Initial profession of Sisters Teresa Rebeiro and Ribha Mynsong

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Sisters Teresa Rebeiro and Ribha Mynsong have made their initial profession of vows as Sisters of the Holy Cross. Watch the slide show and read a reflection given at this special event.


 
Reflection after the Word
By Sister Marilyn Zugish, CSC 
Today we gather to witness the first profession of Ribha and Luxmi (Teresa). Headlines this week included: “Hundreds evicted from a Greek Refugee Camp”; “Teen cancer death rate causes alarm”; “Philippines prepare to summon 47 companies to account for climate change”; and there was news about Egypt Air losing a plane and Brazil enduring a coup. And, yet, Ribha and Luxmi are ready to commit themselves to Jesus’ way of relating to persons, possessions and power as they vow poverty, chastity and obedience. 

What kind of world and Church will we be living in these next years? For some of us just a few years, for others quite a few. What will be needed to work toward the transformation of Church and society? Certainly, fundamental knowledge of Scripture, liturgy and theology – but also skills for change, for nonviolence and for compassionate listening. As sisters of the Holy Cross we live our vows in community and seek to grow together in response to God’s continued calling of each of us and of the Congregation. As we ponder the headlines and listen to scripture, we will, together, find a way.

We have in today’s readings some hints about how to live our vowed life in an apostolic community. Today we have heard:
Be Observant: The crowd was pressing on Jesus and he saw two boats that could be useful. Be observant of the reality that surrounds us. See the potential in what is already given to us.
Be Bold and Ask for Help: Jesus was pretty bold – getting into a boat and then asking for help. And Peter asked for help when the catch was so large.
Be Astonished: Simon Peter was astonished that the catch was so huge. Be astonished at the beauty that surrounds us and the abundance that our God provides.
Be Persistent: Samuel and Eli showed persistence as they tried to figure out who was calling and what response was needed. Be persistent – don’t expect immediate results and know that the daily journey may have its twists and turns but the road leads to God’s reign.
And St. Paul urges us to be one with the people and live peaceably, extending hospitality, holding fast to what is good.
And, above all – Be Genuine – that means be ourselves.
 
Be our Observant, Bold, Astonished, Persistent and Genuine selves.

Jubilee reflection

Monday, July 25, 2016

Sister Diane Cundiff, CSC, who celebrates 50 years of religious life, gave the following reflection during the Jubilee liturgy on July 17 in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary's.


Those of you who lived during the ’60s will know who the Jesuit, Father Daniel Berrigan was: an anti-war activist and poet. He died almost three months ago, but his spirit lives on in each of us who made our first vows during the years he was persecuted by the government and even by the Catholic Church hierarchy.

On his 80th birthday he said, “The day after I’m embalmed, that’s when I’ll give it up.” And he continued his activism for another 15 years. One of the teachings that was always relevant for me was his definition of solidarity. He said it was the, “power of showing up for people, for struggle and for communities.” Well, that is what we learn from the words of God in today’s liturgy.


God appeared to Abraham at a very inconvenient time. It was hot and he was resting, waiting for lunch. But when the three visitors showed up, he was able to put aside his own agenda and organize everyone around the requirements of hospitality. His visitors then left a really strange thank you gift from God; the promise of a baby.


How many of us would be open to restart our lives around a new project? How would you feel if God came to your front door today? Remember, you have all your plans made for this month and year. But we are reminded that when God visits, our priorities are laid bare. So, do we long for God to come for a visit knowing that He will reveal a new plan for our lives for the next 15 or 40 years? Actually, the text says that Abraham ran out to invite the three men in. So, are we waiting for a knock on the door, or are we running out to greet the people who need to come into our tents?


Sarah also had to choose between her logical unbelief and God’s promise to work the impossible through her. God did not act reasonably any more than He did after the Resurrection. In spite of the fear, betrayal and doubts, He put the future of the whole People of God in our hands. This is just as impossible a task as Sarah having a baby. She had to choose to start over. Are we too old to start over? What if this is what is needed for Holy Cross to fulfill the promise of God! Father Moreau often said, “Holy Cross is not the work of human hands, but of God.” Do we have the zeal and trust to allow God to work through us, whatever the challenge?


