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Sisters of Providence celebrate Senior Jubilees

Eleven Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, are celebrating Senior Jubilees this year.

Sisters of Providence celebrating 60 years with the Congregation include (front, from left) Sister Therese Whitsett, Sister Martha Joseph Wessel and Sister Marilyn Baker. They are with the General Council, including (back, from left) Sister Carole Kimes, Sister Anne Therese Falkenstein, Sister Laura Parker, General Superior Sister Dawn Tomaszewski and Vicar Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp.

60-year Jubilarians

Sister Marilyn Baker was born in New Delhi, India. Currently, she is in between ministries.

Sister Marilyn, formerly Sister Ann Cecile, entered the Congregation on Sept. 15, 1962, from St. Patrick Parish in Fayetteville, N.C. She professed perpetual vows on Dec. 28, 1970.

Sister Marilyn’s ministries include:

  • Teacher, Ascension, Halethorpe, Md. (1967-69),
  • Teacher, Sacred Hearts, Malden, Mass. (1969-70),
  • Teacher, St. Ann, Fayetteville, N.C. (1970-72),
  • Teacher, St. Patrick, Charlotte, N.C. (1972-73),
  • Teacher, St. Ann, Washington, D.C. (1973-76),
  • Teacher, St. Clement, Lansdowne, Mc. (1976-80),
  • Teacher, St. Simon, Indianapolis (1980-83),
  • Instructor, Providence College, Taiwan (1983-86),
  • Associate Professor, Providence University, Taiwan (1990-91; 1991-97; 1997-98; 1999-2010; 2012-13),
  • English Department Chairperson, Providence University, Taiwan (1991-97),
  • Adjunct Professor, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. (2011-12 and 2013-2021), and
  • English as a Second Language Tutor, St. Mary of the Mills, Laurel, Md. (2014-21).

Sister Martha Joseph Wessel is a native of Ferdinand. Currently, she ministers in residential services and as the coordinator of transportation at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Martha Joseph entered the Congregation on Sept. 17, 1962, from Holy Family Parish in Jasper. She professed perpetual vows on Aug. 15, 1970.

Sister Martha Joseph’s ministries include:

  • Teacher, St. John, Vincennes (1967-68),
  • Teacher, St. Anne, New Castle (1968-74),
  • Teacher, Holy Cross, Indianapolis (1974-77),
  • Principal/Teacher, St. Anne, New Castle (1977-82),
  • Teacher, All Saints, Columbus (1982-84),
  • Principal/Teacher, St. Anthony, Evansville (1984-87),
  • Principal, Ascension, Evansville (1987-88),
  • Teacher, WCCS Intermediate, Evansville (1989-93),
  • Administrator, Owens Hall, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1993-96),
  • Co-Director of Residential Services, Owens Hall, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1996-2003),
  • Administrator, Owens Hall, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2004-11),
  • Administrator of Owens Hall/Assistant in Office of Records, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2011-15), and
  • Administrator, Owens Hall, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2015-16).

Sister Therese Whitsett is a native of Indianapolis. Currently, she ministers as a food pantry volunteer and nursing home visitor in Indianapolis.

Sister Therese, formerly Sister Timothy Mary, entered the Congregation on Sept. 17, 1962, from St. Anthony Parish in Indianapolis. She professed perpetual vows on Feb. 10, 1974.

Sister Therese’s ministries include:

  • Teacher, St. John the Baptist, Fort Wayne (1967-69),
  • Teacher, Colegio San Jose, Arequipa, Peru (1970),
  • Teacher, St. Ann, Indianapolis (1971-72),
  • Teacher, Holy Cross, Indianapolis (1972-79),
  • Teacher, Catholic Indian Mission, Fort Yates, N.D. (1979-81),
  • Teacher, Maternity BVM, Chicago (1981-89),
  • Program for Church Leaders, University of Notre Dame (1989-90),
  • Teacher, St. Lawrence School, Indianapolis (1990-91),
  • Instructor, Hispanic Education Center, Indianapolis (1991-2006), and
  • Teacher, St. Philip Neri School, Indianapolis (2006-19).
Sisters of Providence celebrating 70 years with the Congregation this year include (front, from left) Sister Patricia Geis, Sister Rose Virginia Eichman, Sister Marie Esther Sivertsen, Sister Marilyn Herber and Sister Mary Ann McCauley. They are with the General Council, including (back, from left) Sister Anne Therese Falkenstein, Sister Laura Parker, General Superior Sister Dawn Tomaszewski, Sister Carole Kimes and Vicar Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp.

