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Welcome New Leadership Team need. Sister Laura said, “The mission of Mercy As the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community does not diminish with changes in demographics celebrated our five-year anniversary on July 1, six or physical presence of Sisters of Mercy in the newly-elected sisters began leading the Community traditional ministries of healthcare or education. into our next five years. This new leadership team will We join with others -- our Mercy Associates and continue to advance the mission of Mercy, serving the Companions, co-workers and friends -- in the poor, sick, and uneducated. We are pleased to take journey to reveal the richness of Mercy to those this opportunity to introduce you to our new West around us. My hope for the future is that all Midwest Community Leadership Team. CONTINUED ON PAGE 6 A Sister of Mercy for 39 years, Sister Laura Reicks of Dubuque, Iowa, will assume the role of President of the West Midwest Belief in our mission Community. She of Mercy enables us to brings 26 years move into the future of leadership with confidence. - Sister Laura experience to the new team, with her knowledge of financial strategic planning and the stewardship of resources. Sister Laura sees the stewardship of Congregational resources as a group effort, with communication and the engagement of others as a central pillar, especially in the important mission of Mercy Front row: Sisters Judith Frikker, Laura Reicks, Sue Sanders. to assist those in Back row: Sisters Margaret Mary Hinz, Maria Klosowski, Anne Marie Miller.



Dear Friends of Mercy, This summer issue of Living Mercy greets you in the midst of Ordinary Time within the Church’s liturgical cycle. While we tend to equate summer with rest, relaxation, and retreats, which I do hope you are enjoying, we are about many new and exciting transitions within our Mercy Community. On July 1, the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community celebrated its fifth birthday, bid an affectionate farewell to the members of the first Community Leadership Team, and welcomed our newly-elected leaders to renovated space at our West Midwest Community central office in Omaha, Nebraska.    It is with extreme gratitude that we bid a formal goodbye to the members of the 2008-2013 Community Leadership Team, Sisters Judith Frikker, president, Judy Cannon, Michelle Gorman, Sheila Megley, and Kathy Thornton. We wish them every grace and blessing as they move onto new opportunities for renewal and growth as they continue to serve in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and Catherine McAuley.


We welcome the members of our 2013-2018 Community Leadership Team, comprised of Sisters Laura Reicks, president, Judith Frikker, Margaret Mary Hinz, Maria Klosowski, Anne Marie Miller and Sue Sanders. We have highlighted some of the accomplishments of our new leaders as a way to introduce them to you. May our God of Mercy animate them with wisdom, delight, and perseverance as they assume their new responsibilities. We are also pleased that Sister Patricia McDermott, president of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and member of the West Midwest Community, contributed her reflections on religious leadership in a letter within this issue. Finally, planning for the future is essential in order to provide for the changing needs of those most important in our lives. We are pleased to share some helpful information on estate planning within this issue. The Sisters of Mercy are grateful for the many ways you support us with your financial gifts. For many, a planned gift or estate gift is a meaningful way to ensure the future of the charitable organizations and causes you hold dear. We welcome the opportunity to assist you with this type of gift. Please contact us for our free booklet, Leaving a Legacy of Mercy, that may be helpful to you. In Mercy,

Sister Marie Angele, RSM, MBA

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25 Years of Inter-Faith Response Service Inter-Faith Response, a relief organization in Council Bluffs, Iowa, supported by the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community, is celebrating 25 years of service to the community. Sister Claudia Robinson, who has been with the organization for 20 years, currently serves as its director. Initially formed by various churches, Inter-Faith Response was originally intended to meet the needs of those who lost homes when a tornado tore through the west end of the city in 1988. Although the organization was created in reaction to the natural disaster, Sister Claudia explains that people just kept coming after the tornado. In order to meet the needs of the citizens of Pottawattamie County, Inter-Faith Response remains open to this day, providing a helping hand when other agencies cannot.    “We are trying to help keep people in their homes – preventing homelessness – or assist them in a small way with their rent or deposit for housing,” Sister Claudia said. “We work with landlords and tenants to see if our partial payment will prevent eviction or allow them to move into a place with the rent or the deposit,” she added. “In emergencies, we help with prescription medicine and eyeglasses if they’ve broken them and can’t get replacements.” Inter-Faith Response is open three days a week and continues to operate, thanks to volunteer support. Due to its mission to help those when extreme emergencies arise, applicants seeking assistance

“We are trying to help keep people in their homes – preventing homelessness.”

can only receive help once a year, except with prescription medications. Over the last few years, Sister Claudia and her staff have seen a sharp increase in the number of people requesting aid. This is due in large part to employers cutting back hours and laying off workers, she says. In addition, many of those that the organization benefits are on fixed incomes or are single parents. “We helped out 2,512 people last year,” she said. “These people are referred to us by other agencies, by the churches, by their friends. We only have one basic guideline: If we find out you lied to us, we can’t help you again.” Sister Claudia calls what they do at Inter-Faith Response a true act of faith, and as always, faith is rewarded. “The most rewarding part is when they say ‘Thank you’,” Sister Claudia said. “When they come in they often have a serious problem; and when they leave, at least that one problem is taken care of.” After a quarter of a century, Inter-Faith Response has become a fixture in the community. Looking forward, Sister Claudia is optimistic about the future of the organization. “I have two hopes. One is that the economy would improve enough that people could get a decent job and become self-sufficient,” she said. “And the other is that good people would continue to volunteer to be kind in assisting others in crisis.” Sister Claudia has served those in need as a Sister of Mercy for 66 years.





A Letter from Sister Patricia McDermott President, Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Dear Friends in Mercy, As vowed women religious, our Institute and Community leaders are charged with articulating the vision and identity of the Sisters of Mercy, as well as, promoting the life and mission of the Church. Our Chapter documents give impetus and focus to our ministry. Thus, the Institute Direction Statement of 1991 directs our work: We commit our lives and resources to act in solidarity with the economically poor of the world, especially women and children. We stand with women seeking fullness of life and equality in church and society. We are impelled to develop and act from a multicultural and international perspective.    Religious leadership strives to provide guidance for the connection between church and society. Our leadership welcomes opportunities for communication with church and civic leaders, to learn from one another and to foster

We stand with women seeking fullness of life and equality in church and society.

dialogue about significant issues. We also strive to recognize and support the legitimate authority of an individual or group as they address complex issues of moral and social consequence. We encourage proactive efforts to deepen our own consciousness and the awareness of others toward those situations where justice is needed and the dignity of the human person is denied. The role of religious leadership in the Church and society continues to grow in complexity. When Sisters of Mercy find themselves at the White House, U.S. legislative offices, or at the Congregational Offices in Vatican City, they exhibit a firm desire to move forward the critical concerns of the Sisters of Mercy. We long for justice; we thirst for a Church and a world marked by mutual dialogue, respect and curiosity about our unfolding beliefs and commitments. All of our encounters with members of the Church and members of society are a sacred opportunity to speak on behalf of all those to whom and with whom Sisters of Mercy minister. Recently, the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community gathered in Chicago for our Assembly. In the context of prayerful reflection and Community liturgies, we reviewed our governance plan, responded to emerging Community needs, and elected new leadership for the Community for the next five years. The sisters who answered this ministry call have moved to our Community central office in Omaha, Nebraska, and began their work on July 1. As women religious leaders, the West Midwest Community Leadership Team is graced by this opportunity of service. The six elected sisters are responsible for challenging the nearly 700 sisters of the West Midwest Community to fidelity to the


charism of the Sisters of Mercy. They will work collaboratively with all leaders within our Institute to engage sisters in living out our Institute Chapter Declaration. The Sisters of Mercy are blessed with the opportunity to extend Mercy in elected leadership roles. We will remain faithful and vigilant in leading and extending Mercy to all those in need. In this holy



exchange, each of us becomes more of a blessing to one another. In Mercy,

Patricia McDermott, RSM, President Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Sister Katherine Doyle Receives Catherine McAuley Award In addition to her current ministries as pastoral associate at Holy Spirit Parish in Sacramento and with Mercy Spiritual Ministries Outreach, Sister Katherine Doyle of Sacramento, California, has most recently served as the interim president of Mercy High School in Burlingame, California. As the school year drew to a close this spring, Sister Katherine was honored with the 2013 Catherine McAuley Award during the high school’s Making a Difference scholarship benefit. The annual award is presented to a person or group who represents a commitment to the education of young women. This award celebrates the continued vision of the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy who said, “No work of charity can be more productive of good to society than the careful instruction of women.”    Bob Grassilli, chair of the board of Mercy High School Burlingame said, “We are most grateful to Sister Katherine for being our interim president this year. She joined our community during a time of transition and has led the search for our new president. She reconstituted the board of directors and has led the search for our new principal.” “She has done an outstanding job leading the Mercy community this year, bringing forth a renewed sense of mission and commitment to all that it means to be a Mercy school,” he added. Sister Katherine said, “I have treasured my

time with you, delighted in new friends, found inspiration in the dedication of faculty members, parents and Mercy community members, and am awed by the way in which the Mercy charism gives life to our school. This was the year of my 50th anniversary as a Sister of Mercy, and I have often shared with others that being with you was God’s jubilee gift to me.” Throughout her years of ministry, Sister Katherine has served as an educator and administrator and worked with the Diocese of Sacramento as the director of faith formation and as a consultant for adolescent catechesis. She has also served on the former Auburn regional Community team, and as the Community’s vocations minister. She is the author of Like a Tree by Running Water, the Life of Mother Mary Baptist Russell. Sister Katherine is also currently the West Midwest Community president’s designee to Mercy Foundation, Sacramento.






Sister Margaret Mary Hinz, a Sister of those people will be united with us in promulgating Mercy for 45 years, joins the Community the message and actions of Mercy, so wherever Leadership Team after serving at Saint there is a person in need of housing, clothing, Xavier University, Chicago, for 10 years food, a comforting hand or listening ear, we are as the associate director nearby.” Sister Laura also expresses appreciation of graduate programs. Her for our many benefactors who provide for the life We can collaborate other experiences include and ministry of the Community with their generous and work together to administrative and finance gifts. enhance the mission roles in healthcare facilities. Continuing with a second term of Mercy. Sister Margaret Mary sees the on the West Midwest Leadership - Sister Margaret Mary Sisters of Mercy responding Team where she previously served as to changing times. She said, “Our vow of service President, Sister Judith to the poor, sick and uneducated has always Frikker was also a called us to respond to the needs of the times. This shared Mercy member of the Detroit ministry includes shared Sisters of Mercy throughout the world serve in regional Community action, resources and the traditional ministries of education, healthcare leadership prior to the prayer. and social service, but today we are also called West Midwest Community - Sister Judith to be advocates for immigration reform and merger. Her previous environmental concerns.” She also recognizes the ministry was in healthcare as a physician in internal Community’s responsibilities to our retired sisters. medicine in Michigan. Sister Judith also served the She said, “One of the challenges we face is to people of Chile, South America, for 12 years as a provide comfortable retirement settings that not physician and pastoral assistant. She notes that only provide for the conditions of aging, but are the first five years of the West Midwest Community also in locales familiar to the sisters and within a were devoted to building the infrastructure to Mercy setting.” Sister Margaret Mary expresses support the merger of the six former regions. gratitude to our many benefactors for their Sister Judith said, “I hope that the next five years support through their prayers, gifts, and efforts to can be devoted to strengthening the Community, assist us in meeting these needs. our relationships and lives together, our outreach Most recently ministering to and advocating in ministry to and with others, and the spirituality for immigrants, Sister Maria Klosowski of which grounds our lives in our relationship to God. Farmington Hills, Michigan, brings experience We look to continue working together with the laity in education, youth ministry, religious vocations and members of other congregations to extend and social services. She began her the reach of compassionate service to the poor ministry as an educator, served as new and marginalized.” She hopes the Community’s membership coordinator for the sisters direction continues to focus on the Sisters of and more recently, Mercy’s relationship with the Church, vibrant ministered at a shelter communities, and new membership, from which Deep spirituality gives us serving survivors of tenacity as we bring Mercy domestic and sexual fresh outlooks and creative actions can spring. to the pressing concerns Sister Judith celebrates 45 years as a Sister of violence. She also worked of our world. Mercy. as a senior housing

- Sister Maria


consultant for people with AIDS. When Mother Teresa was asked how to promote world peace, she replied, “Go home and love your family.” Sister Maria sees this practical approach of thinking globally and acting locally as the way to promote the works of Mercy. She said, “As Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, we are challenged to understand the pressing issues from a larger perspective. However, each of us lives locally, and this is where the action begins. It always amazes me that someone simply needs to know one Sister of Mercy to be a friend of the Mercy Community. It is that one connection that brings the person into the whole Community. Then we become a blessing to each other.” Sister Maria has been a Sister of Mercy for 47 years. A native of Dublin, Ireland, Sister Anne Marie Miller looks forward to her new role on the West Midwest Community Leadership Team. She said, “Making connections and being in the presence of people who share the same passion for Mercy service and action has The works of Mercy are been a blessing for me alive all around us in a and our West Midwest variety and diversity of Community. I am so ministries. - Sister Anne Marie inspired by and grateful to our many benefactors and supporters who give of their time and resources that enable us to respond to the call of the Gospel to serve all those in need.” Sister Anne Marie brings 26 years as an educator and administrator in northern California. Her experience in education includes collaboration on many levels, educational program development and oversight to facilitate growth of the school and parish community. Sister Anne Marie said, “I have confidence that the West Midwest Community will continue to be creative and visionary in finding ways to affect systemic change so that all people are treated with dignity, respect and compassion. I look forward to a future



full of hope for all whom we serve thanks to the support and generosity of the many people who collaborate with us.” Sister Sue Sanders leaves Chicago’s Mercysponsored Saint Xavier University after 12 years, most recently as vice president of administration and planning and prior to that, as vice president for university mission and heritage. In these positions and as chief operating officer and corporation secretary, she led strategic planning, implementation, and assessment processes; managed trustee recruitment, orientation, and education efforts; assisted with fund-raising; and developed mission and charism-focused The world needs programs for administrators, the hope that Mercy staff, and students. A tenured can offer. professor of public policy - Sister Sue at both Saint Xavier and DePaul Universities, Sister Sue has published extensively in the areas of Catholic higher education, religious charism, nonprofit organizations, and tax-exemption and health policy. Sister Sue said, “I am honored and eager to collaborate with those who are already involved in serving a growing number of vulnerable people having neither the resources to compete in the market nor the political power to attract the assistance of the government. This makes the route to bringing Mercy to the world very challenging, but the contributions of our generous benefactors make it easier and give me hope. Together, we will bring this hope that is Mercy to our world.” Sister Sue entered the Sisters of Mercy Community 39 years ago. We welcome the new Community Leadership Team to our central office in Omaha, Nebraska, and support them in their new role to continue the legacy of our founder, Catherine McAuley.





Governor’s Award for Excellence in Rural Health A native of West Virginia, Sister Mary Rebecca Fidler entered the Sisters of Mercy 50 years ago in Marion, Iowa. Known as Sister Barbara in West Virginia, she has been serving the working poor in Harrison County for more than a decade. After ministries in health care and as a medical educator in Michigan, Iowa and Florida, she moved back to West Virginia in 1992 to care for her ailing mother. During the mid1990s, it became clear to community leaders the need for medical services for the uninsured and underinsured was growing. The mayor of West Milford at the time, Roy “Don” Smith, asked Sister Rebecca, “If I build a clinic, will you come and run it?” Sister Rebecca took on the ministry challenge. In 2002, the Susan Dew Hoff Memorial Clinic opened its doors to the working poor and elderly. The clinic was named for the first female to practice medicine in the state. After the clinic opened, Sister Rebecca realized that the source of many of her patients’ health problems stemmed from poor dental hygiene. Although the clinic still provides general medical care services, the main focus is oral health care. The clinic works with nine other free clinics in the state to refer and make sure a patient is able to receive the proper services they need for a healthy life. Sister Rebecca has worked diligently over the years to make sure the underinsured of Harrison County have reliable medical and dental care, even to the point of making home visits to clients in need. The Susan Dew Hoff Memorial Clinic offers access to healthcare, dental care and social services with dignity that address the root cause of poverty and the social stigmas. The clinic’s goals are to relieve pain and have patients feel good

about themselves. Relieving patients from pain is one of the most rewarding experiences for Sister Rebecca in her ministry at the clinic. “They are so grateful when we can help relieve their pain,” says Sister Rebecca. When patients are relieved from their pain, they are able to eat properly and take better care of their overall health. Additionally, fixing clients’ teeth and creating a better smile builds patients’ self-esteem to give them greater confidence and dignity to secure employment and contribute to their community. The Susan Dew Hoff Memorial Clinic strives to create a healthy oral cavity for its patients. Currently, the clinic has 4,500 active clients and fulfills 175 to 200 procedures a month, ranging from fillings, impressions, root canals, extractions and complete dental restorations. “We say around here, everyone we meet has our teeth,” says Sister Rebecca. The services of the clinic are provided solely by volunteers. At any given time, the clinic has


approximately 15 – 20 volunteers who provide dental services. Sister Rebecca, along with retired and practicing dentists, hygienists and dental students from the West Virginia School of Dentistry, provide the services at the Susan Dew Hoff Memorial Clinic. Sister Rebecca says the clinic has a motto – “We don’t just fix teeth, we change lives.” In addition to the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community, the Susan Dew Hoff Memorial Clinic receives funding from the Sisters of St. Joseph in Wheeling, Harrison County United Way and the Harrison County Commission. Members of the Harrison County community also support the clinic. Last year, during Lent, a resident gave up something each day and put a dollar in a jar for each item she sacrificed. At the end of Lent, she handed Sister Rebecca a jar of 65 one-dollar bills. “The money that people donate and spend at the clinic goes right back to the people,” says Sister Rebecca. “All funds go to the clients with the exception of the clinic’s organizational audit, which we finance.” Sister Rebecca’s work at the Susan Dew Hoff Memorial Clinic also includes advocacy and public education about the importance of oral health care. Each year the clinic holds an annual health and dental fair for the citizens of the Appalachia community. The fair heightens awareness of health and dental risks with subsequent education of how to maintain their level of wellness. Additionally, West Virginia Governor Earl Ray Tomblin and state legislatures have listened to and acted upon Sister Rebecca’s concerns, not only for the Harrison County community, but statewide.




