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Sister Marie Angele Professes Final Vows with Joy “Desiring to dedicate myself forever to the service of God’s people, I ask to profess perpetual vows in this Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.” With these words spoken on June 2, Sister Marie Angele began the formal rite of perpetual profession that was the culmination of her years of discernment, education, ministry, living in Mercy Community and first vows. The ceremony was held at Our Lady of Mercy Chapel at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Neb. Sister Marie first felt God tugging at her heart while a student at Daniel J. Gross Catholic High School in Omaha. But it would take 21 years and several more tugs before she answered God’s call and entered the Sisters of Mercy in 2003. After high school, she earned her bachelor of art degree in dramatic arts from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1985 and a master of fine arts in theatre at the University of Iowa in 1988. Following five years of work in a faith-based social service agency administering an arts program for the economically poor, Marie felt called to ministry in the Catholic Church. She accepted a position at Christ the King Catholic Church in Omaha serving as the director of youth and young adult ministry from 1994 to 1999. She received a certificate in youth ministry from the Archdiocese of Omaha and the Center for Ministry Development in 1998. God tugged again during a return trip from the National Catholic Youth Conference where she accompanied a group of teenagers from the parish. One of the young women worked her way to the front of the van and asked: “Have you ever thought about being a nun?” When the answer was yes, the young woman continued, “When did you stop thinking about it?” Sister Marie replied, “I don’t think I have.”
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Sister Marie Angele professes final vows with Sisters Diane Davidson, Pat McDermott, Judith Frikker and Patrica Forret witnessing.
“I said it without even thinking about it,” Sister Marie said. While she didn’t ignore the message, it wasn’t until the next year at an Archdiocesan Youth Rally that the idea of exploring her calling came up again. “I talked with a Servite Sister about my past experience and she encouraged me to come and find out more,” Sister Marie said. She also began inquiring with a Mercy vocation minister. While she explored various congregations, she felt a “yearning” to be with the Sisters of Mercy. (continued on page 4)
Gathering 2012: A Time to Connect, Hear Ideas, Explore the Future They came to pray, connect with each other, hear inspiring presentations and continue a communitywide discussion of the future. Gathering 2012 – Celebrating Who We Are and Who We Are Becoming - brought 400 sisters, associates and companions from across the West Midwest Community to Detroit, Mich., from June 21-25. (continued on page 5)
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Welcome to Living Mercy, Summer 2012
Dear Friends in Mercy,
“I am ever thankful for the many ways you, our benefactors, nourish us with your financial gifts.”
If you are reading this issue of Living Mercy today, you have been touched by the Sisters of Mercy in some significant way. For some of you, the relationship goes back to the time of your school days. For others, you may have experienced serving in the ministry of healthcare, parish life, education, or advocacy alongside Sisters of Mercy. Still others have been touched by Mercy spirituality at one of our three retreat centers. No matter what the connection is to our Mercy Community, we are most grateful that we share this unique bond of friendship and partnership. This relationship is truly something to celebrate! The theme of “celebration” unfolds through the stories we share with you. Near and dear to my own heart, is the feature story of my own Perpetual Profession of Vows as a Sister of Mercy. The occasion was profoundly moving and joyous for all present as I stated my intention to dedicate myself forever to the service of God’s people, prostrated as a sign of my total commitment to follow faithfully in the steps of Jesus Christ as the Litany of the Saints was sung, professed my vows, and received my ring inscribed with my motto, “Mercy and Love,” from Sister Patricia McDermott, RSM, president of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Our Mercy Constitutions, Chapter Declaration, and Critical Concerns impel us to engage our hearts and minds around the needs of those who are poor and vulnerable and to live our vow of service attending to the complex needs of the people of God. The Gathering 2012 provided the opportunity to pray, listen, and enter into conversation to prepare for our future life in ministry as an entire West Midwest Community. Summer Jubilee celebrations are happening across our geography. I hope you enjoy the reflections of our Sister Jubilarians marking 60, 70, and 75 years of service as Sisters of Mercy. In addition, we pause to celebrate the lives of the Sisters of Mercy who have returned “home to God,” after dedicating their life and ministry in service. May they enjoy a special place among the saints in God’s loving presence! Finally, you will note anniversary celebrations as our various retreat centers mark significant milestones in their ministry of attending to the spiritual needs of all who seek to nurture their relationship with God. I am ever thankful for the many ways you, our benefactors, nourish us with your financial gifts. When you give a gift to the Sisters of Mercy you not only honor the relationship we share, you also extend your own spirit of Mercy hospitality by providing for the care of our sisters engaging in active ministries of prayer and service today and in the years to come. In Mercy
Sister Marie Angele, RSM Director of Development
Summer 2012 Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community
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Sister Veronica a Treasure
When Sister Veronica Gorman, RSM, died on Jan. 20, 2012, at the age of 101, she left a tremendous legacy. She touched many lives during her years in the classroom and at Mount Mercy University, as well as at Sacred Heart Convent and Mercy Hallmar Care Center. One of the special friendships that spanned 20 years was with Nancy Hora of Cedar Rapids.
When Nancy’s mom was dying at Hallmar, Sister Veronica would walk down the hall to sit with her. They would talk and pray the rosary together. “Sister Veronica was such an inspiration and source of strength for me at that time,” Nancy said. “She helped me feel the joy in death and celebrate the wonderful mom that I had.”
Nancy always appreciated Sister Veronica’s honesty over their Nancy first met Sister Veronica in 20-year friendship. “Sister 1991 when she started working Veronica was a great listener but as the activity director at Sacred Nancy Hora, right, escorts Sister Veronica Gorman to her 80th she was very realistic and just Heart Convent in Cedar Rapids. jubilee celebration in June 2011. told you like it was. She would Sister Veronica was 81 at that time and quite active at Sacred say, ‘Life is dealt to you and you play the cards as you get them.’” Heart. She worked at the switchboard and rose at 5:30 a.m. According to Nancy, Sister Veronica had a great appreciation to make coffee for the other sisters and bring in the daily of life. For Sister Veronica’s 99th birthday, Nancy picked her newspaper. Sister Veronica was often so busy helping at up in her convertible. They went out to eat and drove all over Sacred Heart that she did not always have a chance to Cedar Rapids. “She knew the history of the whole town,” participate in Nancy’s organized activities. However, she Nancy said. “Sister Veronica had a memory like no other and loved the days when Nancy would make popcorn and was she loved to share stories about her time at Mount Mercy and always up for being a fourth card player when needed. Sister the family whom she dearly loved.” Veronica also enjoyed days when they would go out to eat, especially breakfast. In June 2011, Sister Veronica celebrated her 80th jubilee as a Sister of Mercy. Sister Veronica asked Nancy and her husband In June 2005, Nancy left her position at Sacred Heart Convent Tom to escort her to the jubilee Mass. “It was such a privilege to spend more time with her mother, who was a resident at and an honor to be her escort on her special day,” Nancy said. Mercy Hallmar Care Center. Nearly two years later, Sister Veronica also became a resident at Hallmar and Nancy was able At the time of Sister Veronica’s death, Nancy chose to make to spend time with Sister Veronica while visiting her mother. a gift in her memory. “I still miss everything about Sister “I've had so many good times with Sister Veronica,” says Veronica,” Nancy said. “Walking past her room at Hallmar, Nancy. “She loved our pizza and beer nights at Hallmar and her advice, her stories, but mostly I miss her wonderful giggle. working on her jigsaw puzzles.” Her laugh was contagious and you couldn’t help but laugh with her. I am so grateful that she was in my life.”
Is There Someone You’d Like to Honor? There are many individuals like Sister Veronica who have had a tremendous impact on our lives. An honor or memorial gift to the Sisters of Mercy is a special way to say thanks and pay tribute to them at the same time. You can direct how you’d like your gift to be used. The envelope enclosed in this
issue lists the options available. Your name and the person you wish to honor will be published in our quarterly Living Mercy. Your gift will help the Sisters of Mercy who have dedicated their lives to service and who have given so much both to those they have served and to the community over the years. We thank everyone who has made a gift in the past. They do matter! Living Mercy • Summer 2012
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Glori ing to be a Sister of Mercy.’ “I was overcome with joy by my journey coming to culmination in a very formal way,” she said. “It was a wonderful moment; not only for me, but for all the sisters. We are part of a long, rich tradition of the Church.” During the ceremony, she was touched by the words of Father Roc O’Connor, S.J. who presided over the ceremony and gave the homily. He likened her life now to “Mercy in, Mercy out.”
Sister Pat McDermott presents Sister Marie Angele with her ring as Sister Judith Frikker watches.
(Continued from page 1) “I just felt drawn to them because of their leadership and strong institutional presence in Omaha,” she said. Once again, her life became busy and, when an offer to teach and serve as campus minister at Gross Catholic High School came to her, she accepted. “I decided maybe what I needed was a ministry change and I set aside my visits with the Mercy vocation minister,” she said. Enrolling at Creighton University she completed education courses and earned her Nebraska teaching certificate with endorsements in religious education and speech and theatre in 2003. By this time, she owned a home and was enjoying her teaching and ministry career and believed that was what God was calling her to do. In 2002, “I began to ask myself ‘is this all there is?’’’ Enter Sister of Mercy Jeanne O’Rourke, RSM, who encouraged her to think about her calling and gave her the number of the Sisters of Mercy vocation minister on a yellow sticky note. That was in January. She found the note in the summer and with the encouragement of her spiritual director, Sister Anne Pellegrino, RSM, she decided it was time to be serious about her calling. She applied, and entered as a candidate in 2003, completed her novitiate and professed temporary vows in 2009. While discerning ministry with a number of sisters, Sister Marie returned to Creighton University earning an MBA in 2011, to best serve the needs of the community. During this time, she continued to discern her call to perpetual profession seeking final approval in early 2012. While each commitment ritual was meaningful, she said the day of her perpetual profession was a monumental one for her. 4
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“The twin movements of contemplation and being immersed in a loving God flows out to the world, to the poor and to those most in need… because of your commitment today,” he said. “So the picture of Mercy in and Mercy out is a good thing for us all to hear today and for us to hope in today as we witness your vows.” In her reflection, Sister Johanna Burnell, RSM, reminded Sister Marie that life in Mercy is truly discovered in the vow of service. “Our commitment to serving God’s people wherever and however we may encounter them is what makes us Sisters of Mercy…Taking action is demanded by our vow of service.” She also noted that although the vow of service “may make us misunderstood, seek to serve anyway. Sometimes it causes others to question us. Love and listen to them, but serve anyway.” While she had faithfully lived her vows during the years after her first profession, Sister Marie said she felt different following her final vows. “There is something deeper and more profound. It is the final yes,” she said, noting that she keeps feeling the ring on her finger. “It’s not that I have never worn a ring before, but, I’m very conscious of what this one symbolizes.” Her parents were overcome with emotion during the ceremony, as were the sisters. “I felt the great joy among the sisters and my family,” Sister Marie said. “I think God will always call people to religious life. If someone senses they have a call, it is important to explore it further. It is important to respond.” For Sister Marie, the words Sister Marie Angele with parents, Carole and Albert. Sister Frances Xavier Warde, one of the early Sisters of Mercy, spoke in 1878 truly reflect her perspective on the day: “It is a glorious thing to be a Sister of Mercy.”
“Our founder, Catherine McAuley, was extremely adept at identifying and responding to the needs of the poor and suffering in her time – 19th century Ireland. Our work now is to discern what the critical needs are today and how we as sisters, associates and companions can make a difference as Catherine did.” Sister Kathy Thornton
(Continued from page 1) “This gathering was about continuing community-wide conversations we have been having in our various sites about matters of the heart and the deeply held values that are guiding our lives into the 21st century,” said Sister Kathy Thornton, RSM, member of the West Midwest Community Leadership Team. “Our founder, Catherine McAuley, was extremely adept at identifying and responding to the needs of the poor and suffering in her time – 19th century Ireland. Our work now is to discern what the critical needs are today and how we as sisters, associates and companions can make a difference as Catherine did.” The Gathering is important preparation for the 2013 Assembly during which sisters will select the new West Midwest leadership team and collectively set the direction for the next five years. The meeting allowed members of the community who live and minister in many different cities an important opportunity to meet in person, hear new ideas and have significant conversations about where the community needs to focus its efforts and resources. Sisters who could not attend participated in discussion groups at home, viewing video recordings of the presentations and accessing materials shared each day through the use of technology. Speakers and topics were selected to help the group think about the future. Sister Sandra Schneiders, IHM, a renowned scholar of religious life as well as a sister herself, addressed the Gathering presenting a hope-filled message reminding
Sister Kathy Thornton introduces Sister Sandra Schneiders to Gathering participants.
sisters to remain faithful to the promptings of the Holy Spirit as they continue to minister to those in need today. With Sister Sandra Scnheider's words still fresh in everyone's minds, Sisters Kathy Thill, ministry director, led participants in a discussion about the future of ministry for the West Midwest Community. Other presentations included a panel featuring representatives of the four forms of Mercy commitment: Mercy Associates, Companions in Mercy, Mercy Volunteer Corps and vowed religious life as a Sister of Mercy. The meeting closed with reflections on the future from Sisters Judith Frikker, West Midwest president, and Pat McDermott, president of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.
Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center Celebrates 25 Years Located on 25 beautiful acres along the Platte River, Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center opened in 1967 through the generosity of the Sisters of Mercy, St. Vincent Home for the Aged and Charles and Helen Knowles. The Center had various uses during the first 20 years. In 1986, a feasibility study determined it had tremendous potential as a spirituality center. Under the direction of Sister Jean Sitter, RSM, the retreat center was formed and dedicated in 1987. Over the years, it has served as a spiritual harbor for individuals and groups seeking to nurture their relationship with themselves, others and God. A ‘Peace Forest,’ a beautiful labyrinth and a meditation deck are among the spiritual amenities that draw people of many faiths to this center. They find a rich mix of
holy silence, and experience God through nature and the sacred surroundings. Knowles Mercy Spirituality Center will celebrate 25 years with a gathering at the center on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 3:00 p.m. There will be a prayer service, the presentation of the Sophia Wisdom Award and a dinner for all to enjoy. Anyone interested in attending, can RSVP by calling 402-359-4288 or by emailing email@example.com. We hope you can join us for the celebration! Donations to further this ministry may be made using the enclosed envelope. Living Mercy • Summer 2012
Jubilarians Reflect Joyfully on Years of Religious Life and Ministry
As mentioned in our Spring 2012 edition of Living Mercy, we will feature Sisters who are celebrating their jubilee throughout the West Midwest Community this year. We continue this feature in this edition of Living Mercy by highlighting our 70 and 60 year jubilarians, with the exception of Sister Rita Ann Podhola, RSM, who we regrettably omitted as a 75-year jubilarian in our last issue. 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.
