Jubilarians 2021—60 years

60 Years of Religious Life

The following Sisters will mark their 60th jubilee in 2021. A private Mass in their honor is tentatively set for Sept. 12 and will follow COVID-19 guidelines. Our Sisters who marked their diamond jubilee in 2020 will also be celebrating this day.

Sister Catherine (Anne Mary) Cox, OPSister Catherine (Anne Mary) Cox, OP, has ministered in Illinois, Wisconsin, and Nebraska. Sr. Catherine’s ministry has been dedicated to teaching. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Thomas More, Chicago, 1963-1968, where she also organized and ran the Learning Center, 1972-1976; St. Luke, River Forest, 1976-1986; and St. Barnabas, Chicago, 1991-1993. Sr. Catherine served as principal at St. Zachary, Des Plaines, 1986-1990, and St. Hugh, Lyons, 1990-1991, as well as adjunct teacher at Dominican University, River Forest, 1991-1992. In the Archdiocese of Omaha, she taught at St. Cecilia, Omaha, 1968-1970. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Sr. Catherine taught at St. Clement, Sheboygan, 1970-1972. In the Diocese of Joliet, she served the Joliet Diocese Catholic Schools Office, Joliet, as assistant superintendent of teacher personnel, 1993-1997. Sr. Catherine taught at St. Isaac Jogues, Hinsdale, 1997-2009. She is retired and living in Madison, WI. Her home parish is St. Mary, Galena, in the Rockford Diocese. She is the daughter of the late Everett “Dale” and Anne (Joyce) Cox.  Click here to send an honor online. 

Sister Beverly (Marie Judine) DiStefano, OPSister Beverly (Marie Judine) DiStefano, OP, has ministered in Nebraska, Missouri, Wisconsin, Alabama, and Florida, as well as Bolivia. Sr. Bev's ministry has been dedicated to teaching and working with migrant families. She is living in community in Jacksonville, FL. Her home parish is St. Brendan, Chicago, in the Chicago Archdiocese. Sr. Bev was educated by Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters there and at Visitation High School before entering the congregation. She is the daughter of the late Frank and Anna Mae (Hunt) DiStefano.  Click here to send an honor online. 

Sister Diane (Marie Jude) Faust, OP Sister Diane (Marie Jude) Faust, OP, has ministered in Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Montana. Sr. Diane's ministry has been dedicated to church ministry. In the Green Bay Diocese, she served in pastoral ministry at St. Peter Parish, now Most Blessed Sacrament Parish, Oshkosh, 1982-2011. Sr. Diane is retired and living in Oshkosh, WI. Her home parish is St. Peter, Oshkosh, in the Green Bay Diocese. She is the daughter of Rita (Taggart) Faust and the late John Faust.  Click here to send an honor online.

 

Sister Laura (Bernal) Goedken, OPSister Laura (Bernal) Goedken, OP, has ministered in Minnesota, California, Wisconsin, Iowa, Wyoming, and Illinois. Sr. Laura's ministry has been dedicated to teaching, educational administration, and development. In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, she taught at Regina, Minneapolis, 1963-1969, and Bethlehem Academy, Faribault, 1969-1976. In the Diocese of Madison, Sr. Laura ministered as assistant principal at Edgewood High School, Madison, 1978-1986. She served the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa congregation as director of development and communication at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, 1986-1998. In the Diocese of Davenport, Sr. Laura ministered as director of evangelization and stewardship for Iowa City parishes, 2004-2008. She served as director of development for the Diocese of Davenport, 2008-2016. Sr. Laura is living in community at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Her home parish is Sacred Heart, Monticello, in the Dubuque Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Cletus and Edith (Miller) Goedken.  Click here to send an honor online. 

Sister Marie Malachy Griffin, OPSister Marie Malachy Griffin, OP, has ministered in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, and Texas. Her ministry has been dedicated to education and campus ministry. She is living in community at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, WI. Her home parish is St. Catherine of Siena, Oak Park in the Chicago Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late James and Grace (Cusack) Griffin. Click here to send an honor online. 

 

Sister Marie Joanna Hoffman, OPSister Marie Joanna Hoffman, OP, has ministered in Iowa, Illinois, the District of Columbia, and Wisconsin. Her ministry has been dedicated to primary teaching, religious education, and chaplaincy. She is living in community at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Sr. Marie Joanna’s home parish is St. John the Baptist, Marshfield, in the La Crosse Diocese. She is the daughter of the late Chester and Anna (Bauman) Hoffmann. Click here to send an honor online. 