They understand that the oral cavity’s health directly affects the overall health of the state. Public service announcements airing throughout West Virginia are slowly changing the perception of good oral health in the state. Emphasis is on counseling state residents about tobacco and the cost of cigarettes versus the cost of seeing a dentist. In recognition of her work, Sister Mary Rebecca Fidler received the Governor’s Award for Excellence in Rural Health as director of the Susan Dew Hoff Memorial Clinic in West Milford, West Virginia Sister Rebecca says during the West Virginia Rural the clinic has a Health Association Conference motto – “We don’t last November. just fix teeth, we Sister Rebecca’s recent change lives.” award is one of many accolades she has received for making a positive and lasting impact in her ministry work. The award she is most grateful for is the Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice Cross, which she received in 2008. The Pro Ecclesia Et Pontifice Cross is the highest medal awarded by the Papacy to the laity for distinguished service. Sister Rebecca received this honor on the recommendation of Bishop Michael J. Bransfield of the Diocese of Wheeling-Charleston because of her continued achievement in affecting lives of people in rural communities in a singular manner. “For the Bishop to recognize the importance of my work, to nominate me for this honor, really meant a lot,” states Sister Rebecca.




2013 Jubilarians Reflect Joyfully on Years of Religious Life and Ministry In this issue, we feature Sisters who are celebrating their 60-year jubilees throughout the West Midwest Community this year. We hope by reading about our Jubilarians, you may be able to learn about or reconnect with sisters who have dedicated a lifetime of service bringing Mercy to our world.

60 years Sister Marguerite Buchanan Entrance: February 1, 1951, Burlingame First Profession: September 2, 1953 Final Profession: September 2, 1956 Current Ministry: Volunteer, Spiritual Direction and Retreat Ministry

Motto: Behold Your Mother In reflection, I see that I was aware of a call to dedicate myself to God at a very early age. I remember being attracted to the “environment” of my Holy Names Sister-aunt. However, being a good “7” on the Enneagram scale, I loved the excitement of parties and boyfriends, fun and the excitement of so much that was new. God’s grace prevailed, however, and I applied to become a Maryknoll Sister in my senior year of high school. After an interview with the Maryknoll Sisters, they rightly discerned that I was quite immature and needed more time to grow up. Nursing training at Saint Mary’s Hospital was where I chose to continue my so-called maturing. Except for Sister Noreen Ryan who took me under her wing, the sisters there were not attractive to me (and probably not me to them!). The counsel of Carroll O’Sullivan, S.J., prevailed, and I asked to join the Mercy Community in Burlingame after two years of nursing training.

“It is a glorious thing to be a Sister of Mercy.” Sister Francis Xavier Warde

From the very beginning, I loved religious life, except for a very dark time of over seven years when I seriously questioned my call. I found Mercy life enormously supportive of my growth in mind, body and spirit. It has never failed to be stretching. It challenged me to adventure, risk and growth. I have cherished my ministries. It has been a privilege to be intimately part of people’s lives and to work with dedicated colleagues. I was with high school students for almost 30 years; I ministered at Mercy Center as retreat and spiritual director for another 30. Twenty years ago, while at Mercy Center, Sister Suzanne Toolan and I began a weekly centering prayer group at San Quentin, a prayer group at the federal women’s prison in the East Bay and Eucharistic ministering at the San Mateo women’s jail. The dire need for transition homes with a spiritual base for the incarcerated became very obvious and led to the founding of Catherine’s Center with the Society of Saint Vincent de Paul of San Mateo County in alliance with the Sisters of Mercy. After over 81 years of life, I feel enormous gratitude for the call to ever deepen my life in God, for the gift of being a part of a very alive Mercy Community, for great friends and for the challenge, inspiration and joy of ministry.


Sister Nancy Cahill Entrance: September 8, 1953, Des Plaines First Profession: August 16, 1956 Final Profession: August 16, 1959 Current Ministry: Part-time Professor of Education

Motto: Yes, Father My journey began with the Sisters of Mercy at St. Justin Martyr elementary school and continued at Mercy High School and Saint Xavier University. The Sisters of Mercy offered me an excellent education in the liberal arts with an opportunity to travel and visit schools in New Zealand, Italy, England, and Ireland. The focus of my research was teaching methods in the area of early childhood education. I continue to draw on these rich experiences in my teaching today. I am grateful for all these years of doing what I love, and I try to pass this love of education on to my students.

Sister Virgena Clark Entrance: February 2, 1954, Des Plaines First Profession: August 16, 1956 Final Profession: August 16, 1959 Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer

Motto: Through Him, With Him, In Him Sixty years as a Sister of Mercy…As I ponder the gifts and graces that were mine to share through these years, I am filled with gratitude and joy in God’s love. My motto was inspired by the opportunities I had to attend Mass often as a child. Through experiences of teaching primary grades and First Communion classes, I felt drawn to work more with parents so that whole families might be brought closer to the love of God. The chance came when the inner city school



where I was missioned to teach closed because the parents could no longer afford it. The priests of the parishes involved wanted CCD classes, and I was hired. The year was 1970, the beginning of the era of religious education. What kept me going in the face of some discouraging circumstances were the blessings, the challenges, the camaraderie of different religious communities, the education of catechists from the mutual sharing of talents as we worked on bringing to life the Good News of the Gospel to children, youth and adults. The Holy Spirit was always visibly present in the celebrating of the sacraments. God is good. With Mary I say, I am God’s handmaid. “Behold, the Mighty One has done great things for me…and Holy is Your Name! soul exalts You, Behold, my Lord…whose mercy lies on me.” (from “Behold” by David Kauffman)

Sister Susan Dunnwald Entrance: August 1, 1952, Marion First Profession: February 2, 1955 Final Profession: February 2, 1958 Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer

Motto: All for Jesus “We hold a treasure not made of Gold” keeps resonating in my mind and heart as I reflect on my 60th jubilee. From entrance day, the first of August after high school graduation to almost 61 years later, I have found that this earthen vessel holds dear, innumerable treasured memories and the richness of opportunities which I never could have dreamed possible. I am so grateful for spiritual growth programs; friendships of spirit-filled, dedicated companions, co-workers and supportive faith-filled communities; educational opportunities – both formal and informal; challenges to keep me growing; the expectations and means to CONTINUED ON PAGE 12




keep informed and involved in mercy and justice programs; the call to journey in leadership, the affirmation of companions. I appreciate all the travel experiences. It has been a very fast-moving life, packed full of wonder, excitement and fulfillment. I like to sing grateful daily praise to God, especially for my family and my RSM community of sisters. Deo Gratia!

Sister Carol Gussy Entrance: February 2, 1954, Des Plaines First Profession: August 16, 1956 Final Profession: August 16, 1959 Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer

Motto: Serve the Lord with Gladness I have had a wonderful life’s journey as a Sister of Mercy and am ever so grateful for the call to the Mercy Community. I feel truly blessed to have been able to live such a full and grace-filled life.

Sister Mary Hannon Entrance: September 8, 1953, Des Plaines First Profession: August 16, 1956 Final Profession: August 16, 1959 Current Ministry: Hospital Volunteer

Motto: Teach Me Love After high school, I entered the Sisters of Mercy, and through these years have made many friends and have had some wonderful educational opportunities, formal and informal. I taught for about 30 years – pre-school through college, sometimes (with the shared pep of my companions) seven days a week, sometimes the same days in schools and parish work. The basic


work was primary grades and high school. I have also helped with family and am now also doing some hospital volunteer work. I am grateful for all that was gift of persons and learning and help to me in every situation.

Sister Brigid Johnson Entrance: September 7, 1953, Detroit First Profession: August 16, 1956 Final Profession: August 16, 1959 Current Ministry: Adjunct Professor, Tutor and Liturgist

Motto: Christ Lives In Me I am very grateful for my vocation to the Sisters of Mercy. I have been so blessed over these last 60 years to live, pray and work with women of deep faith and a great desire to help those in need in our day—women who laugh and cry and pray and work hard to bring the Gospel alive in our world. It has been a particular privilege to minister at Mercy College of Detroit/University of Detroit Mercy for the last 35 years. Here I have touched and been touched by people who have worked against great odds to accomplish their goals. They have been an inspiration to me. I thank God for them.

Sister Mary Julia Kepros Entrance: January 20, 1953, Marion First Profession: August 15, 1955 Final Profession: August 15, 1958 Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer and Volunteer

Motto: All for Thee Jubilee is a time to recall and celebrate the many blessings that have come through the years as we have been called by God and privileged to be a


member of the Community of Sisters of Mercy. A time of thanksgiving to Almighty God!

Sister Marise Kessler Entrance: September 8, 1953, Des Plaines First Profession: August 16, 1956 Final Profession: August 16, 1959 Current Ministry: Inner-City School Volunteer

Motto: Love Serves I have tried to make a positive difference in the lives of everyone with whom I come in contact. Each day I pray for the energy, strength and patience to achieve this goal whether it’s through teaching, caring for the sick, decorating a place to beautify it, or simply running errands. It has been a privilege to have been called to be a Sister of Mercy for 60 years and to follow in the footsteps of Mother McAuley.

Sister Sheila Lyne Entrance: September 8, 1953, Des Plaines First Profession: August 16, 1956 Final Profession: August 16, 1959 Current Ministry: President and CEO of Mercy Hospital & Medical Center Retired

Motto: With Christ in God As I look back over my 60 years as a Sister of Mercy, I feel immense gratitude. I have been so blessed to have the support of the Sisters of Mercy as I answered what I felt was God’s call to serve those less fortunate through my work in healthcare. The healing ministry touches every aspect of a person’s life. With the help of many talented people, I feel we have made a difference, although there’s always more work to be done. I am most grateful having chosen to be a Sister of Mercy. I pray that I




continue to be blessed by the goodness and caring of our Catherine McAuley.

Sister Judith Meyers Entrance: August 1, 1953, Marion First Profession: February 2, 1956 Final Profession: February 2, 1959 Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer and Contributed Service

Motto: Dominus, Sicut Semper Effundar (Lord, Let Me Always Be as Water Poured) I have had 60 grace-filled years living as a Sister of Mercy. It is a wonderful time to reflect on all that has taken place and commit to all that will come. My motto has served me well, to be as water poured out – doing what and going where God directs. Memories are of God’s gifts which have always been so helpful, encouraging and sustaining. Many times His gifts came through my family, my Mercy sisters, friends, co-workers and also those I was privileged to minister to in service—the poor, the sick and uneducated. I am grateful that God blessed me with my vocation. All the joys and sorrow have made for a wonderful life, so that it can be said, “For all that has been, thanks, and for all that will be, Yes!” May God continue to bless all of us.

Sister Lenore Mulvihill Entrance: February 2, 1954, Des Plaines First Profession: August 16, 1956 Final Profession: August 16, 1959 Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer

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a life dedicated to spiritual values. I trust in God’s Mercy.

Sister Rita Parks

Entrance: September 8, 1953, Council Bluffs First Profession: August 16, 1956 Final Profession: August 16, 1959 Current Ministry: Volunteer and Special Projects

Motto: Change Me into Yourself My life as a Sister of Mercy is a gift, a privilege, a blessing and a grace. It is a gift: “The gift you have been given, give as gift.” It is a privilege: “I have called you by name, you are mine.” It is a blessing: “All shall be well, and all manner of things shall be well.” It is a grace: “We should be as shining lamps, giving light to all around.” And in further words of scripture, “Goodness and kindness have followed me all the days of my life.” So it is with great joy that I continue the journey in this magnificent world that has been given to us, accompanied by marvelous companions – family, sisters, co-ministers and friends who continue to challenge me and shape me and amaze me with the tenderness of their love and care, the riches of their wisdom, and the generous sharing of their lives with me. And so I echo these words to my God who is Mystery, “For all that has been, thanks; for all that will be, yes.”

Sister Mary Lou Podzimek Entrance: August 1, 1952, Marion First Profession: February 2, 1955 Final Profession: February 2, 1958 Current Ministry: Hospice Chaplain

Motto: All For Thee Jubilee! My life in Mercy for 60 years reflects my love for Mercy and in Mercy. Serving God’s people through education, leadership, formation and hospital/hospice ministry has been a life filled with blessings and friendships as well as a source of spiritual energy. My family, community of sisters, friends and co-workers has added to my joys through celebrations and in times of need. I have been fortunate to travel to places of beauty and inspiration. My time as a volunteer at Mercy International and praying at Catherine’s grave each day will never be forgotten and to be in Prague twice was a great joy. Two quotes that continue to nourish my passion for caring for others are: “Our Name is Mercy! Our Spirit is Compassion!” And as Catherine said, “We can never say it is enough!”

Sister Janel Sawatzki Entrance: September 8, 1950, Council Bluffs First Profession: March 12, 1953 Final Profession: August 16, 1956 Current Ministry: Mime-Ink Facilitator

Motto: It’s been a blast. Thank you. In 1953, I made my first vows. Sister Mary Alice Long was a provincial councilor at the time and she wished us 25 years of service. That wish has been granted two times over and more. Being a


Sister of Mercy has been the joy of my life. I am so grateful for the vision of Catherine and all who have followed her. My motto when I pronounced my vows was “Behold Thy Mother.” When I celebrated my 50th Jubilee, I read an article in Mast that suggested that since I had probably grown in prayer and reflection since I was a novice, I should look again at my motto and see if it fit my life now. So, I took a long time and decided that I would change my motto to “It’s been a blast. Thank you.” I still ‘Behold my Mother’ and all of my prayer has turned to one of gratitude. It is great to be a Sister of Mercy.

Sister Angelene Schram Entrance: September 8, 1950, Council Bluffs First Profession: March 12, 1953 Final Profession: August 16, 1956 Current Ministry: Volunteer

Motto: All for Jesus I am grateful for these 60 years to a loving God who has guided me through the hills and valleys of my life. Only by the grace of God have I been privileged to serve his people in these various ways.

Sister Loretta Sedlmayer Entrance: September 8, 1953, Council Bluffs First Profession: August 16, 1956 Final Profession: August 16, 1959 Current Ministry: Parish Minister

Motto: Deus, Deus Meus Est



formation. She had a great love for the Sisters of Mercy, and the sisters loved her too. The Sisters at Presentation and Saint Joseph Schools were the living examples of excellence in teaching who were dedicated to their call and always interested in individuals. My opportunities for teaching and serving in many other capacities reflect the gifts I have been given for service among the people of God wherever I have been. Our sisters have always been understanding, patient and supportive. THANK YOU, Sisters of Mercy, for showing me the way!

Sister Mary Sheehan Entrance: February 2, 1954, Des Plaines First Profession: August 16, 1956 Final Profession: August 16, 1959 Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer

Motto: To Do But to Be Willing My 60 years as a Sister of Mercy have been and continue to be a gift. What is there to say except, “Thank you?” Thank you for the wonderful companions, the chance to be prepared for ministry and the chance to be part of so many positive experiences of giving to and receiving from others. And we were “owed nothing” from the start.

Sister Carolyn Snegoski Entrance: September 8, 1953, Council Bluffs First Profession: August 16, 1956 Final Profession: August 16, 1959 Current Ministry: Volunteer

Motto: Quid Retribuam Domino The first 21 years of my life were the seeds that led to my call to the Sisters of Mercy. My mother, Elizabeth, by her faith and example, was an overwhelming influence in my years of

When I ponder my last 60 years, I am overwhelmed by how many graces God CONTINUED ON PAGE 16




has showered upon me. I have had many opportunities, met many people and traveled to a number of places. I have been granted many religious experiences. Although I have had some health issues, God has given me the strength to recover from them. I have spent over 30 years in the beautiful state of Oregon, and it has made me more aware of the magnificent creation God has shared with us. Because of this, I have really become passionate about preserving our planet. My prayer life always leaned toward creation spirituality and now I relish my silence, centering prayer, and a love for creation more than ever.

Sister Suzanne Toolan

Entrance: July 1, 1950, Burlingame First Profession: January 24, 1953 Final Profession: September 2, 1956 Current Ministry: Music Composition

Motto: As a Little Child in Its Mother’s Arms My talent belongs to music. I have most enjoyed directing choirs, joining hearts and voices as one. Of my ministry at Mercy Center, wonderful space was available for a spirituality center and there was need for one in our area. I was fortunate to be in on the beginnings of the Center, and together we created a place that has been both a comfort and challenge to thousands of people through the years. One of the first pieces I wrote that began to be used throughout the country and beyond is, “I Am the Bread of Life.” I wrote it during a free period when I was teaching school. When the bell rang for the next class, I tore it up because I didn’t think it was good. When I left the classroom a freshman came out of the room next door and said, “What was that? It was beautiful.” Well, I went to the


wastebasket, scotch taped the manuscript and the hymn has had a life of its own ever since. I can only be thankful for the privilege of being a Sister of Mercy, living in this glorious place for these many years, and being part of a ministry that I love.

Sister Therese Villerot Entrance: August 7, 1953, Detroit First Profession: August 16, 1956 Final Profession: August 16, 1959 Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer

Motto: Thy Will Be Done God has blessed me so much with family, vocation, and people to serve as a Sister of Mercy for which I am truly grateful.

Sister Margaret Wright Entrance: September 8, 1953, Des Plaines First Profession: August 16, 1956 Final Profession: August 16, 1959 Current Ministry: Pharmacy Consultant

Motto: Thy Will Be Done I knew I was going to enter the convent in the seventh grade. At that time, I was headed to the Sister Servants of the Holy Heart of Mary in Beaverville, Illinois. In the eighth grade, I met the Sisters of Mercy at Saint Xavier’s and at St. Pat’s Academy in Des Plaines, Illinois. In 1953, I entered the Mercy Community in Des Plaines. I believe we are called to a particular Community. In 1956, we were asked what ministry we were interested in. I suggested some type of healthcare field because of my science background. I became a pharmacist in 1962, and served at Mercy Hospital in Chicago and Aurora, Illinois,


for many years. During those years I served on the Illinois State Board of Pharmacy, and met many pharmacists from across the country. They continue to be my friends and colleagues. Sixty years ago, I became a Mercy Sister and am grateful for the many women with whom I have shared my hopes, dreams and labors for a better world. Fifty years ago, I became a pharmacist.



