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Sisters of Providence celebrate Senior Jubilees

Twenty-four Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods celebrated their Senior Jubilees on Saturday, Dec. 8, at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, with eight sisters celebrating 60 years, 12 celebrating 70 years, three celebrating 75 years and one celebrating 85 years.

60-year Jubilarians

Sister Brigid Ann Bonner

Sister Brigid Ann Bonner is a native of Whiting, Indiana. Currently, she ministers for the homeless at the St. Vincent dePaul Center, Louisville, Kentucky.

Sister Brigid Ann entered the Congregation on Jan. 6, 1958, from Sacred Heart, Whiting. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1965.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She earned a master’s degree in education from Ball State University as well as a master’s degree in social work from the University of Louisville.

Her ministries include:

  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Mark (1962-65),
  • Whiting, Indiana: Teacher, St. John the Baptist (1965-67),
  • Greenwood, Indiana: Teacher, Our Lady of the Greenwood (1967-69),
  • Loogootee, Indiana: Teacher, St. John (1969-70),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, St. James (1970-71),
  • Greenfield, Indiana: Teacher, St. Michael (1971-74),
  • Lafayette, Indiana: Teacher, St. Mary (1974-77),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, St. Philip Neri (1977-79),
  • Topeka, Kansas: Chaplain, St. Francis Hospital (1979),
  • New Albany, Indiana: Social Work/Chaplain, Providence Retirement Home (1982-1991),
  • Louisville: Hospital Social Worker, SS. Mary & Elizabeth Hospital (1991-97),
  • Louisville: Social Worker, Caritas Medical Center (1998-2005),
  • Louisville: Social Worker, Britthaven of South Louisville (2005-09),
  • Louisville: Substitute Teacher/Social Worker, Archdiocese of Louisville, Georgetown Manor Nursing and Rehabilitation Center (2009-2010),
  • Louisville: Substitute Teacher/Volunteer, Archdiocese of Louisville (2010-15), and
  • Louisville: Parish Volunteer/Ministry to the Homeless, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Church (2015-17).

Sister Bonna Butler

Sister Donna Butler is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Currently, she ministers as a social justice advocate.

Sister Donna, formerly Sister Donna Rose, entered the Congregation on Jan. 6, 1958, from St. Jude, Fort Wayne. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1965.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She earned a master’s degree in education from Indiana University.

Her ministries include:

  • Terre Haute, Indiana: Teacher, St. Ann (1961-62),
  • Hammond, Indiana: Teacher, All Saints (1962-64),
  • New Albany, Indiana: Teacher, Holy Trinity (1964-68),
  • Washington, Indiana: Teacher, St. Simon (1968-72),
  • Evansville, Indiana: Teacher, Good Shepherd (1972-75),
  • Terre Haute: Teacher, St. Ann (1975-78),
  • Terre Haute: Religion Coordinator/Parish Assistant, St. Ann (1978-79),
  • Royal Oak, Michigan: Coordinator of Christian Service, St. Dennis Parish (1980-84),
  • Green Bay, Wisconsin: Associate Director, Office of Social Concerns (1984-89),
  • Peru, Indiana: Providence Volunteer Ministry Director, St. Charles Convent (1989-1992),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Director, Providence Volunteer Ministry (1992-97),
  • Meinrad, Indiana: Executive Director, Cooperative Action for Community Development, Inc. (1998-99),
  • Peru, Indiana: Pastoral Assistant, St. Charles Borromeo Convent (1999-2002),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Administrative Liturgy Assistant/Archives Assistant (2002-08), and
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Archives Assistant (2008-2010).

Sister Patty Fillenwarth

Sister Patricia Fillenwarth is a native of Indianapolis. Currently, she ministers as a counselor for Providence Family Services, Chicago.

Sister Patricia, formerly Sister Joseph Monica, entered the Congregation on Jan. 6, 1958, from Holy Cross, Indianapolis. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1965.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Indiana State University and a master’s degree in community and family counseling from Northeastern Illinois University.

Her ministries include:

  • Linton, Indiana: Teacher, St. Peter (1962-67),
  • Washington, D.C.: Teacher, St. Ann (1967-70),
  • Arequipa, Peru: Teacher, Colegio San Jose (1971-76),
  • New Albany, Indiana: Teacher, Holy Family (1976),
  • Chicago: Teacher, Maternity BVM School (1976-77),
  • Chicago: Principal, Maternity BVM School (1977-1992), and
  • Chicago: Counselor, Maternity BVM Center (1993-94).

Sister Linda Kaliker

Sister Linda Kaliker, formerly Sister Marie Theodore, is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Currently, she ministers in prayer.