 

Sister Mary (Mary Goretti) Hopkins, OPSister Mary (Mary Goretti) Hopkins, OP, has also ministered in Wisconsin, Montana, and Colorado. Sr. Mary’s ministry has been dedicated to teaching and being a counselor, spiritual director, and retreat preacher. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Basil, Chicago, 1962-1963, and Immaculate Conception, Chicago, 1963-1967. Sr. Mary served as a pastoral associate at St. Vincent Ferrer Parish, River Forest, 1980-1988, and was a counselor and spiritual director at St. William Parish, Chicago, 1988-1991. In the Diocese of Helena, she taught at St. Peter, Anaconda, 1967-1969, and ministered as the coordinator of a city-wide religious education program in Helena, 1969-1970. Sr. Mary served as pastoral associate at Cathedral of St. Helena Parish, Helena, 1971-1974, and as diocesan director of religious education for the Diocese of Helena, 1974-1979. She has ministered as a third- and fourth-age consultant and retreat preacher for congregations of religious women and men as well as dioceses since 2001. Her home parishes are St. John Cathedral, Milwaukee, and St. Rose of Lima, Milwaukee, in the Milwaukee Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late John and Mary (McCormick) Hopkins. Click here to send an honor online. 

Sister Karen (John Ribera) Krall, OPSister Karen (John Ribera) Krall, OP, has ministered in Wisconsin, New Jersey, Illinois, and Oklahoma. Sr. Karen’s ministry has been dedicated to teaching, school administration, and financial administration of religious congregations. She taught in the following schools: St. Anne, Wausau, WI, 1963-1964; St. James, Ventnor, NJ, 1964-1966; St. Robert, Shorewood, WI, 1966-1968; St. Thomas More, Chicago, 1968-1970; Rosary, Oklahoma City, OK, 1970-1972; and St. Louis de Montfort, Oak Lawn, IL, 1972-1978. Sr. Karen completed her master’s degree in administration of elementary schools from Loras College, Dubuque, IA, in 1978 and then served as principal at St. Rose, Milwaukee, 1978-1982; Corpus Christi, Oklahoma City, OK, 1982-1987; and St. Alphonsus/St. Patrick, Lemont, IL, 1987-1990. She earned her certificate from Theological Institute at St. Norbert College, De Pere, WI, in 1992 and her master’s in finance and accounting at Rosary College (now Dominican University), River Forest, IL, in 1993. Sr. Karen then worked in the General Finance Office for the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, and was appointed treasurer of the Congregation, 1994-2001, and served on the congregation Investment Advisory Committee for 26 years. She ministered with the Sisters of St. Francis, Joliet, IL, beginning in 2003 and transitioned to the position of finance director until her retirement in 2019. Sr. Karen is living in community at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, and enjoys reading, praying, and following the stock market. Her home parish is Epiphany, Chicago, in the Chicago Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Edward and Anne (Oswald) Krall. Click here to send an honor online. 

Sister Mary (Paulos) Kremer, OPSister Mary (Paulos) Kremer, OP, has ministered in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Nebraska, as well as Bolivia. Sr. Mary's ministry has been dedicated to teaching and educational administration. She is living in community in Chicago. Her home parish is St. Mary (now Holy Family), Fond du Lac, in the Milwaukee Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Paul and Margaret (Guenther) Kremer. Click here to send an honor online. 

 

Sister Denise Landers, OPSister Denise Landers, OP, has ministered in Illinois, Wisconsin, New Jersey, Iowa, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Texas. Her ministry has been dedicated to teaching English to adults. Sr. Denise taught in elementary and junior high schools, including St. James, Ventnor, NJ, 1963-1966; SS. Peter and Paul, Wheat Ridge, CO, 1966-1968; Queen of Peace, Madison, WI, 1968-1970; and St. Barnabas, Chicago, 1970-1974. She served in religious education for the three parishes of Holy Family and St. Joseph (now merged as Epiphany Parish), Mason City, IA, and St. Patrick Parish, Clear Lake, IA, as associate director, 1974-1977, and as director, 1977-1980; and as director of the Office of Religious Education for the Oklahoma City Archdiocese, Oklahoma City, 1980-1985. Sr. Denise was pastoral minister at St. Mark the Evangelist, Silsbee, and St. Francis of Assisi Mission (now closed), Buna, 1985-1986, and at Sacred Heart Parish, Nacogdoches, TX, 1986-1990. She then served at the Mexican American Cultural Center (now Mexican American Catholic College), San Antonio, TX, as the director of the Spanish and English language programs, 1991-1996, and as the founder and lead teacher of the Intensive Pastoral English program, 1997-2009. She taught English at Presentation Ministry Center, San Antonio, 2010-2017. Since retiring to the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, in 2017, Sr. Denise has taught English to Vietnamese Dominican Sisters and others. Her home parish is Visitation, Chicago, in the Chicago Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Laurence and Rosemary (Dennis) Landers. Click here to send an honor online.  

Sister Joan (Ternan) McCann, OPSister Joan McCann, OP, has ministered in the District of Columbia, Illinois, Wisconsin, Maryland, and Georgia. Her religious name was Sr. Ternan. Sr. Joan's ministry has been dedicated to education. She is living in community in Chicago. Her home parish is St. Brendan, Chicago, in the Chicago Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Robert and Cecilia (Rowley) McCann. Click here to send an honor online. 