These two vocations have worked well for me. These were gifts to me that hopefully I have used well. I am grateful for the love of my family, the Mercy Sisters and my many friends in the pharmacy profession. It is because of all of you that I have become who I am. Thank you.

Sister Marguerite Buchanan Receives Alemany Award Each year, the Dominican School of Philosophy and Theology chooses outstanding men and women as recipients of the Alemany Award. Named after Archbishop Joseph Sadoc Alemany, OP, this award recognizes years of unwavering service to the Church and the community. Among this year’s honorees was Sister Marguerite Buchanan. In the mid-1800s Archbishop Alemany called upon women religious from various orders to provide education and healing to his congregations. The Archdiocese of San Francisco chose Sister Mauguerite and four other women as modern representatives of these particular religious communities. In her 62 years as a Sister of Mercy, Sister Marguerite has continued this legacy of vocation in action. Serving first as a teacher and principal at Sisters of Mercy high schools for nearly three decades, Sister Marguerite then assisted in the newly-established Mercy Retreat Center as a retreat and spiritual director for over 25 years. Sisters Marguerite and Suzanne Toolan were later called upon to introduce Centering Prayer to the men at San Quentin State Prison and to the women at the Federal Correctional Institution for Women in Dublin, California. Their work with women prisoners inspired them to found Catherine’s Center, an alliance between the Sisters of Mercy and the

St. Vincent de Paul Restorative Justice Program of San Mateo, California. This program helps women transition back into society after incarceration. Although she was unable to attend the April 6 Alemany Award ceremony at the Cathedral of St. Mary the Assumption, Sister’s family and Mercy Associate Catherine Regan attended the Mass and dinner. Catherine received the award on her behalf. Sister Marguerite, who was attending the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community Assembly, delivered her remarks via video recording. As a happy coincidence, the Alemany Award has a special meaning to Sister Marguerite’s family. Her great grandmother, Catherine Dunne, was good friends with Archbishop Alemany and would often provide him a place to stay while traveling. This same spirit of hospitality is alive and well in Sister Marguerite’s work with women today.




Leaving a


of Mercy


The Sisters of Mercy were founded with an estate gift to Catherine McAuley. Catherine used this bequest to foster her personal mission of serving the poor, sick and uneducated. As a result of this generous inheritance and her deep faith, Catherine built the House of Mercy in 1827 to meet the religious, educational and social needs of the women and children of Dublin, Ireland. In 1831, she founded the religious community of the Sisters of Mercy so these works may endure. Generous benefactors who remember the Sisters of Mercy during their lifetime and in their estate plans continue this legacy and allow us to commit our resources to serve, advocate, and pray for those in need around the world.

Continuing Your Charitable Giving

Catherine McAuley Founder of the Sisters of Mercy

You have probably donated to charities throughout your lifetime. You might think that leaving a final gift is complicated or that only very wealthy individuals make estate gifts. Leaving a final gift to continue the sisters’ good works of Mercy can be very simple, and you may give a gift of any amount. The right information may even mean the difference between losing your estate to probate fees and taxes or leaving an inheritance to your family and the charities that depend on you.

Seeking Advice With proper planning, you can protect your estate and family, while continuing to support the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community. We would be pleased to discuss with you ways to leave a legacy of Mercy.


When planning your estate and providing for a gift to the Sisters of Mercy, it is advisable to work with your attorney, accountant, or financial advisor. A financial professional can best advise you on the tax implications and legal matters that affect your situation.

For More Information Your planned gift to the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community sustains our mission of prayer and service to God’s people. If you require more information or assistance, please feel free to contact us. You may call or email the development office nearest you to receive a free booklet, Leaving a Legacy of Mercy, and a personal financial planner as our gift to you. Sister Marie Angele, RSM Director of Development Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community Phone: 402-393-8225 Email: Carrie Bretz Donor Relations Manager Chicago, Illinois • Phone: 773-779-6011 ext. 3817 Farmington Hills, Michigan • Phone: 248-536-3212 Email:



Legacy Society Gifts January 1, 2013 – June 30, 2013 Anonymous + Victoria A. Bolts + Sister Mary Cabrini Camel, RSM + Sister Mary Laurentia Cerovac, RSM + John and Florence Ann Connors + Clare Crowley + Sister Mary Raymunda Crownhart, RSM + Sister Marian Curran, RSM + Richard E. Delaney + Sister Pauline Fox, RSM + Reverend Charles G. Gallagher + Junior L. Hutchcroft + Sister Mary Venarda Lance, RSM + Sister Mary Patricius Maloney, RSM + Sister Joan M. Martin, RSM + Grace Maughan + Laura E. Mottinger

Kelly Miller Donor Relations Manager Burlingame, California • Phone: 650-340-7408 Auburn, California • Phone: 530-887-2051 Email:

+ Helen M. Murnam

Melissa Pence, CFRE Donor Relations Manager Cedar Rapids, Iowa • Phone: 319-364-5196 ext. 5124 Omaha, Nebraska • Phone: 402-881-4939 Email:

+ Sister Rita Pitstick, RSM

+ Rose Rita Oberti + Joanne Pellissier, Leon A. Pellissier

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+ Sister Patricia Toolan, RSM + Marian Walsh





Sisters of Mercy Legacy Society The Sisters of Mercy Legacy Society is a special way to recognize individuals who have made provisions for the sisters in their estate plans. The only requirement for membership is a confirmation of your intent to make an estate gift. Supporting documents are most appreciated but are not required. We hope you will let us know if you plan an estate gift to the Sisters of Mercy, so we can thank you properly. Your name will be listed in our publications as a member of the Sisters of Mercy Legacy Society unless you indicate that you wish to remain anonymous. Ruth Altermatt LaDonna Ahlers + Joseph and Imogene Ames Tom and Jeanne Amosson Roy and Nancy Andren + Argentina Andoni Sister Marie Angele, RSM Anonymous (7) Barb Ashby + Max J. and Thelma Babin Rosemary Rita Baker Dr. John L. Banks Ray and Darlene Barger Steve and Kathy Barltrop + Sister Elizabeth Barrett, RSM + Dolores B. Batterton + Elmeda L. Bean Mr. and Mrs. Paul Becker Bernadette M. Benson William Best + Sister Theresa Blaquiere, RSM + Victoria A. Bolts + Sister Mary Carmen Brown, RSM Frank and Kathryn Geiger Burke + Sister Mary Irene Burns, RSM + John J. Bush + Sister Mary Honora Buza, RSM + Sister Peggy Byrnes, RSM + Mary Lou and Ed Callahan + Sister Mary Cabrini Camel, RSM Barbara Carey Helen Ann Carey Marie Carluccio + Agnes Carroll Joe and Tami Cerruto Hugh and Gail Chase Michael and Ruth Chofre

Cheryl A. Claeys + John and Florence Ann Connors Alan and Dianne Conrad John Costa + Clare Crowley + Sister Mary Raymunda Crownhart, RSM Jim and Norma Culbert + Sister Mary Charlene Curl, RSM + Sister Marian Curran, RSM + Loretta T. Davis Carol A. Dawson Cynthia J. Dedinas + Richard E. Delaney Michael and Ann Dillon Harold and Beryl Dilsaver Carl and Meredith Ditmore + Katherine Dodge Ms. Agnes Doherty Mary E. Dohn Frances Anne Dolan Jane F. Dorman Steve and Carol Doser Ms. Margaret Duberg + Marcella Eckermann + Thelma Egan + Sister Jane Ehrhardt, RSM + Sister Mary Gretchen Elliott, RSM + Barbara Ann Elordi Virginia Esh Edward and Mary Fabian John and Libby FitzGerald + Sister Mary Margo Fitzpatrick, RSM + Richard and Patricia Fletcher + Sister Pauline Fox, RSM + Margaret Anne Fraher + Rose Franchi Roseann Frederick

+ Leo and Pauline Freschi Friend of the Sisters + Reverend Charles G. Gallagher Bev Garges Mary Ellen Gaskell Paul and Dorothy A. Gereke Ann Gibbs + Ruth F. Gilman, M.S.N. Mr. and Mrs. Robert J. Godek Harold William Goehring Mrs. Samuel Goss Gary E. Gossman Sue A. Gouchee + Mary Elizabeth Graham Judith Grassilli + Sister Bernadelle Grimm, RSM Dean Gross Sarah Anne Halter Randolph Hampton + Margaret A. Hanlon Joyce P. Hanson Jack and Mary Hardman Sharon Hasler + Sister Mary Margherita Hayes, RSM + Sister Constance Heidewald, RSM + Shirley Hicklin + James P. Hopkins Joseph Warren Hovorka Deborah Ann Hull + Junior L. Hutchcroft Harry Irwin Wally and Rosemary Jamieson Glenn and Bridget Janus Deborah Johnson + Sister Mary Vivian Johnson, RSM Mary Ann Jones

Mary M. Joyce + Margaret Mary Kaufmann + Thomas Keenan + Emily Mary Kempa + Phyllis N. Kerrigan Dianna L. Kielian Shiela D. Kielly Laura J. Kline Thomas Kroetch + George and Alda Kroll Kaye and Dietrich Kuhlmann + Sister Bernice Kurt, RSM Howard and Wanda Lanus Dan and + Lola Leary Rev. Msgr. Edward W. Lechtenberg + Gertrude Lentz George Lester + Emilie D. Lucey + Elizabeth Ann Ludden + J. Edward Lundy + Sister Mary Loyola MacDonald, RSM Robert H. Mace, Jr. + Robert and Violet Madura Maureen A. Malane + Sister Mary Patricius Maloney, RSM + Sister Joan Marie Martin, RSM + Grace Maughan Nadine Maynard + Agnes McCarthy Charles H. and Phyllis McDonald + Francis William McDonnell Brian and Theresa McFarland + Sister Elizabeth Marie Mee, RSM + Elsie Meehan + Frances Millerick


Barbara Anne Mitchell + Dorothy and Michael Molony + Mary T. Monroe + Virginia Monroe Trust Sister Barbara H. Moran, RSM + Laura E. Mottinger Jeremiah P. Moynihan Catherine Murphy Cecilia E. Navratil + Clarence Nelson + Sister Stephanie Neumann, RSM Beth B. Nuttman + Rose Rita Oberti + Helen O’Connor + Maureen O’Connor + K. Angela O’Donnell Sally M. Owen Lorraine Pagan + Margaret Passanisi + Joanne Pellissier Dayle M. Peterson James and Joyce Petruk Jean and + Raymond Petrzelka Anthony C. Petz + Sister Eleanor Phelan, RSM + Sister Rita Pitstick, RSM + Mr. and Mrs. Norbert J. Pohl + Sister Marie Therese Poulin, RSM + Myriam Prather + Sister Mary Camille Prodzinski, RSM + Sister Mary Georgia Purk, RSM + Agnes Riley Donald Riley Elizabeth Rouan Eleanor Rought Margaret E. Ryan Joan Salan Edward and Helen Sarna Julie McDonnell Sartori + Raymond Scheller + Karna Schloss + Sister Mary Angela Schneider, RSM Toni Ann Secrest George Seeber + M. Madeleine Sell Carolyn M. Seyler + Sister Mary Ann Shimek, RSM

M. Chris Shimon Beatrice H. Simansky + Madeleine Skogen + Raymond K. Smith Family Trust Gerald L. Smithson Rita Snyder + Frances Patricia Stewart + Maureen Storch Marie Strain + Mary Blanche Stucky Ken and Sarah Swart Deacon Dan Sweeney + Sister Mary Carolita Taylor, RSM Helen Thomas + Joan Clark Thompson Kim Marie Thornhill + Vicki Thornton + Jeanne S. Tompkins + Patricia Toohig + Sister Patricia Toolan, RSM Pat and Jerry Turay Steve and Michelle Turriff Jean Morman Unsworth Patricia Valencia James and Shirley Valenteen + Sister Teresa Margaret Van Tassel, RSM Lois Verdow Marcel Viens Karen Volz Steven Wade and Susan Wade + Marian Walsh Edward and Jane Waters Rose M. Weddell Maxine E. Welch + Sister Rosemary Welter, RSM Christine Bucey Wilde + Sister Marcia Wilhelmi, RSM + Sister Clarice Williams, RSM + Kattie M. Williams Reverend Donald Worthy + Elizabeth A. Yates Sandra S. Zajdel Josephine Zarate



A Donor Story The Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community recently received a life insurance policy valued at over $22,000 from a grateful donor who wishes to remain anonymous. The benefactor, a current resident of Burlington, Iowa, received an education through the Sisters of Mercy and spent 14 years as a member of the former Chicago regional Community. Although God has called her to other things, she has not forgotten the kindness of the Sisters of Mercy. “I never would have gone to college and received an education if it were not for the Sisters of Mercy,” stated the donor. “My education provided me with an opportunity to do whatever I wanted to do.” The donor went on to serve in an accounting firm and operate two small businesses, taking her to Chicago and Springfield, Missouri. After a year in Switzerland, she retired and returned to Iowa, where many family members reside. “You never know what will come in the future,” stated the patron, as to why she decided to transfer the assets of her life insurance policy at this time to her beneficiary, the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community. “I wanted the Sisters of Mercy to know how much I appreciate all they had done for me.” The gift of a new or existing life insurance policy appeals to some donors because it allows for them to make a more substantial gift to their favorite charity. Additionally, when assets of a life insurance policy are transferred to a charity prior to one’s death, the donor’s gift may be tax deductible. For more information on how to make this type of planned gift to the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community during your lifetime or as an estate gift, please contact the development office, and we will be happy to assist you.


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Our Lady of Mercy Tribute and Memorial Program

We invite you to honor your loved ones with a tribute or memorial gift by using the envelope enclosed in this issue. It is a meaningful way to remember them in the Masses and prayers of the West Midwest Community. We are especially grateful to all of our benefactors who choose to memorialize or honor our sisters with a gift to the Sisters of Mercy. Your contributions support our life and ministry and enable our Community to continue serving the people of God.

Honor Tributes Honorary Tribute Gifts • January 1-June 30, 2013 The Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community is grateful to these many individuals who have chosen to support the life and ministry of the sisters with a gift in honor of loved ones or in celebration of a special occasion. Tribute honorees are listed first, followed by the donors who have made a gift in their honor.


Carole Angele – Birthday Sister Marie Angele, RSM Victoria Butler – Retirement Sister Marian Clare Valenteen, RSM Sister Mary Edwin Byrne, RSM – 70th Jubilee Grace C. Garcia Sister Virgena Clark, RSM – 70th Jubilee Judith and Donald Stanner Sister Mary Corkery, RSM – 70th Jubilee Bob and Melissa Pence Linda Stoll Sister Susan Dunnwald, RSM – 60th Jubilee Bob and Melissa Pence Linda Stoll Rita and Donald Towe Thomas and Gail Towe Sister Regine Fanning, RSM – 90th Birthday Anonymous Sister Maryellen Callahan, RSM Anne H. Cappuzzello Gregory and Mary Ceebin Joseph C. Dilger Colleen M. Gallagher Heeney Funeral Home Roseann Keller


Sister Sharon Kerrigan, RSM Valentine M. Kulczak Sister Aquinice McCorry, RSM Patricia A. McEnerney Marilyn J. O’Brien Joseph and Patricia Reichart Stephen and Shirley Ruff Leonarda Simonaitis Sister Mary Lenore Gardner, RSM – 75th Jubilee Bob and Melissa Pence Linda Stoll Sister Mary McAuley Gilgannon, RSM – 92nd Birthday Jacqueline D. St. John Reverend Tom Hamilton – 25th Ordination Anniversary Sister Marian Clare Valenteen, RSM Chad and Kari Herrgott – 7th Wedding Anniversary Rose Mary Williams Cedar Rapids Jubilarians 2013 Linda M. Kaas Darlene and Lee Schmidt Chicago Jubilarians 2013 Sister Ellen Marie Ryan, RSM Jubilarians 2013 Sister Mary Jacqueline Dewar, RSM William and Catherine Sheka Sister Mary Julia Kepros, RSM – 60th Jubilee Bob and Melissa Pence Linda Stoll

Sister Renee Kettering, RSM – First Profession Sister Mary Jacqueline Dewar, RSM John M. Kozeny – 85th Birthday Helen Kozeny Helen Majzler Kay Ach Jay and Vicki Mauer – Wedding Anniversary Mary L. Mauer John and Pat McBroom – 50th Wedding Anniversary William and Mary Patterson Sister Evangeline McSloy, RSM – 75th Jubilee Virginia and Gary Kirwin Sister Judith Meyers, RSM – 60th Jubilee A. Buelane Daugherty Bob and Melissa Pence Dr. William and Jeri Schlueter Jay Shuldiner Linda Stoll Sister Dorothy Elizabeth Montgomery, RSM – 70th Jubilee Bob and Melissa Pence Linda Stoll Richard and Victoria Murphy – 20th Wedding Anniversary Sister Eileen Pazmino, RSM Saint Germain of Pibrac – Feast Day June 15th Deborah Johnson

Sister Mary Lou Podzimek, RSM – 60th Jubilee A. Buelane Daugherty Bob and Melissa Pence Jay Shuldiner Linda Stoll Vivian Ratkewicz Michael G. Ratkewicz Carl John Traynor Thomas and Rosemary Traynor Sister Margaret Weigel, RSM – 50th Jubilee A. Buelane Daugherty Bob and Melissa Pence Jay Shuldiner Linda Stoll


Radolf Abrena and Family Raymond and Maria Madlangsakay Josephine J. Albulov Biskelonis Family Antoinette Alegria Virginia G. Brown Christopher Andrieu Rita Moser Sister Marie Angele, RSM Robert H. Mace, Jr. Timothy M. Bartley Susan Summers Aileen Bauers Laurie L. Bohn Sister Mary Ann Becker, RSM Joan Sebetka Sister Gloriana Bednarski, RSM Roland and Jo Ann Luxa Sister Mary Janice Belen, RSM Jan and Judith Baxter