Sister Linda entered the Congregation on Jan. 6, 1958, from St. Patrick, Fort Wayne. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1965.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She also earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Indiana University.

Her ministries include:

  • Indianapolis: Teacher, St. Ann (1962-64),
  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Genevieve (1964-67),
  • Jasper, Indiana: Teacher, St. Joseph (1967-74),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, Holy Spirit (1974-81),
  • Chicago: Tutor, Maternity BVM (1981-82),
  • Forest Park, Illinois: Social Service Worker, Center for Human Services (1982-84),
  • Chicago: Coordinator of Parenting Events, Archdiocese Office for Family Ministries (1984-87),
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana: Residential Superintendent, Riverview Care Center (1987-89),
  • Fort Wayne: Consultant, Sears Telecatalog (1989-93),
  • Huntington, Indiana: Adult Literacy Consultant, Idea Center (1993-94),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Manager, Providence Center Gift Shop (1995-98),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Staff, Providence Center Gift Shop (1998-2005),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Assistant Manager, Providence Center Gift Shop (2005-07), and
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Volunteer, Health Care (2007-08).

Sister Katherine Manley

Sister Katherine Manley is a native of Indianapolis. Currently, she ministers as a companion to the needy in Chicago.

Sister Katherine, formerly Sister Catherine Therese, entered the Congregation on Jan. 6, 1958, from St. Philip Neri, Indianapolis. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1965.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She earned a master’s degree in special education from Indiana University, and another master’s degree in pastoral theology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Her ministries include:

  • Terre Haute, Indiana: Teacher, St. Margaret Mary (1961-62),
  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Leo (1962-65),
  • Lafayette: Teacher, St. Mary (1965-67),
  • Van Nuys, California: Teacher, St. Elisabeth (1967-69),
  • Orange, California: Teacher, Providence Speech and Hearing Center (1969-71),
  • Gardena, California: Teacher, St. Anthony (1976-78),
  • Gardena: Principal, St. Anthony (1978-88),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Administrator, Owens Hall (1989-93),
  • River Grove, Illinois: Teacher of Theology, Chair of Theology Department, Guerin College Preparatory High School (1993-2003),
  • River Grove: Teacher of Theology, Guerin College Preparatory High School (2003-10),
  • River Grove: Teacher of Theology, Chair of Theology Department, Guerin College Preparatory High School (2010-13), and
  • River Grove: Teacher of Theology, Guerin College Preparatory High School (2013-17).

Sister Gloria Memering

Sister Gloria Memering is a native of Vincennes, Indiana. Currently, she ministers as a receptionist at Providence Spirituality & Conference Center, and a music coordinator at Providence Health Care, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Sister Gloria, formerly Sister Cecilia, entered the Congregation on Jan. 6, 1958, from St. John, Vincennes. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1965.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in music education. She earned a master’s degree in music education from Indiana State University.

Her ministries include:

  • Sellersburg, Indiana: Teacher, St. Paul (1962-66),
  • Fayetteville, North Carolina: Teacher, St. Patrick (1966-67),
  • Terre Haute, Indiana: Teacher, St. Benedict and St. Margaret Mary (1967-70),
  • Terre Haute: Teacher, St. Margaret Mary (1970-76),
  • Vincennes, Indiana: Teacher, St. John (Flaget Elementary School, 1976-78),
  • Vincennes: Teacher, Parish Music Coordinator, Flaget School/St. John Parish (1978-83),
  • Evansville, Indiana: Parish Ministry, Deaconness Hospital/St. Joseph in County (1983-84),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Second Provincial Councilor, Sacred Heart Province (1984-87),
  • Jasper, Indiana: Teacher/Parish Liturgist, Precious Blood Parish (1988-97),
  • Vincennes: Liturgy/Teacher, Sacred Heart Church and Vincennes Rivet High School (1997-2000),
  • Vincennes: Music Director, Sacred Heart Church (2000-05),
  • Vincennes: Music Director, Sacred Heart Church, and teacher, Vincennes Rivet Middle School (2005-06),
  • Vincennes: Music Director, Sacred Heart Church (2006),
  • Jasper: Pastoral Associate/Music Director, Precious Blood Parish (2007-2010),
  • Jasper: Volunteer in church and hospital (2010-11),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Volunteer Receptionist, St. Ann Clinic, Providence Center and Woods Day Care (2011-14), and
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Receptionist, Providence Spirituality & Conference Center, and Volunteer for Providence Health Care and Our Lady of Providence Shrine.