70-year Jubilarians

Sister Rose Virginia Eichman is a native of Fort Wayne. Currently, she ministers as a visitor to Providence Health Care at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Rose Virginia entered the Congregation on Feb. 2, 1952, from Cathedral Parish in Fort Wayne. She professed perpetual vows on Aug. 15, 1959.

Sister Rose Virginia’s ministries include:

  • Teacher, St. Anthony, Indianapolis (1954-56),
  • Teacher, St. Andrew, Chicago (1956-59),
  • Teacher, St. Joseph, Galesburg, Ill. (1959-60),
  • Teacher, St. Angela, Chicago (1960-62),
  • Teacher, St. John, Robstown, Texas (1962-65),
  • Teacher, St. Mel, Chicago (1965),
  • Housekeeper, Providence Hall, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1966-67),
  • Housekeeper, Marywood, Orange, Calif. (1967-69),
  • Infirmary Staff, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1969-72),
  • Aide, Providence Hall, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1972-77),
  • Convent Service, Marywood, Orange, Calif. (1977-80),
  • Nursing Assistant, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1980-81),
  • Housekeeper/Activities, Providence Retirement Home, New Albany (1981-82),
  • Laundry/Activities, Providence Retirement Home, New Albany (1982-83),
  • Activities Assistant, Providence Retirement Home, New Albany (1983-84),
  • Nurse Aide, Providence Retirement Home, New Albany (1984-85),
  • Laundry/Housekeeping/Resident Aide, Providence Retirement Home, New Albany (1985-87),
  • Residence Aide, Providence Retirement Home (1987-94),
  • Assistant to Day Care Supervisor, Providence Self Sufficiency Ministries, New Albany (1994-96),
  • Child Care Staff, Providence Self Sufficiency Ministries, New Albany (1996-98),
  • Housekeeping/Child Care Staff, Providence House, New Albany (1998-2000),
  • Volunteer, Providence Self Sufficiency Ministries, Georgetown, Ind. (2001-18),
  • Volunteer, Holy Family Parish, New Albany (2001-18), and
  • Residential Services, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2018-2020).

Sister Marilyn Herber is a native of Fort Wayne. Currently, she ministers in prayer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Marilyn, formerly Sister Vincent Marie, entered the Congregation on Feb. 2, 1952, from St. Joan of Arc Parish in Indianapolis. She professed perpetual vows on Aug. 15, 1959.

Sister Marilyn’s ministries include:

  • Teacher, Sacred Heart, Terre Haute (1954-58),
  • Teacher, St. Patrick, Terre Haute (1958-59),
  • Teacher, Ascension, Halethorpe, Md. (1959-62),
  • Teacher, St. Michael, Greenfield (1962-65),
  • Teacher, St. Charles, Peru (1965-66),
  • Teacher, Terre Haute Schulte High School, Terre Haute (1966-67),
  • Teacher, Central Catholic High School, Fort Wayne (1967-72),
  • Formation Director, Holy Spirit, Indianapolis (1973-74),
  • Director of Postulants, Maternity BVM, Chicago (1974-75),
  • Director of Novices, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1975-80),
  • Pastoral Associate, St. Mark Parish, Indianapolis (1980-94),
  • Director of Religious Education, St. Mark Parish, Indianapolis (1990-94),
  • Parish Life Coordinator, St. Andrew Parish, Indianapolis (1994-2004),
  • Volunteer, Miracle Place and Abbie Hunt Bryce Home, Indianapolis (2006-2020), and
  • Residential Services, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2020-21).

Sister Marie Esther Sivertsen is a native of Winthrop, Mass. Currently, she ministers in prayer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Marie Esther entered the Congregation on Feb. 2, 1952, from St. John the Evangelist Parish, Winthrop. She professed perpetual vows on Aug. 15, 1959.

Sister Marie Esther’s ministries include:

  • Teacher, St. Ann, Terre Haute (1954),
  • Teacher, Our Lady of Mercy, Chicago (1954-57),
  • Teacher, Cathedral, Fort Wayne (1957-58),
  • Teacher, Our Lady of Sorrows, Chicago (1958-59),
  • Teacher, St. Therese, Wilson, N.C. (1959-62),
  • Teacher, Maternity BVM, Chicago (1962-63),
  • Teacher, Cheverus, Malden, Mass. (1962-66),
  • Teacher, St. Patrick, Fayetteville, N.C. (1966-68),
  • Teacher, Our Lady of Providence High School, Clarksville (1968-70),
  • Teacher, St. Rose High School, Chelsea, Mass. (1970-87),
  • Teacher, Coyle and Cassidy, Taunton, Mass. (1987-88),
  • Teacher, Our Lady of Nazareth Academy, Wakefield, Mass. (1988-94),
  • Archives Assistant, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1995-2016), and
  • Volunteer, Providence Spirituality & Conference Center, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2016-21).