Daniel Berrigan was and has been our model for being Church. He modeled a Church of justice not of dogma. He modeled an active citizenship not a person blindly trusting that politicians, the police, legislators and enforcers of laws were keeping us safe. Sarah and Abraham were not after safety.
St. Paul’s letter to the Colossians testified that he also had an experience of God interfering with his agenda, that of being a model disciple of Judaism. After his conversion and years of visiting Christian communities, he understood his totally transformed mission. He had discovered that Jesus’ message did not depend on his zeal or even on that of all the new Christians. God was commissioning everyone, Gentiles and Jews, to complete the promise of God. Everyone was invited to choose to continue to suffer the birth pangs of the new — Jerusalem outside Jerusalem.


Christ was the head of this mystical body of ministers and He depended on everyone supplying what He had not yet been able to do. That is the mystery that was revealed to Paul and that is what he is revealing to each of us and to our Congregation today. It is Christ in us who is the hope for glory, if we invite Him into our tent — and not just Him, but everyone who needs our hospitality and loving service. Paul is telling us that we have to have endurance — as Daniel Berrigan had all his life — recognizing that any success and merit belongs to God, who through His grace brings about another resurrection.


Then in the Gospel we are challenged again to let go of our personal agendas by Mary’s and Martha’s style of hospitality when Jesus came for a visit. Both of them were doing something necessary to welcome not just Jesus, but his whole band of friends. Martha was not doing the wrong thing. She was doing it with the wrong attitude.


We are not all called to do the same thing for the kingdom, but whatever it is we are called to do has to be done with a generous heart. If we are going to complain about all the extra work, we destroy the atmosphere of hospitality — which is to make a place that is homelike for all who come into our lives as visitors, whether they are friends, strangers, our sisters in community, or those with very specific and often inconvenient needs. So, even if like Sarah and Paul we do the right thing, we must be concerned with doing it with the right motivation. We must be aware of how what others are doing is completing what we are not doing to be generous and hospitable. Martha is angry at Mary and also really mad at Jesus because he does not do what she asks, when she asks. What she is missing in her hospitality is joy. If we cannot perform a ministry of sharing that models joy and hope, then we are not about the ministry of a resurrection people. Martha was really busy and everyone probably liked the food she prepared. But if she was sighing and scowling the whole time, they probably would have preferred going somewhere else.


This story is really about Martha because she is the one dialoguing with Jesus. She sees no problem with her attitude, but only with that of her sister, who she blames for her bad mood. Her priority was different from her sister’s because they had different responsibilities. One biblical scholar wrote: “The difference between Mary and Martha is not that one served and the other didn’t, but that one served out of joy and love (washing feet), the other out of a compulsive need to serve, for her own benefit.” That is what can happen in a family if each one does not see the other as contributing to the community’s global mission. Our mission is to give physical as well as emotional sustenance to each other and to those we encounter. We just cannot let our jobs get in the way of being agents of joy and hope. We are more than our jobs or service, because in the end, what is perennial is God’s work.


Moreau understood this when he retired and entrusted Holy Cross to those who rejected his leadership. He knew that the charism of Holy Cross was in the hands of Divine Providence.


This also is the lesson we can learn from Daniel Berrigan. He was faithful for 95 years, even though there is still war, poverty and injustice. He had the courage to persevere, the vision to see evolving needs that require hospitality, and to believe that like Abraham, Sarah, Paul and Moreau, we will not stop letting God redesign our agendas.


The Scripture passages referenced in this reflection are Genesis 18:1–5, Colossians 1:24–28 and Luke 10:38–42.

Congratulations Jubilarians!

Sunday, July 17, 2016


 We rejoice and give thanks for their dedicated commitment to God, the Church and the Congregation.

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Sister Patricia Mary Crane, CSC

Saturday, July 16, 2016

 
Silver Jubilee — 25 years of consecrated life

Sister Patricia Mary Crane, who currently serves in health outreach in Tamaulipas, Mexico, will be honored on July 17, 2016, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana, for her 25 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

Sister Patricia Mary has served in the field of healthcare for most of her ministry. She worked as a nurse at the St. Joseph Chapin Street Clinic in South Bend, Indiana, and at Holy Cross Clinic in Fresno, California. She went on to serve as director of the Holy Cross Clinic at Poverello, also in Fresno. Then, for 17 years she served in Peru, where she held the position of director of health services for the Diocese of Chimbote. She also served for the Congregation as director of the temporarily professed in Peru and as a consultant for the pastoral health office of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops. Sister Patricia Mary worked at Holy Cross Family Centre in Kyarusozi, Uganda before entering her current ministry.

