Jubilarians 2021—70 years

70 Years of Religious Life

The following Sisters will mark their 70th 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 Barbara (Katharina) Bartek, OPSister Barbara (Katharina) Bartek, OP, has ministered in Illinois, Colorado, the District of Columbia, Wisconsin, Iowa, and Mississippi. Sr. Barbara's ministry has been dedicated to teaching, administration, pastoral ministry, and health care. In the Diocese of Denver, she served as principal and teacher at SS. Peter and Paul Grade School, Wheat Ridge, 1961-1967, and as pastoral associate at St. Dominic Parish, Denver, 1986-1991. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Sr. Barbara served at St. John Cathedral High School, Milwaukee, as teacher 1967-1969, and as principal, 1974-1976, and at Dominican High School, Whitefish Bay, as teacher, 1976-1979, and principal, 1979-1985. She is living in community and volunteering at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Her home parish is St. Cecilia Cathedral, Omaha, in the Omaha Archdiocese. She attended St. Cecilia Grade and Cathedral High Schools, Omaha, and is the daughter of the late Julius and Bernadette (Connor) Bartek. Click here to send an honor online. 

Sister Barbara (Walthier) Bell, OPSister Barbara (Walthier) Bell, OP, has ministered in Minnesota, Indiana, South Dakota, Wisconsin, the District of Columbia, Maryland, Illinois, Montana, and Washington. Sr. Barbara's ministry has been dedicated to teaching, religious education, financial work, and pastoral administration. In the Green Bay Diocese, she ministered as director of religious education at St. Patrick Parish, Green Bay, 1976-1979; Holy Rosary Parish, Kewaunee, 1979-1985; St. Mary Margaret Parish, Neenah, 1985-1986; and Holy Innocents Parish, Manitowoc, 1986-1987. In the Diocese of La Crosse, Sr. Barbara taught at St. Anne School, Wausau, 1964-1969, and volunteered at the parish with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) program, initiated the Rite of Christian Initiation of Children program, and served as prayer leader. In the Diocese of Helena, she served as pastoral administrator at Sacred Heart Parish, Ronan, and St. Joseph Parish, Charlo, on the Flathead Indian Reservation, 1999-2004. Sr. Barbara is living in community at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Her home parish is St. Mary, Appleton, in the Green Bay Diocese. She is the daughter of the late Walter and Ruth (Demerath) Bell. Click here to send an honor online. 

Sister Patricia (Adrianne) Brannan, OPSister Patricia (Adrianne) Brannan, OP, has ministered in Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, Oklahoma, Montana, Wyoming, Iowa, and New Jersey. Sr. Patricia's ministry has been dedicated to elementary education. She is living in community at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Her home parish is St. Thomas Aquinas, Milwaukee, in the Milwaukee Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Peter and Clara (Schwartzhoff) Brannan. Click here to send an honor online. 

 

Sister Theresa Byrne, OP Sister Theresa Byrne, OP, has ministered in Ireland, New Zealand, Michigan, Florida, North Carolina, Wisconsin, and Illinois. She was a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, Province of Ireland and Great Britain, and ministered in New Zealand for 26 years, serving 12 years in Oakland and 15 years in Christchurch. Sr. Theresa transferred religious congregations in 1983 because she felt an inner call to contemplative life and to a focus on Scripture, which the Dominican Order provided. Her ministry has been dedicated to teaching and adult faith formation. In the Diocese of Madison, Sr. Theresa ministered as director of religious education at St. Dennis Parish, Madison, 1981-1982, and Blessed Sacrament Parish, Madison, 1982-1986. Based in Madison from 2004 to 2009, she led retreats in Florida, Michigan, and North Carolina. She is living in community at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Sr. Theresa’s home parish is Immaculate Conception, Dublin, Ireland. She is the daughter of the late Thomas and Anne (Walsh) Byrne. Click here to send an honor online.

Sister Mary Lois (Thomaselle) Carey, OPSister Mary Lois (Thomaselle) Carey, OP, has ministered in Illinois, Iowa, New York, Wisconsin, California, Washington, and Michigan. Sr. Mary Lois's ministry has been dedicated to education and pastoral ministry. She is living in community at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Her home parish is St. James (now Church of the Resurrection), Wausau, in the La Crosse Diocese. She is the daughter of the late Thomas and Elizabeth (Mahon) Carey. Click here to send an honor online. 

 

Sister Mary Therese (Loran) O’Malley, OPSister Mary Therese (Loran) O’Malley, OP, has ministered in Illinois, Nebraska, Connecticut, Wisconsin, New York, Rhode Island, and Indiana. Sr. Mary Therese's ministry has been dedicated to teaching. She is living in community at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Her home parish is Visitation, Chicago, in the Chicago Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Patrick and Nora (O’Malley) O’Malley. Click here to send an honor online. 

 

Sister Maria (Maria Goretti) Oppriecht, OPSister Maria (Maria Goretti) Oppriecht, OP, has ministered in South Dakota, Oklahoma, Illinois, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Sr. Maria's ministry has been dedicated to teaching and pastoral ministry. She is living in community at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Her home parish is St. Patrick, Seneca, in the La Crosse Diocese. She is the daughter of the late Herman and Mayme (McNamara) Oppreicht. Click here to send an honor online. 

 

Sister Richelle Schmitz, OPSister Richelle Schmitz, OP, has ministered in New York, Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Her ministry has been dedicated to teaching and educational administration. Sr. Richelle taught at Our Lady of Refuge, Bronx, NY, 1952-1958; Sacred Heart, Faribault, MN, 1958-1964; and St. James, Kenosha, WI, 1964-1967. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught and served as principal at St. Giles, Oak Park, 1967-1981, and as principal at St. Mary of the Woods, Chicago, 1981-2007. Sr. Richelle is living in community at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. Her home parish is St. Margaret of Scotland, Chicago, in the Chicago Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Fred and Rose (Steigerwald) Schmitz. Click here to send an honor online.  

Sister Barbara (Rosellen) Sheehy, OPSister Barbara (Rosellen) Sheehy, OP, has ministered in the District of Columbia, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Montana, Illinois, and Massachusetts. Sr. Barbara’s ministry has been dedicated to teaching and educational administration. In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, she taught at Sacred Heart, Faribault, 1957-1960, and Bethlehem Academy, Faribault, 1962-1967, where she also served as principal, 1967-1971. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sr. Barbara ministered as principal at Queen of Peace High School, Burbank, 1973-1986. In the Archdiocese of Boston, she served as assistant superintendent for the archdiocesan high schools while living in Boston, 1986-1993. Sr. Barbara is living in community in Milwaukee. Her home parish is St. Ethelreda, Chicago, in the Chicago Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Richard and Rose Marie (Fitzsimmons) Sheehy. Click here to send an honor online. 

Sister Marie (Dennita) Sullivan, OP Sister Marie (Dennita) Sullivan, OP, has ministered in New York, Illinois, Missouri, and Georgia. Sr. Marie's ministry has been dedicated to social work. In the Archdiocese of Atlanta, Sr. Marie founded and ministered as director of the Sullivan Center, Atlanta, 1992-2010. She also served as codirector of ECOPAAT, a nonprofit organization committed to informing families about health and nutrition, Earth stewardship, and urban agricultural economy in Atlanta. She is living in community at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, WI.  Sr. Marie attended Visitation Grade and High School, Chicago, in the Chicago Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Dennis and Mary (Sullivan) Sullivan. Click here to send an honor online. 

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