minister and in congregational leadership. She served in Oklahoma, Kentucky and Wisconsin, where she now is a pastoral associate at St. Peter Claver Parish, Sheboygan.
SISTER ANN BUSCH has been a teacher, administrator, organist and a sales manager. She served at St. Philomena; Santa Maria Addolorata; St. Joseph the Worker, Wheeling; Lyon and Healy; St. Mary, Buffalo Grove; St. Norbert, Northbrook. She now serves as principal of St. Anne, Barrington.
SISTER KATHLEEN DONOHOE (Virginia Clare) is a Chicago native who was an educator and pastoral minister. She taught the Confraternity of Christian Doctrine program within the Archdiocese of Chicago and served at St. Benedict; St. Dismas Education Center, Waukegan; Mary Seat of Wisdom, Park Ridge; St. Matthew, Schaumburg; St. James, Arlington Heights; and St. Edmund, Oak Park where she now is a pastoral associate.
SISTER DONNA MARIE PRESTON served as the casework supervisor of parish community services at Catholic Charities and its program director for the Food Development Program; pastoral social worker for the South Chicago Parish cooperative; technical specialist for the Greater Chicago Food Depository; social worker at Holy Rosary (Roseland); parish secretary, St. Catherine Siena/St. Lucy, Oak Park; warehouse supervisor for housing opportunities and maintenance for the elderly; staff member at the National Association for Lay Ministry; food director for the Chicago Anti-Hunger Federation and coordinator of the FEMA Clearinghouse in Chicago, where she currently works.
SISTER HELEN STRUEDER (Tressa) served as a teacher and administrator at St. William and St. Clara and for 43 years as a teacher, assistant principal and principal at Holy Angels. She now ministers as a counselor and consultant for San Miguel School-Gary Comer Campus.
SISTER JOSELINE VALDES has ministered in education, administration, various pastoral roles and in service to seniors. She served at Holy Angels, St. Philomena, Our Lady of Victory, St. Peter Canisius and Life Style Options. Currently, she volunteers and works part-time at Our Lady of Fatima Center, Des Plaines.
SISTER ARLENE WOELFEL has served as an educator, social justice advocate, social worker, psychotherapist and counselor and in a leadership role for her community. She ministered at Alvernia High School, Witness for Peace, 8th Day Center for Justice, Latino Counseling Services and in Guatemala and Nicaragua. She now serves on the international team of the School Sisters of St. Francis as vice president and lives in Milwaukee.
School Sisters of St. Francis of Christ the King
SISTER M. PAULA NASENBENY was a teacher and school administrator. She served at St. Stephen (22nd Place); Mt. Assisi Academy, Lemont; and in Ohio and Wisconsin. She was provincial superior for her community and now works as a local minister for the sisters in their infirmary in Lemont.
Sisters of St. Francis Clinton Iowa
SISTER MICHAEL MARIE BURNS was a teacher, campus minister and director of religious education. She served at St. Gerald Parish, Oak Lawn; St. Benedict; and in Indiana. She is now the house manager/ care provider for Sophia House, Esperanza Community Services, Chicago.
Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi
SISTER MAXINE HART is an Oak Park native who worked in home economics and administration. She served at the American Dietetic Association; University of Illinois at Chicago; Little Company of Mary Hospital, Evergreen Park; Augustana Center & Lakeview Living Center and the Meadows, Rolling Meadows. She is retired and volunteers in the SAGE Program at the University of Arizona, residing in Oro Valley, Ariz.
Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Family
SISTER MARGARET COLEMAN worked in teaching, social justice and administration. She served at St. Mary of the Woods; Corpus Christi; Sacred Heart, Melrose Park; Mater Christi, North Riverside; and Call to Action. She now is the coordinator of Retirement for Religious for the Archdiocese of Chicago.
SISTER JULITTA DEPPE taught at St. John Brebeuf, Niles. She now is a caregiver in Dubuque, Iowa.
SISTER ANN MARIE DUNN worked in teaching and parish ministry. She served at St. Mary of the Woods and St. Anne, Hazel Crest. She is now the director of faith formation in Mount Pleasant, Iowa.
SISTER MARY ANN HELLE taught at St. Anne, Hazel Crest; and Sacred Heart, Melrose Park. She now is the sewing room coordinator at Mount St. Francis, Dubuque, Iowa.