Sister Rosemary Schmalz

Sister Rosemary Schmalz is a native of Evansville, Indiana. Currently, she ministers as the coordinator of the office of records at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Sister Rosemary, formerly Sister Mary Ida, entered the Congregation on July 22, 1958, from St. Benedict, Evansville. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1966.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. She earned a master’s degree in mathematics from the University of Illinois, and her doctorate in mathematics education from Florida State University. She also earned a master’s degree in culture/creation spirituality from Holy Names University (Oakland, California) and another master’s degree in pastoral theology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

Her ministries include:

  • Indianapolis: Teacher, St. Philip Neri (1963-64),
  • Robstown, Texas: Teacher, St. John High School (1964-69),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Teacher, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1972-78 and 1979-81),
  • Scranton, Philadelphia: Teacher, University of Scranton (1981-87),
  • Charleston, Illinois: Associate Professor and Professor, Eastern Illinois University (1994-2001),
  • Indianapolis: Research Assistant, NCAA (2002-06),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: General Secretary, Sisters of Providence (2006-13),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Coordinator, Office of Records (2013-14), and
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods and Colombo, Sri Lanka: Coordinator, Office of Records, and English as a Second Language Teacher (2014-15).

Sister Rosemary Ward

Sister Rosemary Ward is a native of Chicago. Currently, she ministers in social justice and as the director of an English as a Second Language site in Bolingbrook, Illinois.

Sister Rosemary, formerly Sister Sebastian, entered the Congregation on July 22, 1958, from St. Ita, Chicago. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1966.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in biology. She earned a master’s of studies degree in biology and chemistry from the University of North Dakota.

Her ministries include:

  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Registrar, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1961-66),
  • New Lenox, Illinois: Teacher, Providence High School (1966-68),
  • Vincennes, Indiana: Teacher, St. Rose High School (1968-70),
  • Chicago: Teacher, Providence-St. Mel (1970-71),
  • River Grove, Illinois: Teacher, Mother Theodore Guerin High School (1971-75),
  • New Lenox: Teacher, Providence High School (1975-76),
  • Chicago Heights, Illinois: Chemist, Silliker Laboratories (1976-77),
  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Joseph High School (1977-78),
  • Chicago: Office Supervisor, Putman Publishing Co. (1978-80),
  • Prospects Heights, Illinois: Computer Programmer/Analyst, Household Finance Corporation (1980-87),
  • Wilmette, Illinois: Parish Business Manager, St. Francis Xavier Parish (1987-88),
  • Romeoville, Illinois: Assistant Manager of Religious Medical Programs, Christian Brothers Services (1988-96), and
  • Romeoville: Director of Systems and Services, Christian Brothers Services (1996-2009).

70-year Jubilarians

Sister Laurette Bellamy

Sister Laurette Bellamy is a native of Chicago. Currently, she ministers as a parish volunteer at Saints Francis and Clare Parish, Greenwood, Indiana.

Sister Laurette entered the Congregation on Feb. 2, 1948, from St. Mel, Chicago. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in music. She earned a master’s degree in music from Catholic University of America, and a doctorate in music theory from Indiana University.

Her ministries include:

  • Indianapolis: Teacher, Ladywood (1950-52),
  • Jasper, Indiana: Teacher, St. Joseph (1952),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Teacher, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1952-53),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Teacher, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1955-57),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, Ladywood (1957-64),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Teacher, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1968-71),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Teacher, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1972-79),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Professor/Chair of Music Department, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1979-1990),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Professor/Chair of Department of Visual and Performing Arts, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1990-92),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Professor, Music Area Coordinator, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1992-2003),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: WED Adjunct Faculty, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (2003-10),
  • Terre Haute, Indiana: Volunteer, St. Ann Clinic (2006-11),
  • Bloomington, Indiana: Volunteer, St. Vincent dePaul (2006-11),
  • Bloomington: Volunteer, St. Vincent dePaul Society (2011-14),
  • Bloomington: Nursing Home Visitor, St. Charles Borromeo (2013-14), and
  • Indianapolis: Volunteer, St. Vincent dePaul (2015-16).

Sister Ann Marie Boyce

Sister Ann Marie Boyce is a native of Richmond, Indiana. Currently, she ministers as a volunteer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Ann Marie entered the Congregation on Jan. 7, 1948, from St. Mary, Richmond. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She earned her master’s degree in education from Indiana State University.