Ruth Bergman Clare, Ruth and George Dolim Bryan Michael Blaskovitz Bernadette M. Benson Al Bucci Sister Eileen Pazmino, RSM Sister Marguerite Buchanan, RSM Sister Emily Devine, RSM Marsha Renee Burch Mercy High School Sister Lois Burroughs, RSM Helen Mastromarco Sister Patricia Campbell, RSM Marie H. Gahn Barbara and Randolph Carroll and Family Ruth M. Smith Sister Janet Chau, RSM Ronald Chau Most Reverend Patrick Cooney Richard and Lu Ann Greenfelder Jane M. Cooper Sister Eileen Marie Cordes, RSM Judy, Customer Service at Heartland Medical Equipment Larry K. Brown Ken and Blythe Deam Dell W. Primasing Bonnie and the DeLuca Families Joseph and Bernadette DeLuca Sister Elizabeth Derga, RSM Susan and James Anderson Sister Emily Devine, RSM Joan R. Gray Francis A. Harrington Sister James Marie Donahue, RSM Mary E. Hostetler Sister Mary K. Doughan, RSM Joan R. Gray Katherine Drucker Sister Eileen Pazmino, RSM

“We should be as shining lamps giving light to all around us.” Catherine McAuley


Sister Ellene Egan, RSM David and Valentyna Hohl Sister Mary Alice Ernst, RSM Gregory and Kimberly Ernst Kathleen McNamara Sister Margaret Farley, RSM Andrew R. Thompson Arlene Fife Sister Eileen Pazmino, RSM Sister Patricia Forret, RSM Lois A. Day Sister Lois Graver, RSM Arlene H. Lawrence Kate Greene Frank and Mary Ledesma Sister Rachelle Harper, RSM Julie McDonnell Sartori Dorothy and Don Harrison George and Cindy Meek Madonna Harrison Madonna and Stanley Griffith Phil and Celene Healy Kathryn P. Ehrhard Sister Marie Henderson, RSM Julie McDonnell Sartori Sister Mary Mechtilde Hill, RSM Diane M. Proulx Sister Mary Eloise Hirlemann, RSM Mary P. Bacik White Kathy Huff Cheryl and Michael Manion Sister Phyllis Hughes, RSM Alegent Creighton Health Rosemary Jansen Mark and Michele Meier Maria Kane Anonymous Sister Margie Keane, RSM Anonymous Mike Kinsman John J. Hornbrook Sister Monica Kostielney, RSM Mary Klein Sister Anne Marie LaHaie, RSM Dale and Janet Foye Mary Lange Gretchen Mellberg Erica Lingle Monica and James Lingle Jane Luttig Muriel H. Harrington Sister Sheila Lyne, RSM Robert and Dolores Murphy Sister Campion Maguire, RSM Robert and Dolores Murphy Chris, Nick and Adam Mashek Joseph and Rosanne Mashek Timothy and Mary Lou McGonagle Leanne Schuster Michael McKeefery Sister Eileen Pazmino, RSM Sister Evangeline McSloy, RSM Sister Maureen Hally, RSM Sister Sheila Megley, RSM Patricia and Edward Arman Pauline Merritt Sister Rita Fantin, RSM Mathew Montague James and Patricia Kilgariff Sister Peg Murphy, RSM Dennis Molenda Sister Patricia A. Murphy, RSM Robert and Dolores Murphy Nuns on the Bus Dolores T. Schilbe Sister Celeste Marie Nuttman, RSM St. Thomas Apostle Catholic Church

“We belong to God all in us is Him.” Catherine McAuley Sister Kay O’Brien, RSM Michael Davis Sister Kathleen Mary O’Hanlon, RSM Frances F. Blackburn Cathy Pedersen Margaret and Thomas Hoarty Katherine L. Townsend Sister Anne Pellegrino, RSM Wayne and Sarita Penka Darla Plyer David and Irene Plyer Sister Mary Lou Podzimek, RSM Dorothy M. Herrington Betti and Robert Porter and Family Ruth M. Smith Katie Quinn Nadine J. Maynard Mary Jo Randall Mary and Joe Pusateri Bonnie J. Romero Kay R. Neidlinger Sister Loretta Sedlmayer, RSM Helen and Steve Redfield Gina M. Semin Frances Zaner Dr. Nanette Shorten Mary E. Hostetler The Sisters of Mercy Ruth and Philip Coelho James P. Watson Sister Suzanne Mary Skowronski, RSM Mary F. Senecal Joseph M. Soehnel Anonymous Darcy Souza Mary E. Hostetler Sister Hilda Sucher, RSM Dolores T. Schilbe Sister Mary Thecla Theisen, RSM Juliana H. Draska Sister Suzanne Toolan, RSM Sarah K. Miller Sister Mary Marcellus Valdez, RSM Darlene Frost Sister Marian Clare Valenteen, RSM Reverend Monsignor Antonio A. Valdivia Sister Therese Villerot, RSM Sharon A. Jourdan Sister Mary Paulita Walters, RSM Julie McDonnell Sartori Sister Margaret Weber, RSM Anonymous Charles White Maria C. Ledesma Sister Marla Ann Yeck, RSM Oscar and Joan Dodek Arlene Yew Marina and Fernando Maza Rita and Ray Ramos Sister Charlotte Young, RSM Rosemary C. Saunders





Memorial Gifts • January 1-June 30, 2013 The Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community is grateful to these many individuals who have chosen to support the life and ministry of the Sisters with a gift made in memory of a deceased Sister of Mercy or loved one. The person being memorialized is listed first, followed by the names of the donors who have made the gift. Please join us as we pray for those loved ones who have preceded us in God’s presence. Leanora L. Abela Sister Mary Pauline Borghello, RSM Helen and Bert Anderson Joe and Gail Conlan Jayne Lee Andreesen Nancy and Jeff Andreesen Duane J. Arnold Bernadette Ryan Martha Austin Maryann and J. Frank McCabe John L. Bacchini Douglas and Catherine Winnett Anita R. Bacich David and Patricia Mayer Milford E. Baldus Rita J. Rehak Sister Mary Therese Bannon, RSM John and Mary Kay LaBonia Eileen Barrett Francis and Cecelia Prete Harold and Irene Barron Carole and Ron Zarlengo Edward A. Bartos Rita Ann and Louis Filcek Cecil Bathazar Verdel Flores Wally Beard Sister Mary Pauline Borghello, RSM Flor Castro de Bedolla Maria G. Bedolla Sister Maryanne C. Beeler, SJS Sister Michelle Gorman, RSM Sister Mary Cecilia Begin, RSM Edna Jackson Mary Jane LaBash McAuley Center Sisters Sister Mary Scholastica Begin, RSM Sister Martina Begin, RSM John C. Bennett Maureen M. Bennett Jeanne and Don Bertrand Diane R. Johnson James E. Beuerle Dr. and Mrs. William R. Kiessel Michael Blue Joan T. Gillard Stephen “Garry” Bolger Suzanne Buckley and Kenneth Dunckel Rita and Sam Bonaiuto Alice and Carl De Sordi Anna Bonanno Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno

Maria and Stephen Bonanno Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Micheline Bonanno Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Patrick Bonanno Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Steve Bonanno Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Sister Olive Bordelon, CCVI Jean and Bjarne Jensen Frances Borucki Dolorine R. Vainavicz Robert and Constance Whitney Eugene “Gene” Bothello Anna Mae Bothello Carroll A. Fergusson Gloria Brady Sister Marietta McGannon, RSM Sister Velma Brand, RSM Ernest A. Avellar Rhoda Brown Sister Eileen Pazmino, RSM Edward Francis Brucker, III Therese E. Brucker-Guerra Sister Zita Marie Bruns, RSM Robert and Frances Meyers Gerald Bucci Sister Eileen Pazmino, RSM Sister Fleurette Buckley, RSM John F. Hogan Jimmy Bugni Sister Judy Morasci, RSM Ronald (Bud) Burger John and Carole Livingston Sister Mary Michaeleen Burns, RSM Francis and Bernadine Burns Robert and Margaret Burroughs Sister Lois M. Burroughs, RSM Reverend Robert B. Burroughs Sister Lois M. Burroughs, RSM Dale and Luann Busch Julann Busch William Butler Marion C. Dillard Michael Cain Rosemary V. Cain John J. Callahan Sister Marie Angele, RSM Richard Calvino David DeTinne Sister Mary Cabrini Camel, RSM Sister Marie Angele, RSM Eileen and Thomas Annin Sister Noreen Arcand, RSM

Mary and Benjamin Baber Joan F. Bailey Barbara J. Bakhit Mary M. Balak Yvonne and Thurman Ballard Elizabeth R. Bauer Josephine F. Bauer Richard D. Benak, Sr. Lucy and Joseph Beraldi John and Ginger Bognich Kathleen Joan Bradley Kenneth and Jean Brady Arlene K. Brennan Daniel and Sharon Burns Patty Melby Bush Louis and Virginia Caparelli John and Kathleen Cavanaugh John and Janice Cleary Patricia A. Connelly Mary Kay Connor Frank and Betty Coppola Rose M. Crowley Rita A. Curran Joseph and Patricia Daniels Marv and Lynette Dvorak Mary Anne S. Dworak Michael E. Elston Arthur and Janet Farha Kathleen E. Farha Robert and Margaret Fitzsimmons Myrna M. Grandgenett Sister Patricia Guziec, RSM Merlyn J. Harvat Maria Hiatt Elsie E. Irvine John and Bernadette Irvine Abed J. Jamal Rose Ann Shannon Johnson Versie L. Johnson Ronald and Maxine Kantor Ruth Anne Kennedy Thelma D. Kirkland George E. Kleine Margaret and Richard Leimbach Karen M. LeMense Paul and Ruth Maginn Barbara Marchese Carol and Michael McGlade Alice McGowan Thomas and Mary McGuire Raydelle Meehan Don and Gloria Meier Anthony and Lori Murante Kathleen and John Nahas Cathy Nielsen Boone Mary Lou and Charles Novacek Gerald and Marilyn Opitz






Ike F. Pane Edwin and Jo Marie Peabody Margaret A. Perdue Angelo and Sharon Perry Pauline A. Pesek Teresa M. Peterson Margaret and Raymond Pierson Claudia M. Powers Gerald Pribyl Julianne L. Pribyl Rosalie M. Regan Jack and Alyce Roggenbach Kathleen M. Rowen Michael J. Scherr Evelyn M. Schmidt Marvin and Alyssa Schulz Virgean M. Shields Elizabeth A. Shrier Claire A. Sova Richard and Virginia Spethman Sister Mary Lisa Staudacher, RSM Thomas and Cheryl Stibbs Shelly and Jerome Stolinski Elizabeth C. Svoboda Carol and John Walsh Larry and Nicoline Welch Geraldine M. Whipkey Ted Wickenhauser and Brian Fox Karen L. Wilson Edith E. Winkelmann Geralynne and Douglas Wragge Karen and Eugene Zurek Betty Carolan Michael and Stella Daire Keith L. Carr Norma Carr Robert and Berdina Casey Thomas and Hellie Casey Albert Castro, Jr. Alice and Carl De Sordi Sister Mary Laurentia Cerovac, RSM Anonymous Josephine Broderick Peter and Marilyn Broderick Shirley Broderick Christine De Lashmutt Sister Mary Ellen Devereux, RSM Christopher and Diane Harrison Edward P. Kirby Thelma D. Kirkland Naomi Lacy Shirley Ann Maxwell Cynthia J. Meyer Lori Mundt Joy Neneman Mary Joellen Pence Margaret and James Reed Sister Mary Lisa Staudacher, RSM Leonard and Tami Waltrip Mary and Chuck Chase Sharon and Kenneth Even Virginia R. Church, RN, Ph.D. Bernadette M. Benson Ruth Clooney Patricia Giles Daniel Colon Mercy High School Orville and Lucille Conlan Joe and Gail Conlan Sister Mary Patrick Conlin, RSM Patricia Conlin Sister Sheila Devereux, RSM

Maureen and Timothy Hamilton Sister Mary Lisa Staudacher, RSM Roma M. Conroy Shirley and Earl Brodman Linda Wignall Contreras James and Patricia Henderson Sister Lucilla Conway, RSM Maureen and James Connolly Jo Anne M. Conway Sandra Ealy Patricia and Wallace Englehart Eileen J. Finnegan Patricia A. Fullam Maureen L. Gagen Owen and Margaret Glennon Noreen C. Goldrick Therese L. Gump Gary Hackett Robert and Marilyn Hammer Mary M. Jarosz Paul A. May Patricia McClelland Patricia M. Rohan Mike and Maureen Stritch Evlynne and Michael Stuckly Sister Norita Cooney, RSM Father Thomas Ryan Teresa Costigan Eileen R. Costigan Sister Mary Simone Courtade, RSM Rosemary V. Cain Margaret M. Jonio Harold Courtright Sister Mary Pauline Borghello, RSM Sister Mary Raymunda Crownhart, RSM Joyce M. Pavek Refugio Cruz Villanueva Sister Eileen Pazmino, RSM Angela Cucinotta Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Sister Marita Cunningham, RSM Josie and J. Scott Corporon Mary and Edgar Galvan Manuela and Forrest Marston Estel Porras Frances L. Porras Julia and Manuel Porras Vangie Porras Margaret Louise Curran Arlee and Eugene Bodnar Karen A. Edens Clara J. Egeler Roberta L. McLaughlin Edward and Irene Sanocki Barry Daley Mercy High School Sister Mary Catherine Daly, RSM Patricia B. Abell Stanley and Carol Carpenter Sister Marie Shawn Grassberger, RSM Robert and Marilyn Hammer Kristine M. Keck Kenneth and Frederica Kucharski Tom and Sue Lohan Alice R. Marshall Joan M. Reid Helmut and Sandra Seifert Alice and Robert Streicher Brian R. Tonner, DDS Maryann M. Wirth

Angelo De Sordi Alice and Carl De Sordi Sister Madeleva Deegan, RSM Clara O’Kelly Sister Suzanne DeGrace, RSM Marie L. DeGrace Bonnie DeLuca Paul and Christine Prendergast Sister Mary Jo DeMarco, RSM Mary Anne Allen Anonymous Marilyn Bergdolld James and Susanne Blue Elizabeth A. Deuser John and Catherine DiBaise Patricia and Wallace Englehart John and Jean Feipel John E. Foreman Stephen G. Gallagher Michael J. Galvin John and Eileen Gronkowski Eileen D. Hacker Robert and Marilyn Hammer Robert and Jacqueline Heinen Mary M. Jarosz Patricia L. Landen Barbara Ann Luecht Mary Therese McCormick Monica M. McMullin Susan and David Niedospial Carol O’Connell Margaret O’Connell Margaret M. O’Connell William and Mary Patterson Mary Ellen Sheehan Phyllis A. Stessman Ted J. Stessman Michael Paul Deramo Amy and Bradley Black John Joseph Desmond Mercy High School Bernard and Elenora Devine Family Joan R. Gray Dick and Dale Devine Joan R. Gray Kathleen and Michael Di Tusa Bernadette M. Benson Scott R. Di Tusa Bernadette M. Benson Barbara A. Doherty Richard Doherty Manuel Dominguez Sister Marietta McGannon, RSM Leo and Berniece Donovan William and Patricia Halstead Donald and Mary Jeanne Recker John Duggan Paul and Christine Prendergast Aileen Eads Sells Alice and Carl De Sordi Sister Ellene Egan, RSM Be Your Own Economist Frances Monet Carter Tom and Mary Lou De Natale Lynn Eastman and Edward Muenk Eric and Sharon Ewen Alan and Toni Heineman Jennifer and Gary Hubback Sandra M. Flaherty Mr. Michael Lehmann Mary Anne McGuire-Hickey Ann Myers Thomas and Judy O’Toole

Catherine and Nick Slovak John and Barbara Squeri Sister Mary Gretchen Elliott, RSM Michael and Sandra Holper Helen Urbain Majzler Sister Emily English, RSM Francis M. English Richard Estrella Evan Siemens Cletus and Maxine Even Sharon and Kenneth Even Frances M. Fair The A. Martino Family The Fantin Family Sister Rita Fantin, RSM Donald M. Faster Jacqueline B. Davis Giacomo and Rosa Federico Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Mario J. Ferrari Mercy High School Sister Pauline Fields, RSM Leo and Mary Fields John P. Finley Sheila M. Finley Elizabeth A. Finnigan Helene A. Uribe Mr. and Mrs. FitzGerald John and Libby FitzGerald Sister Mary Margo Fitzpatrick, RSM Dorothy M. Thoma Reverend Donald L. Worthy Ruairi Thomas Flanagan Sister Marguerite Bartling, RGS Sister Albert Marie Flick, RSM Katherine M. Wildern-Bradley Patricia M. White Irene Flosi Fred and Sarah Flosi Jeremiah Flynn, Sr. Brenda Buckley Chavez Sister Ellen Marie Foley, RSM William and Kathleen Winkel Eileen Fox Miriam Kirst Sister Pauline Fox, RSM Sean and Kim Abbas Tom and Jeanne Amosson Anita and Robert Barrett Martha Barry Mary Ann Barry Charles and Ellen Barth Sister Linda Bechen, RSM Neil and Renate Bernstein Sheila Brustkern David J. Byrnes Patricia A. Charipar Virgil and Helen Cousell A. Buelane Daugherty Leo and Norma Drilling Vincent and Barbara Fiala Ed and Dorothy Fox Jim and Dorothy Fox Ray Fox Thomas and Bernadine Fox Marcia and Charles Gheldof Germaine Gibney Lawrence and Florence Goergen Melissa and Jonathan Greiner James and Linda Grove Nancy and Jack Haney Beverly and Robert Hanson Gary and Gloria Hanson Marcella Hartleip