Sister Patricia Mary was born in Rockville Centre, New York. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Russell Sage College in Troy, New York, and a master’s degree in professional studies from Columbia University, New York, New York. Sister Patricia Mary made her initial profession of vows on January 4, 1992, and her perpetual profession on July 20, 1996.

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Sister Taposi Gomes, CSC

Friday, July 15, 2016


Silver Jubilee — 25 years of consecrated life

Sister Taposi Gomes, who currently serves as councilor for the Area of Asia for the Congregation, will be honored on July 17, 2016, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana, for her 25 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

Sister Taposi was a teacher before entering the Congregation. During her ministry she taught and served as a parish animator in Dhaka, Noakhali and Moulvi Bazar, Bangladesh. She also served in health ministry with the Congregation in Moulvi Bazar, with Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Noakhali, and at the Health Education Center, Moulvi Bazar. She later worked as directress and secretary for the Bangladesh Conference of Religious Centre, Dhaka. She led marriage preparation courses and ministered as pastoral assistant for Holy Rosary Church, Dhaka.

Sister Taposi was born in Sonabazu Village, Dhaka, Bangladesh. She earned bachelor’s degrees from Lalmatia Women’s College, Dhaka, and Barisal Government Women’s College, Barisal, Bangladesh. She also earned a Master of Arts degree from Tejgaon College, Dhaka, and her Master of Nonprofit Administration degree from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, Indiana. Sister Taposi made her initial profession of vows on December 7, 1991, and her perpetual profession on October 10, 1997.

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Sister Minoti Rozario, CSC

Thursday, July 14, 2016


Silver Jubilee — 25 years of consecrated life

Sister Minoti Rozario, who currently serves as an assistant professor at Holy Cross College, in Dhaka, Bangladesh, will be honored on July 17, 2016, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana., for her 25 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

Sister Minoti was a teacher before entering the Congregation, and as her first ministry, she taught at Holy Cross Girls’ High School in Dhaka. She later worked in parish ministry as a teachers’ animator at Corpus Christi Convent, Bakshanagar, Dhaka. For four years she engaged in pastoral work and served as principal and teacher for Nirmola Education Center at Immaculate Conception Church, Moulvi Bazar, Bangladesh. She also worked for 10 years as a lecturer at Holy Cross College, Dhaka, where she additionally served as aspirant director and directress of the temporarily professed sisters.

Sister Minoti was born in Tuital Village, Dhaka, Bangladesh.She earned her associate’s degree from Holy Cross College, Dhaka; her Bachelor and Master of Arts degrees from Government B.M. College, Dhaka; and her Bachelor of Education degree from Bahadur Ahsanullah Teachers Training College, Dhaka. Sister Minoti made her initial profession of vows on December 7, 1991, and her perpetual profession on September 26, 1998.

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Sister Rita Godhino, CSC

Wednesday, July 13, 2016

 
Silver Jubilee — 25 years of consecrated life

Sister Rita Godhino, who currently serves as executive secretary for the Bangladesh Conference of Religious Centre in Dhaka, Bangladesh, will be honored on July 17, 2016, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Ind., for her 25 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

She devoted 12 years to parish ministry, serving at Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Noakhali, as well as in Tangail and Moulvi Bazar, Bangladesh. She served for four years in pastoral ministry at Saint Paul’s Church in Tangail. She also ministered as principal of Adhatya Sadhanalays, a primary school in Dhaka.

Sister Rita was born in Basania Village,Narayanganj, Bangladesh. She pursued coursework in leadership development, theology and other advanced studies. Sister Rita made her initial profession of vows on December 7, 1991, and her perpetual profession on September 3, 1999.

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Sister Sharlet Ann Wagner, CSC

Tuesday, July 12, 2016


Silver Jubilee — 25 years of consecrated life

Sister Sharlet Ann Wagner, who currently serves as first councilor of the Sisters of the Holy Cross General Leadership Team, Notre Dame, Ind., will be honored on July 17, 2016, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana, for her 25 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

She taught secondary education in Utah and worked in healthcare in Uganda during her early ministry. As an immigration attorney, Sister Sharlet Ann has served eight years of ministry in her field. She served at Central American Resource Center in Los Angeles, Calif., and at Holy Cross Ministries in Salt Lake City, Utah, where she later worked as Immigration Department director. She also served for five years as the General Leadership Team’s general secretary.