Her ministries include:

  • Indianapolis: Teacher, St. Ann (1950-53),
  • Lafayette, Indiana: Teacher, St. Mary (1953-55),
  • Gardena, California: Teacher, St. Anthony (1955-59),
  • Plainfield, Indiana: Teacher, St. Suzanna (1959-64),
  • Burlington, North Carolina: Teacher, Blessed Sacrament (1964-66),
  • Wilson, North Carolina: Teacher, St. Therese (1966-67),
  • New Castle, Indiana: Principal/Teacher, St. Anne (1967-77),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher/Assistant Principal, St. Jude (1977-78),
  • Sellersburg, Indiana: Teacher/Principal, St. Paul (1978-1985),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Volunteer (1985-86),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Administrator, Providence Hall (1986-90),
  • Hollywood, California: Administrative Assistant/Assistant Principal, St. Ambrose School (1991-92),
  • Hollywood: Administrative Assistant, St. Ambrose School (1992-93),
  • Hawthorne, California: Administrative Assistant (1993-96), and
  • Terre Haute, Indiana: Teacher, Sacred Heart School (1996-99).

Sister Helen Therese Conway

Sister Helen Therese Conway is a native of Chicago. Currently, she ministers in prayer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Helen Therese entered the Congregation on Feb. 2, 1948, from Our Lady of Angels, Chicago. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She also earned a master’s degree in education from Indiana State University.

Her ministries include:

  • Indianapolis: Teacher, St. Andrew (1950-53),
  • New Albany, Indiana: Teacher, Holy Trinity (1953-54),
  • Terre Haute, Indiana: Teacher, Sacred Heart (1954-55),
  • Van Nuys, California: Teacher, St. Elisabeth (1955-59),
  • Galesburg, Illinois: Teacher, St. Joseph (1959-60),
  • Wilmette, Illinois: Teacher, ST. Francis Xavier (1960-64),
  • Chicago: Teacher, Our Lady of Mercy (1964-65),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, St. Catherine (1965-67),
  • Greenwood, Indiana: Teacher, Our Lady of the Greenwood (1967-69),
  • Greenfield, Indiana: Teacher/Principal, St. Michael (1969-1987),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Provincial Staff/Administrative Assistant, Sisters of Providence (1987-91),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Administrative Assistant, Sisters of Providence (1992-2015), and
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Residential Services, Sisters of Providence (2015-17).

Sister Eileen Dede

Sister Eileen Dede is a native of Terre Haute, Indiana. Currently, she ministers as a volunteer at Providence Spirituality & Conference Center, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Eileen, formerly Sister Anita Therese, entered the Congregation on Jan. 7, 1948, from St. Ann, Terre Haute. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She earned a master’s degree in education from Indiana University.

Her ministries include:

  • Malden, Massachusetts: Teacher, Cheverus School (12950-51),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, St. Patrick (1951-53),
  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Mark (1953-55),
  • Brownsburg, Indiana: Teacher, St. Malachy (1955-57),
  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Genevieve (1957-58),
  • Chicago: Teacher, St. David (1958-59),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, Holy Spirit (1959-1965),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, Immaculate Heart (1965-67),
  • Vincennes, Indiana: Principal, St. John (1967-68),
  • Vincennes: Teacher and Principal, St. John (1968-71),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, St. Luke (1971-73),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, St. Thoams Aquinas (1973-77),
  • Indianapolis: CPE, Methodist Hospital 91977),
  • Dayton, Ohio: CPE, Miami Valley Hospital (1977-78),
  • South Bend, Indiana: Student Clinical Pastoral Education, St. Joseph Hospital (1978-79),
  • San Diego, California: Chaplain, Mercy Hospital (1979-80),
  • Inglewood, California: Chaplain, Daniel Freeman Hospital (1980-83),
  • Terre Haute, Indiana: Teacher, Sacred Heart (1983-84),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Director of Pastoral Care, Sisters of Providence (1984-90),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Assistant Pastoral Associate, Sisters of Providence (1990-91),
  • Petersburg, Florida: Substitute Teaching, St. Anthony Home Care (1993-94),
  • Bradenton, Florida: Teacher, St. Joseph Catholic School (1994-97),
  • Bradenton: Substitute Teacher and Tutor (1997-2000),
  • Dunedin, Florida: Religious Education, Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church (2001-03),
  • Dunedin: Substitute Teacher/Assisting Elderly (2003-04),
  • Dunedin: Ministry to Elderly (2004-06),
  • Clearwater, Florida: Volunteer at St. Vincent DePaul (2006-10),
  • Indianapolis: Volunteer, Eucharistic Minister, St. Francis Hospital (2011-13),
  • Indianapolis: Nursing Home Volunteer (2013-14), and
  • Indianapolis: Volunteer, St. Francis Hospital (2014-16).