70 YEARS Sister Martina Begin, RSM Entrance: February 2, 1942, Detroit First Profession: August 16, 1944 Final Profession: August 16, 1947 Major Areas of Ministry: 50 years – elementary, secondary and higher education/administration. Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer Motto: All for Thee Jesus
Sister Rita Ann Podhola, RSM
Sister Genevieve (Innocentia) Birchard, RSM
Entrance: August 27, 1934, Council Bluffs First Profession: March 12, 1937 Final Profession: August 16, 1940 Major Areas of Ministry: 50 years – elementary education, nursing/healthcare, social work, counseling and pastoral care. Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer Motto: Pax et Misericordia (Peace and Mercy)
Entrance: July 16, 1941, Cedar Rapids First Profession: August 15, 1944 Final Profession: August 15, 1947 Major Areas of Ministry: 58 years secondary and higher education and business management. Current Ministry: Retirement and volunteering Motto: Suffer and Be Silent
For my 25th jubilee in 1962, I was given a beautiful rosary that I still cherish today. As I celebrate my 75th jubilee, I take time to recall my motto, which is inscribed in my ring. My motto, Pax et Misericordia, comes from two of the Beatitudes, Blessed are the Peacemakers and Blessed are the Merciful. I have spent my life trying to carry out both of them, and I have been blessed with the happiness promised in the Beatitudes.
Sister Madeleva Comiskey, RSM
Since my profession in 1937, I have been in education in our schools and I still hear from many of my students. I have also served in our health care institutions, have worked with the disadvantaged and elderly, and have served as a counselor and social worker. I am so grateful to our leadership teams through these many years for having prepared me professionally for each ministry to which I was assigned and for supporting me in each of these assignments. Today I do what our retreat master said, I “loiter with the Lord.” I am an early riser and I spend a lot of time in the chapel praying. I continue to be filled with gratitude to God for my life’s journey, for my faith, my vocation, and for the grace of perseverance. What awesome gifts! Deo Gratias! 6
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Entrance: September 8, 1942, Council Bluffs First Profession: March 12, 1945 Final Profession: August 16, 1948 Major Areas of Ministry: 50 years elementary and higher education, business management, housing, pastoral care, and Sisters of Mercy leadership. Current Ministry: Volunteer work; prayer Motto: All for Thee, Sweet Jesus While I was very happy in the various ministries where I served, Mercy Housing was a ministry I enjoyed very much, as I was part of the support staff, feeling less pressure from administration. There was a great team of housing developers working with a dynamic leader. It was wonderful to see low-income families being able to get into safe and affordable housing. Seventy years is certainly a very long time but looking back, it seems to have passed quickly. These have been blessed years as a Sister of Mercy, and I look forward to whatever the Lord has in store for me.
Sister Lucilla Conway, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1942, Chicago First Profession: March 12, 1945 Final Profession: August 16, 1948 Major Areas of Ministry: 48 years – education/administration and parish and religious education. Current Ministry: Main office support, McAuley High School Motto: As Mary Would Thinking in terms of 70 years of religious life – Where has the time gone? Seventy years of love, happiness and prayer is an amazing thought. God has blessed me with happiness and great companions and friends. I thank God each day for my vocation, and happiness in doing God’s work. I enjoy working with great Sisters of Mercy who stood by me in prayer, love and happiness. As my motto says – “As Mary Would” – hopefully I try to do as Mary did!
Sister Mary Brian Costello, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1942, Chicago First Profession: March 12, 1945 Final Profession: August 16, 1948 Major Areas of Ministry: 53 years elementary and secondary education/ administration, Archdiocesan leadership and Sisters of Mercy leadership. Current Ministry: Retired Motto: By Him, With Him, In Him Seventy years as a teacher have been an amazing, varied adventure. Teaching third grade, junior high school and high school English led inexorably to administration. High school administration and Province administration were prelude to Church roles: superintendent of archdiocesan schools and chief of staff for Cardinal Bernardin. Each circumstance allowed me to enjoy a complementary ministry on boards of directors. The journey has been a gift.
Sister Anna-Maria Coverdell, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1942, Omaha First Profession: March 12, 1945 Final Profession: August 16, 1948 Major Areas of Ministry: 52 years elementary, secondary and higher education. Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer Motto: Thy will be done I feel very blessed to be celebrating 70 years of Mercy life. A deep spiritual urging led me to be converted to the Catholic faith at an early age. Because of this same urging, I became a Sister of Mercy and began my journey. I am grateful to my family and friends who have been my constant and loyal companions through these many years. They have helped me stay connected in a beautiful way with Christ, my closest
companion. My Mercy years have been filled with wonderful memories which I cherish and give thanks for daily. They were happy years as I ministered in the fields of education and community service. These years have been beautiful reminders of the vows I took many years ago to serve Christ by serving and loving his people.
Sister Mary Alice Ernst, RSM Entrance: January 6, 1942, Cedar Rapids First Profession: August 15, 1944 Final Profession: August 15, 1947 Major Areas of Ministry: 50 years elementary education, office support, child care and home health. Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer Motto: All For Jesus My Circle of Mercy (to the tune of Yankee Doodle) I had six brothers and two sisters, a happy family were we. My older sister was a Mercy nun, and I became a Mercy too. (refrain between each verse) The circle of Mercy, keep it up My circle of Mercy complete. Mind the children and their needs, And with my blessings keep. I taught the children of God’s mercy. and I taught on Saturday too. And many times on Sunday, There was a lesson or two. The years went by and here I am, at our Mercy Villa. I’m living out God’s mercy With my other sisters too. For God is kind and merciful, and faithful to His Word. And someday He will call me home to live with Him forever My circle of Mercy is complete.
Sister Mary Rosalie FitzPatrick, RSM Entrance: September 12, 1941, Des Plaines First Profession: February 12, 1944 Final Profession: August 16, 1947 Major Areas of Ministry: 52 years elementary, secondary and higher education. Current Ministry: Prayers for the Community Motto: My God and my All At the time of my 70th Jubilee, two words describe my feelings – joy and gratitude. In my 50 years of teaching at all levels – elementary, secondary and college, I have experienced great (Continued on next page) Living Mercy • Summer 2012
satisfaction, many challenges and much joy. My life in our community of Mercy has been a fulfilling one with many opportunities of educational and spiritual growth and the development of many friendships. For all of this, I am deeply grateful and full of joy!
Sister Norena Gawronski, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1942, Chicago First Profession: March 12, 1945 Final Profession: August 16, 1948 Major Areas of Ministry: 63 years elementary, secondary, and religious education, parish ministry and home health. Current Ministry: Volunteer in a retirement residence, Mercy Convent, Chicago Motto: To Jesus through Mary As I recall the story of my life, this is how I can summarize it. Through the environments of a Polish ancestry home, a Catholic education, and the Catholic Church Community, I was able to respond to the call to become a Sister of Mercy. These are the means through which God blessed and used me bringing me to this 70th Jubilee celebration. Living with the poor in Chilibre, Panama, for two summers; residing in a low income apartment leading to retirement; caring for the sick as a nurse’s aide; caring for the deeply depressed; attending with an invitation the open gatherings at AA meetings; and adjusting to community living with the adult handicapped are some of the experiences of growth given me as a Sister of Mercy for which I am grateful, along with caring and cherished friendships.
Sister Rosemary Kelley, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1942, Chicago First Profession: March 12, 1945 Final Profession: August 16, 1948 Major Areas of Ministry: 52 years elementary and secondary education and administration and support staff positions Current Ministry: Volunteering at McAuley Convent and Manor in Aurora Motto: Gloria Patri, Et Filio, Et Spiritui Sancto Having come to the age of peace and retirement, many memories flood the gates. Twenty-nine years in schools with hundreds of children, and later other works serving the Lord; other moments of happiness with Sisters of Mercy and family; now reaching out to others who are ill or in need; volunteering at McAuley Convent and Manor. Many blessings from God have come over the years with the Sisters of Mercy, family and friends.
Sister Mary Bernita Ligney, RSM Entrance: September 7, 1942, Detroit First Procession: March 12, 1945 Final Profession: August 16, 1948 Major Areas of Ministry: 60 years – elementary education/administration and parish support. Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer Motto: My Jesus Mercy I am glad to be able to celebrate 70 years as a Sister of Mercy. I am grateful to my family, friends, and sisters for their support over the years. I am grateful to God for everything in my life.
Sister Aquinice McCorry, RSM Entrance: February 2, 1942, Chicago First Profession: August 16, 1944 Final Profession: August 16, 1947 Major Areas of Ministry: 59 years – education/administration, activities director and pastoral assistant Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer Motto: I come to do Thy will I was destined to be a Sister of Mercy. My sister is a Sister of Mercy, and we had two aunts and three great aunts who were Sisters of Mercy in Northern Ireland. On a trip to Ireland, we were fortunate to visit their graves. I am grateful the Lord called me to a life of service as a Sister of Mercy. It has helped me to experience the fullness of life, and for that I am grateful.
Sister Kay McIntyre, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1942, Chicago First Profession: March 12, 1945 Final Profession: August 16, 1948 Major Areas of Ministry: 55 years – education/administration and housing management. Current Ministry: Retired Motto: To Jesus through Mary Dear God, Thank you for calling me to be a Sister of Mercy. Just want you to know I loved teaching your children. Gracefully in Jesus Christ, Kay
Sister Marian Mertz, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1942, Detroit First Profession: March 12, 1945 Final Profession: August 16, 1948 Major Areas of Ministry: 51 years – elementary education/administration, healthcare and rural ministry. Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer Motto: My God I Love You I thank God for my call to Mercy and I’m grateful to family, sisters and others who have helped me along the way. In my
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70 years as a Sister of Mercy, I’ve met many people in my ministries of education and health care. I am grateful for the ability to have assisted those in need. Seventy years as a Sister of Mercy have gone quickly, and God has blessed me.
in His footsteps and to help to bring others closer to Him. I came to the missions to teach, and I have been taught and continue to learn more each day from the poor whom I try to serve. Again, thank you Lord for the many gifts that I have received and continue to receive each day.
Sister Mary Vita Pandolfo, RSM Entrance: February 1, 1942, Detroit First Profession: August 16, 1944 Final Profession: August 16, 1947 Major Areas of Ministry: 66 years – elementary education, nursing/healthcare/ administration and administrative staff. Current Ministry: Ministry of Presence to Community Motto: My God and My All My 70 years as a Sister of Mercy have been a great adventure and continue to be so.
Sister Dorothy Marie Pelt, RSM Entrance: February 2, 1942, Chicago First Profession: August 16, 1944 Final Profession: August 16, 1947 Major Areas of Ministry: 68 years – education and pastoral missionary work. Current Ministry: Pastoral Associate in a parish in Puerto Cortes on the north coast of Honduras. (Parroquia Sagrado Corazon de Jesus). Motto: It is the Lord Seventy years ago when I entered the community of Mercy, I never dreamed that I would spend more than half of that time in the missions. As I was growing up, I always enjoyed reading stories in mission magazines. At one point, I thought of the possibility of entering Maryknoll, but thought that I would never have the courage. As I entered Mercy I never even dreamed of missions, but it seems that the Lord had other plans for me. When the community opened the mission in Peru, I was excited, but could not volunteer because I was too old – two years older than the maximum age. Later when they raised the maximum age, I volunteered and was accepted. I spent six months studying Spanish in Bolivia after which I taught for one year in our school in Sicuani. It was a sad day when, because of unfortunate circumstances, we had to close the school and return to the States. I then returned to teaching high school in Chicago, still hoping for an opportunity to return to the missions. During summer vacations, I was invited to work in Honduras. After four summers, I was invited to work full time. My request was accepted by the community. Today, after 35 very happy years, I thank the Lord for giving me the health and strength and allowing me the privilege to continue serving the poorest of the poor. They are beautiful people who live very close to the Lord, physically in the mountains and spiritually, as we struggle together to follow
Sister Rita Pitstick, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1942, Chicago First Profession: March 12, 1945 Final Profession: August 16, 1948 Major Areas of Ministry: 51 years – education and pastoral ministry. Current Ministry: Retired Motto: Behold the Handmaid of the Lord In my family, we children attended a one-room country schoolhouse and our formal education ended in the eighth grade. We were expected to stay home on the farm and help the family. When I was in the sixth grade, my dad switched us to a Catholic school, which opened a whole new world for me. After two years with the Sisters of Mercy as teachers, I knew I wanted to be a Catholic nun. But I also knew that my family expected me to stay at home on the farm and help the family along with my 15 brothers and sisters. I kept my hopes and desires alive and occasionally would ask if I could go to high school. The answer was always no. My mother could not understand why I would want to be a nun. Finally, I convinced my parents to let me go to Marquette High School in Ottawa, Ill. After high school, I entered the convent and did some college work during my two-and-ahalf years in the novitiate. These years were very happy. My dream of being a Sister of Mercy came true, and I have loved every bit of it!