Sister Sharlet Ann was born in Omaha, Nebreska. She earned her Bachelor of Journalism degree from the University of Texas, in Austin, Texas, and her law degree from Loyola Law School, Los Angeles, California. Sister Sharlet Ann made her initial profession of vows on July 18, 1991, and her perpetual profession on July 20, 1996.

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Sister Elita Esméria de Oliveira, CSC

Monday, July 11, 2016


Silver Jubilee — 25 years of consecrated life
 
Sister Elita Esméria de Oliveira, who currently serves as candidate director in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil, will be honored on July 17, 2016, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Ind., for her 25 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

She spent several of her early years in parish ministry, serving in São Paulo, Salvador and Belo Horizonte, Brazil. She went on to serve as area formation coordinator and councilor for the Area of South America.

Sister Elita was born in Santa Cruz-Salinas Minas Gerais, Brazil, South America. She attended Colégio Santa Maria and pursued coursework at the Ecumenical Center of Evangelization, both in São Paulo. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Centro De Cultura Anglo Americana in Alagoinhas, Brazil, and her Bachelor of Science degree from Universidade De Salvador—UNIFACS, Salvador. Sister Elita made her initial profession of vows on January 1, 1991, and her perpetual profession on February 3, 1996.

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Sister Denise Marie (Hackett), CSC

Sunday, July 10, 2016


Golden Jubilee — 50 years of consecrated life

Sister Denise Marie (Hackett), who currently serves in parish ministry at St. Ignatius Martyr Church in Austin, Texas, will be honored on July 17, 2016, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana, for her 50 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

During her early ministry, she taught primary education in Virginia and Texas, including Holy Spirit School in Annandale, Virginia, and St. Louis Catholic School in Austin, Texas. Since then, she has devoted 22 years to ministering with deaf individuals and has served in various roles. She offered pastoral services to the deaf community in the Diocese of Brownsville, Texas, and served as executive director of the State Deaf Program led by the Knights of Columbus, in Austin. She also worked for 10 years as the director of deaf ministries at St. Ignatius Martyr Church, where she returned in 2010 for her current position

Sister Denise Marie was born in Batavia, New York. She received a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and earned her education specialist degree from the University of Virginia extension program in Annandale, Virginia. She also pursued studies in deaf education at Gallaudet University, in Washington, D.C. Sister Denise Marie made her initial profession of vows on August 15, 1966, and her perpetual profession on August 15, 1971.

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Sister Mary Turgi, CSC

Saturday, July 9, 2016

 
Golden Jubilee — 50 years of consecrated life

Sister Mary Turgi, who currently serves as director of the Holy Cross International Justice Office, will be honored on July 17, 2016, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana, for her 50 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

She has served more than 15 years of her ministry in education, initially teaching secondary education at St. Mary’s Academy in South Bend, Indiana, and later teaching at the Saint Mary’s Campus School at Notre Dame, Indiana. She went on to teach math at Wesleyan University in Middletown, Connecticut, and at Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, where she also taught justice education. For 12 years she worked in Campus Ministry at Saint Mary’s College, sharing her gifts as coordinator of social ministries and assistant director of the department. She then worked in community development for five years in Covington, Kentucky. She has served in her current role with the International Justice Office since 2000.

Sister Mary was born in Elkhart, Indiana. She earned her bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College and her master’s degree in women’s studies and her doctorate in mathematics from the University of Illinois, in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. She later studied at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio. Sister Mary made her initial profession of vows on August 15, 1966, and her perpetual profession on August 15, 1971.

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Patricia A. Dieringer, CSC

Friday, July 8, 2016


Golden Jubilee — 50 years of consecrated life

Sister Patricia A. Dieringer, who currently leads a pastoral reading Bible group at Caritas Chosica, Lima, Peru, will be honored on July 17, 2016, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana, for her 50 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

Sister Patricia entered the Congregation in 1963 in St. Therese Little Flower Catholic Church, South Bend, Indiana. Early in her ministry, Sister Patricia taught elementary and adult education in São Paulo, Brazil, and for a time taught elementary education in Uganda. She later shared her gifts as director of community services and social work with Hermanas de La Santa Cruz, in Chimbote, Peru. She also served for 12 years as the director of social services for the Diocese of Chimbote. For 14 years she worked as director of the Catholic Charities organization, Caritas Chosica, in Lima, Peru, which she also founded. Sister Patricia also held the position of area coordinator for South America for the Congregation for five years.