Sister Jane Michael Dwyer

Sister Jane Michael Dwyer is a native of Arlington, Massachusetts. Currently, she ministers in residential services at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Jane Michael entered the Congregation on July 22, 1948, from Our Lady of Grace, Everett, Massachusetts. She professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1956.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education, and also received a master’s degree in education from Rivier University, New Hampshire.

Her ministries include:

  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Leo (1951-55),
  • Terre Haute, Indiana; Teacher, St. Margaret Mary (1956-57),
  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Sylvester (1957-60),
  • Stoneham, Massachusetts: Teacher, St. Patrick (1960-65),
  • Washington, D.C.: Teacher, St. Ann (1965-67),
  • Fayetteville, North Carolina: Teacher/Assistant Principal, St. Patrick (1967-70),
  • College Park, Maryland: Principal, Holy Redeemer (1970-76),
  • Chelsea, Massachusetts: Teacher/Clerical Office Procedures , St. Rose High School (1976-79),
  • Somerville, Massachusetts: Teacher, St. Polycarp (1979-84),
  • Chelsea: Principal, St. Rose High School (1984-87),
  • Malden, Massachusetts: Secretary, Cheverus School (1987-88),
  • Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Teacher, Lady Isle School (1989-93),
  • Quincy, Massachusetts: Area Assistant/Holistic Health Care/Administrator, St. Joseph Convent (1993-95),
  • Chelsea: Teacher, St. Rose (1995-2010),
  • Chelsea: Convent Service/Advisory Board, Wakefield Convent and St. Rose School (2010-14), and
  • Chelsea: Secretarial Volunteer, St. Rose (2014-17).

Sister Dorothy Gartland

Sister Dorothy Gartland is a native of St. Joseph, Missouri. Currently, she ministers as a volunteer for After School Homework Program and Interfaith Post-Detention Accompaniment Network in Chicago.

Sister Dorothy, formerly Sister Margaret Eugene, entered the Congregation on Feb. 2, 1948, from Our Lady of Sorrows, Chicago. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She also earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Indiana University.

Her ministries include:

  • Washington, D.C.: Teacher, St. Ann (1950-53),
  • Chicago: Teacher, Immaculate Conception (1953-55),
  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Leo (1955-57),
  • Brownsburg, Indiana: Teacher, St. Malachy (1957-59),
  • Evansville, Indiana: Teacher/Principal, Assumption (1959-63),
  • Hammond, Indiana: teacher/Principal, St. Joseph (1963-1969),
  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Mel (1969-74),
  • Chicago: Social Concerns Director and Social Justice Minister, 8th Day Center for Justice (1974-86),
  • Chicago: Teacher and social justice work, Maternity BVM (1987-2007),
  • Chicago: Youth Services Coordinator, Maternity BVM (1997-2007), and
  • Chicago: Volunteer, After School Homework Program, Providence Family Services (2007-13).

Sister James Michael Kesterson

Sister James Michael Kesterson is a native of Indianapolis. Currently, she ministers in the archives department for the Archdiocese of Indianapolis, as well as a volunteer at Anna’s House, Indianapolis, and a religious education teacher at Holy Spirit Parish, Geist, Indiana.

Sister James Michael entered the Congregation on Feb. 2, 1948, from St. Roch, Indianapolis. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education, and earned a master’s degree in education from Indiana State University.

Her ministries include:

  • Hammond, Indiana: Teacher, St. Joseph (1950-52),
  • Malden, Massachusetts: Teacher, Sacred Heart (1952-54),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, St. Andrew (1954-55),
  • Galesburg, Illinois: Teacher, St. Joseph (1955-57),
  • Evanston, Illinois: Teacher, St. Athanasius (1957-58),
  • Downers Grove, Illinois: Teacher, St. Joseph (1958-61),
  • Terre Haute: Teacher, St. Ann (1961-1965),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, St. Andrew (1965-68),
  • Greenwood, Indiana: Teacher/Principal, Our Lady of the Greenwood (1968-78), and
  • Indianapolis: Principal, St. Jude (1978-2010).

Sister Regina Ann Lynch

Sister Regina Ann Lynch is a native of Indianapolis. Currently, she ministers as a volunteer in health care at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Regina Ann entered the Congregation on Feb. 2, 1948, from St. Anthony, Indianapolis. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education, and also earned a master’s degree in education from Indiana State University.