Sister Mary LaSalette Trevillyan, RSM Entrance: July 1, 1942, Burlingame First Profession: January 20, 1945 Final Profession: January 20, 1948 Major Areas of Ministry: 57 years secondary education, sister formation, Sisters of Mercy leadership and health care. Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer, Volunteer Motto: I live now, not I, but Christ lives in me. “I’ve loved everything I’ve been asked to do; thank you, Lord.” These words exemplify Sister M. LaSalette: positive, happy, humble, completely open to God’s will. Professed in 1945, Sister LaSalette studied business at San Jose State, later attending the Lumen Vitae Catechetical Institute in Louvain, Belgium. In her varied ministerial life, she taught at a military academy, at Bishop Conaty High in Los Angeles – her alma mater, where she became a legendary teacher – and at Mercy High, San Francisco. As formation director, Sister (Continued on next page) Living Mercy • Summer 2012
LaSalette guided young women through their early years in the Burlingame community. She served in leadership, then ministered for over 25 years in hospital pastoral care and development. If she loved everything she was asked to do, those she served loved her in return. Her students at Conaty thought their tall, stately teacher “floated” when she walked! When she spoke, they felt she was looking at each of them individually, with personal concern for each. She was welcoming, affirming, supportive, and sensitive to their needs, not surprisingly attracting several graduates to the Sisters of Mercy. Later, in longtime pastoral and outreach roles at Scripps Mercy Hospital, San Diego, Sister LaSalette was a cherished friend to many benefactors. She was recently invited back to receive a commendation during the dedication of a new building. Now retired, “La” enjoys having time to pray, take walks, read and visit. Her “thank you, Lord,” quoted above, continues: “Thank you for all the Sisters and other people who’ve touched by life.” We thank her in return. (Submitted by Srs. Ellen FitzGerald & Katie Kinney)
60 YEARS Sister Gloriana Bednarski, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1952, Chicago First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 16, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 55 years elementary education, religious education, pastoral ministry and Centro Guadalupano ministry. Current Ministry: Co-director, Centro Guadalupano ministry Motto: To Jesus through Mary Sixty years ago, I responded to an invitation of some very inspiring Sisters of Mercy at Mercy High School in Chicago. With much trepidation, this 17-year-old entered the community of Sisters of Mercy and began a life-journey with the Lord. It was His invitation. He took me by my hand and never let go, and I could never have imagined where He would lead me. Over these six decades, I would find myself teaching children, forming religious education teachers at the college level and parish coordination at all levels. Then, we walked, the Lord and I, among the chronically mentally ill, forming communities of love and support for their almost non-existent rights and got nowhere, but they, because of my friends and their deep faith, gained my love. Next, we began to form small “house communities” among the undocumented Latinos on the north edge of Chicago which prepared me for the next 21 years, and here I am. Honduras was never a thought in my limited mind, but the Lord never let go of my hand. With Him, I find the strength for whatever my present ministry requires. 10
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All along this journey, there has been one constant: the presence and moral support of my sisters. Even in old age, they pray for us and let us know that they, too, walk this walk with the Lord. I did nothing to deserve all this. His invitation comes with the promise that he will always hold our hand. What a tremendous gift!! Thank you, Lord.
Sister Mary Ann Bergfeld, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1952, Chicago First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 16, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 55 years secondary and higher education, Sisters of Mercy leadership and resident services. Current Ministry: Retired Motto: Yet will I Trust Him Life as a Sister of Mercy has been a blessing for me. I have been surrounded by men and women of like values. My work has brought me in touch with ideas, needs and people who have enriched my life and vision. I thank God for 60 years of a rich life.
Sister Maura Bowie, RSM Entrance: July 26, 1952, Auburn First Profession: April 11, 1955 Final Profession: May 15, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 57 years support staff, chaplaincy and pastoral care. Current Ministry: Volunteer at St. John’s Parish Folsom and Mercy San Juan Hospital Motto: O Lord I am not Worthy Joy, faithfulness and gratitude are the words that say it all as I reflect on my jubilee. To answer God’s call 60 years ago, to have had many faith experiences through the years fills me with a sense of wonder. So many people have touched me, and I have had the privilege of touching so many. I am filled with deep gratitude when I reflect on the love, friendship and support I have received from my Sisters of Mercy and from my family and friends.
Sister Maureen Costelloe, RSM Entrance: July 10, 1951, Auburn First Profession: May 10, 1954 Final Profession: September 1, 1957 Major Areas of Ministry: 58 years – elementary education and ministry to the sick. Current Ministry: Eucharistic Minister for house bound. Ministry of Prayer. Motto: Jesus through Mary, make me thy perfect spouse. Looking back over these 60 years, I thank God for the gift of my vocation to Mercy. I am also grateful to my parents who created a happy home for us, filled with love and faith. This is what nurtured the seeds of my call to Mercy. I spent 25
wonderful years teaching elementary school children, and I still hear from a number of these students. I then transferred to parish work to coordinate Ministry to the Sick and spend 33 years training and mentoring lay ministers to bring Holy Communion to the sick and elderly in nursing homes and in their homes. I retired from this ministry in 2002, but have continued as a volunteer Eucharistic Minister for a limited number of parishioners in their homes. I am privileged to now have extra time to spend in prayer in support of community members in active ministry.
Sister Evelyn Derezinski, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1952, Chicago First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 16, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 55 years secondary and higher education, pastoral associate and service to Sisters of Mercy. Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer Volunteer Motto: To Live is Christ My first contact with the Sisters of Mercy was as a freshman at Saint Xavier College in Chicago. My decision to enter the Sisters of Mercy in my senior year was influenced by the sisters whom I met and observed at the college. They were easy to talk to and fun to be with. What amazed me were their joyful relationships with one another and with the students. The motto on my ring tells my whole story: “To Live is Christ.” I continue to meditate on the meaning of my motto. It has been a beacon in my life and in my ministries, especially at the high schools, the hospitals, and the college. At present, I am continuing to use my skills as song leader at McAuley Manor and Convent in Aurora.
Sister Roxanne Dolak, RSM Entrance: August 1, 1951, Marion First Profession: February 2, 1954 Final Profession: February 2, 1957 Major Areas of Ministry: 55 years – elementary education and nursing. Current Ministry: RN Chart Auditor, Kalispell Regional Medical Center, Kalispell, Mont. Motto: My Jesus Mercy I first saw Catholic Sisters when I had just finished second grade at Longfellow Public School in Belle Plaine, Iowa. Three Sisters of the Presentation had come from Dubuque to teach a two-week June vacation school. From that time on, I thought about becoming a sister some day. The desire became even stronger when I took organ lessons from Sister Mary Sylvester Hanan, a Sister of Mercy from Cedar Rapids, Iowa. That desire was fulfilled on August 1, 1951, when I entered the Sisters of Mercy novitiate in Marion, Iowa. There have been ups and downs these past 60 plus years, as there are in any life, but God and the Mercy Community have always
been there for me. And so it is with much joy that I celebrate my 60th jubilee, with deep gratitude to our loving God and to the Sisters of Mercy who have sustained me in my vocation.
Sister Mary Loretta Dowd, RSM Entrance: July 26, 1952, Auburn First Profession: April 11, 1955 Final Profession: May 15, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 57 years – accounting, healthcare positions and congregation support. Current Ministry: Retired, Ministry of Prayer Motto: Sweet Heart of Mary, be my Salvation My life has been in the service of the Gospel. God has always given me the gift of His grace. Before retiring, my ministry was in health care working in the bookkeeping and accounting departments. I am grateful for 60 years of continuous blessings as a Sister of Mercy.
Sister Rosemary Floersch, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1952, Omaha First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 16, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 57 years elementary and secondary education and community outreach. Current Ministry: Sudanese Outreach Project Motto: Ancilla Domini (The Handmaid of the Lord) L d) My past 60 years as a Sister of Mercy have passed very quickly. My early years were filled with many good memories of the sisters who were in the novitiate and juniorate with me. My college and graduate degree years at College of Saint Mary and the College of Saint Thomas were spent with Sisters of Mercy who provided support groups. This made studying enjoyable and free time a delightful diversion. Teaching was always somewhat of a passion and challenge for me. ‘To see the gleam in students’ eyes when they began to understand or when they succeeded at something difficult was a reward in itself. Teaching challenged me to stretch my range of perception and knowledge and provided a great opportunity to instill values and moral principles through prayer, discussion, research, and debate. Currently, working with the economically poor Sudanese refugees has raised my awareness of their plight in a foreign culture and has made me more aware of the hidden racism in our society. I treasure the fact that I lived for many years in community, mainly with sisters who were older than I. From these sisters, who were women of faith and love, I gained wisdom. They unknowingly taught me to nourish my spiritual life through their example. I am deeply indebted to them, and I will always cherish their friendship. I am grateful to the Sisters of Mercy Community and for their support in the ministries that I have been involved with during my last 60 years. (Continued on next page) Living Mercy • Summer 2012
Sister Conleth Foley, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1952, Chicago First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 16, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 47 years elementary education/administration, director of volunteers and housing management. Current Ministry: Retired, volunteer driver, teacher-administrator of independent living facility Motto: Christ is all Jubilee is a time to look back over the years. I thank God for the opportunity to serve for 60 years. I especially thank my parents, relatives and friends and the Sisters of Mercy for their encouragement and support.
Sister Mary Annelle Fuczyla, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1952, Des Plaines First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 16, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 49 years nursing/nursing education/administration. Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer, Volunteer Motto: “Jesus, Mary and Joseph” My life with the Sisters of Mercy began at St. Patrick’s School in Janesville, Wis., as a first grader at age six. I completed Janesville High in 1945 and in September 1945, entered the Mercy Hospital School of Nursing. After I graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee with a BS in nursing education in 1952, I worked at St. Mary’s Hospital and Mt. Sinai in Milwaukee. I entered the novitiate of the Sisters of Mercy, Des Plaines, Ill., in September 1952. I attended the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC, in 1956 and graduated with a master’s degree in nursing in 1958. My life has been filled with attending workshops, meetings, medical sessions, educational programs, and courses on personality development, and learning other skills to teach others. There were conferences and retreats to reflect on the gifts our Lord provides for those who vowed their lives to serve Him and His children. I had 25 years of caring for obstetric patients and newborns all opportunities to respect and appreciate the gift of life. I served as an instructor of obstetrics and a Marriage and Family counselor at Saint Xavier University in Chicago. Sister M. Eleanora Holdgrafer and I prepared as family nurse practitioners to conduct wellness clinics for seniors. These were the first services rendered by independent nurse practitioners in Iowa. I have truly enjoyed all my nursing and teaching. I am grateful to be a Sister of Mercy and praise God for allowing me to serve Him and His People.
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Sister Mary Philomene Golonka, RSM Entrance: August 8, 1952, Omaha First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 16, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 57 years – elementary education. Current Ministry: Elementary Teacher
Sister Rachelle Harper, RSM Entrance: September 7, 1952, Detroit First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 16, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 57 years – secondary education, vocation/formation, pastoral ministry, Sisters of Mercy leadership team and spiritual direction/ retreat ministry Current Ministry: Spiritual Companioning and retreats Motto: Dea Mea et Omnia (“My God and My All”) Six decades in a Mercy lifestyle has centered me solidly in who I am and Whose I am - as well as rooted me in ministry. Participating in the flow of God’s Mercy has been a precious gift! Because of my sisters, our associates, companions, and volunteers, I know Community and collaboration in ministry well. Thanksgiving is what flows, then gratitude for so much Mercy, gratitude for Jesus, Mary, Catherine, each of you in community and in family. Jubilee is a time for remembering that Grace is everywhere and a time for celebrating all those graces with a full heart and deep desires for peace among all people on earth.
Sister Corinne Kabara, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1952, Chicago First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 16, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 55 years elementary and secondary education/ administration, parish ministry and housing/management. Current Ministry: Retired Motto: To Love With Christ These past 60 years in Mercy have been filled with opportunities, experiences and companions that I treasure and for which I am deeply grateful. As I worked in schools and parishes in the Chicago area and in Wisconsin, I was privileged to be with sisters, teachers, students, and families who enriched my life. The freedom to move into new approaches and new ministries made life exciting and fulfilling. Thanks be to God and to you my sisters, my family and my friends for such good times.
Sister Emily Mary Kemppi, RSM
Sister Campion Maguire, RSM
Entrance: September 8, 1952, Chicago First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 16, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 54 years secondary education/administration, healthcare and support staff. Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer, Retired Motto: In His Will is My Peace
Entrance: February 2, 1953, Chicago First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 16, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 56 years education/administration, development and support staff. Current Ministry: Personal Contact for sisters and Volunteer, St. Rita High School Motto: Love
I first heard God calling me to religious life when I was a student in an elementary school staffed by Sisters of Mercy. I admired them greatly and felt the desire to be like them. Through my high school years, I continued to feel God’s nudging, but I resisted his call. After graduating from high school in 1952, I was fearful about taking the necessary steps in response to God’s call, but God’s persistence intensified. Finally, I cast aside all fear and yielded to his invitation, becoming a Sister of Mercy. What a blessing my life has been, filled with countless challenges, opportunities and ministerial roles. Daily I put myself in God’s hands, trusting in his plan for me. And I continue to discover “In His Will is my peace.”
The fulfillment I have experienced since my entrance into the Sisters of Mercy at the age of 18 has been greater than I could have ever imagined. Studying, teaching, administration, fundraising, mission involvement, and spiritual enrichment pushed me far beyond limits I ever thought possible. Life has been challenging with its peaks and valleys, but never boring. As a Sister of Mercy, I would not have traded my vocation for any other. Each day is a gift, and I am hopeful I can continue to savor Mercy Life for a bit longer.
Sister Mary Jo Kenny, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1952, Chicago First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 16, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 45 years education and support staff. Current Ministry: Praying for Community Motto: With Christ I was born on the Southside of Chicago and went to St. Clotilde School which was a small, one classroom run by the Sisters of Mercy. The nuns were excellent teachers who cared for us. After attending Mercy High School, a group of us entered the Sisters of Mercy and I was educated at Saint Xavier. For my first assignment, I was sent to St. Patrick’s on the Westside of Chicago to teach second grade. St. Patrick’s had been the original Motherhouse on the Westside and had followed the plan of Catherine McAuley. On a small piece of land in the middle of a poor neighborhood, there was a private school, a convent, and a home for working women. What an experience! The rest of my assignments were just as varied. I went to St. Patrick’s in Janesville, Wis., and to St. Patrick’s in McHenry, also to the west and south sides of Chicago, and finally to Aurora. In Aurora, I taught at Annunciation for many years, followed by several years at Mercy Center and McAuley Manor and Convent. I’m looking forward to celebrating my 60th Jubilee because I never had a 50th Jubilee. In 2002, while my band was celebrating our 50th Jubilee, I was in the hospital having a double transplant of my liver and kidney. I’m alive today because of all the sisters and their prayers.
Sister Timothy Matthews, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1952, Chicago First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 16, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 55 years education and finance/accounting. Current Ministry: Property management of vacation houses, accountant for McAuley Convent, Aurora Motto: God Thank you, God.