 

Sister Elizabeth (Marie Caelan) Meegan, OPSister Elizabeth (Marie Caelan) Meegan, OP, has ministered in Wisconsin, New York, Nebraska, Illinois, Arizona, Pennsylvania, Oregon, and Florida. Sr. Beth's ministry has been dedicated to education. In the Diocese of Madison, she taught at Sacred Heart, Reedsburg, 1962-1966, and was principal at Edgewood Campus School, Madison, 1981-1984. In the Archdiocese of Omaha, Sr. Beth taught and was assistant principal at Sacred Heart, Omaha, 1968-1973. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she ministered as principal at St. Richard, Chicago, 1974-1981. Sr. Beth is living in community in Chicago. Her home parish is Little Flower, Chicago, in the Chicago Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Frank and Mary (McAuliffe) Meegan.  Click here to send an honor online. 

Sister Ann Marie (Mary Carita) Palmisano, OPSister Ann Marie (Mary Carita) Palmisano, OP, has ministered in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota. Sr. Ann Marie's ministry has been dedicated to teaching and educational administration. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Queen of Peace High School, Burbank, 1963-1967, and St. Thomas the Apostle High School, Chicago, 1967-1971. In the Diocese of Madison, Sr. Ann Marie served at Edgewood High School, Madison, as assistant principal, 1971-1978, and as a teacher, 1979-1983. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, she ministered as principal and president at Dominican High School, Whitefish Bay, 1985-1989, and as executive director at the Adult Learning Center, Milwaukee, 1992-2008. Sr. Ann Marie is living in community in Milwaukee. Her home parish is St. Robert, Shorewood, in the Milwaukee Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Michael and Angie (Gagliano) Palmisano. Click here to send an honor online. 

Sister Virginia (Agneta) Pfluger, OP Sister Virginia (Marie Florence) Pfluger, OP, has ministered in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, and California. Sr. Virginia's ministry has been dedicated to social services and administration. She is living in community in Madison, WI. Her home parish is St. Patrick, Rockford, in the Rockford Diocese. She is the daughter of the late Eugene and Cecilia (Vollmer) Pfluger. Click here to send an honor online. 

 

Sister Margery (Geraud) Race, OPSister Margery (Geraud) Race, OP, has ministered in Illinois, Wisconsin, Wyoming, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Texas, Montana, New Mexico, Florida, and Iowa. Sr. Margery's ministry has been dedicated to religious education; Hispanic, African American, and faith communities; high school youth; music; and pastoral ministry. In the Archdiocese of Omaha, she taught at St. Michael, South Sioux City, 1970-1971. In the Diocese of Austin, Sr. Margery served as coordinator of high school religious education, youth minister, music and liturgy minister, and home visitor at Dolores Parish, Austin, 1976-1983. She has ministered as a member of the Dominican Missionary Preaching Team, Austin, since 2005. Her home parish is St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, in the Omaha Archdiocese. She attended St. Cecilia Parish religious education program, Omaha, 1947-1955, and St. Cecilia Cathedral High School, Omaha, 1956-1959. Sr. Margery is the daughter of the late Robert and Bernice (Jacoby) Race. Click here to send an honor online. 

Sister Penny (Marie Albert) Smith, OPSister Penny (Marie Albert) Smith, OP, has ministered in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Alabama. Sr. Penny's ministry has been dedicated to education. In the Archdiocese of Mobile, she was the associate director of religious education for the archdiocese, 1978-2019. Sr. Penny is living in community at St. Elizabeth Manor near Janesville, WI. Her home parish is St. Catherine of Siena, Oak Park, in the Chicago Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Alfred and Margaret (McCoy) Smith.  Click here to send an honor online. 

Sister Elaine Ann (Bartholomew) Taylor, OPSister Elaine Ann (Bartholomew) Taylor, OP, has ministered in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Wyoming, and Florida. Sr. Elaine's ministry has been dedicated to teaching the arts. She is living in community at St. Elizabeth Manor near Janesville, WI. Her home parish is Ascension, Oak Park, in the Chicago Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Walter and Lucille (Lynch) Taylor. Click here to send an honor online. 

 

Sister Kathleen (Fernanda) Theis, OPSister Kathleen (Fernanda) Theis, OP, has ministered in Illinois, Wisconsin, the District of Columbia, Nebraska, and Minnesota. Sr. Kathleen's ministry has been dedicated to teaching and administration. She has been ministering as treasurer of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa since 2004. Sr. Kathleen’s home parish is Holy Redeemer, Madison, in the Madison Diocese. She is the daughter of the late Ferdinand and Mary (Foss) Theis. Click here to send an honor online. 

 

Sister LouAnne (Cyrillo) Willette, OPSister LouAnne (Cyrillo) Willette, OP, has ministered in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, Nebraska, Texas, and Florida, as well as Bolivia. Her religious name was Sr. Cyrillo. Sr. LouAnne's ministry has been dedicated to pastoral ministry. In the Diocese of Austin, she served in youth ministry at St. Helen Parish, Georgetown, 1978-1980, and has volunteered in pastoral work at Dolores Parish, Austin, since 2013. In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Sr. LouAnne ministered as an English as a second language (ESL) teacher and program director at Holy Rosary Parish and Centro Guadalupano, Minneapolis, 2003-2013. Her home parish is St. Albert the Great, Minneapolis, in the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Cyril and M. Virginia (Baker) Willette. Click here to send an honor online. 

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