Her ministries include:

  • Chicago: Teacher, Our Lady of Mercy (1950-55),
  • Greenwood, Indiana: Teacher, Our Lady of the Greenwood (1955-58),
  • Terre Haute, Indiana: Teacher, St. Patrick (1958-60),
  • Burlington, North Carolina: Teacher, Blessed Sacrament (1960-64),
  • Fayetteville, North Carolina: Teacher, St. Patrick (1964-66),
  • Sellersburg, Indiana: Teacher, St. Paul (1966-67),
  • Vincennes, Indiana: Teacher, St. John (1967-76),
  • Vincennes: Principal/Teacher, Flaget Elementary School (1976-79),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, All Saints School (1979-1996),
  • Beech Grove, Indiana: Nurse’s Assistant, St. Paul Hermitage (1996-2001),
  • Beech Grove: Volunteer, St. Paul Hermitage (2001-02), and
  • Indianapolis: Volunteer, Sacristan and Catechist, St. Anthony Parish (2002-06).

Sister Regina McNulty

Sister Regis McNulty is a native of Chelsea, Massachusetts. Currently, she ministers in prayer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Regis entered the Congregation on Feb. 11, 1948, from St. Rose, Chelsea. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She also earned a master’s degree in educational psychology from Boston University and another master’s degree in counseling psychology from Antioch University.

Her ministries include:

  • Chicago: Teacher, St. David (1950-52),
  • Evanston, Illinois: Teacher, St. Athanasius (1952-53),
  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Andrew (1953-54),
  • Terre Haute, Indiana: Teacher, St. Ann (1954-55),
  • Malden, Massachusetts: Teacher, Sacred Heart (1955-58),
  • Chicago: Teacher, Our Lady of Mercy (1958-59),
  • Malden: Teacher, Sacred Heart (1959-62),
  • Lockport, Illinois: Teacher, St. Dennis (1962-63),
  • Stoneham, Massachusetts: Teacher, St. Patrick (1963-65),
  • Fayetteville, North Carolina: Teacher/Principal, St. Patrick (1965-1972),
  • Charlotte, North Carolina: Teacher, Charlotte Catholic High School (1972-73),
  • Asheville, North Carolina: Principal, St. Joan of Arc (1973-74),
  • Portsmouth, New Hampshire: Teacher, Lady Isle (1974-78),
  • Keene, New Hampshire: Counselor (1981-82),
  • Dublin, New Hampshire: Assistant Director of Therapy/Clinical Supervisor and Manager, Senior Therapist, Beech Hill Hospital (1982-1996),
  • Dublin: Senior Therapist/Consultant in Behavioral Health, Beech Hill Hospital (1996-2002),
  • Keene: Adjunct Faculty, Antioch New England Grade School (1996-2002),
  • Marlborough, New Hampshire: Therapist and Consultant in Behavioral Health and Addiction (2007-12), and
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Addictions Consultant and Volunteer, Providence Health Care (2013-14).

Sister Grace Marie Meehan

Sister Grace Marie Meehan is a native of Chicago. Currently, she ministers as a volunteer at Alexian Brothers Hospital, Elk Grove, Illinois.

Sister Grace Marie entered the Congregation on Jan. 7, 1948, from St. Andrew, Chicago. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She earned a master’s degree in education from Indiana State University and an associate of science degree in nursing from Illinois Eastern Community College.

Her ministries include:

  • Indianapolis: Teacher, St. Agnes (1950-51),
  • Tulsa, Oklahoma: Teacher, Immaculata Conception (1951-53),
  • Aurora, Illinois: Teacher, St. Mary (1953-55),
  • Hawthorne, California: Teacher, St. Joseph (1955-59),
  • Greenwood, Indiana: Teacher/Principal, Our Lady of the Greenwood (1959-1968),
  • Richmond, Indiana: Teacher, St. Mary (1968-69),
  • Greenfield, Indiana: Teacher/Principal, St. Michael (1969-72),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Corporate Renewal Team, Sisters of Providence (1972-76),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Assistant Administrator, Providence Infirmary (1976),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Administrator of the Infirmary (1976-81),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Health Care Services, Sisters of Providence (1983-84),
  • Hyattsville, Maryland: Staff Nurse and Charge Nurse, Carroll Manor (1984-86),
  • Evanston, Illinois: Registered Nurse and Staff/Charge Nurse, St. Francis Hospital (1986-2005), and
  • Evanston/Chicago: Area Assistant, Holistic Health Care and coordinator of volunteers, St. Francis Hospital (2005-16).

Sister Joan Mary Schaefer

Sister Joan Mary Schaefer is a native of Cicero, Illinois. Currently, she ministers in residential services at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Joan Mary entered the Congregation on July 22, 1948, from Mary Queen of Heaven, Cicero. She professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1956.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education while also receiving a master’s degree in education from Ball State University.