SISTER CAROL HOVERMAN was a teacher and diocesan administrator. She served at Sacred Heart, Melrose Park, and now is the editor of The Witness and director of communications for the Diocese of Dubuque, Iowa.
SISTER LOIS KOBLISKA worked in teaching and parish ministry. She served at St. Christopher, Midlothian, and now is the pastoral associate at Church of St. Pius, Rochester, Minn.
SISTER PHYLLIS MANTERNACH taught at Sacred Heart, Melrose Park. She is now a librarian at Mount St. Francis, Dubuque, Iowa.
SISTER DORIS RECKER was a teacher and hospital chaplain. She served at Mater Christi, North Riverside; St. Christopher, Midlothian; and St. Elizabeth. She now is a hospital chaplain at Palos Community Hospital, Palos Heights.
Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate Joliet
SISTER DONNA MARIE BAIER is a Chicago native from Sacred Heart Parish (Englewood). She devoted 37 years to teaching and work as a principal. She served in Aurora, Joliet and Manhattan, Ill., and in Ohio. She now is director of volunteers at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home, Joliet, Ill.
SISTER SYLVIA POST entered the religious life from St. Procopius Parish. She worked in teaching and adult faith formation programs—RCIA, marriage preparation and enrichment. She served at St. Clement, SS. Cyril and Methodius, St. Francis Xavier and St. Ludmilla. She now works as director of adult faith formation at Presentation Church, Stockton, Calif.
SISTER FAITH SZAMBELANCZYK , a Chicago native, is from St. Stanislaus Kostka Parish. She worked in education, public relations, development and congregational administration. She served at Our Lady of Angels Retirement Home and now is the president and CEO of Joliet Catholic Academy, Joliet, Ill.
SISTER MARY CATHERINE UCHMAN (Camille) is from St. Francis de Sales Parish. She ministered in teaching, missionary work and in psychiatric and social work. She served at Sacred Heart (Englewood); Sacred Heart, Winnetka; in Joliet, Ill.; Arizona; and Brazil. She lives in retirement in Joliet.
SISTER JEANINE BESSETTE is a Chicago native from St. Andrew the Apostle, Romeoville. She worked in religious congregational and school administration. She served at Trinity High School, River Forest, and started an International Baccalaureate curriculum program and the first block scheduling program in an Illinois Catholic high school. She now serves as Councilor for the Mission and general secretary for Joliet Franciscans. She also serves on the boards of all the Joliet Franciscan- sponsored institutions in Joliet; is the secretary of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious; and serves on the boards of the National Religious Retirement Office, Ministering Together and the Commission on Religious Life and Ministry.
Holy Cross Sisters
SISTER MARY ANNE ROSE , an Evergreen Park native who graduated from Academy of Our Lady, has worked as a registered nurse. She served in Breese, Ill.; North Dakota and Wisconsin. She now brings Holy Communion to residents at the Pine Crest Nursing Home and works as director of Resident Services, Bell Tower Residence, Merrill, Wis.
Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth
SISTER ELAINE SKRZPCZYNSKI is a Chicago native from Holy Innocents Parish. She worked in elementary education, administration and pastoral care. She served at Immaculate Heart of Mary; St. Hedwig; St. Blasé, Argo; Holy Family Academy; St. Ladislaus; St. Gilbert; St. Andrew Life Center; and in Indiana and Wisconsin. She now ministers in pastoral care at Resurrection Life Center.
SISTER M. CONSTANCE KUCZWARA has served in elementary and religious education. She ministered at St. Andrew the Apostle; St. Hedwig; St. Ann; St. Michael (S. Shore); St. Patricia; Immaculate Heart of Mary; Ascension/St. Susanna, Harvey; St. Hyacinth; Divine Infant, Westchester; Five Holy Martyrs; St. Martha; and in Kankakee and Joliet, Ill. She now serves as the director of religious education at Visitation, Joliet.
SISTER SANDRA MARIE SOSNOWSKI is a Chicago native from Immaculate Conception Parish (S. Chicago). She ministered in elementary education and pastoral care and as a vocation director. She served at Immaculate Heart of Mary; St. Emily; St. Susanna, Harvey; St. Andrew the Apostle; St. Paul of the Cross; St. Joseph Retreat Center, Des Plaines; and in Marayong, Australia.