Sister Patricia Ann Murphy, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1952, Chicago First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 16, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 54 years education/administration/public health nursing. Current ministry: Volunteer Nurse Educator Motto: One With Christ Sixty years in Mercy – Wow! My journey in Mercy began the day I was born at Mercy Hospital, Chicago. Growing up on Chicago’s southwest side, I attended elementary and secondary schools staffed by the Sisters of Mercy. Throughout these formative years, I witnessed the dedication, joy, prayerfulness and availability of these sisters as they went about their daily routines. What is it, I would ask myself, that makes these sisters always willing to be present when needed? I did not know the answer to that question, but I did know that I wanted to share in such a life, and I wanted to be one of them. On September 8, 1952, my mom, dad and I traveled to Mother of Mercy Novitiate to continue the Mercy Journey I had started 17 years before. There I met the group of Postulants, my band, (Continued on next page) Living Mercy • Summer 2012
who were to be my companions on my Mercy Journey. Little did I realize that the “band,” among many others, were to be my mentors, friends and sources of strength and support for however long my life in Mercy was to be – 60 years to date.
They are my support, my spiritual companions and my friends. No matter what ministry I have been engaged in, there are always “experts” I have been able to call on among the sisters or associates when the need arises.
My Mercy Journey has allowed me to use my gifts and talents to respond to various needs via the ministries of education, administration and health care. Especially energizing has been my volunteer work these past few years as a nurse diabetic educator in selected clinics. This time spent in unmeasured service with the poor, sick, uneducated and uninsured is a constant reminder that Mercy responds to the needs of the times. This 60-year stopover in my journey gives me time to look back, reflect, and appreciate, as well as to look to the future. My gratitude extends to God, my Sisters of Mercy, family, friends, and all those whom I have encountered through ministry. Throughout these years in Community, I have learned and lived the Mercy Way and now know the secrets of the sisters of my youth: they followed the lead of Catherine McAuley.
Being a Sister of Mercy has also filled my life with other wonderful people I have met along the way. There have been many co-workers on the journey and I am especially blessed now to be working with an interfaith group including men and women of many different faiths. This is a very enriching experience. Also, of course, I am blessed by those whose lives touched mine because I was able to minister in some way. I enjoyed the privilege to teach, to work in parish ministry, in social service, and now in ministry with immigrants. As an only child from Milwaukee, Wis., I grew up with a loving mother, father and grandmother who shaped my faith and my values. Through my 60 years in the community, my family has grown. I am grateful to God and all those who have touched my life along the way.
Sister Julie Neal, RSM
Entrance: September 8, 1952, Chicago First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 15, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 55 years education/administration. Current Ministry: Volunteer at Mercy Convent, Chicago Motto: He Knows Best
Entrance: September 8, 1952, Chicago First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 16, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 52 years – education, parish ministry and complementary medicine. Current Ministry: Massage therapist Motto: Through Him, With Him, and In Him My early teaching led me to an interest in pastoral ministry. After years of working in parishes, it seemed a natural shift to prepare for work as a massage therapist. Here I combined my work of mind and body and found satisfaction in this work. Currently in my retirement, I am able to continue this work with the staff and residents at the assisted living residence where I live.
Sister JoAnn Persch, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1952, Chicago First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 16, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 54 years – education, religious education/parish ministry, healthcare staff, community outreach services and justice ministry. Current Ministry: Volunteer Justice Ministry in Chicago Motto: In His Will Is My Peace Sixty years as a Sister of Mercy is a blessing of gigantic proportion. As in every life, there are moments of ups and downs, but the things that stand out for me are the gifts that I have received. First, of course, are my Sisters of Mercy and Mercy Associates, those I have known for many of the 60 years, and those I am getting to know through the West Midwest. 14
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Sister Barbara Shields, RSM
I attended St. Patrick High School in Des Plaines, Ill. and felt the call to be a Sister of Mercy. My family moved to Pittsburg, Penn., during my final two years of high school, but I felt drawn to the Chicago Mercy Community and returned to enter in Chicago (to the surprise of the Sisters of Mercy who taught me in Pittsburg). I was a teacher for many years in Illinois, and also in Shullsburg, and Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I was a principal in Janesville, Wisconsin. Jubilee is the time to look back at the many places, experiences, and growth opportunities in my life. I have been in contact with many teachers, Sisters of Mercy, students, parents and friends. I have been blessed as a Sister of Mercy and am grateful for all who have had an influence on my life these many years. My life as a Sister of Mercy has been full and rewarding, and I thank God. Indeed, “He knows best.”
Sister Betty Smith, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1952, Chicago First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 16, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 55 years secondary and higher education/ administration and Sisters of Mercy leadership. Current Ministry: Retired Motto: Rooted and Built Up in Him (Colossians 2:7) Sixty years! God’s extraordinary Generosity! All is Gift!
Sister Mary Virginia Sullivan, RSM Entrance: July 26, 1952, Auburn First Profession: April 11, 1955 Final Profession: May 15, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 57 years domestic duties, pastoral care and healthcare. Current Ministry: Retired Motto: My God and My All I recently retired from a variety of ministries in health care including work in purchasing, as EKG tech, as chaplain, in mission integration, as liaison to outpatient surgery, and at the House of Mercy. In retirement, I’m enjoying the extra time for meditation and reflection. I take my turn cooking dinner for my community and have made some interesting connections with our neighbors while walking the 41st Street corridor. I plan to do volunteer service later, probably in health care.
Sister Margaret Ann Walsh, RSM Entrance: February 12, 1952, Auburn First Profession: September 1, 1954 Final Profession: September 1, 1957 Major Areas of Ministry: 58 years – education, vocation ministry, Sister of Mercy leadership, pastoral care/chaplaincy, healthcare administration and spiritual direction/retreat ministry. Current Ministries: Gift Shop, spiritual direction, grief and prayer counseling, Mercy McMahon board member. Motto: Jesus, Mary and Joseph When I think of 60 years, my memory goes back to February 1952. While I was home in Blarney preparing to travel to California, a letter arrived from Mother Antonia saying, “You will arrive in Auburn on the feast day of Our Lady of Lourdes.” The rest is history. Jubilee is a time to look back and count one’s blessings. I am grateful for my vocation and the opportunity to serve in this wonderful land. My life has taken many turns, and my ministries have been varied. In gratitude, I thank my family and the Sisters of Mercy for their example, encouragement and support. I have been given many opportunities to grow and develop, but most of all to grow in my inner life. I feel there is more yet to come – Praise God.
Sister Therese Mary Windham, RSM Entrance: September 8, 1952, Chicago First Profession: August 16, 1955 Final Profession: August 16, 1958 Major Areas of Ministry: 46 years secondary and higher education and computer work. Current Ministry: Ministry of Prayer, Volunteer Motto: His Will is My Peace
My motto, “His Will is My Peace,” is one I have relied on throughout the past 60 years. It has brought me much comfort in good times and in challenging times. The years have passed quickly. The variety of my ministries, the sensitive sisters and lay people including many teachers, students, and others who share our ministries have brought me many blessings. The majority of the ministries have been for me in secondary education and community college. My experiences have been as an educator in physics, chemistry, math and computer science, and as a department and subject chairman and computer administrator. Another wonderful experience was during the five years which I participated in the Bible studies at St. Linus Parish, where I met more faith-filled participants and leaders. A 10-year diversion into computer science as instructor and facilitator began as a trial and turned into a wonderful ministry with insightful and prayerful people. You never know who or what lies around the next corner. I appreciate all the spiritual and academic opportunities I have received as a Sister of Mercy. I thank God for all my wonderful faith-filled parents, family, relatives, friends, and associates who have accompanied me on this journey of 60 years. As the 60 years approach and pass, I thank God for all Her/His Graces. Without these generous, sensitive holy sisters, and others. I could not be the person God wishes us (me too) to be.
Mercy Center Burlingame Celebrates 30 Years Established in 1982, Mercy Center Burlingame, Calif., celebrates 30 years of providing a place where women and men of all faiths can become more attentive to the presence of the Divine in their lives then respond more fully in care of the Earth and service to others. Staff at the center marked the anniversary with a prayer service and asked friends, donors and retreat participants to dedicate themselves to 30 days of prayer as part of the celebration. Emails, cards and greetings of support have poured in from around the world. The center staff also asked participants to reflect on the impact the retreat ministry has had on their lives and on the world. Responses received described how the center and its programs have helped change lives and provide hope and grounding in today’s world. To learn more about Mercy Center Burlingame and its programs, visit the website at www.mercy-center.org. To help support the work of this ministry, you can make a donation using the envelope found in this issue. Living Mercy • Summer 2012
“We should be as shining lamps giving light to all around us.” Catherine McAuley
Honorary Tribute Gifts • January 1 - June 30 2012 The Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community are grateful to these many individuals who have chosen to support the life and ministry of the sisters with a gift made in honor of loved ones or in celebration of a special occasion. In this issue of Living Mercy, we feature the tribute gifts received from January 1 to June 30, 2012. Tribute names are listed first, followed by the names of the donors who have made a gift in their honor. We regret any omissions or errors in producing this list.
CELEBRATION GIFTS Sister Genevieve Birchard, RSM – 70th Jubilee Lee and Darlene Schmidt William and Catherine Sheka Linda Stoll Carolyn Davis 80th Birthday Michael Davis Sister Roxanne Dolak, RSM – 60th Jubilee Lee and Darlene Schmidt William and Catherine Sheka Linda Stoll Easter Holiday Mary Catherine Buchanan Sister Mary Alice Ernst, RSM – 70th Jubilee Lee and Darlene Schmidt William and Catherine Sheka Linda Stoll Sister Anne Marie Healy, RSM – 25th Jubilee Buelane Daugherty Lee and Darlene Schmidt William and Catherine Sheka Linda Stoll Sister Roseline Kos, RSM – 75th Jubilee Margaret and John Christiano Buelane Daugherty Lee and Darlene Schmidt William and Catherine Sheka Linda Stoll Mary Thompson Sister Rose Marie Martensen, RSM – 50th Jubilee Lee and Darlene Schmidt William and Catherine Sheka Linda Stoll Sister Mary Wilma Wolf RSM – 75th Jubilee Margaret and John Christiano Buelane Daugherty Lee and Darlene Schmidt William and Catherine Sheka Linda Stoll
HONOR GIFTS 2012 Sister Jubiliarians Sister Patrice Klein, RSM Acero Family Mrs. Pressie Acero Sharon Almeida Joan and Charles Lawson Ms. Lorraine Pagan Ms. Joan Ryan Sherron and Lou Sandrini Colleen Shannon Soracco Mrs. Patricia Turay Amelia Kissling 16
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Sister Noreen Arcand, RSM Thelma Kirkland Richard Babin Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Marc Baires Marina and Fern Maza Sister Colette Baldwin, RSM Pat and Cindy Cole Janis and Jake Bayers Family Mr. and Mrs. James F. Allen Sister Mary Ann Becker, RSM Ann M. McNee Lee and Darlene Schmidt Sister Mary Benedict Begin, RSM Len and Gretchen Stangl Arlene Bennett Josie Kruttlin Nathan Beran R. Vicki Smith Sister Bernice Marie Berichon, RSM Daniel and Jan Jungwirth Sister Mary Kathleen Botsford, RSM Ms. Dorothy Popovich Susan Bright Mary Larson Sister Marguerite Buchanan, RSM Pat Buchanan Lorraine Moriarty Joe Pummill Anne Burke Sheila M. O'Brien Sister Corita Burnham, RSM's Retirement Thomas and Irene Tupman Sister Ritamary Burnham, RSM Mr. and Mrs. Robert St. Paul Mr. and Mrs. Robert Thompson Sister Elizabeth Mary Burns, RSM Ms. Esther Mieras Dawn Marie Busenbark Helen A. McGill Kathy Carey Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Sharon Carroll Marina and Fern Maza Gorgann C. Chiozza Diane Huerta Sister Joan Clarke, RSM Joseph and Rebeca LeBlanc Jack Conroy Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Favian and Teresa Contreras Francisco Contreras Miriam and Dennis Cordiero Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Sister Mary Lois Corpandy, RSM Marge Summerville Gary Cox Amy and Kurt Herkert Cross Family Frank Cross
Rodney DeMartini Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Sister Elizabeth Derga, RSM Florence H. Renner Brad DeSoto Denise DeSoto Ms. Joyce DeSoto Craig DeSoto Denise DeSoto Dee DeSoto Denise DeSoto Joyce DeSoto Denise DeSoto Sister Emily Devine, RSM Francis A. Harrington Mary D. Diethrich Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Dillard Family Marion Dillard Dillon Family Diane Dillon Agnes Doherty Sister Maureen Hally, RSM Ruth Dolim David and Valentyna Hohl Sister James Marie Donahue, RSM Mary Hostetler Sister Mary K. Doughan, RSM Audrey A. Walmsley Dybala Family Frank Cross Sister Ellene Egan, RSM Catherine and Nick Slovak Mary Fabian Sister Maureen Hally, RSM Family Members Mrs. Pressie Acero Catherine De Martini Sister Rita Fantin, RSM Joan and Charles Lawson Sister Margaret Farley, RSM Robert and Helen Majzler Senator Dianne Feinstein Sister Maureen Hally, RSM Sister Anne Fiala, RSM Richard and Frances Whitters Marilyn Frater Gail Andrade Friends Mrs. Lynn O'Connell Ian Galitz Jo Donegan Sister Mary Miguel Gassman, RSM Ms. Patricia R. Laughlin Joe and Leona Moran Sister Mary McAuley Gillgannon, RSM Jacqueline St. John Cyndi and Frank Gonzalez Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Jose Gonzalez Terry Rubianes, Jr. Sister Veronica Gorman, RSM + Keith and Maureen Long Annabelle Groh Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Jeanne Halloran Ms. Jeanne Halloran Helen Hann Carol Bailey John Harris Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Attorney General Kamala Harris Sister Maureen Hally, RSM Madonna Harrison Madonna and Stanley Griffith Mildred Hlavacek Mr. and Mrs. James F. Allen Margaret Hoarty on Mother’s Day Colleen Hoarty and Eric Gautschi
+ Honoree has died since gift was made.