Her ministries include:

  • Stoneham, Massachusetts; Teacher, St. Patrick (1951),
  • New Castle, Indiana: Teacher, St. Ann (1951-53),
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana: Teacher, St. John the Baptist (1953-54),
  • Richmond, Indiana: Teacher, St. Mary (1954-55),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, St. John (1956-59),
  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Genevieve (1959-60),
  • Lafayette, Indiana: Teacher, St. Mary (1960-65),
  • Hammond, Indiana: Teacher/Principal, All Saints (1965-66),
  • Hammond: Teacher, St. Joseph (1966-67),
  • Linton, Indiana: Teacher, St. Peter (1967-68),
  • Chicago: Teacher, Our Lady of Sorrows (1968-69),
  • Louis: Principal, Our Lady of Providence (1969-75),
  • Chicago: Principal, Immaculate Conception (1975-1989),
  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Francis Borgia School (1990-92),
  • Chicago: Teacher, Providence-St. Mel School (1992-98),
  • Chicago: Substitute Teacher (1998-2008),
  • Chicago: Substitute Teacher/Home School Teacher (2008-2015),
  • River Grove, Illinois: Substitute Teacher/Convent Service, Providence St. Mel and Guerin College Preparatory High School (2015-16), and
  • River Grove: Substitute Teacher/Convent Service, Guerin College Preparatory High School and Mother Theodore Convent (2016-17).

Sister Rita Ann Wade

Sister Rita Ann Wade is a native of Indianapolis. Currently, she ministers as the Co-Director of Miracle Place, Indianapolis.

Sister Rita Ann, formerly Sister Rose Annette, entered the Congregation on Jan. 7, 1948, from St. Joan of Arc, Indianapolis. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1955.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She also earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Indiana University.

Her ministries include:

  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Angela (1950-55),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, Nativity (1955-57),
  • Lockport, Illinois: Teacher, Sacred Heart (1957-62),
  • Washington, D.C.: Teacher, St. Ann (1962-64),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, Holy Cross (1964-66),
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana: Teacher/Principal, Cathedral Grade School (1966-69),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, Holy Cross (1969-71),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, St. Luke (1971-76),
  • Louisville: CPE, University of Louisville Hospital (1976-77), and
  • Indianapolis: Chaplain/Pastoral Care Department, St. Vincent Hospital (1977-99).

75-year Jubilarians

Sister Adrian Marie Conrad

Sister Adrian Marie Conrad is a native of Bicknell, Indiana. Currently, she ministers in residential services in Los Angeles.

Sister Adrian Marie entered the Congregation on July 22, 1943, from St. Francis Xavier, Vincennes, Indiana. She professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1951.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education while earning a master’s degree in education from Indiana State University.

Her ministries include:

  • Richmond, Indiana: Teacher, St. Mary (1946-50),
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana: Teacher, St. John the Baptist (1951-53),
  • Downers Grove, Illinois: Teacher/Principal, St. Joseph (1953-63),
  • Vincennes: Teacher, St. Francis Xavier (1963-65),
  • Indianapolis: Superior/Principal, St. Jude (1965-68),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, Chartrand High School (1968-70),
  • Vincennes: Teacher, Vincennes Rivet High School (1970-71),
  • Indianapolis: Campus Director, Ladywood-St. Agnes (1971-72),
  • Terre Haute, Indiana: Teacher, Sacred Heart (1972-76),
  • Indianapolis: Administrative Secretary, Cathedral High School (1976-78),
  • Orange, California: Director of Maintenance, Marywood (1978-79),
  • Henderson, Nevada: Director, Regina Hall Home for Juvenile Girls, Nevada Catholic Welfare Bureau (1979-83),
  • Las Vegas: Pastoral Associate, Guardian Angel Catholic (1983-87),
  • Sacramento, California: Executive Secretary, Grace Day Home (1987-89),
  • Sacramento: Editorial Assistant, Catholic Herald (1989-92),
  • Bakersfield, California: Volunteer, San Clemente Mission (1992-97), and
  • Santa Monica, California: Outreach Ministry, Providence St. John Health Center (1998-2015).

Sister Michaela Galvin

Sister Michaela Galvin is a native of Melrose, Massachusetts. Currently, she ministers in prayer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Sister Michaela entered the Congregation on July 16, 1943, from Sacred Hearts, Malden, Massachusetts. She professed final vows on Jan. 23, 1951.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in English while also earning a master’s degree in English from the University of Notre Dame.