Congregation of St. Joseph
SISTER GRACE SBRISSA is a Chicago native from St. Francis Xavier of La Grange. She worked in education, school administration and congregational leadership. She served at Nazareth Academy, La Grange; was on the leadership team for the Sisters of St. Joseph; and taught in Chicago archdiocesan schools. She now is a financial management consultant for religious congregations and lives in La Grange Park.
SISTER CHRISTINE MARCH is a Chicago native whose home parish was St. Jane de Chantal. She worked as a registered nurse, licensed massage therapist and certified healing touch practitioner. She served at Catholic Charities on the development team for Bethlehem Wood Retirement Center and at Westlake Community Hospital. She now serves on the staff at The Well, a sponsored ministry of her community in La Grange.
SISTER KATHLEEN L. SHERMAN is a Chicago native from Our Lady of Peace. She has worked in education and music and campus ministries. She served at Alexine Learning Center, La Grange; St. Xavier University; Nazareth Academy; St. Francis Xavier; and St. James (S. Wabash), where she now works as director of music and worship. She is also a composer and retreat facilitator.
Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary
SISTER THERESE O’SULLIVAN is from St. Laurence Parish. She was a teacher, co-founder and director of St. Martin de Porres House of Hope, where she now ministers. She also served at St. Bernard; St. Cyril and St. John Vianney, Northlake.
SISTER MARY ANNEL , from St. Domitilla Parish in Hillside, earned a medical degree and a master’s degree in rural health. She ministered first in Guatemala, working in public health programs emphasizing maternal-child care. She now works in El Salvador, ministering to people with HIV-AIDS.
SISTER SUSAN GUBBINS , from St. Joseph Parish, Homewood, was a teacher, supervisor and social worker in the missions. She served in Indonesia and Australia and now East Timor. She also has been working with the physically handicapped for the past 25 years.
SISTER MARY TRACY is an Evergreen Park native whose home parish was St. Blase, Argo. She did family ministry in Chicago but served most of her religious life as a nurse and teacher in Chile, where she still works to meet social and health needs.
Sisters of Mercy
SISTER MARY BARBARA BLAKE is a Chicago native who worked as a teacher and counselor. She served at Siena High School and in Colorado, where she now lives in Woodland Park.
SISTER MARYELLEN CALLAHAN is a Chicago native who was a teacher. She served at St. Thomas Aquinas, Oak Park and at St. Angela. She still teaches and lives in Chicago.
SISTER ALICE MARIE FEEHAN is a Chicago native who worked as a principal and director of development. She served at St. Mary, Riverside, and Mother McAuley High School. She is retired and lives in Darien.
SISTER MARY BARBARA HENEGHAN is a Chicago native who served in administration. She worked at Siena High School and the Austin Career Center. She now does volunteer work and lives in Oak Park.
SISTER MARY LOU HOGAN , a Chicago native, was a teacher and administrator. She served at Siena High School and Misericordia Home North. She is retired and lives in Chicago.
SISTER MARY SHARON KERRIGAN is an Evergreen Park native who worked as a teacher, pastoral minister and consultant. She served at Unity High School; Moraine Valley College, Palos Hills; St. Xavier University; and Provena Health, Mokena. She now serves on her community’s leadership team and lives in Oak Lawn.
SISTER MARY JOAN LANG taught at Resurrection and St. Angela. She now serves as a substitute teacher and lives in Oak Park.
SISTER CAROL ANN MUCHA , a Chicago native, was a principal and administrator. She served at St. Barnabas and now is the co-director at the Institute/Center for New Membership, St. Louis.
Congregation of Notre Dame
SISTER THERESA GALVAN (Mother St. Maureen Therese), from St. Anthony of Padua Parish, taught and did retreat work and administration. She served for 28 years in the Joliet Diocese and now does pastoral ministry and works as a spiritual director while residing in Kankakee, Ill.
SISTER ANNE CHRISTINE LEONARD (Mother St. Anne Christine) has worked as a teacher, administrator and province leader. She served at St. Jude the Apostle, South Holland; was superintendent of elementary schools for the Archdiocese of Chicago; president of the archdiocese’s principals’ association; and director of education and member of Cardinal Bernardin’s curia. She now is in leadership for the Congregation of Notre Dame International Community, Montreal.