Leon and Mary Hartogh Dennis and Debbie Hogan William and Gwendolyn Hood Nancy and Thomas Hora Jeanice Janes Judith and James Leonard Irene McAleer Nancy J. McCarville Donald and Linda McCormick Marjorie E. McDonald Carol McGregor Robert and Louise McMaster Jon and Kay McWhinney Mary L. Morgan Robert and Sharon Naujoks Robert and Charlotte Nechanicky Thomas H. Nickels Ruth Otten Bernice Paulson Florence H. Renner Joseph and Denise Rodenkirk Karen and Norman Sasek Emmett and Mary Ann Scherrman Kenneth and Judith Schneiderman Christine Schulte William and Catherine Sheka Jay Shuldiner Ann Stanek Christian Stanek Mark and Lauri Stanek Richard and Diane Stanek Arlene Thome Rita and Robert Tomanek Kathleen Dowd Ulrich Mary L. Voss Roman and Rosemary Welter Norma Wightman John and Virginia Wilts Curt and Karen Woods Sister Mary Visitation Frank, RSM Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Frank Elizabeth “Betty” French Robert and Carolyn Granucci Sister Mary Paschal Gallegos, RSM Teresa and Victor Vigil Grace Gassman Joe and Gail Conlan Melodi Rose Gheno-Barri Mercy High School Anne Elizabeth Giranis Frank and Lori Clyne Steve Giraudo Mercy High School Sister Marceline Gorman, RSM Mary and Rick Hanby Thomas and Rebecca Richardson Sister Veronica Gorman, RSM Mary and Rick Hanby Thomas and Rebecca Richardson Mary Kathryn “Kate” Grant Moni McIntyre Rita F. Grassilli Patricia and Victor Arnaudo Don Gray Joan R. Gray Mary Lu Grewe Arlene Thome M. Lucille Grobstick Richard and Linda Dearinger Jesus Guerrero Sister Victoria Brady, RSM


Sister Armella Guiney, RSM John F. Hogan Lena Gurney Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Ray J. Halbur Sister Barbara H. Moran, RSM Mary Hale Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Sister Mary St. John Hall, RSM William and Claudia Cummings Adorine and Lawrence Eberhard Justin and Patricia English Kathryn M. Eres Joan Gann Robert and Jane Graham Carol-Lynn and Tom Harris Nancy A. Marre Gail Marth Thelma C. Martin Marjorie J. Reid Catherine I. Rust Marie A. Sherwood Jean S. Tamaki Mary Katherine Vogeli Fumiye N. Wright Phillip and Juanita York Lester William Halla, Jr. Howard C. Halla Sister Mary Inez Hanley, RSM Katherine M. Wildern-Bradley Shirley Hardcastle Diane M. Fahrner The Harrington Family Robert and Gertrude Weldon Gerald Anthony Harrington Christopher and Michelle Burke Robert Harrington Christopher and Michelle Burke Marilyn Harter Paul and Christine Prendergast Mr. and Mrs. Harvey John and Libby FitzGerald Don and Vi Hauber Sharon and Kenneth Even Tillie Heaser Mr. Stephen Lauinger Sister Constance Heidewald, RSM Josephine R. Ferris Sister Mary Alicia Hemmer, RSM ABC Towing, Inc. John and Gail Chase The Hermatz Family Cheryl M. Burke Nancy Hernon Michael and Stella Daire Joseph Higgins Michael and Stella Daire Helen L. Hillard Josephine R. Ferris Ann Hoban Sister Mary Jacqueline Dewar, RSM Jeffrey T. Howell Daniel G. Brown Betty Lou LaVigne Huggins Fred C. Huggins Clinton and Veronica Hughes Patricia and Jimmie Coutentos Mike Hull Deborah Ann Hull Miriam Hull Deborah Ann Hull Sandy Hull Deborah Ann Hull

Junior Hutchcroft Darwin and Jean Bell Brad Eaton and Susan Hudson Eaton Marty and Randy Fall Bonnie Hutchcroft Ralph D. Kopecky James and Paula Leidigh Marilyn and Bennie Maier Dennis and Jolene Mally Jon and Kay McWhinney Keith Hutson Josephine R. Ferris Joan Ilacqua Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Joseph, Marguerite and Maria Ilacqua Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Nicholas Ilacqua Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Paul Ilacqua Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Belen Ongjoco Inciong Maria L. Olives The Donald Ingoglia Family James and Patricia Henderson Robert Collis Joseph Anonymous Lina Kalinowski Sister Marie Angele, RSM Lynn and Dennis Poly The Kann Family Lloyd A. Vogt Sonya Kearney Rita and Ray Ramos Richard Keenan Sister Eileen Pazmino, RSM Mary Ann Keith Sister Jean M. Sullivan, RSM Ruth Kemp Donald W. Kemp Everett and Hilda Kilby Joyce Mueller Donald W. Kline Rose C. Kline Jennifer M. Kline Laura J. Kline Rose C. Kline Edgar Knickerbocker Thomas J. Knickerbocker Genevieve V. Knight Sister Marie Angele, RSM Sister Jeanine Salak, RSM Mary Kocina Sister Jeanine Salak, RSM Sister Mary Leila Koeppe, RSM Helene A. Uribe Jane Konieczny Sister Marietta McGannon, RSM Catherine and Nick Slovak Colleen Shannon Soracco Sister Mary Josephine Koschatzki, RSM Mary Ann C. Keirans Gene Kunz Joyce Kunz Berchman and Verre La Cour Dwayne and Debra Bellow Evelyn Labode Bode M. A. Labode Ngai Mau Lai Mercy High School

Sister M. Josephus Lamansky, RSM The Richard and Mary Lahr Family Jerry Lamerson Arlene Thome Sister Mary Venarda Lance, RSM Anonymous Mary Ann Cornfield Sister Emily Devine, RSM Bernadette M. Eaton Patricia and Wallace Englehart Robin and William Gamet Robert and Marilyn Hammer Mary M. Jarosz Yvonne Lance-Black Paul A. May Margaret M. Miller Robert and Dorothy Mushel Linda and Ray Muston Mary E. Oxford Jean S. Smith Howard and Margaret Sweeney Richard F. Lang Jean M. Armstrong Michael and Bernardine Culver Joseph Dukich, Sr. Timothy Hall Pauline and Robert Kapoun William and Susan Laird Richard S. Lang Robert and Colleen Macdonald Roseann and William Moore Cynthia C. Russell George and Cecilia Russell Richard Saniuk Karla and John Skradski Fran Vavra Ed Laughlin Patricia R. Laughlin John C. Leipelt Karin and John Leipelt Henrietta M. Lenz Patricia Holtapp Sister Mary Bernita Ligney, RSM Anonymous Fred and Marilyn Hamilton Therese and Edward Rabish Nancy and James Reed Mrs. Liberty Liljeblad Robert and Joy Roney Rose Lindblade Margaret B. Lindblade William O. Lindsay Mary A. Lindsay Tracey Anne Llewellyn Margaret A. Llewellyn Josefina Lozano Ambas Raymond and Maria Madlangsakay Dennis Lozano Mercy High School Mary Clare Lynch Carol and Jerry Miller Sister Mary Roberta Lyness, RSM Dorothy M. Lyness Michael J. Mertle Robert Lyness Dorothy M. Lyness Patricia Maas Brockman Patricia Maas Donald Maas Patricia Maas Mary Macaluso Melanie M. Palmer Daniel MacDonald Nathalia C. Hizon Sister Mary Patricius Maloney, RSM Connie Adams



Sister Marie Angele, RSM Mary Ann Annin Anonymous Sister Noreen Arcand, RSM Nancy Barker Elizabeth R. Bauer Josephine F. Bauer Robert and Judy Bednarz Kathleen A. Behring Jack Bellus Mary Ann Bennett Joanne and Vaughn Carlson Mary Kay Connor Rose M. Crowley Marcia and Larry Cusic Barbara and August Godek Marlene and Bruce Haney Shirley and Donald Hanna Carmen J. Harrahill Catherine and Michael Harrahill Rick Harrahill Family Nancy and Jerry Hogya Loretta and Larry Houlton Anita L. Kielty Thelma D. Kirkland Mary C. Kusek Martin and Margaret Laughlin Madonna School Robert and Linda Maloney E. Robert McCabe Mary Ellen Mulcahy Colleen and Gordon O’Neill Pauline A. Pesek John and Janet Sigerson Mary Eileen Sowers Sister Mary Lisa Staudacher, RSM Elizabeth C. Svoboda Sister Mary Daniel Mandella, RSM Dennis J. Petrotta Sister Helen Manion, RSM Richard and Norene Scholz Mayanna Manion Diane M. Fahrner Gerald Manning Arlene Thome Denis T. Marinos Charles and Joan Lawson Robert and Joy Roney Walter G. Markucki Leone E. Markucki The Martin Family John and Mary Ellen Wall Leon “Pudgie” Martinez Phillip and Juanita York Mary A. Matson Joyce P. Hanson Diane Mattingly Josephine R. Ferris Sister Rita May, RSM Ann H. Trumble Michael J. McAskin Donald and Sheila McEachen Betty McCarthy St. Gabriel School Ruth McCormack Beatrice T. Doan Sister Mary Geraldine McDonnell, RSM Paul and Carolyn Anderson-Myers Judith E. Barrett Luz L. Carrillo Erin M. Cox Eleanor M. Donovan Lois H. Feeney Janet F. Harrigan


Paul and Susan Jobst Jeanne F. Lynch Marie Murphy Frank and Rosemary Navarra Jean and Raymond O’Neil Anne M. O’Sullivan Virginia M. Rarig Robert and Beverly Rowden Dorothy M. Scholten Carolyn M. Seyler Rosemary and Albert Stuebing Maureen and Michael Sullivan Kathryn Carpenter Totah Pat Turay Sister Mary Jovita McEnerney, RSM Patricia A. McEnerney Sean Michael McGoff Anne and Patrick Dunn Johanna McGrath Lawrence E. McGrath Jim McInerney Deborah Ann Hull Patty Ann McKay Mercy High School Sister Lucille McKillop, RSM Frank and Tzighereda Schindler Sister Mary Veronita McLaughlin, RSM Patricia A. McEnerney Jane Melc George Melc Kathleen Merfeld Michael J. Merfeld Sister Mary Elise Michelin, RSM Katherine M. Wildern-Bradley Sister Lucille M. Middleton, RSM Katherine M. Wildern-Bradley Adolf Miller Anne and Patrick Dunn John William Miller Margaret P. Miller Roger L. Miller Frances Wright Adelaide Misiag Marian J. Misiag Jackie Mitchell Janice M. Mitchell Rosemary Moburg Brucker Therese E. Brucker-Guerra Sister Mary Avita Monroe, RSM Joan F. Heinrich Sister Mary Eugene Monroe, RSM Joan F. Heinrich John S. Moran Roberta L. McLaughlin Joy Morrison Marina and Fernando Maza Lorena Muller Donald and Mary Jeanne Recker Benjamin and Sheila Murphy Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Catherine Murphy Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Linda Ann Murphy Peter and Theresa Aiello Catherine and Nick Slovak Pat Turay Barbara and John Tursi Mary Catherine Murphy Mercy High School St. Gabriel School





MEMORIALS…CONTINUED FROM PAGE 25 Michael Murphy Sister Rita Fantin, RSM Sister Marietta McGannon, RSM Mary Murphy Piero Rosalie and Dennis Burt Ellen K. Murray Monica A. Burns Karen L. Cloonan Jerry and Patricia Heinrichs Kelly and David Lawler Maureen E. McGrath Judith L. Milner James and Patricia Murray Susan and John Naatz Julie O’Brien and Dennis Waggoner Wayne and Sarita Penka Barbara S. Putnam Annie and Justin Rudloff Marcella A. Schulte Daniel and Mary Ann Tietjen Ann M. Wieberg Donald and Patricia Yanke Sister Mary Sophia Newcomb, RSM Betty J. Breunig Kendrick Ng Darlyn Cobb Mercy High School Sister Eileen Pazmino, RSM Michelle Niles Donna and Dewain Fluckiger Quenton C. Nolte, Sr. Elleta Nolte Joseph F. and Pauline Novotny Vi Krivacek Nancy and Bill Nugent Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Cesar Nunag Jocelyn G. Sotero Bill and Barbara O’Brien Rita M. Barichievich Margaret O’Brien Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Evelyn O’Connor Julann Busch Jay O’Connor Jenny McGuire Father John O’Connor Mercy High School Sister Eileen Pazmino, RSM Sister Marie O’Connor, RSM Joan P. O’Neil Elizabeth Okialda Florita G. Menor Donald S. Oliver Patricia J. Oliver Donald F. O’Rourke Sister Marie Angele, RSM Jo Marie Guastello Sister Jeanne O’Rourke, RSM Loretta Orrante Marina and Fernando Maza Sister Catherine Owens, RSM Karin and John Leipelt Michael Parker Colleen Shannon Soracco John A. Pastorik Sister Jean M. Sullivan, RSM Dennis Patterson Pilar J. Mendoza Joyce Peters Sister Jean M. Sullivan, RSM

Sister Mary Georgetta Petrimoulx, RSM Michael and Patricia Tahy Catherine Pinelli-Spalding Mercy High School Sister Rita Pitstick, RSM Jack and Barbara Cassidy Pamela R. Erickson Brenda K. Haage Robert and Marilyn Hammer The Muldowney Foundation Edwin J. Pitstick Kerri and Kevin Stillwell Dr. Charles Joseph Poposki Joyce Popowska and Richard Pacer Loubertha Prieto Dwayne and Debra Bellow Crystal Jean Primasing Dell W. Primasing Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Primasing Dell W. Primasing Sister Kathleen Ann Quinlan, RSM Anonymous Sister Noreen Arcand, RSM James and Ardyth Baratta Evelyn A. Baumert Toni Capellupo Blazevich Sister Marian Camel, RSM Peter R. DeMarco, M.D. Sister Mary Ellen Devereux, RSM Daniel and Patricia Dutch Kathleen and David Everhart Thelma D. Kirkland David E. Kozol Victoria A. Kozol Raydelle Meehan Debra and Dennis Mostek Ike F. Pane Margaret A. Parks Joseph M. Scalzo Sister Mary Lisa Staudacher, RSM Elizabeth C. Svoboda Jerome V. Tuhy Ruth G. Tuhy William L. Quinn Sisters of Mercy and Staff at Mercy Meeting Place Al and Ethel Recker Donald and Mary Jeanne Recker Lester George Rehak Rita J. Rehak John “Jack” Reidy Colleen Shannon Soracco Timothy Reidy Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Carlito Reyes Jocelyn G. Sotero Donna Reyman Theodore A. Reyman Bernice Harriet Ross Anthony and Chantel Urbancic John Rush Rosemary K. Shanahan John W. Ryan Paula R. Ryan Sister Monica Ryan, RSM Theresa J. Robinson Stephen, Jennie and Rose Sacco Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno

Victoria Renee Santo Brenda Buckley Chavez Mary Norine Santschi Elaine Bletz Marguerite A. Cusick Jacqueline B. Davis John and Patricia Desmond James W. Duncan Kathleen T. Dwyer Equine Medical Associates, PSC Mary T. Goldrick Peggy and Frank Harmon Michael D. Hughes, Jr. Robert C. Konen Ann B. Mokrauer Megan T. Morrison Margaret C. Mudge Margaret A. Murphy Jacqueline K. Neiman Patricia and John Rusch Ann and Brian Spittle Judith K. Weik Mary M. Wright JoAnn Scanlan D. John Scanlan Brenda Scanlon Thomas and Catherine Brady Jeanne Scanlon Mercy High School Dorothy Cook Schank Marge E. Albouze Sister Mary Angelita Schissel, RSM James and Alice Schissel Sister Mary Johnita Schissel, RSM James and Alice Schissel Carole Schleigh Mercy High School John L. Schmiedeler Sister Jeanine Salak, RSM Anna Mae Schneider Diane M. Engelhardt Joan Schneider Mercy High School Sister Mary Celeste Schneider, RSM Katherine M. Wildern-Bradley William and Patricia Schuler Ruth A. Ransom Bruce Schulte Dianne and James Shinto Hazel and Clarence Schulte Dianne and James Shinto Sister Mary Ann Scofield, RSM Alice M. Duffy Sarah K. Miller Sister Elizabeth Sedlmayer, RSM Helen and Steve Redfield Miss Umutoni Soline Semikore Robert M. Anderson Joseph L. Shimek Lillian E. Kopecky Sister Mary Ann Shimek, RSM Lillian E. Kopecky Russell Siladke Carol and Daniel Markowski Jacob Alexander Silver Samantha L. Cappetta The Sisters of Mercy Martha Kulisch Mary Corinne Liedtke Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Charles B. Towner

Cecilia Marie Smith Joseph J. Smith Sister Martin de Porres Smukowski, RSM Bernadette M. Benson Louis Spadia Diane M. Fahrner Neal R. Stark Scott and Terri Stark Marjorie A. Stocking Kathryn and John Tate Rollin M. Stoddard Barbara A. Stoddard Sister Lupe Stump, RSM Margaret A. Cromwell Edward J. Hammarth Robert and Marilyn Hammer Sandra and Larry Hight James and Mary Jane Pulsa Sister Mary Laurentina Taffee, RSM Agnes C. Perkins Tracy Ong Tam Mercy High School Sister Mary Pauline Theisen, RSM Juliana H. Draska Vicki Thornton Margene and Patrick Beckham Sister Mary Albin Tomaszewski, RSM Patricia A. Nowosad Mary Catherine Toran Marion C. Dillard Eula Faye Towner Charles B. Towner Johnson Tuey Jack and Patsy Fong Richard “Tim” Unsworth Jean Morman Unsworth Leonarda Velasquez Florita G. Menor David Vigil Teresa and Victor Vigil Dominic John Villeggiante Joan T. Gillard Anne R. Villerot Carla J. Sesola Reverend Henry E. Villerot Germaine Dorr Rosemary A. Dorr Sister Bernadette Mary Frank, RSM Thomas and Yvonne Larabell Jack Vinciquerro Sandra and Kenneth Miller Lucia Vitug Florita G. Menor The Vogt Family Lloyd A. Vogt The Wall Family John and Mary Ellen Wall Chris and Gracie Walsh Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Janet Walsh Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Neddy Walsh Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Norah, Thomas and Hannah Walsh Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno

Patrick Walsh Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Redmond Walsh Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Timothy Walsh Jack and Patricia Ilacqua Bonanno Elaine Wampach Robert G. Wampach Robert K. Wassman Robert and Rose Marie Wassman The Weldon Family Robert and Gertrude Weldon Anthony Wells Mercy Center Staff Sister Rosemary Welter, RSM Mary and V. P. Welter Michael Wenger Bernadette Ryan Aldina Wigler Pilar J. Mendoza Lurie Williams Sister Judy Morasci, RSM Sister Mary Laetice Williams, RSM Lynda R. Chaney James L. Wright Frances Wright Garnet F. Wynne, M.D. Barbara C. Bottarini Charles R. Young, Jr. Sister Marie Angele, RSM Annemarie and Ray Lopez Adelberto Zasueta Eva Castro Anne Louise Zwarycz Sister Marie Angele, RSM Patricia and Edward Arman Sister Cathleen Cahill, RSM Sister Marietta McGannon, RSM Lynn and Dennis Poly


Benefactor Honor Roll




These gifts support the life and ministries of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community. Unrestricted Gifts support the general living expenses, sisters’ ministries, and facility operations.