Her ministries include:

  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Mel-Holy Ghost (1946),
  • Chicago: Teacher, Maternity BVM (1946-50),
  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Leo (1951-54),
  • Chelsea, Massachusetts: Teacher, St. Rose (1954-57),
  • Robstown, Texas: Teacher, St. John (1957-58),
  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Andrew (1958-62),
  • Washington, Indiana: Teacher, Washington Catholic High School (1962-68),
  • Malden, Massachusetts: Classes Principal, Cheverus High School (1968-70),
  • Malden: Teacher, Cheverus (1970-72),
  • Washington, D.C.: Teacher, Immaculata (1977-80),
  • Washington, D.C.: Provincial Council Director of Christian Development/Teacher, St. Raphael Province/Immaculata (1980-82),
  • Washington, D.C.: Teacher, Immaculata Preparatory (1982-84),
  • Washington, D.C.: Principal, Immaculata Preparatory (1984-86),
  • Malden, Massachusetts: Assistant Principal/Teacher, Cheverus (1986-88),
  • River Grove, Illinois: Campus Director, Mother Theodore Guerin High School (1988-91),
  • River Grove: Substitute Teacher/Facilities Manager, Mother Theodore Guerin High School (1991-98),
  • Chicago: Substitute Teacher (1998-2000),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Residential Services (2000-10), and
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Volunteer, Providence Health Care (2010-11).

Sister Louise Schroeder

Sister Louise Schroeder, formerly Sister Edward Louise, is a native of Jasper, Indiana. Currently, she ministers in prayer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Sister Louise entered the Congregation on Jan. 5, 1943, from St. Joseph, Jasper. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1950.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education while earning a master’s degree in education from Indiana State University.

Her ministries include:

  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Andrew (1945-48),
  • Galesburg, Illinois: Teacher, St. Joseph (1948-50),
  • Alhambra, California: Teacher, St. Therese (1950-51),
  • Hawthorne, California: Teacher, St. Joseph (1951-54),
  • Evansville, Indiana: Teacher, Sacred Heart (1954-56),
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana: Teacher, St. John the Baptist (1956-69),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, St. Joan of Arc (1959-62),
  • Chicago: Teacher, Maternity BVM (1962-65),
  • Jasper, Indiana: Teacher, St. Joseph (1965-69),
  • Jasper: Teacher, Holy Family (1969-71),
  • Jasper: Teacher, Precious Blood (1971-75),
  • Whiting, Indiana: Teacher, St. John the Baptist (1975-86),
  • Van Nuys, California: Teacher, St. Elisabeth (1986-88),
  • Chicago: Teacher, Immaculate Conception (1988-91),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Transportation, Phone Room and Mail Service (1991-96),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Residential Service (1996-97),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Treasurer for Lourdes and Karcher Halls (1997-2003), and
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Treasurer for sisters in Lourdes Hall (2003-2015).

85-year Jubilarian

Sister Marceline Mattingly

Sister Marceline Mattingly is a native of Henderson, Kentucky. Currently, she ministers as a volunteer at Providence Health Care, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana.

Sister Marceline entered the Congregation on Feb. 10, 1933, from Cathedral, Indianapolis. She professed final vows on Aug. 15, 1941.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in English. She earned a master’s degree in Biology from the University of Notre Dame.

Her ministries include:

  • Wilmette, Illinois: Teacher, St. Francis Xavier (1935-38),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, St. Anthony (1938-40),
  • Richmond, Indiana: Teacher, St. Mary (1940-41),
  • Fort Wayne, Indiana: Teacher, St. Jude (1941-42),
  • Indianapolis: Teacher, St. Philip Neri (1942-46),
  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Genevieve (1946-48),
  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Andrew (1948-49),
  • Chicago: Teacher, St. Leo (1949-53),
  • Fort Wayne: Teacher, Central Catholic High School (1953-55),
  • Chicago: Teacher, Providence High School (1955-56),
  • Fort Wayne: Teacher, Central Catholic High School (1956-60),
  • Washington, D.C.: Teacher, Immaculata (1960-66),
  • Washington, D.C.: Teacher, Cathedral Latin School (1962-66),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana: Instructor in Life Sciences, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1966-68),
  • Clarksville, Indiana: Teacher, Our Lady of Providence (1968-70),
  • Washington, D.C.: Teacher, Immaculata (1970-82),
  • New Albany, Indiana: Pastoral Associate, St. Mary Parish (1983-89),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Assistant Activity Director Retirement Community (1989-91),
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Instructor/Learning Resource Center, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1991-93), and
  • Saint Mary-of-the-Woods: Instructor/Learning Resource Center, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1994-2001).

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