Sister Patricia Geis is a native of Chicago. Currently, she ministers in prayer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Patricia, formerly Sister Anna Marie, entered the Congregation on July 21, 1952, from St. Mark Parish in Chicago. She professed perpetual vows on Jan. 23, 1960.

Sister Patricia’s ministries include:

  • Teacher, Immaculate Conception, Chicago (1955-58),
  • Teacher, Annunciation, Brazil, Ind. (1958-64),
  • Teacher, St. John, Loogootee (1964-67),
  • Teacher/Principal, St. Mary Carmelite, Joliet, Ill. (1967-71),
  • Teacher, St. Anthony, Gardena, Calif. (1971-72),
  • Teacher, St. Francis Xavier, Wilmette, Ill. (1972-73),
  • Teacher, St. Agnes, Chicago (1973-76),
  • Teacher, St. Bernard Mission, Fort Yates, N.D. (1976-79),
  • Teacher, Our Lady of Hope, Rosemont, Ill. (1979-80),
  • Teacher, St. Cornelius, Chicago (1980-81),
  • Director, St. Columbkille Day Nursery, Chicago (1981-83),
  • Teacher, St. Dennis School, Lockport, Ill. (1983-89),
  • Teacher, St. Zachary School, Des Plaines, Ill. (1990-99),
  • Developmental Instructor, Mount Saint Joseph, Lake Zurich, Ill. (1999-2000),
  • Teacher, Santa Maria Del Popolo School, Mundelein, Ill. (2000-01),
  • Teacher, St. Charles Borromeo School, Bensenville, Ill. (2001-03),
  • Teacher, Divine Savior School, Norridge, Ill. (2004-05),
  • School on Wheels/Adult Literacy/Tutor, Chicago (2005-06),
  • Registrar, Marywood, River Grove, Ill. (2006-18),
  • Literacy Tutor, School on Wheels, St. Francis of Rome, Cicero, Ill. (2006-18),
  • Literacy Tutor/School on Wheels, Northlake, Ill. (2018-2020).

Sister Mary Ann McCauley is a native of Terre Haute. Currently, she ministers as a volunteer in the Clinical Care Office at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Mary Ann entered the Congregation on July 22, 1952, from St. Patrick Parish in Terre Haute. She professed perpetual vows on Jan. 23, 1960.

Sister Mary Ann’s ministries include:

  • Teacher, St. Sylvester, Chicago (1955-58),
  • Teacher, St. Genevieve, Chicago (1958-63),
  • Teacher, St. Malachy, Brownsburg (1963-65),
  • Teacher, St. Therese, Wilson, N.C. (1965-71),
  • Teacher, St. Thaddeus, Chicago (1971-73),
  • Infirmary Staff, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1973-74),
  • Learning Center, Mother Theodore Guerin High School, River Grove, Ill. (1974-75),
  • Infirmary Staff, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1975-76),
  • Registered Nurse, Union Hospital, Terre Haute (1977-78),
  • Registered Nurse, Health Care, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1978-80),
  • Oncology Unite Staff Nurse, Community Hospital, Indianapolis (1980-89),
  • Hospice Home Care Nurse, Community Hospital, Indianapolis (1989-91),
  • Oncology Staff Nurse, Community Hospital South, Indianapolis (1991-92),
  • Registered Nurse/Oncology, Community Hospital South, Indianapolis (1992-2004),
  • Director of Holistic Health Services, Holistic Health Service, Indianapolis (2004-06),
  • Director, Holistic Health Service, Clinton (2006-11),
  • Volunteer, Department of Holistic Health, Indiana (2011-12), and
  • Outpatient Nurse, Providence Hall, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2012-16).
Sisters of Providence who celebrated 75 years with the Congregation include (front, from left) Sister Joyce Brophy, Sister Lucille Nolan and Sister Margaret Heese. They are photographed with the General Council, including (back, from left) Sister Carole Kimes, Sister Laura Parker, General Superior Sister Dawn Tomaszewski, Vicar Sister Jeanne Hagelskamp and Sister Anne Therese Falkenstein

75-year Jubilarians

Sister Margaret Heese is a native of Robstown, Texas. Currently, she ministers in the Providence Hall Sewing Room at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Margaret, formerly Sister Margaret Bernard, entered the Congregation on June 17, 1947, from St. John Parish, Robstown. She professed perpetual vows on Jan. 23, 1955.