Sister Mary Ellen Howard, RSM Michael and Christine Dosch Edmund J. Rafferty III Sister Phyllis Hughes, RSM Alegent Health, Omaha, Neb. Sister Loretto Hunt, RSM Sally Chambers Solari and Lawrence Solari Junior L. Hutchcroft Joe and Lorri Hutchcroft Sister Mary Anita Iddings, RSM Janet Schroder Shirley A. Irwin Richard and Jean Holloway Louise Isola David and Irene Plyer Sister Nancy Jones, RSM Reed and Betty Burton Dr. and Mrs. David Nolan Marco A. Kalibatas Irene Mihailoff Fred Kasl Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Kissling Family Amelia Kissling Stanley Jude Kleszcz Esther L. Kleszcz Sister Charleen Koenig, RSM Helen Beoshanz Ryan Lancaster Mark and Cynthia Lancaster Terry Lange Kathy and Robert Lange Joseph Logan Anonymous Sister Mary Mercita Logan, RSM Bernadine Clancy Linda A. Mahoney Rita and Ray Ramos Mandala Family Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Carol Marin Sheila M. O'Brien Eva Marini Marie and Carlo Noce Mercy College, Detroit, Mich., 1956 Nursing Classmates Mrs. Margaret A. Cleary Marian Mertz Bob and Mary Marcoux Sister Mary Leonita Metoyer, RSM Alex and Mary Correa Michael Mihalek Dennis and Rosalie Burt Lindsey Miller Suzanne Finklang Sister Mary Lorita Moffatt, RSM Carole Levine Sister Alice Montgomery, RSM Sister Marie de Lourdes Bessac, O.P. Kathleen J. Mooney Lois Else Mooney Sister Barbara Moran, RSM Marie Brady Sister Maureen Mulcrone, RSM Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Centlivre Marge Ober George and Ruth Dolim Sister Kay O'Brien, RSM Michael Davis Pat O'Brien Sister Corita Burnham, RSM Sister Gemma O'Keeffe, RSM Huong Tran Father Thomas Phelan Mary and Michael Schymeinsky Eunice Pierce Joan and Fred Lauriente Sister Margaret Mary Platte, RSM Annabel Kathleen Conklin
Sally Smolen Dennis Connolly Sister Martin de Porres Smukowski, RSM Helen Goy Mie Stecher Denise DeSoto Dr. Robert and Helen Mary Stein Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Sister Jan Marie Stocking, RSM Mr. and Mrs. John Tate Sister Mary Julianne Strazanac, RSM Jim and Jean Erdman Ms. Shirley A. Grobson Sister Hilda Sucher, RSM Dolores T. Schilbe Sister Mary Loretta Sullivan, RSM Mrs. Nancy H. Reed Sister Shari Sutherland, RSM Greg and Raelene Sutherland Mary Jane Theis Sheila M. O'Brien Sister Mary Thecla Theisen, RSM Mr. and Mrs. James H. Draska Sister Suzanne Toolan, RSM Carole Levine Sarah Miller Lorraine Moriarty Joe Pummill Barbara H. Turner Ms. Joyce DeSoto Sister Anne Marilyn Tyler, RSM Ms. Margaret Bailey Dennis and Cathey Borowski Mr. Gerard A. Cavanaugh Mrs. Jessica Hachigian Bradley and Cynthia Haycock
Janet and Russell Kline William and Susan Rysdyk Sister Mary Lou Podzimek, RSM Lee and Darlene Schmidt Marion and Rick Popper Fay Kreske Sister Maura Power, RSM Catholic Daughters - Court 2312 Our Lady of Shasta, Redding, Calif. Penny Prencipe Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Susan Puccinelli Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Sister Laura Reicks, RSM Henry and Jill Reicks Mercedes Reygadas Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Siter Phyllis Ann Ries, RSM Dale Ries Sister Carmen Rodriguez, RSM Edna Bernardo Sister Mary Justine Sabourin, RSM + Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Sabourin Sanchez Family Mrs. Pressie Acero Parents of Edward and Helen Sarna Mr. and Mrs. Edward Sarna Sister Felice Sauers, RSM Cherie Thibodeaux Mary E. Schlenk Dr. Elizabeth Schlenk Sister Mary Ann Scofield, RSM + Patricia Carson Jennie Curtis Ms. Judy Diedrich Carl and Meredith Ditmore
Joan and Charles Lawson John O'Leary Sherron and Lou Sandrini Sisters of Mercy Development Department, Burlingame, Calif. Jane Sears Joan and Charles Lawson Fern and Marina Maza Lillian and Len Privitera Rita and Ray Ramos Sister Loretta Sedlmayer, RSM Mrs. Helen C. Redfield Sister Mary Maurita Sengelaub, RSM George and Mary Lou Van Antwerp Mike and Ellen Shanahan Sister Maureen Hally, RSM Reverand Linda Siddall Henry and Kathryn Nourse Sisters of Mercy Mr. and Mrs. James M. Schissel Sisters of Mercy in Burlingame, Calif. Mr. Charles Towner Sisters who served at Mercy Bellbrook, Rochester Hills, Mich. Ms. Dorothy Popovich Sisters who served at St. Joseph's Hospital, Phoenix, Ariz. Dr. and Mrs. Edward B. Waldmann Sisters who taught at Mother McAuley High School, Chicago Maureen C. Fleming Sisters who worked at Medical Center, Phoenix Dr. and Mrs. Edward B. Waldmann Emmett and Betty Smith David and Irene Plyer
“We belong to God - all in us is His.”
Wileata J. Hoyer Molly Mahony Mr. Milan Marich Network Packaging, LLC, Denver, Colo. The Newspaper Guild of Albany, N.Y. Mr. Stephen O'Neill Ms. Elizabeth Randall Mr. Timothy Schick Mr. Frank Visovatti Sister Mary Bertha Vondruska, RSM St. Michael's Church, Remus, Mich. John Warner Mr. Richard Cameron Father Paul Warren Suzanne Fichera Jeruld and Elizabeth Weiland Children and Family Elizabeth S. Weiland Sister Mary Cephas Wichman, RSM Dean and JoAnn Kron Thomas and Jane Milcoff Chelsea Wilkinson Judith Bruce Nicholas Wilkinson Judith Bruce Philip Wilkinson Judith Bruce Ryan Wilkinson Judith Bruce Arlene Yew and Family Marina and Fern Maza Sister Charlotte Young, RSM Mrs. Rosemary C. Sunders
Memorials • January 1 - June 30 2012 The Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community are 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 Sister of Mercy or loved ones. The persons being memorialized are listed first, followed by the names of the donors who have made the gift. We regret any omissions or errors in producing this list.
Hermay and Ruth C. Abel Ms. Martha Bott Emma Ablang Jessie and Lynn Sotero Anthony A. Adams Irene Mihailoff Sister Mary Lorita Moffatt, RSM St. Gabriel School, San Francisco Andrew Alabanza Mercy High School, San Francisco Lyle Alexander Family Joseph and Rosanne Mashek Carlo Ambrosini Mercy High School, San Francisco Russell E. Anderson Mrs. Ann M. Faber Angele Family Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Angele, Jr. Marcia Angelo Diane E. Welsh Donald Arnold Thomas and Hellie Casey
Helen Aronis Sister Mary Kilgariff, RSM Roger Artoux Garnet and Hannah Wynne Milford Baldus Rita Rehak Patricia J. Ballow Earnest J. Ballow, Jr Philip Bartlett, MD Suzanne Finklang Harold J. Bates Sister Terese Marie Perry, RSM Sister Flora Batterton, RSM Annette Lai Irene Mihailoff Barbara Bauer Ms. Patricia Bauer Sister Mary Cecilia Begin, RSM Ms. Edna Jackson Mary Jane LaBash Robert Begley Rita L. Gilmore
Sister Therese Ann Begue, RSM Marie T. Robertson Sister Mary Charitina Bell, RSM Sheila Quinlan Tobin Patricia Bellow Sister Corita Burnham, RSM Anne C. Beltrame Mrs. Kathleen V. Beltrame Adele Bennett The Brady Family Rudy and Mary Ann Bertolino Mrs. Pauline Bertolino Don Bertrand Diane Johnson W. Jeanne Bertrand Diane Johnson Bonnie Varvaris Ann Best Mercy High School, San Francisco Margaret H. Bigon Rita Barichievich Sister Mary Matthew Biwer, RSM Dorothy J. Schmitz Bogge Family Rosemary A. Bogge Anna Bonanno Patricia and Jack Bonanno Micheline Bonanno Patricia and Jack Bonanno Patrick Bonanno Patricia and Jack Bonanno Stephen Bonanno Patricia and Jack Bonanno Peter Bonick Sandy Bonick Grace Borja Mercy High School, San Francisco
Leon C. Borucki, Jr. Mrs. Frances Borucki Mary and Joseph Bottarini Barbara Bottarini Charline Bourdon Mr. Thomas E. Bourdon Joseph Bourdon Mr. Thomas E. Bourdon LaVern Bourdon Mr. Thomas E. Bourdon Richard Bourdon Mr. Thomas E. Bourdon Joseph E. Bousek Adeline Bousek Sister Velma Brand, RSM Ernest Avellar Brennan Family Rosemary A. Bogge Sister Rita Marie Brennan, RSM Patricia Englehart Owen and Margaret Glennon Robert and Marilyn Hammer Paul May Mary Therese McCormick Mary Breslin Bernadette Casey Durazzo Grace Brown Sister Judy Morasci, RSM Sister Mary Carmen Brown, RSM Dr. and Mrs. David Nolan Sister Zita Marie Bruns, RSM Mr. and Mrs. Robert Meyers Gerald J. Bubp Sister Judy Morasci, RSM Duncan F. Buchanan Pat Buchanan Sister Mary Assumpta Buckley, RSM Ms. Anne T. Killeen Living Mercy • Summer 2012
Sister Fleurette Buckley, RSM John F. Hogan James Anthony Buckley, MD Winnie (Winifred) C. Brisbois Buckley Roger L. Bulver Robert and Helen Cavanaugh Gene Burke Marcella Burke Roland Burke Rita Burke William and Alice Burke Norbert and Theresa Burke Sister Mary Michaeleen Burns, RSM Mr. and Mrs. Francis D. Burns Julie A. Burns, OP Mr. and Mrs. Francis D. Burns Donald Bush Mercy Classmates of 1946, Farmington Hills, Mich. William J. Butler Anne Butler Sister Peter Marie Buttacavoli, FMSC Suzanne Fichera Victor and Renee Buttignol Mario Buttignol V.J. and Vivian Bydalek Judith Lambton Chico C. Jessie and Lynn Sotero Jerry Caldwell Donald and Sheila McEachen Richard J. Campion Sylvia A. Campion Pat Cannon Sister Maureen Hally, RSM Sister Charleen Koenig, RSM Sister Marietta McGannon, RSM Colleen Shannon Soracco Gerald F. Cantwell Rita and Ray Ramos Santo Caristi James and Martha Caristi Garry O. Carlson Sisters and Staff of Marian Oaks, Burlingame, Calif. Keith Carr Norma Carr Father Michael Carroll Carole Fletcher Robert and Berdina Casey Thomas and Hellie Casey Leo and Alice Cashman Donald Cashman Sister Mary Clementine Cashman, RSM Berta Larkin Shannon and Joe Marshall Jack Scanlan Sister Mary Eleanor Cashman, RSM Mrs. Doris Cole M. Loretta Reidy Sister Mary Thomasine Cashman, RSM Mrs. Doris Cole M. Loretta Reidy Ed Cassilagio Sister Eileen Pazmino, RSM Kathleen Kilgariff Castro Thomas and Nancy Pendergast Jane Caughaman Mercy High School, San Francisco Daniel D. Cavanaugh Robert and Helen Cavanaugh Robert Lee Cavanaugh Robert and Helen Cavanaugh Glenn T. Chadima Patricia B. Chadima Sister Rose Mary Charron, RSM Matthew and Susan Itsell Mary and Chuck Chase Sharon and Kenneth Even Sister Irenaeus Chekouras, RSM David C. Chekouras James and Maureen Connolly Mary Dalton Nancy A. Flannery Robert and Marilyn Hammer Henry Bros. Co. General Contractors, Hickory Hills, Ill. Joan Jais Paul May Sister Maria O'Leary, RSM
Living Mercy â€˘ Summer 2012
Ms. Mary Rusk Ms. Lucille V. Schleiter Ms. Linda Stwora Mrs. Dorothy Valintis Ms. Catherine Yagunic Ms. Donatta M. Yates Joseph Chiarani Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Mary Chiarani Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Teresa Clift Colleen Shannon Soracco Joan Coates Sister Eileen Pazmino, RSM Sister Cecilia Dolores Conant, RSM Arizona Community Foundation, Phoenix Sister Mary Placida Conant, RSM Arizona Community Foundation, Phoenix Bob Connelly George and Kathleen Royce Terry Connelly George and Kathleen Royce Mildred Conover George E. Brown Sister Norita Cooney, RSM Marylyn Felion Sister Mary Danielita Cooper, RSM Regis and Elaine Fitzgerald Alice M. Cosgrove Cas Baczinskas Stephen and Catherine Bedell Barbara Brown Terrence E. Budny Catherine Cacciatore Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Carey Ms. Elizabeth A. Corcoran Ms. Joanne M. Cramer Sheldon E. Dugan Jananne McLaughlin Paul and Linda Muzereus Maureen R. O'Hara John and Beth Spence Kit Spence Mr. Thomas J. Stack, Jr. Brian and Connie Walsh Betty Woolley Steve Woolley Sister Mary Agnus Courtade, RSM Rosemary Cain Dale Covington Anonymous Sister Mary Carol Cramer, RSM Doug and Theresa Cramer Betty Joy Cunneen Mercy High School, San Francisco Callista Curtis Marie L. DeGrace Kathy D'Angelo Amy and Kurt Herkert Abbot David Joan and Fred Lauriente Domenic Davino Marina and Fern Maza Marilyn Davis Arlene L. Schulenburg Sister Siena Davis, RSM Beverly and Jack Gales Virginia N. Dayton Eugenia Dayton Rose De Pre Sister Patricia Williams, RSM Sister Madeleva Deegan, RSM Mrs. Margaret T. Casey Janice Mitchell Miss Clara O'Kelly Suzanne DeGrace Judy A. Ritz Sister Mary Ignatius Denay, RSM Barbara McCaughey Dr. and Mrs. David Nolan Josephine DeSoto Denise DeSoto Carl J. Dewey Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Albert Dhuyvetter Lorrayne Dhuyvetter Helen Dixon Jean Lowder
Barbara A. Doherty Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Bates The Builders' Association Marie and Joseph Carroll Joel A. Cerwick Sarah Culley Richard and Barbara + Doherty John and Vanda Forberg D.L. Foster, DDS Harry and Karen Gallagher Margaret and Ryland Graupner Elliott Hollub Robert and Valerie Jackson Barbara J. Koirtyohann Kyle and Jennifer McClure Missouri Association of Municipal Utilities, Columbia Missouri Coroners and Medical Examiners Assoc., Salem Missouri County Treasurer's Assn., LebanonPaul Nagle Roundtree Capital Management, L.L.C., Springfield Darlyne and Robert Sego Mary C. Snider Terry L. Spieler Maureen Ward Audrey and Kenneth Young Jim Doherty Ms. Laverne M. Barrett Dr. Albert M. Dolan Kitty Dolan Kevin J. Donegan Jo Donegan Kathleen Donovan Mr. Dennis Donovan Leo and Berniece Donovan Donald and Mary Jeanne Recker Philip Dossey Mercy High School, San Francisco Sister Adele Marie Doughan, RSM Margaret and John Christiano Aileen M. Douglas Mary Moran Douglas Harry and Agatha Duffey Jeanne and Paul Gonzalez Sister Mary Susan Duffy, RSM Ms. Jean A. Kohnen Jose L. Dullano Gloria Etchelet Estrella Dungog Raymond and Olive Madlangsakay Eileen Durkin Anonymous James and Maureen Connolly Ms. Maureen Durkin Roy Kathleen Fassl Ms. Patricia S. Fisher Ms. Christine A. Loftus James Malooly Realtors James and Bernice Matthews Ms. Carolyn M. Morivs Sister Jane Ehrhardt, RSM Mary L. Mauer Gene Dale Einwalter Dean and JoAnn Kron Barbara Elordi Barbara and James Arena Kathy Atkinson Basque Cultural Center, South San Francisco Vicki and Alan Bornstein Daniel Draper and Ken Doran Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Dr. William L. Gallagher D.D.S Rose Gomez Nadine Mignault Goyhenetche Albert and Diane Gragnani Steve and Laura Hansen Maureen Huntington Christina Kenny Dolores Ann Leras Ms. Doris Lindquist Jim and Mira Mc Tiernan Sister Esther McEgan, RSM Mrs. Lynn O'Connell Debra L. Parenti Ina Potter Schools of the Sacred Heart, San Francisco Mary and Michael Schymeinsky
+ Donor has died since gift was made.