Gifts received September 1 – December 31, 2012

We inadvertently omitted these donors from the Benefactor Honor Roll list in our last issue of Living Mercy. Please accept our apologies. Jose and Elizabeth Abad Valerie Armento Margaret D. Balkovic Martha Barry Mary Ann Barry Betty E. Bockenstedt Richard and Mary Bona Denny and Carolyn Braget Clarece Breen Charles and Joan Burke Gary and Nancy Canady Thomas and Hellie Casey Ronald Chau Georgann and Allen Chiozza Eugenia R. Coe Robert and Catherine Colby Marie Cole Pat and Cindy Cole Marsha and P. Wayne Cornelius Doug and Theresa Cramer Rose M. Crowley Patrick J. Curtin Susan E. Davidson Eugenia M. Dayton Cynthia J. Dedinas Sister Elizabeth Derga, RSM W. F. Diamond Stan and Teresa Distel Jane F. Dorman Sister Shamus Dowd, RSM Sister Kathleen Erickson, RSM Mary F. Fabian Edmond and Ginny Fitzgerald Zenaida T. Flores Forestry Consulting Services Sister Lucy Frein, RSM Darlene Frost Lynn J. Gagan Christine Garack

Mary Frances Gerbi Helen M. Goy Joan R. Gray Joell L. Hamby Brent and Mary Derga Hanna Beverly and Robert Hanson Muriel H. Harrington Leon and Mary Hartogh Rita Heavrin Eileen D. Hellmer Dave and Mary E. Henders James and Patricia Henderson Kathleen King Hesse Marilynne L. Homitz John J. Hornbrook Lary and Barbara Hostak Jerry Hurtubise and Catherine Huston Judith and Rober Jaeger Betty L. Kibble Dorothy Klimek Richard and Susan Kramer John and Laura Locher Marlene J. Marcotte Barbara McCaughey Dorothy McCrea Sister Therese I. McFarland, RSM Sister Marietta McGannon, RSM Joseph and Barbara McGrane Rose Marie Meany George and Cindy Meek Gretchen Mellberg Enrique T. Mireles Alan and Julie Mroch Richard J. Oberreuter Maureen and Jorge Olguin Robert and Joyce Peebles Erma M. Petersen Mavie A. Portman

Beverly Prest Florence H. Renner Linda L. Riehl Kath Rimac Mrs. Eleanor Rohde Joan Ryan Thomas and Jean Sabourin Helen and Edward Sarna Karen and Norman Sasek Dorothy A. Schaefer Janet S. Schroder Martha and Thomas Schultz Patricia Shea Birdie Mae Stewart Linda Stoll Edward and Shirley Sullivan Arlene Thome Richard and Lucille Treglia Shirley Tudor Constance Ulasewicz and Michael Lee Helene A. Uribe Carole Van Etten Wanda B. Venegas Flor V. Victorio Mary L. Voss Daniel E. Whelan Anne L. Wiesner Arlene C. Yew Sisters’ Retirement Gifts Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Angele, Jr. Beverly Birchard Sister Corita Burnham, RSM James and Flore Burns Patrick and Eileen Cafferty Robert and Joy Callicott Robert and Margaret Chalifoux L. Thomas and Carolyn Conlin

Sister Elizabeth Derga, RSM Marion C. Dillard Leo and Norma Drilling James and Marcella Dunnwald James and Jean Erdman Sister Mary Rebecca Fidler, RSM Robert and Patricia Hammell Mary and Rick Hanby Catherine J. Hanisits Jean and John Hartwell Roger and Mary Hostetler Fred C. Huggins Alice Kandow Mary Jane LaBash Charles and Joan Lawson Leone E. Markucki Marina and Fernando Maza Deanna D. Nurre David and Irene Plyer Therese and Edward Rabish Francis and Lucille Reicks Bernadette Ryan Kenneth and Judith Schneiderman Joan Sebetka Curtis J. Selzer Patricia A. Soehnel Pat Turay Donna L. Wheeler William and Carol Wild Garnet and Hannah Wynne Sisters’ Ministries Gifts Zolana J. Baumel Rose Mary Boyd Mary E. Coyle Jo Marie Guastello Robert and Paricia Hammell Laura J. Kline

Nancy H. Lutz Janet L. Sheering, Ph.D. Michael and Diane Thomas Retreat Ministry Gifts Mercy Center – Burlingame, California Richard and Mary Bona Catherine Collins Sister Marietta McGannon, RSM Irene Mihailoff Joanne O’Brien Joan Ryan Kathleen A. Ryan Sherron and Louis Sandrini Karen Skidmore Marsha Stevens Pat Turay Garnet and Hannah Wynne Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center – Waterloo, Nebraska Sister Mary Ellen Devereux, RSM John and Marisa Gilbert Greg and Ania Gilgenast Neal and Nancy Greenberg Mike and Kathy Gross Ryan Haney John and Jean Hartwell Joan Heck Margaret Hoarty Janet Lee Tom and Evelyn McKnight Pauline Pesek Margot Sitter Kip and Deb Squire Ron and Rosie Volkmer Marguerite Whetstone

Gifts received January 1 - June 30, 2013 Rita Acero Johnny Ahlers Albert and Susan Alioto Marie Y. Amaya Teresa A. Anderson LaVonne K. Andrew Anonymous (23) Barbara and James Arena Pat and Ron Ashlock Sister Carol Baetz, RSM Barbara and Scott Bailey Omar Barajas Bernadette A. Baraty Steven and Kathleen Barltrop Sandy and John-Michael Barros Evon Basque Hilda M. Baumgart

Dambara Joe Begley Debra and Robert Bennett Sister Genevieve Birchard, RSM Sister Betty Jean Bischel, RSM Sister Madonna Marie Bolton, RSM Richard and Mary Bona Breda Boran-Sears Anna Mae Bothello Diana M. Bouchie Thomas E. Bourdon Sister Mary Rene Bourque, RSM Katherine M. Wildern-Bradley Virginia and Roland Breimayer Gerald and Alice Brewster Rose M. Brien Sister Sheila Browne, RSM Sister Marguerite Buchanan, RSM

Sister Ritamary Burnham, RSM Linda Burpee Sister Lois M. Burroughs, RSM Virginia C. Busard Phillip Cain John and Ruth Callahan Marie Carluccio Lois G. Cassel The Catholic Bishop of Chicago Doris Cavanaugh Thomas and Mary Centlivre Lorraine Chernoby Judith C. Child John and Margaret Christiano Sister Maura Clark, RSM Sister Joan Clarke, RSM Keith and Susan Cleaver

Frank and Lori Clyne Naomi G. Clyne Trust Sister Carolyn Coffey, RSM Robert and Catherine Colby Paul W. Comiskey Patricia Conlin Sister Mary Corkery, RSM Sister Patricia M. Costello, RSM Marti and Louie Cote Sister Mary Raymunda Crownhart, RSM Jane R. Cunningham Sister Nora Mary Curtin, RSM Patrick J. Curtin Sister Nancy Daniels, RSM Daughters of Isabella Sister Janet Daul, RSM

Eugenia M. Dayton Sister Elaine Delaney, RSM Sister Elizabeth Derga, RSM Sister Emily Devine, RSM Patricia A. Devine Stan and Teresa Distel Sister Roxanne Dolak, RSM Jane F. Dorman Sister Mary Evangela Dorris, RSM Leo and Norma Drilling Ruth C. Dunlay Karl and Nancy Ehat Elder Care Alliance Emergency Services Restoration Sister Kathleen Erickson, RSM Gloria D. Etchelet





MEMORIALS…CONTINUED FROM PAGE 27 Ferdinand and Priscilla Fernandez Constance and Raoul Fett Victoria M. Filipczyk Carmelita Finkelstein James P. Fitzgibbon Sister Anne Fleming, RSM Mark and Susan Florek Zenaida T. Flores Marlys M. Floyd Sister Sharon Ford, RSM James and Barbara Fowler Sister Pauline Fox, RSM Theodore and Maria Fregosi Sister Gladys Frein, RSM Sister Margaret Mary Friedhoff, RSM George and Bonnie Fritz Jim and Candace Fritz Leon and Kathleen Fuselier Sister Teresa Gahan, RSM Jorge and Karinee Galva Richard Gausselin Gary and Janet Germano Sister Mary McAuley Gillgannon, RSM Caroline J. Gillin Sister Carmeline Goebl, RSM Frederick P. Golden Sister Mary Golden, RSM Sister Michelle Gorman, RSM Sister Mary Eileen Greger, RSM Sister Laurana Grose, RSM Sister Mary Michelle Guida, RSM Sister Patricia Guziec, RSM Catherine and Richard Hagan Sister Mary Hanseder, RSM Sister Elaine Mary Hart, RSM Leon and Mary Hartogh Sister Anne M. Healy, RSM Rita Heavrin Msgr. Donald P. Heineman Esther Hilferty Lois J. Hillman Sister Mary Ann Hills, RSM Brian and Nancy Hogan Mary V. Hogarty Holy Spirit Parish Robert J. Hopka Nancy J. Horn Sister Renee Humble, RSM Sister Francine Jackson, RSM Lester and Sue Jackson Kathreen M. Johnston Mary Ann Jones Pete and Jeannie Kalb Sister Mary Jo Keane, RSM Thomas and Barbara Keefer Thomas J. Keim Bruce and Carol Keller Sister Mary Brian Kelly, RSM Sister Martha Kiening, RSM Sister Mary M. Kilgariff, RSM Ann L. King Bob and Dorothy Klein Joan L. Klein Sister Patrice Klein, RSM Reverend Walter J. Kleinfehn Laura J. Kline Steven and Joan Knight Mary M. Koch Sister Charleen Koenig, RSM Sister Mary Lucina Kozeny, RSM Sister Mary Ann Krempges, RSM Eleanor B. Kroupa Joyce Kunz

Sister Catherine Kuper, RSM Sister Mary Margaret Kurt, RSM Mark and Cynthia Lackowski Cecile Lagman Sister Linda Laine, RSM Richard S. Lang Sister Martha Larsen, RSM Sister Grace Laur, RSM Peter and Nancy Lilly Terri and Dennis Ludwig Frank James Lynch Patricia A. Lynch Sister Margaret Lyons, RSM Robert H. Mace, Jr. Jerald and Peggy Majewski Helen Urbain Majzler James and Joan Malatesta Betty and Clifford Martin Martin Liquor, Inc. Mr. Ban H. Briko Laurie and Robert Matlin Lofty A. Maximose Mary A. McDermott Sister Patricia McDermott, RSM Sister Therese I. McFarland, RSM Sister Marietta McGannon, RSM Jenny McGuire Rose Marie Meany Johanna Y. Meara Gretchen Mellberg Andrew and Mary Rita Meyers Thomas and Jane Milcoff Nancy P. Miller Jane A. Mills Sandi and Mark Mireles Sister Mary Lorita Moffatt, RSM Yvonne M. Moore Sister Barbara H. Moran, RSM Sister Anne Murphy, RSM Edmund J. Murphy, Jr. Elizabeth and Noel Murray Sister Celeste Marie Nuttman, RSM Richard J. Oberreuter Sister Carlotta Oberzut, RSM Sister Mary Kathleen O’Brien, RSM Reverend Albert O’Connor Sister Mary Augustine O’Connor, RSM Sister Kathleen M. O’Hanlon, RSM Phyllis and John O’Keefe Peter B. O’Shea Reverend Paul J. Otting Our Lady of Mercy Parish Sister Johneen Owens, RSM Anne Pappas James and Kathleen Parent Sister Rita Parks, RSM Sister Eugenio Pastorik, RSM Sister Mary Verena Pastotnik, RSM Sister Yvette Perrault, RSM Johna Peterson Mark E. Piper Michael and Gail Pittner Presence Health James M. Raher Marvin and Nancy Rayhons Red D Plumbing Sister Monica Marie Reichmuth, RSM M. Loretta Reidy Elinor A. Remington Linda and James Ridihalgh

Linda L. Riehl Kath Rimac Elizabeth M. Ripple The Rodriguez Family Elmer Rolfes Sister Mary Michon Rozmajzl, RSM Sister Mary Janet Rozzano, RSM Josephine Russo Phyllis and Stanley Saganski Sister Jeanine Salak, RSM Sister Mary Hope Sanchez, RSM Sister Felice Sauers, RSM Dorothy A. Schaefer John and Joanne Schaffart John and Louise Schick Frank and Tzighereda Schindler Sister Mary Angelene Schram, RSM Sister Clare Marie Schroer, RSM Arlene L. Schulenburg Ann B. Schultz Sister Marie L. Seckar, OP Sister Loretta Sedlmayer, RSM Shasta Young Ladies Inst. #144 Sister Marita Shaughnessy, RSM Dolores Smith Belle Sorokin St. John Church Vincentine and Raymond Stockman Helen D. Stokes Sister Mildred Streif, RSM Sister Rosemary Sullivan, RSM Sister Sylvia Swanke, RSM Marian Sweeney John L. Tagert Betty J. Talbot Thomas Tang and Candy Kam Barbara A. Teahen Kim M. Thornhill John and Janette Thornton Sister Suzanne Toolan, RSM Thomas and Rosemary Traynor Mary L. Trometer Patricia A. Trout Sister Dorothea Turner, RSM Constance Ulasewicz and Michael Lee Sister Rita Marie Valade, RSM Patricia M. Valaer Sister Maria Juanita Van Bommel, RSM Sister Mary Paulita Van Cleave, RSM Willemina Van Der Linden Teresa and Victor Vigil Reverend Henry E. Villerot Karen A. Volz Sister Mary Bertha Vondruska, RSM David and Karla Wach James J. Walsh Jan A. Wampuszyc Water Damage Recovery Sister Deborah Watson, RSM Margaret A. Welsh Christine Bucey Wilde George R. Williams, Jr. Sister Robert Mary Wipping, RSM Marian Wyatt Gregg and Jill Yeutter Arlene C. Yew Paul W. Zgraggen Bozena Zielinski Daniel Zimmerman

Sisters’ Retirement Gifts support retired or infirm sisters residing in independent, assisted living and skilled care facilities. Anonymous (25) Sister Victoria A. Arndorfer, RSM Judith E. Barrett Gerry and Marijo Beasler Sister Marlys Becker, OSF Beverly Birchard Sister Mary Kathleen Botsford, RSM Mary M. Buck Sister Corita Burnham, RSM Laurence J. Burns Sister Lois M. Burroughs, RSM Sister Mary Agneta Bush, RSM Sister Marian Camel, RSM Catholic Daughters of the Americas Catholic Education Office – Archdiocese of Dubuque Adelaida R. Caunan Sister Diane Marie Clyne, RSM Sister Lillian Marie Connolly, RSM Jane M. Cooper Sister Mary Corkery, RSM Sister Patricia M. Costello, RSM Patricia and Thomas Davis Mary L. DeMartini Sister Mary Andrew Denis, RSM Sister Elizabeth Derga, RSM Mary Lynn Dietsche John and Nan Dingens Stan and Teresa Distel Agnes Doherty Leo and Norma Drilling Sister Rita Epple, RSM Sarah and Bob Essig Kenneth J. Fambrini Joyce A. Flanagan Nancy A. Flannery Donald and Jan Flynn Sister Conleth Foley, RSM Barbara Fox Senoula Franklin Sister Lucy Frein, RSM Sister Teresa Gahan, RSM Joan Garner Sister Mary Miguel Gassmann, RSM Virginia M. Hamisak Eileen D. Hellmer Clint and Jean Henderson Sister Mary Mechtilde, Hill, RSM Sister Mary Eloise Hirlemann, RSM Christopher and Kelly Hochstetler Sister Mary Gabrielle Hoefer, RSM Holy Cross Church Maria Luz Illenberger Mary Ann Johnston Jan and Daniel Jungwirth Sister Mary Brian Kelly, RSM Kathy Kenney Shiela D. Kielly Sister Mary Ann Kilgariff, RSM Sister Mary Carlos Knight, RSM Donald J. Konrath Sister Mary V. Korb, RSM Sister Roseline Kos, RSM Mona Kraus