Sister Patricia was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Saint Mary’s College and two Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil. She also has a master’s degree in Christian spirituality from Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois. Sister Patricia made her initial profession of vows on August 15, 1966, and her perpetual profession on August 15, 1971.

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Sister M. Ruth Barbara (Holtshouser), CSC

Thursday, July 7, 2016


Golden Jubilee — 50 years of consecrated life

Sister M. Ruth Barbara (Holtshouser), who currently ministers at San Carlos Apache Community Parish, in San Carlos, Ariz., will be honored on July 17, 2016, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Ind., for her 50 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

She has served for 25 years in parish ministry, sharing her gifts with Saint Paul’s Parish in Seattle, Wash., and currently with San Carlos Parish. During her earlier work, she taught primary and secondary education in Nevada, California, Utah, and Idaho and served in related roles in Dacca and Jalchatra, Bangladesh. She also served as director of the Alliance of Pastors for the Diocese of Steubenville, Ohio.

Sister Ruth Barbara was born in Berkeley, Calif.  She graduated from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind., with a bachelor’s degree, and later attended Fort Wright College in Spokane, Wash. She earned her Master of Arts degree from the School of Applied Theology in Berkeley, Calif. Sister Ruth Barbara made her initial profession of vows on August 15, 1966, and her perpetual profession on August 15, 1971.

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Sister Catherine Osimo, CSC

Wednesday, July 6, 2016


Golden Jubilee — 50 years of consecrated life
 
Sister Catherine Osimo, who currently serves as director of congregational archives and records, will be honored on July 17, 2016, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana, for her 50 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

Sister Catherine has served more than 20 years of her ministry teaching secondary education in California, and as part of that work, she held the position of assistant headmaster for student life at Villanova Preparatory School, in Ojai, California. She also served as the Newman Center’s associate director of youth ministry and vocations at Weber State College, Ogden, Utah. For 18 years she shared her gifts in parish ministry, serving as a pastoral associate and as director of catechetical ministry at St. Charles Parish, in San Diego, California, and at Saint William of York Parish, in Del Mar, California.

Sister Catherine was born in Washington, D.C. She received a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and went on to earn her master’s degree from Mundelein College in Chicago, Illinois. She pursued doctoral studies in theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., and in 1986 earned her Doctorate of Ministry from San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo, California.

Sister Catherine made her initial profession of vows on August 15, 1966, and her perpetual profession on August 15, 1971.

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Sister Geraldine Hoyler, CSC

Tuesday, July 5, 2016


Golden Jubilee — 50 years of consecrated life

Sister Geraldine Hoyler, CSC, who currently ministers as a healthcare consultant with Christian Brothers Services in Romeoville, Illinois, will be honored July 17, 2016, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana, for her 50 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

She has devoted more than 25 years to ministry in health services, in the areas of finance, administration and consultation, in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio and Colorado. She held positions as assistant controller of Saint Joseph’s Hospital, South Bend, Indiana, and as vice president, executive vice president and chief financial officer of Holy Cross Health System, South Bend. She also served as Saint Mary’s College’s controller from 1973 to 1974, and for four years she devoted her gifts to her work with Mercy Housing, Inc., and Mercy Services Corporation in Denver, Colorado. There, she also held the position of senior vice-president of finance and treasury services for Catholic Health Initiatives. She also served the Congregation for 10 years as the General Leadership Team’s general treasurer.

Sister Geraldine was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois.  After entering the Congregation, she earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado. She went on to receive her licensure as a certified public accountant in South Bend. Sister Geraldine made her initial profession of vows on August 15, 1966, and her perpetual profession on August 15, 1971.
 