SISTER EILEEN TIERNEY (Mother St. Eileen of Jesus) has devoted her religious life to teaching, parish work and the diaconate ministry. She served for eight years as the diaconate director for the Archdiocese of Chicago; was the executive director of the National Association of Permanent Diaconate Directors; was pastoral associate at Santa Maria Addolorata; and for 12 years has been a pastoral minister at St. Daniel the Prophet (South Natoma), where she still works. She also ministered in New York, Vermont, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
Daughters of St. Paul
SISTER MARY THECLA PAOLINI ministered in evangelization and communications outreach. She now serves at the Pauline Books and Media Store, 172 N. Michigan Ave., but also worked in California and Texas.
Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ
SISTER BARBARA KOBER is a Chicago native who worked in education and parish ministry. She served at Angel Guardian Orphanage; St. Augustine; Notre Dame; St. Ansgar, Hanover Park; St. Ann, Lansing; in Edwardsville, Quincy and Stonington, Ill; and in Indiana and Mexico. She is retired and lives at Catherine’s Cottage, Donaldson, Ind.
SISTER JOLISE MAY is a Chicago native who ministered in education and as provincial treasurer, provincial superior and administrator. She now is the Sister Coordinator/Director at Catherine Kasper Home/Catherine’s Cottage, Donaldson, Ind.
Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Dubuque
SISTER RAELEEN SWEENEY was a teacher and administrator. She served for 13 years at St. Germaine, Oak Lawn, and now works with Golden Apple Scholars of Illinois and is the associate director of CORE.
SISTER STEPHANIE BLASZCZYNSKI is a Chicago native of St. Mary of the Angels Parish. She worked as a teacher and principal and served in community leadership as superior, provincial and General Councilor in Rome for six years. She served at St. Mary of the Angels and recently was president of Resurrection High School. She is now ministering in Tanzania, where she is coordinating the beginning of a secondary school for girls.
Missionary Sisters of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
SISTER CELIA CID was a nurse and offered parish ministry. She served at Cuneo Hospital, Columbus Hospital, St. Cabrini Hospital and in Washington state, New York, Montreal and Guatemala. She now does parish ministry at St. Joseph Parish, Spring Valley, N.Y.
SISTER MARIE LOUISE DEANTONIO dedicated her religious life to nursing, nursing education, pastoral care, outreach to the homebound and teaching English as a second language. She served at St. Cabrini Hospital, Columbus Hospital, Cook County Hospital, and Outreach to the Homebound. She is retired and lives at St. Cabrini Residence, Philadelphia.
SISTER MARGARET DOS SANTOS worked in health care ministry, as an EKG technician and in environmental services. She served at Columbus Hospital, St. Cabrini Residence and in Philadelphia, where she now ministers in sisters’ support services.
SISTER ALFONSINA GOMES devoted her religious life to nursing. She served at Cuneo Hospital, St. Cabrini Hospital, Columbus Hospital, St. Joseph Hospital, and in West Park and New York. She now works as a registered nurse at St. Anthony Hospital.
SISTER BERYL JUNE MALLAUN worked in hospital admitting offices and as a bursar, administrative assistant and data coordinator. She served at Columbus Hospital and in Washington state, Pennsylvania and New York where she now works in quality assurance, Cabrini Medical Center.
SISTER AMBROGINA MORSELLI worked in dietary services, as a recreational therapist and pastoral minister. She served at Columbus Hospital; Cabrini Retreat Center, Des Plaines; Cuneo Hospital; and in New Orleans, Seattle and New York. She now is part of the support staff for women residing at St. Mary’s Residence, Philadelphia.
SISTER RUTH TAVARES worked in wardrobe, as part of the community’s support staff and as a sacristan. She served at Columbus Hospital, St. Cabrini Hospital, St. Frances Cabrini Shrine and in Pennsylvania. She is retired and now lives at St. Cabrini Residence, Philadelphia.
School Sisters of Notre Dame
SISTER NORA O’CONNOR , from Little Flower Parish, taught and worked in parish ministry. She served at Academy of Our Lady, St. Margaret of Scotland and St. Stanislaus Kostka. She is retired and does prayer and presence at the Resurrection Life Center.
SISTER JANE JOYCE , from St. Andrew Parish, was a teacher and principal. She served at St. Michael; St. Alphonsus; St. Rosalie, Harwood Heights; St. Procopius; St. Pius, Stickney; and Academy of Our Lady. She is retired and does prayer and presence at Marian Village, Homer Glen.
SISTER JOHN MARTHA KNYBEL , from St. John Cantius Parish, was a teacher and librarian. She served at St. Constance, St. Stanislaus Kostka, Cardinal Stritch High School and Academy of Our Lady. She now is a part-time receptionist at Resurrection Life Center.