Colleen Shannon Soracco St. Brendan School, San Francisco St. Charles Consolation Ministry Committee, San Carlos, Calif. Marian Sweeney Cherie Thibodeaux Eugene and Suzanne Valla Sister Emily English, RSM Frank English Darlene Ernst Darlene Ernst + Kenneth and Judith Schneiderman Linda Stoll Cletus and Maxine Even Sharon and Kenneth Even Patrick Fair Wallace and Helen Fair Family Members Joseph and Angie Giacalone Josie Farin Jessie and Lynn Sotero Rose B. Fazio Catherine and Nick Slovak Sister Mary Andre' Fenelon, RSM Joan Garner Elizabeth A. Finnigan Helene A. Uribe Sister Janet Rose Finucane, RSM Leroy and Ardith Brazale George Fiore Michael and Mary Fiore Mary F. Fiore Michael and Mary Fiore Anne Fischels Rosemary A. Bogge John Ross Fisher Virginia Fisher Sister Mary Margo Fitzpatrick, RSM Mr. and Mrs. Art Thoma Catherine L. Flaherty Sarah Hrynkow Sister Mary Ellen Flaherty, RSM Margaret and John Christiano Sarah Hrynkow Josephine Flammang Linda Stoll Bertha A. Flynn Larry and Kathy Bruga Edward M. Foley Brad Fregger and Barbara Foley Al Folsom Mrs. Joyce Folsom Scott Folsom Mrs. Joyce Folsom Robert H. and Mary K. Foster James and Martha Caristi Eileen Fox Miriam Kirst Ruth Grace Frederick Gretchen Mellberg Sister Catherine Gallagher, RSM Joan and James Malatesta Wilfred Gallegos Ms. Antoinette Rego Carole Ann Galli Thomas Galli Mae C. Galli Thomas Galli Maria Galli Sister Eileen Pazmino, RSM Sister Charla Gannon, RSM Mrs. Magdalen A. Ward Isabelle Gansen Rosemary A. Bogge Pauline Garrett Fern and Marina Maza Sister Mary Claude Gillis, RSM Edward and Margaret Quinn Sister Virginia Gillis, RSM Catholic Diocese of Savannah Steven Chadwick Dr. Reuben Farris M.D. Eileen and Alexander Gillis Kathleen B. Gillis Miriam Gillis Patricia McAdoo Brian McGrath Madeline M. McMahon Eileen M. Millay Debbie Nebel Gerald L. Smithson
Colleen Shannon Soracco Cherie Thibodeaux Florence G. Tompkins James and Rachel Zemer Gerard Gmeiner Suzanne Gmeiner Cornelius Goerdt Mrs. Joyce Folsom Sister Eugenia Marie Golden, RSM Gladys M. Pirronello Mary Gonzales Sister Mary Guadalupe Dominguez, RSM Sister Marietta McGannon, RSM Sister Marceline Gorman, RSM Mary and Rick Hanby Sister Mary Ruth Gorman, RSM Bill and Margie Loebig Sister Veronica Gorman, RSM Anita and Robert Barrett Rose and Matt Beck Bud and Jean Beck Karen Bisig Jane F. Dorman Leo and Norma Drilling Lu Rie Fairlie Michael and Kyo Gorman Mary and Rick Hanby Roseann and Bernard Hayek Thomas and Helen Hild Stanley and Jeanne Hlas Nancy and Thomas Hora Jeanne Kullen Peter and Nancy Lilly Mavis Lovik Amy and Mike March David and Kathy Martin Irene McAleer Renalda McComas Don and Marilyn Nidey Deanna D. Nurre Melissa and Robert Pence Thomas and Rebecca Richardson Kenneth and Judith Schneiderman Julia L. Sexton Jay Shuldiner Linda Stoll Shirley Tudor The Whorton's Roger and Frances Whorton Sister Mary Charity Grace, RSM Diane Johnson Bluemle Michael Gragnani Albert and Diane Gragnani Sister Diane Grassilli, RSM Patricia and Victor Arnaudo Patricia Lane Toni Ann Secrest Erwin Grzegorczyk Mr. and Mrs. James F. Allen Armella Guiney John F. Hogan Sister Madelyn Hall, RSM Irene Mihailoff Ann Halloran David and Kathleen Delucchi Katherine Joan Hamilton Forestry Consulting Services, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Brenda and Steve Hamilton Harriet Wooding Haraway Anonymous Robert Harris Betty L. Harris Sister Norella Hartnett, RSM Mary Ann Cornfield Mr. and Mrs. Don Hauber Sharon and Kenneth Even Steve Hawkins Katherine L. Townsend Tillie Heaser Stephen Lauinger Sister Mary Alicia Hemmer, RSM John and Gail Chase Katie Henry Joan and Fred Lauriente Margaret Henry Johna Anne Maychrowitz James Loftus Hesse Kathleen King Hesse Betty Hill Linda Ridihalgh
Laura Hillebrand Lisa and Mark Lehmkuhl Sister Rita Hlas, RSM Bernadette Hlas Raymond Hlavacek Mr. and Mrs. James F. Allen George Hoggatt Gar and Marilyn McIndoe Stanley Holub Anonymous John Hopper St. Gabriel School, San Francisco John Hopper Mercy High School, San Francisco Audrey Hornbrook John Hornbrook Virginia Furrer Hours Fred and Katherine Furrer Clinton and Veronica Hughes Jim and Pat Coutentos Rafie Hughes Sister Judy Morasci, RSM Margie Hunstad Joan and Fred Lauriente Sister Mary Raye Hutchcroft, RSM Joe and Lorri Hutchcroft Maureen S. Hyland Mercy High School, San Francisco Dee Ignacio Colleen Shannon Soracco John Ilacqua Patricia and Jack Bonanno Nicholas Ilacqua Patricia and Jack Bonanno Paul Ilacqua Patricia and Jack Bonanno Sister Mary Elizabeth Iseman, RSM Mr. and Mrs. John Friedman Robert and Anne Marie Itsell Matthew and Susan Itsell Sister Annetta James, RSM Reverend David James Ph.D. Andrew and Angeline C. Jennings Donald and Lois Jennings James Jennings Donald and Lois Jennings Sister Rosemary Jewell, RSM Brad Fregger and Barbara Foley Robert and Rosie Jewell Carmel Jones Sister Mary Lorita Moffatt, RSM Robert Collis Joseph Anonymous Richard Julien Mercy High School, San Francisco Eusebio Junio Anna and Ramon Balmori Eucharia Kampfschulte Ms. Dorothy M. Kampfschulte Kann Family Lloyd A. Vogt Mary Karagon Donald and Sheila McEachen Lena Keal Mercy High School, San Francisco Jean Kearney Sister Jane Meuse, RSM Louise Kehoe George and Ruth Dolim Ruth Kemp John and Debra Kemp Claudia Spitzenberger Kennedy James Kennedy Sister Mary Anastasia Kennedy, RSM Mary Fitzgerald Christopher Kiernan Mercy High School, San Francisco Celia and Herman Kihn Mrs. Mary F. Senecal Everett and Hilda Kilby Mrs. Joyce Mueller Dolores Kimmel Ralph and Helen Weber Donald W. Kline Mrs. Rose C. Kline Jennifer M. Kline Mrs. Rose C. Kline Anne Koenig Colleen Shannon Soracco Sister Mary Leila Koeppe, RSM Helene A. Uribe
Sister Mary Laetitia Konecny, RSM Elizabeth Leeland Mary Kopp Drs. Janet Merfeld and Kevin Murray Lucille Krempges Sister Anne Fleming, RSM Sister Patrice Klein, RSM Sister Judith VanderVeen, RSM Sonny Krivacek Vi Krivacek Maxine Kunz Colleen Shannon Soracco Dorothy Kurt Drs. Janet Merfeld and Kevin Murray Berchman and Verra La Cour Dwayne and Debra Bellow Lewis LaBarge Mrs. Diana LaBarge Violet Ray Nelson Lacson Martha C. Lewis Sister Elizabeth LaForest, RSM Richard and Gail Gromaski Mrs. Dorothy Klimek Roger Lake Sister Marietta McGannon, RSM Betty and Bob LaMere Mrs. Diana LaBarge Lankas Family Mr. and Mrs. Albert J. Angele, Jr. Sister Mary Paul LaPorte, RSM Edward and Therese Rabish Martin Lara Colleen Shannon Soracco Sister Mary Dorothy LaVigne, RSM Fred Huggins Elizabeth Leeland Mr. Lawlor Sister Marietta McGannon, RSM Officer Bob Lawrence, CPD Mrs. Arlene H. Lawrence Dr. Sharon Lawrenehuk Alan Kukurka Anita Lazo Mercy High School, San Francisco Bob and Verle Leehey James Leehey Jean M. Leone Mercy High School, San Francisco Jean Lester George Lester Gordon Lewis and Family Sister Toni Lynn Gallagher, RSM Paul and Christine Prendergast Madaline Liu Sister Jane Meuse, RSM Sister Mary Anthony Livingston, RSM John and Carole Livingston Fanny Llamas Anna and Ramon Balmori George Loan Mrs. Kathryn Loan Gordon Lokke Ms. Ann Lokke Neta Lott Byron and Karen Lott Vivian Lott Byron and Karen Lott Joseph R. and Lucille R. Loufek John and Debra Kemp Brad Louie Lois Marie Webb Richard W. Lowder Jean Lowder Al Lucchesi Colleen Shannon Soracco Evo Luporini Sister Eileen Pazmino, RSM Rita M. Luster Charles F. Luster Isabel Lynch Erin and Ted Mulvaney Sister Mary Consilia Lynskey, RSM Gail Marth Sister Mary Blanche Lysaght, RSM Col. (Ret.) and Mrs. Charles Lysaght Donald Maas Patricia Maas Patricia Maas Brockman Patricia Maas Sister Mary Loyola MacDonald, RSM Gail Marth
Sister Mary Jarlath Madigan, RSM Mary Fitzgerald Albert Maggio Mercy High School, San Francisco Sister Mary Georgina Maher, RSM Irene Mihailoff Linda A. Mahoney Ray and Georgine Giovannoni Arnold Malek Lois S. Schrier Yvonne Maline Ms. Shirley A. Grobson Agnes Mary Mansour Cynthia Dedinas Judith Marron Mick, RN Judy and Bob Jaeger Martin and Wall Families John and Mary Ellen Wall Sister Joan Marie Martin, RSM Glen and Patricia Lammers Joan Martin Mercy High School, San Francisco Elizabeth Anne Martino Robert and Rose Wassman Ed Mashek Family Joseph and Rosanne Mashek Barclay Massey Mercy High School, San Francisco Orville C. Mauer Mary L. Mauer Betty Mausser Joe and Nancy Mausser Michael B. Maxwell Mercy High School, San Francisco Kendra Palmer Mayes Stephen and Sharon Gies Michael Mazely Mercy High School, San Francisco Sister Mary Pierre McAleer, RSM Pat and Renee Burke Dean and JoAnn Kron M. Loretta Reidy Martha McCann Mercy High School, San Francisco Thomas McCarthy Ms. Mary P. McCarthy Maureen E. McClean Carolyn A. Shalhoub Pauline McCormack Peter Hanifan and Anne O'Connell-Hanifan Shawna McCormack Maxine McDonald-Martin Diane and Marvin Banton Gertrude McDonnell Drs. Janet Merfeld and Kevin Murray Una McDouagh Noreen McCullagh Mary and Jim McGivern Gregory McGivern JoAnn Focht McGovern Nadine and Steven Anderson Covenant Debt Solutions, Lake Forest, Calif. Anna Royce Nancy Speir Richard McGrath Judy McGrath William J. McGuire Mrs. William J. McGuire Mary K. McHugh Colleen Shannon Soracco Tom McKeon Stella and Michael Daire Sister Lucille McKillop, RSM Frank and Tzighereda Schindler Sister Rosalina McKillop, RSM Frank and Tzighereda Schindler Gilbert McLaughlin Mercy High School, San Francisco Sister Mary Bernarda McLean, RSM The Barbara Murphy Family Frank McManus Meg McManus Sister Mary Honorata McNamara, RSM Marjorie A. Hohe Sister Mary Regina McNamara, RSM Father Tom McNamara Martha Meade Ms. Antoinette Rego Living Mercy â€˘ Summer 2012
Sister Elizabeth Marie Mee, RSM Kathryn Dale - Taylor Dr. and Mrs. Philip Morrissey Olive Raffaelli Jeanne Sullivan Mr. Kevin Sullivan Daniel Whelan Hamilton Meek Sister Eileen Pazmino, RSM Hector Mercado Myra Olives Kathleen Merfeld Drs. Janet Merfeld and Kevin Murray George Parker Miller St. Gabriel School, San Francisco Herman and Nell Miller Helen Miller Roger Miller Mrs. Frances Wright Winifred Mills Sister Terese Marie Perry, RSM George Mladenka Lillian and Len Privitera Denise Moffett Mercy High School, San Francisco Sister Mary Sheila Molony, RSM Margaret and John Christiano Hugh Moncur Sister Mary Lorita Moffatt, RSM Norman W. Moniz Mrs. Dolores Moniz Sister Felix Montgomery, SSJ Catherine M. Andreucci Sister Ida Marie Montgomery, SSJ Catherine M. Andreucci Ronnie Montrose Dianne Devin Sister Miriam Moroney, RSM Rose Weddell Daphne Morris Athina Morris Agnes M. Peters Greg Morris Jim and Roberta Gilmore Sister Alice Marie Morrow, RSM Mrs. Diana LaBarge Sister Marie Kevin Mueller, SSND June Wisecarver Sister Maris Mularkey, RSM Joan and James Malatesta Gerald Mulroney Mrs. LaVonne M. Sandor D J Shortell Beverly M. Vyhanek Sister Kathleen Murray, RSM Ms. Elizabeth J. Beckman Sister Stella Neill, RSM Roman Catholic Diocese of Des Moines Sister's Council, Des Moines, Iowa Ruth Bruns Nelson David Bruns Sister Mary Sophia Newcomb, RSM Betty Breunig Michelle Niles Donna and Dewain Fluckiger Francis T. O'Boyle Patrick D. and Judith T. O'Boyle Patrick and Margaret O'Brien Ms. Joanne O'Brien Patricia Valencia Robert and Kathleen O'Brien Robert O'Brien, MFCC Sister Marie O'Connor, RSM M. E. Albouze Anonymous Catherine E. Fessenden Elaine M. Larsen Patricia H. Markell Gail Marth Mildred J. Mulder Joan O'Neil June T. Peters Kathryn Traversi Ms. Noreen Weber Michael O'Conner Diva Mercurio O'Connor Mercy High School, San Francisco Marie and Bob Ohandt Kelly Kiernan and Rob Ohlandt