Susan R. Kraus Sister Rose Mary Kucera, RSM Rose Kvidera Sister Mary Donata Landkamer, RSM Sheila R. LaPointe Evelyn M. Lawless Charles and Joan Lawson Anne Leonard Levi Strauss Foundation Sister Mary Bernita Ligney, RSM Sister Mary Amata Lorenz, RSM James J. Maher Sister Alice Maiers, RSM Mary T. Malonis Marina and Fernando Maza Sister Mary Rita Jane McCarron, RSM Sister Therese I. McFarland, RSM Rose Marie Meany Belinda Mistica Sister Mary Lorita Moffatt, RSM Sister Carol Mucha, RSM Linda S. Murawski Sister Mary Katherine Murphy, RSM Sister Mary Helena Naviaux, RSM Angela K. Noyola Richard J. Oberreuter Robert and Gladys O’Brien Sister Maria O’Leary, RSM Sister Neomi Ortega, RSM Gloria B. Pagalunan Sister Mary Geneva Paluka, RSM David and Irene Plyer Sister Mary Lou Podzimek, RSM Francis and Cecelia Prete Sister Margaret Quinn, RSM Jennifer Rausch, PBVM Charles and Agnes Redmond M. Loretta Reidy Mary Katherine Rohan Therese Rohan Carl and Lorraine Rollandi Barry and Carol Rost Terry J. Rubianes, Jr. Sister Patricia Ryan, RSM Sister Cora Salazar, RSM Sister Mary Helena Sanfilippo, RSM Sister Arleen Marie Saroglia, RSM Sister Mary Rosita Schiller, RSM Sister Mary Jeanette Schneider, RSM Nancy Schneider Kenneth and Judith Schneiderman Sister Mary Flocella Schulist, RSM Sister Andrea Sieloff, RSM Sierra Health Foundation Beatrice H. Simansky Sisters of Saint Francis Cecilia M. Smith Sister Rosemary Smith, RSM Marilyn and George Spieler Joan M. Stockmal Helen D. Stokes Linda Stoll Sister Margaret Sutton, RSM Sister Mary Thecla Theisen, RSM Thomas and Gail Towe Barbara K. Uselman Sister Judith VanderVeen, RSM Sister Camilla Verret, RSM Eileen H. Wagner


Sister Marilyn Wallace, RSM Robert and Charlotte Wiard Betty Ann and J. L. Wiedemeier Everista and Joseph Williams Sister Mary Wilma Wolf, RSM Garnet and Hannah Wynne Arlene C. Yew P. Renee Yew Sister Mary Celine Zetah, RSM Sisters’ Ministries Gifts fund projects and programs that extend the works of mercy, impacting thousands of lives. Anonymous (7) Darnell M. Bates Sister Helen Mary Bishop, RSM Ann L. Bodnyk Sister Marian Camel, RSM Sarah and Bob Essig Sister Margaret Farley, RSM Paul and Mary Lou Floersch Sister Rosemary Floersch, RSM Forestry Consulting Services Steve and Brenda Hamilton Sister Jane Fox, RSM John and Susan Grier Susan K. Hamell Rita Heavrin Sister Mary Corita Heid, RSM Sister Mary Eloise Hirlemann, RSM Marilyn and Fred Hummel The Joe and Ida Selna Family Fund Sister Nancy Jones, RSM Sister Carla Marie Knoblock, RSM Sister Mary Ann Krempges, RSM Mark and Cynthia Lancaster Nancy H. Lutz Sister Judy Morasci, RSM Ruth Munger People Services Center, Inc. Sister Rose M. Schoolcraft, RSM Catherine and Nick Slovak Linda Stoll Sister Mildred Streif, RSM Sister Marie Thielen, RSM Dorothy M. Thoma Sister Jean Marie Umlor, RSM Sister Mary Paulita Van Cleave, RSM Sister Therese Villerot, RSM Sister Marilyn Wallace, RSM Sister Mary Paulita Walters, RSM Patrice A. Wojcik Retreat Ministry Gifts support the spiritual programs of our three retreat centers. Mercy Center – Auburn, California Laura J. Ammons Anonymous (1) Forrest and Alicia Boomer Marguerite Bourdon-Peltier Jeanette Burnham The California Endowment Rita Capponi and John Diskin Victoria A. Coulter JoAnn R. Diel Joseph T. Fegan Dale Gage

Golden Valley Quilt Guild Robin Grubel Claudia and William Hansson Susan Hooper Gina and Brent Jenkins Anderson Mary V. Konvalin Leilani and James McManus Kathleen and John Pooler Paul Rieschick Elizabeth A. Treanor Vallejo Piecemakers Mercy Center – Burlingame, California Rebecca Anderson Anonymous (4) Helen and Perrie Arens Marilyn and William Bauriedel Sandra DeBella Bodley Richard and Mary Bona Anne Chalfant Brown Michael Chamberlain Alan E. Dean Maria Elena Enage Carolyn Eriksson-Ey Edward A. Fernandez Margaret and James Fieler Lynn J. Gagan John Griffin Joell L. Hamby Barbara A. Hextrum King-Ming and Vivian Hsu Barbara L. Hulac Jerry Hurtubise and Catherine Huston Carolyn A. Johnston John D. Maloney Enrique T. Mireles Kathleen J. Mooney Janet A. Nadol Richard and Louise Nelson Mary E. Nennig Rosemary and Ralph Osterling Elizabeth A. Peklo-Mulkerrin Agnes Mary Peters Susan D. Phelps Mavie A. Portman Nadine L. Robinson Joan Ryan Kathleen A. Ryan Mary K. Ryan Thompson and Nanette Ryan Sherron and Louis Sandrini Jamee D. Schorno Mary E. Somers Paul J. Sporer Lynn and Steven Stewart Merrill and Alice Swiney Catherine N. Tharalsen Richard and Lucille Treglia Adelina L. Ubaldo Nancy Warfield Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center – Waterloo, Nebraska Anonymous (1) Lauren M. Benson Margaret and Thomas Hoarty Rebecca Hruby-Seth Sister Mary Lucina Kozeny, RSM Nancy and Jack Krogstad Peggy and Patrick O’Malley Sister Jeanne O’Rourke, RSM Arlin and Timothy Yrastorza

Mercy Partners Gifts by employees of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community support the sisters’ life and ministries. Lane Andresen Annie Mae Austin Gregory P. Bloch Therese E. Brucker-Guerra Suzanne Buckley Cheri Cody Jackie A. Coffer Kimberly Covington Edwin L. Cypser Mitch Dalton Ann Dufour Marina Fastovskaya Jennifer V. Gregory Antoinette Guerreso Deborah Halleran Jean Hastie Terese M. Holm Kelley Hook Linda Johnson Versie L. Johnson Patricia Kantor Steven Knight David Kotlarz Alan Kukurka Tracy Marr Donald McEachen George Melc Irene Mihailoff




Julie Moreno Deb Newcomer Pat Olsen Melissa Pence Nancy Pepper Lynn Poly Lori L. Roy Viola Russell Jean Sassatelli Virginia S. Solis Joshua Stormer Kristine Sullivan Judith Surdu-Balas Christopher Tack Donald Tack Ann M. Thurmond Mary Jo Valenti Pamela Vickner George R. Williams, Jr. Cathy Zavorka

Catherine’s Place Gifts support the renovation of the Sisters’ care facility in Farmington Hills, Michigan. Anonymous Diann and Thomas Baumann Sister Regina Marie Doelker, RSM Renita Fletcher Gene A. Kailing Rose C. Kline Mary and Michael Letters Sister Mary McFarland, RSM Sister Therese I. McFarland, RSM Mutual of America Mary Alene Poss

Mercy Associates Gifts support Associates’ program activities to share in the prayer, community, ministry and friendship of the sisters. Margaret Finley Mary C. Harnish Julie McGuire Barbara Vinton Joan Cook Zimmern

Grants The Louisville Institute

Matching Gifts The California Endowment Levi Strauss Foundation Sierra Health Foundation

The West Midwest Community central office hosted an open house on June 4, inviting sisters and friends to tour our newly-renovated facility. Upgrades to aging plumbing and mechanical systems provided an opportunity to refresh the spaces with new paint and carpet. When you are in Omaha, we invite you to stop by to see us.

Community Operating Officer, Lori Pinkerton, greets Sisters Mary Concetta Medina and Marian Camel (seated) as they tour the renovated West Midwest Community central office in Omaha, Nebraska.




Sister Mary Redempta Scannell: A Sister in Survival A gentle but sturdy-looking woman, Sister Mary Redempta Scannell has a history of standing her ground. After her first retirement in the early 1990s, she advocated for HIV/AIDs sufferers in the Sacramento area for 20 years. She marched in early AIDS walks, distributed food, and counseled women who felt terrified and isolated. Some of the women have been able to thank her in a special way. Inside the recently published book, Mosaic: Sisters in Survival, the dedication reads: “This book is dedicated to Mireya Herrera and Sister Redempta Scannell who have worked with our group for over 20 years.” The stories inside chronicle the painfully raw lives of women who have survived drugs, divorces, alcoholism, and domestic abuse, as told by the women themselves. The narratives are difficult to read. Some have been homeless and had children taken from them. They all have HIV/AIDS. One of the reasons the women are alive to tell their stories is because Sister Redempta found ways to support them with a stubborn and practical compassion. Sister Redempta was drawn to AIDS patients through her nursing ministry at Mercy San Juan Hospital in the 1980s. As director of education and training, she was a resource for the nursing staff who was fearful about patients admitted with this new disease. One day a call came to her. “There’s a man here admitted with AIDS to the hospital who is very angry. He’s throwing things at whoever enters,” the nurse reported. “No one will go in. Can you talk to him, Sister?” Sister Redempta went to the ward to talk to the man. “Don’t throw anything,” she said. When no missiles flew, she followed up with, “What problems are you having?” “Cold food,” he said gruffly, “and my coffee is cold.” Sister Redempta promised him she would personally microwave his food. “But you have to promise not to throw things,” she said. A deal was

a deal. Two days later he was released to go home to die, but not without her friendship. She was not afraid to touch AIDS patients, and she urged nurses to get close to them and to listen to their needs. The patients, men and women, found they could talk to her. They engaged her special combination of independence and single-minded devotion to the poor. She joined the ranks of those trying to meet the needs of AIDS sufferers in the diocese. When Bishop Francis Quinn appointed Father John Healy, coordinator of AIDS ministry, to form the Catholic AIDS Ministry for the Diocese in 1986, Father Healy called Sister Redempta. After 38 years as a nurse, supervisor and administrator, she left Mercy San Juan hospital in 1992 and immediately began full-time work for HIV/ AIDS patients. Sister Redempta became well-known in the greater Sacramento area for her dedication. The work was profoundly personal for her, as she had nursed a dear friend who died of AIDS in 1991, suffering from the stigma of the disease. In this controversial field, she focused on needs she saw and was not deterred by others’ opinions. When people wrote to the Bishop to protest the Church’s ministry with AIDS, she would work with dying women to make sure that their children would receive care. She sought out AIDS orphans all over the region to help place them in homes. “Sister Redempta never wasted any time bothering about winning friends and influencing people!” said Father Healy. “She worked on needle exchange programs, and she did unbelievable work. She chaired the AIDS ministry for several years and would always make the meetings short. She would say, ‘Let’s stop discussing and go do it.’” Father Healy remembers Sister Redempta’s calls to him to minister to dying AIDS patients and the funerals which followed. It was a bleak time with so many deaths. Often the only people present were Fr. Healy, Sister Redempta, and the undertaker.


She found that Mireya Herrera, a case manager at the Sacramento AIDS Foundation, was working with men suffering with AIDS, but, out of shame, women were reluctant to come to the Foundation. The two became an effective team. Through Sister Redempta’s urging, St. Francis Church in Sacramento offered a women’s support group a place to meet. With vision and compassion, Mireya led the group, first with the AIDS Foundation, and later with the Sunburst Project, where she has been on staff since 2001. Sister Redempta was her right hand nun. “When I needed anything, I called her,” said Mireya. “She provided services such as food, diapers, or money that was needed for a family’s rent or bills.” “She was such an amazing force in getting resources for women,” said Mireya. “You have no idea how feisty she was. I saw her insist that people with AIDS get services. That quiet woman said, ‘I’m not going to take no for an answer. You are going to serve them.’” Sister Redempta’s energy seemed endless. She was treasurer of the AIDS consortium to make sure she knew where federal money was going. She founded an art therapy group for children whose parents were dying of AIDS. She participated in AIN, the AIDS Interfaith Network, to create understanding between churches about the health crisis they were all facing. One of her greatest gifts to the women in the support group was the gift of a yearly retreat. Sister Redempta arranged this at Mercy Center in Auburn, including expenses, transportation, and child care. The women speak of it almost reverently now— quiet, a room of their own, beautiful grounds, time for prayer. “We would walk down the roads in Auburn and light candles for all who died,” remembers Jessica, who has lived to see her grandchildren thanks to treatment and the support of the group. Even Sister Redempta’s home was part of her ministry, which was not always easy for her housemates. She lived at Russell House in midtown Sacramento, a neighborhood of gentrifying old



Victorians, with Sister Jeanine Tisot and Sister Anne Sekul. An agency down the street discovered that the sisters would meet needs the agency could not. “People would knock on our door,” said Sister Jeanine. “It could be any time of the day or night. They would ask, ‘Is Sister Mary there?’ She would give them money for a hotel. When financial crisis hit, it got worse for people with AIDS. The knock would be followed by, ‘I’m just hungry.’ So we made them a sandwich. One sandwich turned into 100 sandwiches a month.” When the neighbors objected to food being served out of the sisters’ house, Sister Redempta was, of course, not deterred. She started a food bank in her basement. As she doled out canned food and found money for people’s rent, Sister Redempta was never judgmental, said Fran Buehler, a former teacher who created the Mosaic book project and edited the stories. “Women came from a variety of circumstances. She never treated them differently. She gave them hope and guided them to where they could get off the paths they were on.” Now that she has retired again, more fully this time, at Marian Oaks in Burlingame, California, Sister Redempta wonders what all the fuss is about, but the Sisters in Survival know. She was a sister in their survival.





Inspired Leadership -- Sister Maurita Sengelaub served many roles in a 60-year career In the late 1970s, shortly after giving up her post as head of the Catholic Hospital Association (CHA), Sister Mary Maurita Sengelaub didn’t seek another position at the pinnacle of healthcare administration. Instead, she threw herself into a campaign to provide healthcare for seasonal farmworkers in states such as Alabama, Florida and the Carolinas. Though the grape boycotts of the 1960s and early 1970s were already fading from the nation’s consciousness, she knew that migrant farmworkers still didn’t receive health insurance from their employers. Access to charity care for these seasonal workers was not an option because most lived in rural areas far from urban safety net hospitals and clinics.    Her solution? Teach workers to find healthcare services within their own community, a strategy that brought Sister Maurita’s educator persona to the fore. She helped found the National Migrant Worker Council in 1978, which in turn founded the Migrant Health Promotion project in 1983. Today, the successful not-forprofit organization remains active in five states where it recruits and trains members of the community to provide healthcare advice to local residents. It also trains doulas to provide home birth services. “We (the founders) believed that

farmworkers would listen to (their peers) about healthcare issues,” Sister Maurita says on the group’s website. “You are always going to have … people working in the fields who feed us. We need to continue to support them to improve their lives. Respect and be grateful for the work that they do and design health promotion programs in holistic ways.” In an interview with Modern Healthcare, Sister Maurita, now 94 and a 2013 inductee to the Modern Healthcare Health Care Hall of Fame, describes the moral compass that drove her long career in healthcare, which spanned six decades. “I would say the driving point of this is to serve the poor, the sick, the dying and the elderly; all the people in need,” she says. “This is the driving force for all of those in the congregation, for men and women.” It wasn’t only the Roman Catholic Church’s mission to serve the poor where she found an outlet for her prodigious organizational energies. During Sister Maurita’s six-year tenure as head of the CHA, which began in 1970, major ethical questions arose that still confront religious healthcare providers: How should they deal with new medical advances such as artificial insemination and cryogenic preservation, as well as end-of-life care, each of which presented new challenges to traditional Catholic teachings and led to conflicts inside and outside of the church. To help leaders of religious healthcare institutions wend their way through these potential minefields, she co-founded the Pope John XXIII Medical-Moral Research and Education Center in St. Louis, which provided a forum for Catholic hospitals and other providers to discuss ethical-care issues. It also provided resources and experts. The center has since been relocated to Philadelphia as the National


Catholic Bioethics Center. “Sister Maurita was on the forefront of the issues that society is still confronted with today,” says John Haas, the center’s current president. Whether she was a nursing instructor, hospital administrator or leader of the nation’s largest advocacy organization for Catholic healthcare, Sister Maurita made education her primary vocation during a career that began before Pearl Harbor. It was an era that didn’t provide easy choices for young women of conscience with career aspirations. When she first started out in the 1940s, discrimination against women in education was pronounced. Opportunities for women in religious orders were especially limited. “We knew that things could change and so could the institutions,” she says. “They had to, because we would not have enough sisters who were properly trained.” She crashed through many barriers during her long career, eventually becoming the first nun to hold the CEO’s role at the Catholic Hospital Association, the predecessor to today’s Catholic Health Association. Sister Maurita’s career sprouted from humble beginnings. She was born on a farm in 1918 in central Michigan, near Reed City. She grew up during the Great Depression and money for college was a major challenge for her family. Her father, who built houses and barns, made $150 one summer and promised the money to his daughter for tuition. In 1937, Sister Maurita enrolled in nursing school. Three years later, she entered the nursing ranks at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Rapids, Michigan. She worked as an assistant head nurse at St. Mary’s for a year, but then returned home to Reed City Community Hospital as a general staff nurse to be near her family. She moved to Mercy Hospital in Bay City, Michigan, to teach medical-surgical nursing, where she remained until World War II ended. After the war, Sister Maurita felt called to become a Sister of Mercy. She took her final vows in




1951. Recognizing her leadership potential, church leaders sent her to St. Louis University for graduate school. Sister Maurita expected to pursue a master’s degree in nursing education, but her religious order had other plans. Her superiors pushed her to work toward a master’s degree in hospital administration. She didn’t question their reasoning. Before her admission, the head of the Catholic Hospital Association at the time, Father John Flanagan, interviewed her. Father Flanagan became a longtime mentor to Sister Maurita, and 20 years later she took over her mentor’s former job at the CHA. Sister Maurita took her first management job in 1953, returning to St. Mary’s as the hospital’s administrator. Sister Maurita says she never predicted the transition she would make from nurse to teacher to administrator. But she made it work. “There were some wonderful accomplishments and successes as a hospital administrator,” Sister Maurita says. “I enjoyed and loved it when I was the administrator of our two hospitals in Michigan.” Healthcare administration was still somewhat of a fledgling academic field at the time. Even while working toward her master’s degree, there was little literature available for would-be administrators. The curriculum included courses in accounting, statistics and healthcare management. Effective communication with physicians, board members and other staff wasn’t something covered in the classroom. “I have to tell you the truth—I had to learn how to listen and to step back and watch and wait, and then make the decision about where or how I could be of help,” she says. Wanting to increase educational opportunities for nuns, she pushed to open doors for her fellow sisters in educational institutions, just as she appreciated the church pushing her toward earning her master’s degree. The classroom setting was the primary place where nuns could learn about the latest developments in pharmaceuticals and technology. CONTINUED ON PAGE 34


Leadership roles came naturally for Sister Maurita, says Sister Elizabeth Mary Burns, who joined the Sisters of Mercy in Michigan at the same time as Sister Maurita and also has an extensive background in healthcare administration. She always had a vision of what she wanted to accomplish no matter what direction her career path took, Sister Elizabeth Mary says. She recalls Sister Maurita working closely with larger groups such as the American Hospital Association. Her goal was to ensure the interests of Catholic providers were represented at the national level. Sister Maurita was also in demand on the international stage. The organization Catholic Health Australia was interested in her healthcare expertise and in 1988 contacted Sister Maurita looking for help in establishing a multihospital healthcare system in that country. Sister Maurita spent two years in Australia as a consultant as well as interim executive director of St. John of God Health System. She had a persuasive presence, Sister Elizabeth Mary recalls. “She didn’t want to come across as being dominant, but she did,” Sister Elizabeth Mary says. Philip McCorkle, who calls Sister Maurita one of his mentors, testifies to her softer side, citing Sister Maurita’s gentle demeanor and personal touch. He also recognizes her management skills and expertise. “Few people know as much about Catholic healthcare as she does,” says McCorkle, CEO of St. Mary Health Care, the current name of the hospital where Sister Maurita first worked decades ago. The two met in 1999, right before Sister Maurita retired. Sister Maurita would later serve on a board that hired McCorkle as St. Mary’s CEO in 2000. Her institutional knowledge continues to serve staff at St. Mary’s and its parent system, Trinity Health, he says. McCorkle says their friendship has led to lots of good advice, and further convinced him that a faith-based organization was the best place for him.