SISTER HELEN JOSEPH LEFFNER , from St. Stanislaus Kostka, was a teacher and principal who served at Academy of Our Lady, St. Stanislaus Kostka, St. Margaret of Scotland and St. Helena of the Cross, where she now is a CCD teacher. She also tutors at Corazon a Corazon.
SISTER NADINE OSTDICK (Mary Rupert) worked as a teacher, principal, provincial and also did spiritual services. She served at St. Helena of the Cross; St. Stanislaus Kostka; St. Rosalie, Harwood Heights; at the Warrenville Cenacle; and the Provincial, Berwyn. She does volunteer work in Brookfield.
SISTER MARIE SYNDER , from Christ the King Parish, taught at St. Helena of the Cross, Our Lady of Guadalupe, St. Ambrose and Academy of Our Lady. She is retired and ministers in prayer and presence in Chicago.
SISTER MARY LOU HENDERSON , from St. Sabina Parish, has taught and done pastoral ministry. She served at Queen of Martyrs, Evergreen Park; St. Kieran, Chicago Heights; St. Colette, Rolling Meadows; St. Ansgar, Hanover Park; Academy of Our Lady; St. John de La Salle; and St. Margaret of Scotland. She now is a ministry of care coordinator at St. Alexander, Villa Park.
SISTER MARY BRUCE WRIGHT , from St. Bonaventure Parish, was a principal and teacher. She served at St. Margaret of Scotland; St. Paul and St. Rosalie, Harwood Heights. She now is an administrator at Academy of Our Lady Convent.
Servants of Mary
SISTER PATRICIA ANN FERGUSON was a nurse, teacher and administrator. She served as the assistant administrator at Addolorata Villa, and is now retired and lives in Wheeling.
Christian Brothers of the Midwest
BROTHER KONRAD DIEBOLD has been a teacher, principal, auxiliary provincial and curriculum coordinator for the Archdiocese of Chicago. He also served at St. Paul High School, at the Christian Brothers Center, in New Mexico and in Rome. He now is president at St. Patrick High School.
BROTHER LEO LEBA has worked as a principal, teacher, pastoral associate, formation worker and community health worker. He served in Chicago; Romeoville, Ill.; Louisiana; Missouri; Rome; and in Vietnam and North Vietnam, where he was taken prisoner for seven years. He lives in retirement at the Benilde Community, Chicago.
BROTHER LEONARD STOFFEL was a teacher, refugee services worker and tutor. He served at De La Salle; in Galesburg, Ill.; and in Minnesota, Missouri, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Washington D.C. and Ohio, as well as in Ethiopia and Thailand. He is retired and lives at the Benilde Community, Chicago.
BROTHER JOSEPH ZASTROW, from St. Nicholas of Tolentine Parish, did retreat work and business activities for his community. He served at St. Mel High School; St. Patrick High School; in Quincy, Ill.; and in Kansas, Missouri and Tennessee. He now works in the Glencoe, Mo., La Salle Institute business office and does retreat work.
BROTHER MICHAEL QUIRK, a Harvey native, has been a teacher, business manager and president of De La Salle Institute where he has ministered since 1988. He also served at Montini Catholic High School, Lombard, and at St. John; and has lived within the Logan Square, De La Salle and Wallace communities.
Congregation of Christian Brothers
BROTHER PAUL J. MESSICK, from St. Albert the Great Parish, served as a teacher, librarian and archivist, working at Leo High School and St. Laurence High School, Burbank. He now is a province archivist for the Christian Brothers Community and lives in Burbank. BROTHER ROSS E. WIELATZ, from St. Albert the Great Parish, has worked as a teacher, community administrator and counselor. He served at St. Laurence High School, Burbank, and Brother Rice High School and was a member of the Province leadership team. He now is a counselor at St. Martin De Porres House of Hope.
BROTHER PAUL R. ICKES, from Queen of Martyrs Parish, served as vocation director of his community in Arizona and now teaches at Brother Rice High School.
BROTHER MATTHEW K. MCCURRIE, an Evergreen Park native from St. Albert the Great Parish, served at Brother Rice High School and St. Laurence High School, Burbank. He now teaches at Columbia College.