Living Mercy â€˘ Summer 2012
Michael D. Oldham Darlene E. Oldham Celia Oliver Sophia Garcia Guillermo Oloresisimo Irene Mihailoff Virginia Olosan Jessie and Lynn Sotero Evelyn and Carl Olsen, Sr. Carl Olsen Glorificador Oprecio Anna and Ramon Balmori Matt and Margaret Ortner Ralph and Helen Weber Helen L. Orvis Ralph and Helen Weber Sister Mary Gregory Owens, RSM Michael and Mary Fiore Nicholas Papapietro Mrs. Christina Papapietro Reet Paul Joan and Charles Lawson George Peacock Mercy High School, San Francisco Peachy Pelaez-Reyes Maria Elena Enage Nilda Perez Jessie and Lynn Sotero Robert Peri Irma Peri Alma Peters Sister Marietta McGannon, RSM Colleen Shannon Soracco Mary Elizabeth Jacobs Peterson Sister Terese Marie Perry, RSM Sister Mary Georgetta Petrimoulx, RSM Michael and Patricia Tahy Sister Mary Brendan Phelan, RSM Reginald Laskey LMC Mary Irene Phelps Mary E. Schneider Peter Phung Sister Mary Lorita Moffatt, RSM Rose Pignataro Anonymous Patricia Pimentel Dorothy Graf Florence Pluta Joan and Fred Lauriente Ellen Pors Fred and Bonnie Bertetta Joan Porter Joan and Charles Lawson Sister Marietta McGannon, RSM Colleen Shannon Soracco Tracy Prentler Gene and Arlene Prentler Crystal Jean Primasing Mr. Dell M. Primasing Sister Mary Camille Prodzinski, RSM Gary and Catherine Carlson Richard Pugh Kathleen and Scott Hammond C. J. Pulizzano Colleen Shannon Soracco Sister Mary Georgia Purk, RSM Mary Ann Cornfield Ms Catherine Dozark Nancy Grant Robert and Marilyn Hammer Charles and Lois Hofbauer Paul May Mary Therese McCormick Sister Aquinice McCorry, RSM Sister Benedicta McCorry, RSM Marilyn R. Palm Marita Quinlan Michael and Janice Drahozal Sister Mary Brian Kelly, RSM Janet and Gerald Manning Kenneth and Judith Schneiderman Andrea Quinn Mercy High School, San Francisco Lena L. Quinto Raymond and Shirley Levy James R. 'Bring' Rachal, Sr. Sandra and Ken Miller Sister Mary Victorine Rapin, RSM Ms. Rosa Meza
Emily and Tony Rego Ms. Antoinette Rego Lester Rehak Rita Rehak Carol Reidy Mercy High School, San Francisco Sister Alice Mary Reinhart, RSM Thelma Kirkland Sister Lisa Staudacher, RSM Sister Mary Agnes Tamisiea, RSM Bob Reu Mary L. Reu Joanne Revetto Sister Rita Fantin, RSM Dan Reyes Jessie and Lynn Sotero Sister Paula Rivers, RSM Rory and Delia Puzon Sister Eleanor Marie Roberts, RSM Mrs. Diana LaBarge Marie Roberts Mr. John M. Roberts Mary Robinson Merritt and Barbara Cutten Al Rollandi Joan and Charles Lawson Joseph C. Romine Georgia Romine Sister Mary Rosanna Rork, RSM Rosemary Madison Thomas and Cecilia Rork-Trihey Rosemary Madison Isabella Ross Paul and Christine Prendergast Mary Ruggiero Mercy High School, San Francisco Sister Eileen Pazmino, RSM Ellen T. Smith John and Kathleen Ryan William and June Ryan Sister Monica Ryan, RSM Margaret E. Ryan Sister Mary Justine Sabourin, RSM Mr. Michael J. Forster Marylal B. Karbowski Mr. and Mrs. Michael A. Sabourin Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Sabourin Ms. Patricia A. Soehnel Redmond and Anne Walsh Gene Santos Joan and Fred Lauriente Luanne Sarconi Dorothy Graf Walter J. Sarwarski Mrs. Mary Anne Hatt Sister Mary Kathleen Saunders, RSM Besong Family Barbara Sax Anne and Patrick Dunn JoAnn Scanlan Jack Scanlan Frank Scheifler Sister Marietta McGannon, RSM Mercy High School, San Francisco Sister Mary Helene Schiappacasse, RSM Mrs. Jane E. Schiappacasse Peter Schick Ms. Margaret Bailey Dennis and Cathey Borowski Mr. Gerard A. Cavanaugh Mrs. Jessica Hachigian Bradley and Cynthia Haycock Wileata J. Hoyer Molly Mahony Mr. Milan Marich Network Packaging, LLC, Denver, Colo. The Newspaper Guild of Albany, N.Y. Mr. Stephen O'Neill Michael and Christine Palmer Ms. Elizabeth Randall John and Karen Samford Mr. Timothy Schick Mr. Frank Visovatti Bob and Judy Schilling Mary L. Mauer Sister Mary Angelita Schissel, RSM Mr. and Mrs. James M. Schissel Sister Johnita Schissel, RSM Mr. and Mrs. James M. Schissel
Joseph J. Schlenk Dr. Elizabeth Schlenk Sister Lydia Schneider, IM Joan and Fred Lauriente Sister Mary Maurice Schulte, RSM Dorothy J. Schmitz Sister Mary Ann Scofield, RSM Ms. Phyllis Annett Diane Battaglia-Dillon Sally Bernstein Vicki and Alan Bornstein Cheryl Bough Marilyn and Henry Brook Mary Castillo Sherri and Bill Coats Kathryn Dale - Taylor Nancy Leddy Dehoff Sister Emily Devine, RSM Ms. Judy Diedrich Elizabeth A. Dossa Daniel Draper and Ken Doran Mary Fabian Margaret Fieler Sandra Flaherty Ms. Evelyn Fogle Marie Gahn Jean and Harry Hastie Lucy Ho Nancy and John Hogan Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, Springfield, Ill. Ms. Mary T. Johnston Nora Kelly Ila Lacey Daniel Maguire Johna Anne Maychrowitz Sister Kathleen McAlpin, RSM Sister Geraldine McDonnell, RSM Ms. Joyce McFarland Lt. Gen Paul and Carolyn Meyers Irene Mihailoff Sarah Miller Barbara Milligan Betty and Noel Murray Hoa Kim Nguyen Marilyn Norton Ms. Lorraine Pagan Susan and Stephen Phelps Maxine Pollock Sister Ann Providence, OP Ms. Constance Quirk Catherine Regan Christina Reich Joseph and Patricia Rutten Kathleen Ryan Sherron and Lou Sandrini Mary Anne Sayler Janet Schroder Marylyn Simonetti Catherine and Nick Slovak Brittany Soracco Colleen Shannon Soracco Kitty Speranza Peter and Nora Stent Nona C. Strong Cherie Thibodeaux Janet and James Thurston Mrs. Patricia Turay Patricia West Tom and Joan White Anita Ziebe Joseph Sczepanski John, Cheryl and Ania Sczepanski Don Sedlacek David and Marie De Sordi Sister Elizabeth Sedlmayer, RSM Mrs. Helen C. Redfield Sister Mary Regina Selenke, RSM Mr. and Mrs. Robert Best Alan Sensor Diane S. Homewood Joseph L. Shimek Linda and Dwayne Olver Sister Mary Ann Shimek, RSM Lillian E. Kopecky Mary Ann Short Merritt and Barbara Cutten Peter D. Sieruta Mary M. Drafta Robert Silva Ellen T. Smith
Sister Mary Patrice Sinnott, RSM Margaret S. Britton Leo Sinnwell Family Catherine Sinnwell Sisters of Mercy Jose and Elizabeth Abad Sister Emily Devine, RSM Pete and Jeannie Kalb Christine Wachsmuth Sisters of Mercy who taught at Immaculate Conception in Elma, Iowa Richard L. Jacoby Sisters who taught at Mercy High School, Burlingame, Calif. Mary Burke Morris, Mercy High School Burlingame '58 Lavonne and Bud Smith Ms. Karen Sue Rhode John T. Smolinski Mary Ann Smolinski Paxton Snively Mary L. Reu Sister Cecilia Soreghan, RSM Jeanne and Tom Amosson Sheryl Augustin Anita and Robert Barrett Mrs. Harold Birchard Richard and Denise Coates Earl and Regina Cutter Sister Elizabeth Derga, RSM Edward and Janet Dolendo Leo and Norma Drilling Susan and Gary Drtina Linda A. McNamara Earley Leon and Mary Hartogh Nancy and Thomas Hora Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Judge Thomas and Patricia Judge Dana and Sheila Kageyama Renalda McComas Mary Lavonne McMahon Kathleen McNamara Mary L. Morgan Carol Nilles Rose Noonan Donna and Fay Oltmann Melissa and Robert Pence M. Loretta Reidy Renee Reilly Norman and Karen Sasek
Kenneth and Judith Schneiderman Julia L. Sexton Sister Theresa Ann Spitz, RSM Betty Lou Tucker Kathleen Dowd Ulrich Mary T. Watkins Hans and Kay Sorensen Ralph and Helen Weber Marvin Soukup Virginia F. Soukup Marcia Squeri Mercy High School, San Francisco Carol Stahle Ronald Stahle Neal R. Stark Scott and Terri Stark John Stec Sister Rose Elizabeth Stec, RSM Sister Rosalie Steinmiller, RSM Mr. Patrick Curtin Carole Stewart Mr. and Mrs. Terry P. Aide Rosalie Stober Mercy High School, San Francisco Marjorie A. Stocking Mr. and Mrs. John Tate Rita and Herb Storei Mr. and Mrs. James F. Allen Marie Stouser Sister Alice Montgomery, RSM Henry Sullivan Joan and Fred Lauriente Sister Mary Daniel Sullivan, RSM Brad Fregger and Barbara Foley Sister Mary Rose Sullivan, RSM Mrs. Marion Leslie Gary Sundell Roxanne Sundell Michele Sundell Roxanne Sundell Felix and Brenda Sunga Flocerfida Sunga Brith Sutherland Greg and Raelene Sutherland Sister Mary Regina Sutton, RSM Luz Carrillo Sister Mary Clarice Szeszulski, RSM George Peters Donald Norbert Tack Chris Tack
Sister Mary Laurentina Taffee, RSM Agnes Perkins Art Tanabi Kathleen and Scott Hammond Sister Mary Carolita Taylor, RSM Mr. Martin Breeden Ms. Mary Kay Connor Mary J. Harrington Maureen McGrath Sister Lisa Staudacher, RSM Sister Mary Pauline Theisen, RSM Mr. and Mrs. James H. Draska Sister Mary Denise Thias, RSM Bill and Margie Loebig Rose Thompson Malcolm A. Thompson Walter H. Thomson Dr. Dennis W. Thomson Vicki Thornton Margene and Patrick Beckham Anne Louise Todd Kathleen and Gene Todd Sister Mary Albin Tomaszewski, RSM Patricia A. Nowosad Bonita J. Tompkins Linda Stoll Sister Patricia Toolan, RSM Jack and Mary Hardman Ronald and Debra Hines Ms. Mary T. Johnston Daniel Whelan Noelle C. Torre Donald and Michelle Torre Eula F. Towner Mr. Charles Towner Ted Townsend Anne and Patrick Dunn Melanie Trever Marion Dillard John Trujillo Ms. Antoinette Rego Frank Valenta Mary E. Valenta Virgil Valvoda William and June Ryan Vogt Family Lloyd A. Vogt Charles Van Vooren Linda Ridihalgh Vera Van Vooren Linda Ridihalgh
Rose Ward Paul and Christine Prendergast Bob and Thelma (Gorman) Whorton Thomas and Rebecca Richardson Sister Mary Fidelis Wicke, RSM Dale and Marilyn Wicke Wendy Wilkinson Judith Bruce Sister Arlene Mary Williams, RSM Ms. Carole Van Etten Laurence Williams, Sr. Paul and Christine Prendergast Robert E. Williams Marylyn Felion Willis Family Anonymous Abbott E. Wilson Sarah L. Wilson Dolores M. Wilson Karen Volz Patrick Wisecarver June Wisecarver William Wisecarver June Wisecarver Margaret Witek Christine Pacini Helen Wodushek-Sevenich Kathy and Robert Lange James L. Wright Mrs. Frances Wright Anna Wu Ms. Joyce DeSoto Peter Wu Sister Jane Meuse, RSM Elizabeth A. Yates Sister Mary Clare Yates, RSM Dean C. Yedica Sister Maureen Hally, RSM Jean and Harry Hastie Colleen Shannon Soracco Dorothy Youngblut Ralph and Helen Weber Sister Mary Alice Zander, SP Sister Bernadette Hart, RSM Sister Mary Inez Zeman, RSM Boyd and Darlene Reynolds Sister Mary Leona Zetah, RSM Patricia and Robert Allison Josephine Norma Zolezzi Sister Mary Lorita Moffatt, RSM
Mercy Center Auburn Celebrates 20 Years Mercy Center in Auburn, Calif., has been a beacon of spiritual light since the 1960’s and furthered its rays of influence when it opened its doors to the wider community in 1992. For the past 20 years, the center has been a gathering place for those seeking to revitalize their souls amidst the hustle and distractions of the everyday world. It offers a place of rest and rejuvenation during the journey called life. From Sept. 7-9, 2013, the center will celebrate its 20th anniversary as a place spiritual directors, educators, and seekers have come together in an atmosphere of open faith and love of the “Good News,” of Earth, and of our neighbors. Of the upcoming anniversary, Director Colleen Gregg said, “The safety and sacredness of this collective inspiration promises hope for persons and communities in need of healing, renewal, and reconciliation. In the growing need for quiet and solitude when the velocity of information, noise and activity compromise the heart’s longing for peace and simplicity, the Sisters of Mercy offer a space and ministry well worth celebrating!”