Sister Margaret’s ministries include:

  • Teacher, St. Sylvester, Chicago (1950-54),
  • Teacher, St. Andrew, Chicago (1955-58),
  • Teacher, St. Thomas, Indianapolis (1958-60),
  • Teacher, Immaculate Conception, Tulsa, Okla. (1960-65),
  • Teacher, St. Therese, Alhambra, Calif. (1965-68),
  • Teacher, St. John, Robstown (1968-70),
  • Teacher, St. Therese, Alhambra (1970-75),
  • Newman Center/Campus Minister, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff (1975-77),
  • Campus Minister, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff (1977-78),
  • Teacher, St. Teresa of Avila, Los Angeles (1978-79),
  • Teacher, St. Anthony, Gardena, Calif. (1979-80),
  • Teacher, St. Joseph, Lakewood, Calif. (1980-85),
  • Parish Ministry, St. John Baptist, Chico, Calif. (1985-88),
  • Director of Religious Education, Corpus Christi, Texas (1988-89),
  • Director of Religious Education, Most Precious Blood Parish, Corpus Christi, Texas (1990-2000), and
  • Archives Staff, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2001-02).

Sister Joyce Brophy is a native of Joliet, Ill. Currently, she ministers in prayer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Joyce, formerly Sister Robert Ellen, entered the Congregation on July 22, 1947, from St. Mary’s Parish in Joliet. She professed perpetual vows on Jan. 23, 1955.

Sister Joyce’s ministries include:

  • Teacher, St. Sylvester, Chicago (1950-54),
  • Teacher, Our Lady of Mercy, Chicago (1955),
  • Teacher, St. Elisabeth, Van Nuys, Calif. (1955-59),
  • Principal, Immaculate Heart, Galesburg (1959-65),
  • Mistress of Postulants, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1965-68),
  • Director of Scholastics, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1968-69),
  • Teacher, St. Agnes, Chicago (1969),
  • Principal, St. Genevieve, Chicago (1969-71),
  • Principal, Immaculate Heart of Mary, Galesburg (1971-72),
  • Principal Administrator, Costa Catholic, Galesburg (1972-79),
  • Assistant Vice President for Development, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1980-82),
  • Educational Consultant, Catholic School Office, Diocese of Joliet (1983-84),
  • Provincial, Sacred Heart Province, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1984-91),
  • Principal, St. Dennis School, Lockport, Ill. (1992-95),
  • Teacher, Sacred Heart School, Terre Haute (1995-99),
  • Volunteer, Connecting Link, West Terre Haute (1999-2012),
  • Volunteer Providence Center, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1999-2018),
  • Residential Services, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2018-19).

Sister Lucille Nolan is a native of Galesburg, Ill. Currently, she ministers to the homebound in Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and West Terre Haute.

Sister Lucille, formerly Sister Mary Lucille, entered the Congregation on July 22, 1947, from Corpus Christi Parish in Galesburg. She professed perpetual vows on Jan. 23, 1955.

Sister Lucille’s ministries include:

  • Teacher, St. Bridget, Indianapolis (1950),
  • Teacher, St. John, Robstown, Texas (1950-51),
  • Teacher, Blessed Sacrament, Burlington, N.C. (1951-54),
  • Teacher, St. Ann, Terre Haute (1955-56),
  • Teacher, St. John, Robstown (1956-61),
  • Teacher, St. Joseph, Downers Grove, Ill. (1961-65),
  • Teacher, Immaculate Heart/Costa Catholic, Galesburg (1965-68),
  • Teacher, Cathedral Grade School and Holy Cross, Indianapolis (1968-69),
  • Teacher, Corpus Christi, Oklahoma City, Okla. (1969-73),
  • Teacher, Costa Catholic, Galesburg (1973-76),
  • Teacher, Costa Catholic, Galesburg (1976-83),
  • Church Musician/Teacher, St. Isaac Jogues, Niles, Ill. (1983-85),
  • Director of Music and Liturgy, St. Dismas Parish, Waukegan, Ill. (1985-94),
  • Director of Music and Liturgy, St. James Parish, Sauk Village, Ill. (1994-2004),
  • Assistant Religious Education/Children’s Music, St. James Parish, Sauk Village (2004-08),
  • Ministry to the Homebound, Lansing, Chicago Heights and Sauk Village, Ill. (2009-10),
  • Volunteer, Hospice Bereavement, Horizon Hospice, Olympia Fields, Ill. (2010-16),
  • Ministry to the Homebound, Lansing, Sauk Village (2010-18), and
  • Volunteer, Hospice Care, Journey Care Hospice, Mokena, Ill. (2016-18).

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