Conventual Franciscans-St. Bonaventure Province
25 YEARSFATHER JAMES P. HENNING, from St. Robert Bellarmine Parish, was a parish priest and chaplain for religious institutes. He served as chaplain for the Felician Sisters (Peterson Ave.); Good Counsel High School; Mount St. Joseph Institute, Lake Zurich; was associate pastor of St. Genevieve Parish and mission promoter at the Sacred Heart Friary. He now ministers in Illinois as pastor of three parishes: St. John the Baptist, Clinton; Sacred Heart, Farmer City; and St. John the Evangelist, Bellflower.
Franciscans-Sacred Heart Province
FATHER ROBERT KARRIS, an Oak Lawn native, worked as a professor, vicar, minister provincial, general definitor, general visitor and in research. He served at St. Joseph, Teutopolis; Catholic Theological Union; in the General Curia; at St. Peter’s; and in St. Bonaventure, New York, where he now is director of research at the Franciscan Institute.
FATHER JAMES PERLUZZI served in pastoral formation, congregation leadership, chaplaincy and as a guardian. He worked at St. Augustine as provincial procurator of the Franciscan Missionary Union, guardian, definitor and vicar; in Ohio and in the General Curia in Rome.
BROTHER HERB REMPE was a dean of students and worked in pastoral ministry, maintenance, business and congregational leadership. He served at St. Joseph, Teutopolis; St. Paschal, Oak Brook; St. Peter’s in the Loop; in Countryside and Quincy, Ill.; and in Missouri. He now is a member of the front office staff, Friars Legion and pastoral associate at St. Peter Church.
FATHER LUIS RUNDE , a Chicago native, served in pastoral formation and ministry; chaplaincy; refugee apostolate; business; Hispanic ministry and as a confessor. He served in Ohio, Tennessee, Louisiana, Texas and Missouri and in the Holy Land, Nicaragua and Brazil. He now is a confessor at St. Peter Church.
FATHER GERALD BLEEM, a Cicero native, has been a chaplain, vicar, confessor, guardian and member of the vocation office staff, as well as offering pastoral and liturgical art ministry. He served at Hales Franciscan High School; St. Paschal, Oak Brook; San Damiano, Cicero; and in Tennessee and New Mexico. He now ministers as a visual artist and is on the faculty at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
FATHER PAUL GALLAGHER, a Countryside native, served in pastoral, campus and young adult ministry and congregational administration. He served at St. Paschal; St. Agnes; San Damiano, Cicero; in Louisiana and Texas. He now does young adult ministry at St. Peter.
Congregation of Holy Cross
BROTHER TIMOTHY O’CONNELL’S home parish was St. Therese, and he entered his religious life from St. Adrian. He was an administrator and worked in nursing homes, food service and parishes. He served as superior of Andre Residential Services and now lives in Notre Dame, Ind.
FATHER DENNIS P. AHERN served as a chaplain at Loyola University Chicago. He now is associate chaplain at St. Xavier High School, Cincinnati.
FATHER JAMES C. L. ARIMOND is a Chicago native who now serves as an alumni chaplain at Loyola Academy Jesuit Community, Wilmette.
FATHER LAWRENCE BIONDI is a Chicago native who serves as president of St. Louis University, St. Louis.
FATHER JOSEPH T. BRENNAN now serves as rector, St. Ignatius Jesuit Community and faculty chaplain, St. Ignatius College Prep.
FATHER JOHN P. COAKLEY is a Chicago native who serves at Foster-McGaw Hospital, Loyola University Medical Center.
FATHER DENIS A. DIRSCHERL worked as a chaplain at St. Ignatius College Prep and now is assistant chaplain, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Fairborn, Ohio.
FATHER CHARLES A. HOFFMAN has been a pastoral minister and therapist. He served as a clinical psychologist at Loyola University Medical Center. He now does pastoral ministry and therapy in Cincinnati.
FATHER ROBERT A. WILD is a Chicago native who now serves as president of Marquette University, Milwaukee.
FATHER RAYMOND C. BAUMHART is a Chicago native who currently serves as superior of the Jesuit Residence Community/ Loyola University Chicago and is a personal consultant to Cardinal George.
FATHER MATTHEW E. CREIGHTON is a Chicago native who serves as professor emeritus of Greek and Latin at Loyola University Chicago.
FATHER RALPH H. TALKIN is a Chicago native who now serves as chaplain for the Little Sisters of the Poor, Denver, Colo.