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Sister Mary Ellen Johnson,CSC

Monday, July 4, 2016


Golden Jubilee — 50 years of consecrated life
 
Sister Mary Ellen Johnson, who currently ministers in the Spiritual Care Department at St. John’s Regional Medical Center in Oxnard, Calif., will be honored July 17, 2016, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Ind., for her 50 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

During the early years of her religious life, Sister Mary Ellen taught primary and secondary education in Utah, California and Washington. She later served 11 years as the tribunal advocate for the Eastside Subdeanery Office in the Archdiocese of Seattle, Wash. Sister Mary Ellen has devoted 37 years of her ministry to healthcare related services, offering pastoral care in Providence Hospital, Seattle, Wash., serving as a mental health therapist in Saint Monica’s Church, Mercer Island, Wash., serving with the mental health staff of Good Samaritan Hospital, Puyallup, Wash., and sharing her gifts as parish counselor with Catholic Community Services in Tacoma, Wash.

Sister Mary Ellen was born in Glendale, Calif.  After entering the Congregation, she graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Ind. She earned a master’s degree from Seattle University, Seattle, Wash., and continued her education at the University of Washington, Seattle, Wash. Sister Mary Ellen made her initial profession of vows on August 15, 1966, and her perpetual profession on August 15, 1971.

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Sister Eileen Wrobleski, CSC

Sunday, July 3, 2016


Golden Jubilee — 50 years of consecrated life
 
Sister Eileen Wrobleski, who currently serves as vice president for mission integration at St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, Anderson, Indiana, will be honored on July 17, 2016, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana, for her 50 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

Sister Eileen has served in health-related ministries for over 40 years, applying her gifts as a social worker in Utah and Indiana, and in healthcare administration in Indiana, Oregon, Georgia, Ohio and Tennessee. Among her positions, she worked as a department manager with Saint Joseph’s Medical Center, and as vice president of mission development with Saint Joseph’s Care Group, both in South Bend, Indiana; as regional director for mission integration with Providence Health System, Portland, Oregon; and as senior vice president of mission integration with Memorial Health Care System, Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Sister Eileen was born in LaPorte, Indiana. Before entering the Congregation she was a nursing student and technician. She completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Denver, Denver, Colorado, and holds a Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois. She also completed a healthcare forum fellowship program in 1994. Sister Eileen made her initial profession of vows on August 15, 1966, and her perpetual profession on August 15, 1971.   

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Sister Diane Cundiff, CSC

Saturday, July 2, 2016


Golden Jubilee — 50 years of consecrated life

Sister Diane Cundiff, who currently serves as head of secondary education at Colégio Santa Maria in São Paulo, Brazil, will be honored on July 17, 2016, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana., for her 50 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.  Sister Diane entered the Congregation in the Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana and went on to teach history at Holy Cross School in South Bend, Indiana. She has served for 43 years at Colégio Santa Maria, where she also taught religious education and English and later served as principal. In her current position, she has shared her gifts for 33 years.
Sister Diane was born in Kansas City, Missouri. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and her master’s degree from Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana. She earned two more bachelor’s degrees from São Paulo University and from São Bernardo University, both in São Paulo, Brazil. Sister Diane made her initial profession of vows on August 15, 1966, and her perpetual profession on August 15, 1972.   
 
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Sister M. Mildred Louise (Keegan), CSC

Friday, July 1, 2016

 
Diamond Jubilee 75 years of consecrated life
 
Sister M. Mildred Louise (Keegan), CSC, who currently serves in a ministry of prayer, will be honored on July 17, 2016, during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana, for her 75 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

Sister Mildred Louise has spent 22 years of her religious life in education, serving in New York, Maryland, Uganda and Brazil, in varied roles as a teacher, secretary, catechetical trainer and principal. For several years she also worked as an accountant, serving at Saint Mary’s Juniorate, and with the Congregation’s Apostolate Abroad program, Notre Dame, Indiana. She also held the positions of secretary and diocesan coordinator for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend in Indiana. In her 10 years of hospital chaplaincy work, she served at Holy Cross Hospital in Silver Spring, Maryland, and Mount Carmel Medical Center and Mount Carmel East Hospital, both in Columbus, Ohio.

Born in Washington, D.C., Sister Mildred Louise worked as a secretary before entering the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross on July 31, 1938. While teaching in Brazil, she earned a Master of Arts degree from Pontifical Catholic University in São Paulo. She went on to receive a bachelor’s degree from Saint Mary’s College and a master’s degree from Saint Mary’s School of Theology, Notre Dame, Indiana. She also holds a master’s degree from Xavier University in Cincinnati, Ohio. She made her initial profession of vows on February 2, 1941, and her perpetual profession on August 15, 1944.

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