The celebratory events planned for this September can be found on the Center’s website: www.mercycenter.org. They include: a Mass celebrated by Bishop Jaime Soto, followed by Champagne Toast and Tea on the Terrace, and a special musical retreat, Call of the Drum: Percussion in Sacred Traditions Across Cultures. Also planned are an anniversary Mercy cookbook and a year of enriching retreats and programs. Sisters, associates, staff, and friends look forward to celebrating this unique ministry and all who have blessed, and have been blessed by this sacred space - Mercy Center Auburn. We hope you will celebrate with us! Donations to further the work of this ministry may be made using the enclosed envelope. Living Mercy • Summer 2012
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“I am yours for time and eternity.” Catherine McAuley
West Midwest Sisters’ Remembrances May 1, 2012 – July 9, 2012 We invite you to celebrate with us the lives of these beloved sisters and the impact each made through their loving service here on earth. Many were revered teachers and helped instill in students the love of learning. Others ministered in healthcare, guiding institutions as administrators or providing patients with both spiritual and physical healing. Still others worked in parishes, caring for the needs of parishioners. They faithfully lived the Gospel and brought Christ to everyone they met. They performed works of Mercy in the Spirit of Founder Catherine McAuley. We miss each of them. We are grateful to all of the benefactors who chose to memorialize our deceased sisters with a gift to the Sisters of Mercy. Your contributions enable our community to continue serving the people of God and honor their legacies.
Denmark, Sister Irenaeus taught at Saint Xavier School of Education and served as director of graduate education. She also served as mistress of postulants for the former Chicago regional community. From 1972 to 1982, she served as president of Saint Xavier College, now University, in Chicago, Ill. During her tenure, she led many changes including a transition from an all-women’s college to a co-educational institution.
Sister Rita Marie Brennan, RSM, Age 88 March 15, 1924 to May 6, 2012 Born in 1924, Sister Rita Marie (Johann) Brennan, RSM was destined to be a Sister of Mercy. The daughter of an Irish father, she was taught by Sisters of Mercy at Saint Joachim grade school and Mercy High School in Chicago and was preceded into the convent by her sister, Sister Sebastienne. She literally danced her way to the convent in 1943. As a child, Sister Rita Marie mastered the Irish Jig and the Hornpipe, and in her early days of teaching, she passed those lessons on to her young students.
Sister Mary Ann Scofield, RSM, Age 86 March 6, 1926 to June 3, 2012 Sister Mary Ann (Mary Annette) Scofield, RSM was the second of the four children of Harold and Dorothy Holland Scofield. Born in Williston, ND, her family moved to Los Angeles where she graduated from Catholic Girls High School (now Bishop Conaty/Loretto High School) in 1944. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1947 and professed vows as Sister Mary Annette in 1949. Sister Mary Ann taught elementary and high school at Holy Name School and St. Stephen's School in San Francisco, and St. Catherine's School and Mercy High School in Burlingame for the next 10 years, earning a Ph.D. in Theology from St. Mary's College, Notre Dame, Ind., in 1964. With her background in teaching and theology, Sister Mary Ann was appointed as a director of the formation program for young women entering the Sisters of Mercy and served in this capacity for 10 years. Then, at the invitation of a Jesuit priest, she began directing Ignatian retreats.
She recalled hours of darning socks in the Novitiate before the relief of her first mission to Immaculate Conception School in Milwaukee. Her teaching years took her to many schools in Illinois, Wisconsin and Iowa. In later years, she was able to visit her father's birth place in Ireland. Her motto, "Be it done to me according to Thy word," seems to have predicted Sister Rita Marie's life of responding willingly to mission and ministry as they were revealed to her. Sister Mary Irenaeus Chekouras, RSM, Age 90 April 8, 1922 to May 22, 2012 Sister Mary Irenaeus Chekouras, RSM entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1943. She had joyfully celebrated her 90th birthday just over a month before she died suddenly following surgery. With advanced degrees from institutions in the United States and 22
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Following her service at Saint Xavier, she returned to teaching for 17 years. As president emerita, Sister Irenaeus was recruited to serve on boards of other institutions, including Loyola University, the Chicago School of Professional Psychology and St. Mary’s College in Minnesota. She was a dedicated administrator, beloved teacher and advocate for homeless women and children and poor people. She had a knack for engaging everyone in the causes close to her heart.
In 1980, she received an MA in Theology of Spiritual Direction at Weston Jesuit School of Theology, Cambridge, Mass., and broadened her ministry of spiritual direction, teaching classes at St. Patrick's Seminary and Santa Clara University. In 1989, Sister Mary Ann joined the staff at Mercy Center, Burlingame, where she inaugurated the Internship in the Art of Spiritual Direction held every year. She was one of the founding members of Spiritual Directors International, serving as its first executive director. Sister Mary Ann became internationally known, directing programs to help train and mentor new directors in
Guam, Singapore, Thailand, Korea, Kenya, Lithuania, Ireland, Alaska, and Hawaii. A woman of deep spirituality and listening heart, Sister Mary Ann endeared herself to those who sought her compassion and guidance. Her lively spirit and sense of humor brightened the lives of all who knew her. Diagnosed with brain cancer in 2012, Sister Mary Ann retired to Marian Oaks Life Center on the Sisters of Mercy Campus in Burlingame where she resided until her death. Sister Charla Gannon, RSM, Age 90 May 4, 1922 to June 8, 2012 Sister Mary Charla Gannon, RSM grew up in her beloved state of Iowa. She was the second oldest of four children born to Elmer and Rose (Gallagher) Gannon. Father Charles was the eldest, Larry was second youngest, with Sister Laurus, also of Chicago, as the youngest. Sister Charla entered the Sisters of Mercy in Des Plaines, Ill. She earned a bachelor's and a master's in history from Saint Xavier College and Loyola University. Sister Charla taught at numerous schools in Illinois, from 1943 to 1969 and served as principal at St. Mary’s, Streator, Ill., from 1955 to 1960 and Precious Blood, Chicago, from 1960 to 1966. She also taught TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) for 10 years in the Chicago Public Schools. In 1979, Sister Charla changed her ministry to become a minister of care at St. Bede the Venerable Parish on Chicago’s South Side. While serving there, Sister Charla published a Ministry of Praise handbook for the elderly and shut-ins. The purpose of the book was to have them pray for the parish, making them feel that they continued to be a vital part of the parish by praying. By 1986, 8,000 Catholics in 15 dioceses were commissioned as Ministers of Praise as a result of Sister Charla’s handbook. Ministry of Praise continues to be widely used today. While working at St. Bede, Sister Charla also founded one of the first Adoration Chapels in Chicago, Queen of the Angels, which is still being prayed in today. Sister Charla retired to Mercy Convent in Chicago in 1996. Sister Mary Justine Sabourin, RSM, Age 101 October 28, 1910 to June 13, 2012 A Sister of Mercy for 85 years, Sister Mary Justine Sabourin, RSM entered the Sisters of Mercy in Grand Rapids, Mich. and received a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College, now Loras College, in Dubuque, Iowa and Master’s from the University of Notre Dame. Sister Mary Justine's early years of ministry were spent teaching in Michigan and Iowa high schools. Then, in August of 1940, she was assigned to live and work in Dubuque with young women joining the religious order. When Mercy College opened in Detroit in September 1941, she was named dean of students and taught French. She held this position until 1945 when she
moved to St. Jean High School in Muskegon where she taught both French and English and then served as principal. Three years later she was called back to Detroit to serve as supervisor of schools for the Detroit Province. During this time, she continued working on her doctoral degree studies at Fordham University and at the University of Michigan. She was appointed by the General Council of the Sisters of Mercy to serve as the Mother Provincial of the Detroit Province from 1961-1967. During this time, Sister Mary Justine’s many years in education prompted her to assure each sister was given an opportunity to earn an advanced degree. In this position, she also bore the major responsibility for the design and construction of the buildings on the Farmington Hills property. Following her leadership tenure for her religious community, Sister Mary Justine pursued her life-long interest in research and creative writing. This resulted in the publication of The Amalgamation, a history of the Union of the Sisters of Mercy in the United States of America, 1870-1929; and Risk and Hope about the history of Mercy College of Detroit from 1941- 1966. She also co-authored Legacy of Excellence, a continuing history of Jesuit and Mercy higher education in Detroit. In 1991, the University of Detroit Mercy recognized Sister Mary Justine with an honorary doctorate for her vision and leadership through the years as an educator. Sister Mary Justine is fondly remembered as a gracious lady, a scholar and leader. Sister Mary Pauline Fields, RSM, Age 85 January 9, 1927 to July 5, 2012 Sister Mary Pauline Fields, RSM was born on Jan. 9, 1927, in Loogootee, Ind., to Charles and Inez (Smith) Fields. Little did her parents know that not only would their baby girl grow up to become a Sister of Mercy, so would two other sisters – Alithea and Robertus – born after her. The Fields family eventually grew to include eight children who shared a special bond with each other. They would always affectionately refer to Pauline as "the angel." Sister Pauline graduated from high school in 1944 and entered the Sisters of Mercy in Chicago in 1945. She worked as a nurses aide from 1948-1953 and then held various convent duties during the next 10 years. She received a certificate in theology from Saint Xavier College in 1964 and continued on to earn her bachelor of arts degree in business administration in 1977. In 1964, Sister Pauline began working for Saint Xavier as manager of the bookstore, a position she held for nearly 36 years. Loved dearly by the staff and administration, Sister Pauline received many awards and accolades for her leadership and hard work. After she retired in 2000, she moved back to Aurora. Sisters Alithea and Robertus recall their sister as having a gentle heart. “She was kind and loving to everyone,” they said. “Those who knew her, loved her in return. All will miss her beautiful smile and peaceful presence." Living Mercy • Summer 2012
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‘I Want to Bless You.’ Honoring Sister Mary Ann Scofield, RSM Sister Mary Ann Scofield, RSM, who died June 3, leaves a rich legacy as a teacher, formation director and world renowned spiritual director. Always attentive to God’s call in her own life, Sister Mary Ann responded to an invitation from a Jesuit priest to direct Ignatian retreats. Earning a master’s degree in Theology of Spiritual Direction, Sister Mary Ann, a trailblazer, inaugurated the Internship in the Art of Spiritual Direction program at Mercy Center, Burlingame, California, in 1989. She was a founder of the worldwide, Spiritual Directors International. Eulogizing Sister Mary Ann, Sister Marilyn Lacey, RSM, shared, “Her gifts pulled her to give talks and lead workshops in countries around the globe. But above all, beneath all, surrounding all, motivating all, she was a woman grounded in God who helped the rest of us to waken to our true selves in God.” In loving memory of Sister Mary Ann, the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community established The Sister Mary Ann Scofield, RSM Scholarship Fund to ensure accessibility to all for programs and services at Mercy Center in Burlingame, Calif. This fund will make it possible for the dedicated sisters and staff of Mercy Center to carry on the work and vision that Sister Mary Ann nurtured over the last few decades. Grateful for the deep imprint of Sister Mary Ann on her own life, donor Sandy Flaherty, director of mission effectiveness at Mercy High School, Burlingame, Calif., has given a generous gift to the fund. “I would say she was a spiritual mother for me,” said Sandy. While considering entry into the Sisters of Mercy Community, Sandy spent time with Sister Mary Ann exploring her vocation.
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At a pivotal time in Sandy’s life, Sister Mary Ann’s presence was both probing and more healing than Sandy had imagined possible. “I would say I was received,” said Sandy. “She received the totality of who I was with gentleness and compassion. I had the sense that there was no age barrier between us. She listened patiently and deeply to me and invited me to a compelling search for the living God. She was a living stream of God’s mercy—sacred and holy, but also dynamic.” Sister Mary Ann’s capacity to reach out to others was evident to the end. Sister Marilyn also shared a story told to her by Leonora, a Marian Oaks staff member who lovingly cared for Sister Mary Ann. “I was massaging her swollen arm with lotion,” Leonora said. “At that point, she could not really talk any more. But as I was leaving, Sister Mary Ann leaned forward, grabbed both my hands in her hands, and said absolutely clearly: “I want to bless you!” Sister Marilyn concluded her reflections on the life of this extraordinary Sister of Mercy with these words, “You have indeed blessed us, Mary Ann. All of us, each in the way we needed.” Donations to the Sister Mary Ann Scofield, RSM, Scholarship Fund can be made using the enclosed envelope, simply mark “scholarship” after the Mercy Center, Burlingame designation.