FATHER ROBERT A. YTSEN is a Chicago native who currently is on a sabbatical.
BROTHER LESTER KAEHLER is a Chicago native who was a teacher, coach, formation worker and vocation director. He served in Wisconsin, Missouri, Texas, Indiana and in Santiago, Chile, and Ranchi, India. He now is the director of the Marianist Residence on the campus of St. Mary’s University, San Antonio, Texas.
Marist Brothers of the Schools
25 YEARSBROTHER RICHARD J. CAREY, from St. Catherine of Alexandria Parish, served in Massachusetts as a principal and since 1999 at Marist High School, where he is now president.
Oblates of Mary Immaculate
FATHER DONALD DIETZ devoted his religious life to work as a pastor and professor of theology. He served in Washington D.C., Texas and Mississippi and now is pastor at St. Peter, Volo.
FATHER THOMAS MAHER is a Chicago native whose home parish was Our Lady of Peace. He now is a missionary in Japan.
FATHER GEORGE KNAB has been a teacher, pastor and chaplain. He served in Indiana, South Carolina, Florida, New York and Washington D.C. He now is an itinerant preacher in residence at St. Malachy, Chicago.
FATHER EDWARD WARD is a Chicago native whose home parish was Our Lady of Peace. He now is the parochial vicar, Houston, Texas.
Society of the Precious Blood
FATHER DENNIS F. CHRISZT has served in retreat, renewal and formation work and vocations. He was director of formation for his Cincinnati Province in Ohio and now is the director of the Interprovincial Formation program and retreat and renewal ministry. He lives in Chicago.
FATHER DAVID A. KELLY served in conciliation and prison ministry. He worked at Assumption Church, where he was parochial vicar, and at Kolbe House and is currently with Precious Blood Ministry of Reconciliation, Chicago.
FATHER FRED LICCIARDI, of St. Eugene Parish, served as a chaplain and worked in outreach and social justice as well as spiritual companioning. He ministered at Holy Family, Inverness, and now is associate pastor of St. Anne, Barrington.
FATHER EDWARD DUBEL, from St. Ann Parish, taught and did pastoral work. He served at Gordon Tech High School and in California. He now is associate pastor, St. Bernadette Parish, Panama City Beach, Fla.
FATHER STEPHEN GLAB, from St. Helen Parish, served at Gordon Tech High School and Marion Central Catholic High School in Woodstock and now is a novice director in Crystal Lake.
FATHER JOHN BONELLI was a parish priest at Santa Maria Addolorata; Santa Lucia; Our Lady of Pompeii; St. Anthony; St. Charles Borromeo, Melrose Park; and in Canada. He is retired and lives in Bassano del Grappa, Italy.
FATHER VINCENT CUTRARA, from Santa Maria Incoronata/Santa Lucia Parish, served at Our Lady of Pompeii; St. Michael (24th Place); Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Melrose Park; and in Missouri. He now is the associate pastor at St. Helen Parish, No. Burnaby, B.C.
BISHOP LAWRENCE SABATINI, from Santa Maria Addolorata Parish, has served as a teacher, pastor and bishop. He ministered in New York and Canada and now is pastor at Holy Rosary Parish (North Western Avenue).
FATHER ROBERT F. COONEY was a high school teacher, chaplain and pastoral minister. He served at St. Viator High School, Arlington Heights; St. Viator Parish; in Rock Island, Kankakee and Springfield, Ill.; and in Nevada. He is retired and lives at the Viatorian Province Center, Arlington Heights.
FATHER JOHN W. MILTON, a Chicago native from St. Simeon in Bellwood, worked in religious formation and high school and university education. He served at St. Viator High School, Arlington Heights, for 20 years. He is a regular celebrant of liturgies at St. Zachary, Des Plaines and is associate professor at De Paul University.
FATHER DANIEL R. HALL was a high school teacher, pastor and military chaplain. He served at St. Viator High School, Arlington Heights; in Camp Pendleton, Calif.; at Diego Garcia in the Indian Ocean; at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina and in Belize and Kuwait.
(VERY REV.) FATHER MARK R. FRANCIS, from St. James Parish, Arlington Heights, has been a high school teacher, director of formation, professor of liturgy and superior general of the Congregation of the Clerics of St. Viator. He was professor of liturgy at the Catholic Theological Union, and in Nevada and Bogota, Colombia. He currently is the superior general of the Congregation of the Clerics of St. Viator, Rome.