Even after her retirement, Sister Maurita has continued to keep up with current events that affect the healthcare world. Renowned for her gregariousness, she isn’t reluctant to share her thoughts. That’s something current CHA President and CEO Sister Carol Keehan knows well, having been on the receiving end of many of Sister Maurita’s communications on contemporary issues facing Catholic healthcare. “She is unfailingly courteous, interested and supportive. She’s just a wonderful, wonderful example,” Keehan says. “She’s supportive and caring and she’s really a joy to talk with.” The CHA presented Sister Maurita with the organization’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2000. One of Sister Maurita’s proudest accomplishments is leading the CHA to support national health insurance coverage in the early 1970s. She remembers being introduced to Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) at a meeting in Boston during his second term in office. Kennedy proposed a bill in 1971 that aimed to establish a payroll tax-funded national health insurance plan. As head of the CHA, Sister Maurita testified before Congress in 1974 in support of the bill and other healthcare options. Her successors have followed in her footsteps. Keehan led the CHA’s support of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which has the same principles of ensuring universal healthcare and coverage for the poor that Sister Maurita first supported four decades ago. Though well into her 90s, Sister Maurita remains engaged in the issues of the day. One of her ongoing worries is the overemphasis on advanced technology in modern medicine, which she believes distracts clinicians from treating patients with a personal touch. “What is going to happen is the technology will take over and the people will feel abandoned,” she says. “The machinery, the equipment—we’ll have to attend to them and they will get more attention than the humans.” By Ashok Selvam (reprinted with permission from March 9, 2013 Modern Healthcare)


Called to a New Life We invite you to celebrate with us the lives of these beloved Sisters and their service here on earth. They faithfully lived the Gospel as they performed works of Mercy in the spirit of our foundress Catherine McAuley. We will miss each of them.

Sister Pauline Fox, RSM, age 83 December 14, 1929 to March 21, 2013

A native of Iowa, Sister Pauline Fox grew up in a rural community and worked in a telephone office before entering the Sisters of Mercy Community. Sister Pauline received her first assignment as a second grade teacher at Our Lady of Grace School in Edina, Minnesota. She later went on to teach primary grades in Iowa schools at St. Wenceslaus in Cedar Rapids, Sacred Heart in Oelwein and All Saints School in Cedar Rapids. While teaching, Sister Pauline also majored in English at Mount Mercy College and graduated with the first class in 1959. After pursuing graduate studies, she began a 40-year career in the English department at Mount Mercy. After retiring in 2000, Sister Pauline served as archivist for the Sisters of Mercy and as a volunteer at Catherine McAuley Center, Mercy Medical Center, and Mercy Medical Center Foundation, all in Cedar Rapids. The final years of her 64 years of ministry were spent in prayer. Sister Pauline will be remembered for her support of those in the community and her ability to inspire laughter and fun in others.




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Sister Mary Catherine Daly, RSM, age 77 September 13, 1936 to March 28, 2013

Sixty-year jubilarian Sister Mary Catherine Daly entered the Sisters of Mercy following her high school graduation. Throughout her career, she earned many degrees, including a bachelor’s and master’s degree and a certificate in religious education. Sister Mary Catherine ministered for 23 years in Illinois and Wisconsin Catholic schools as a teacher and administrator at Resurrection High School, St. Ethelreda, and finally as a principal at St. Eugene and St. Frances Cabrini School. In the 1970s, she was a member of the Chicago Province team and an administrative assistant at the Villa in St. Charles until 1988. During this time, Sister Mary Catherine also served as principal at St. Joseph in Aurora, Illinois. From 1985 until 2001, Sister Mary Catherine ministered as an advocate for the poor, elderly, and homeless in Aurora. She also served as associate director and administrative assistant of Hesed House and the Joseph Corporation of Illinois, respectively, both of which she helped establish. Sister Mary Catherine will be kindly remembered for her welcoming nature and her keen sense of humor.




Sister Mary Geraldine McDonnell, RSM, age 93 March 20, 1920 to March 28, 2013

Sister Mary Geraldine McDonnell was inspired to join the Sisters of Mercy after ministering with them in hospitals throughout World War II. Sister Geraldine began her 60 years of service in 1953 teaching eighth grade at Our Lady of Angels School in Burlingame, California, before earning her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. In 1962, she returned to St. Mary’s Hospital to serve as the director of nursing services. After three years, she was once again called to teach at Holy Name School in San Francisco. In 1966, Sister Geraldine joined the faculty of University of San Francisco School of Nursing (USF), becoming assistant dean and later serving ten years as dean. Upon her retirement from USF, she received an honorary doctorate in recognition for her outstanding contribution to nursing education. Sister Geraldine then served the USF president as special assistant for community relations. From 1984 to 1994 she served as director of patient relations at Mercy Hospital in San Diego. For many years after this, she volunteered in the cardiac rehab department before her final retirement in 2007. In her later years, Sister Geraldine made her friends and family the center of her life and will be remembered her for her vibrant personality, wit, and particularly for her care for those in need.

Sister Mary Venarda Lance, RSM, age 92 July 1, 1921 to April 19, 2013

From an early age, Sister Mary Venarda Lance was called to serve in both nursing and religious life. She entered the novitiate in 1938. After her college graduation in


1945, Sister Mary Venarda began her first assignment as a floor nurse at Mercyville in Aurora, Illinois. In 1948, she became the supervisor of the psychiatric unit at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, where she served for six years. Sister Mary Venarda was then assigned to Mercy Hospital in Davenport, Iowa, where she served as CEO while receiving her master’s degree in hospital administration. In 1960, she returned to Chicago to supervise the building of the new Mercy Hospital, where she served until 1969. She then spent 20 years in Iowa City as the CEO of Mercy Hospital. Completing a chaplain program in 1990, Sister Mary Venarda accepted the position of chaplain of Mercy Hospital in Chicago. Through her 75 years of service, she held the conviction that there was nothing she couldn’t do, and she will be remembered for always serving those in need.

Sister Lupe Stump, RSM, age 86 April 20, 1927 to April 20, 2013

Sister Lupe Stump entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1984 after her life as a wife and mother. In the late 1980s, she joined the Illinois Legalization Program of Catholic Charities. Through this ministry, she assisted undocumented persons applying for residency status under the new immigration laws. From 1988 to 1991, Sister Lupe served at the 8th Day Center for Justice. Her passion for working with immigrants and those less fortunate continued, and she served as the director of programs at Pilsen Resurrection Development Corporation from 1991 to 1994, working to build new homes for low-income families. In 1994, Sister Lupe was elected to the former Chicago Regional Leadership Team. Three years later, Sister Lupe and her friend


Sister Mary Gallagher, served at a Hispanic parish in Hardeeville, South Carolina. After working there for some time, she opened a thrift shop with proceeds going to help the poor of Jasper County. Sister Lupe’s generous spirit defined her 29 years of service.

Sister Mary Laurentia Cerovac, RSM, age 105 October 29, 1907 to April 20, 2013

As the eldest member of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community and the eldest member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Sister Laurentia Cerovac’s legacy of service is extraordinary. For 55 of her 88 years of ministry, Sister Laurentia taught in elementary schools in the Omaha area, including Father Flanagan’s Home for Boys, St. John, St. Wenceslaus, and St. Ann. During the 1930s she also served at St. James Orphanage in Omaha. Sister Laurentia also briefly taught in Friend, Nebraska; Des Moines, Iowa; and Kansas City and Marshall, Missouri. In 1965, Sister Laurentia gave up teaching for convent duties at Mercy High School in Omaha. During this time, she began a new home/hospital visiting program with Servite Sister Mary Joseph, tutored at Mercy Tutoring Station, and taught religion classes. Sister Laurentia particularly enjoyed working with Native American students after earning her certification in Indian Studies from Wayne State College-Nebraska. In her spare time, she assisted her close friend, Sister Theodore Jensen, with St. Catherine Hospital alumnae functions. Sister Laurentia officially retired in 1993, dedicating her last 20 years of life to ministry through prayer. Her sense of humor and loyalty to all, especially the Nebraska Cornhuskers, will be remembered by those whose lives she touched.




Sister Mary Lucilla Conway, RSM, age 88 August 21, 1924 to May 11, 2013

Sister Mary Lucilla Conway entered the Sisters of Mercy 71 years ago to begin a lifetime of service in education. Even as she prepared for her final profession of vows in 1948, Sister Lucilla was teaching elementary students in parishes and studying at Saint Xavier College in Chicago. Throughout her 23 years in the classroom, she taught a variety of grade levels. In addition to her bachelor’s degree in education, Sister Lucilla also held a master’s in theology and an advanced certificate in administration from the Archdiocese of Chicago. In 1968 she was named principal of St. Catherine of Genoa School, where she served for 13 years before moving into parish work at St. Kilian Parish. Her later years were spent as a substitute teacher and office assistant at Mother McAuley High School. Sister Lucilla will be fondly remembered for her joyful nature that stemmed from her ability to live “As Mary Would.”

Sister Mary Raymunda Crownhart, RSM, age 99 September 5, 1913 to May 31, 2013

As a Sister of Mercy for 73 years, Sister Mary Raymunda Crownhart spent a great majority of her ministry serving in healthcare education and administration. During the first decade of her religious life, Sister Mary Raymunda served as the supervisor and assistant director of nursing at Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit, and as a director of the school of nursing and nursing services for Leila Hospital in Battle Creek, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Mason City, and St. Joseph CONTINUED ON PAGE 38





Mercy Hospital in Sioux City, Iowa. Beginning in 1955, she spent six years on the Provincial Council in Detroit before becoming the assistant administrator for Mount Carmel Mercy Hospital in Detroit. Sister Mary Raymunda then became an administrator of Mercy Hospital in Muskegon and was appointed provincial administrator in 1967. She later returned to St. Joseph Mercy Hospital in Mason City, where she was named the environmental coordinator. In 1981, Sister Mary Raymunda began working directly with patients. She would later concentrate on serving the elderly before retiring in 1996. Sister Mary Raymunda is fondly remembered as a calm and capable woman whose firm faith in God inspired many within and outside of the Community.

Sister Mary St. John Hall, RSM, age 83 July 25, 1929 to June 8, 2013

During her 57 years of service as a Sister of Mercy, Sister Mary St. John Hall spent many years in healthcare, often holding leadership roles. Prior to entering the Community in 1955, Sister Mary St. John studied business and worked as a secretary in the Diocese of Sacramento. After professing vows in Auburn, California, she worked in the admitting office at Mercy General Hospital in Sacramento. Sister Mary St. John went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in healthcare administration. She served as the associate administrator of Mercy General from 1968 to 1976, administrator at Mercy San Juan Hospital, Carmichael, California, from 1976 to 1986, and CEO of Mercy McMahon Senior Community Residence from 1991 to 2000. In addition to these duties, she served as a member of the Sisters of Mercy General Council from 1968 to 1974 and assistant to the president of the Sisters of Mercy from 1986 to 1990. Sister Mary St. John was also a member of a number of hospital boards, including: Mercy Hospital, Nampa, Idaho; Mercy

Medical Center in Redding and St. John’s in Oxnard, California. In her later years of ministry, she became a liaison between surgeons and patients’ families at Mercy General. Fellow sisters and friends remember Sister Mary St. John as an avid 49ers and Sacramento Kings fan, as well as a woman who appreciated the beauty of God in nature.

Sister Mary Ellene Egan, RSM, age 66 July 3, 1946 to June 15, 2013

Sister Mary Ellene Egan entered the Sisters of Mercy following her high school graduation in 1964. Continuing her education, she earned two bachelor’s degrees and a master’s degree. Sister Ellene served as a nursing supervisor at Mercy Hospital in San Diego and then began a 33-year ministry on the faculty of the University of San Francisco School of Nursing and Health Professions. Her energy and devotion to teaching and mentoring student nurses was an inspiration to many coworkers. Sister Ellene also served as faculty chair of the School of Nursing, treasurer to the USF Faculty Association, and board member of the California Nurses Association. Ever the scholar, she earned a doctorate in education from USF in 1989. Later, Sister Ellene served as chairman of the board of directors of St. Mary’s Medical Center, San Francisco, and was a member of the board of directors of Catholic Charities/CYO of San Francisco and Mercy High School, Burlingame, California. She served her own Community of sisters in many ways, including her work as a member of the sisters’ retirement committee and on the former Burlingame Regional Community leadership team from 2006 to 2008. In the last decade of her life, Sister Ellene was very active in Most Holy Redeemer Parish in San Francisco. As a Sister of Mercy for 49 years, she will be remembered for compassion and candor, as well as her productive ministry.





Employee of the Year Sister Mary Gertrude Keefe Sister Mary Gertrude Keefe was recently named the Employee of the Year at Trinity Regional Medical Center in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Sister Trudy, as she is affectionately known at the hospital, has served as a chaplain since 1982. In her 11 years at Trinity, she has ministered to patients and families of all denominations and faith traditions. Her mission is to provide counsel to those who may be facing very difficult life decisions. Sister Trudy was named the recipient of this prestigious award because of her consistent demonstration of trustworthiness, respect of others, and citizenship. As a Sister of Mercy since 1950, Sister Trudy is a shining example of what it means to live your faith

through service to others. Perhaps Bonita McLarnan, the employee who originally nominated Sister Trudy, said it best. “Sister Trudy holds her responsibility of caring for all that she comes in contact with in a professional and friendly manner. Smiles are dished out and words of inspiration flow easily no matter the age, gender, race or life style,” McLarnan said. “Although we associate citizenship to government matters, she is ruled by a higher power and unlike most of us, lives this dedication 24/7.”

A Lifetime of Quilting

Over time, Sister Angie and Martha gained four volunteers, both experienced quilters and beginners, who helped to complete the project. After five years, the quilt was ready for its temporary home in St. Joseph on the Rio Grande Catholic Church. Sister Angie is hoping that the quilt will eventually hang in the new parish center, once it is completed. Sister Angie, herself, learned to quilt while she lived in Alamosa, Colorado. She worked with 12 women every week for three years to complete a quilt that pictured Our Lady of Guadalupe. It still hangs in Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Alamosa. “That quilt was made by stitchery. Our Lady of Guadalupe was made completely of single stitches,” Sister Angie said. “It was like a painting.” The quilt that Sister Angie is currently working on was originally started by other quilters in the Albuquerque area. “It’s very pretty, but it doesn’t have the wonderful religious theme like the other quilts I’ve done,” Sister Angie said of the patterned quilt. When this new quilt is finished, she plans to donate it to benefit St. Joseph on the Rio Grande’s parish center.

Sister Mary Angelo Lobato of Albuquerque, New Mexico recently completed a quilting project that is composed of squares featuring 20 different crosses from New Mexico. The project began when a Mercy Associate, Martha Romero, mentioned in a meeting that she would like to learn how to quilt. Sister Angie volunteered to oversee the project.    “The reason we chose this design was because we wanted to do something big and worthwhile,” Sister Angie said. “Every single stitch is stitched by hand.”


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A Blessing Ceremony for Catherine’s Place On June 2, the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community was pleased to invite our generous benefactors and sisters to Sacred Heart Chapel for a blessing ceremony of the renovated wing of McAuley Center in Farmington Hills, Michigan. The sisters are very excited to move into their new home, Catherine’s Place, and are enjoying this beautiful living space. West Midwest Community President Sister Judith Frikker welcomed donors, sisters,

associates, companions, friends, and design and construction personnel. The prayer service, prepared by Sisters Margaret Platte and Brigid Johnson, included a special blessing of the newly-renovated areas. Following the prayer service, all 150 attendees were invited to tour the facility and enjoy refreshments and conversation. We truly appreciate our benefactors’ generous support of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community through their contributions of $39,000 towards the Catherine’s Place renovation project in McAuley Center.

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