Jubilarians 60 Years

Celebrating 60 Years of Religious Life

 

The following 21 Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters will celebrate their 60th jubilee at a Mass in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Mound on Sunday, June 4, 2017.

Sister Joan Brichacek, OPSister Joan Brichacek, OP, has ministered in New York, South Dakota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. Her religious name was Sr. Yoland. Sr. Joan’s ministry has been dedicated to teaching and administration. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she served as the administrative assistant at Bartlett Learning Center, Bartlett, 1991–2000, and the director of field experience and student teaching at Dominican University School of Education, River Forest, 2000–2003. Sr. Joan served the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation as the finance officer and secretary for the Eastern Province, 2004–2006. She served in the ministry of care at the Church of the Holy Spirit, Schaumburg, 2006–2015. In the Diocese of Madison, Sr. Joan taught physics, math, and astronomy at Edgewood High School, Madison, 1961–1980. She ministered as the director at Dominican Education Center, Sinsinawa, 1985–1990. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Sr. Joan taught at Dominican, Whitefish Bay, 1981–1986. She is living in community at the Motherhouse. Her home parish is St. Vincent Ferrer, River Forest, in the Chicago Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Frank and Grace (Hanlon) Brichacek. Click here to send an honor online.

Sister Rosemary Empen, OPSister Rosemary Empen, OP, has ministered in Illinois, New York, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Mississippi as well as Santa Cruz, Bolivia. Her religious name was Sr. Aemilia. Sr. Rosemary’s ministry has been dedicated to teaching and Hispanic pastoral ministry. In the Archdiocese of Omaha, she served in Hispanic pastoral ministry at St. Michael Parish, South Sioux City, 1980–1986. In the Diocese of Madison, Sr. Rosemary served as the director of Guadalupe Center (now Catholic Multicultural Center), Madison, 1991–1996. She is living in community at the Motherhouse. Sr. Rosemary’s home parish is St. Mary, Polo, in the Rockford Diocese. She is the daughter of the late Bernard and Josephine (Burken) Empen. Click here to send an honor online.

Sister Carol Fox, OPSister Carol Fox, OP, has ministered in Wisconsin, Colorado, Illinois, Iowa, New York, Washington, Missouri, and the District of Columbia. Her religious name was Sr. Honorata. Sr. Carol's ministry has been dedicated to teaching. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Brendan, Chicago, 1970–1975, where she also served as principal; St. Cajetan, Chicago, 1977–1983; and Epiphany, Chicago, 1983–1984. Sr. Carol has also ministered in Wisconsin, Iowa, Colorado, New York, Missouri, and the District of Columbia. She is currently ministering as an English as a second language teacher at Oakton Community College, Chicago. Her home parish is St. Margaret Mary, Chicago, in the Chicago Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Harold and Lenore (Casey) Fox. Click here to send an honor online.

Sister Mary Liana Glynn, OPSister Mary Liana Glynn, OP, has ministered in Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and the District of Columbia as well as Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. Her ministry has been dedicated to elementary teaching, religious education, pastoral work, and diocesan administration. In the Diocese of Rockford, Sr. Mary Liana taught at St. Mary, East Dubuque, 1960–1966. In the Archdiocese of Dubuque, she taught at Sacred Heart, Rockwell, 1966–1971. Sr. Mary Liana served the archdiocese at the Religious Education Center, Mason City, 1971–1977, and as chancellor of the archdiocese, Dubuque, 1999–2006. She ministered as pastoral associate at Holy Family Parish, Mason City, 1977–1979, and parish facilitator at St. Matthew Parish, Cedar Rapids, 1994–1999. Sr. Mary Liana served as chancellor and finance officer for the Diocese of Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada, 1986–1994. In the Diocese of Madison, she taught at Queen of Peace, Madison, 1957–1960, and served the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation as administrator at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, 1979–1984, and councilor on the General Council, 2000–2006. Sr. Mary Liana is currently living in community at the Motherhouse. Her home parish is St. Matthew, Vernon Center, in the Winona Diocese. She is the daughter of the late Joseph and Lucille (Gallagher) Glynn. Click here to send an honor online.

Sister Dolores Grasse, OPSister Dolores Grasse, OP, has ministered in Nebraska, Wisconsin, Alabama, Wyoming, Oklahoma, and Iowa. Her religious name was Sr. Theodosius. Sr. Dolores' ministry has been dedicated to teaching and office work. She is currently living in community at St. Dominic Villa. Her home parish is St. Clement, Sheboygan, in the Milwaukee Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Ted and Lucile (Pangier) Grasse. Click here to send an honor online.

Sister Geraldine Hoye, OPSister Geraldine Hoye, OP, has ministered in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Louisiana, Mississippi, Kentucky, Ohio, and Pennsylvania. Her ministry has been dedicated to teaching, educational administration, pastoral ministry, and faith formation. For many years, she was involved in education, serving as teacher and principal. In the Diocese of Madison, Sr. Geraldine ministered as principal at St. Mary, Portage, 1987–1990. In the Diocese of Owensboro, she lived in Bowling Green and served in outreach ministry to small rural parishes, 1999–2001 and 2010–2014. Sr. Geraldine served as a pastoral associate at St. Leo Parish, Murray, 2005–2009, while also providing adult faith formation opportunities for far west Kentucky parishes. In the Diocese of Green Bay, she served as a pastoral associate for the Northern Door Catholic Community (now Stella Maris Parish), Door County, 2001–2005. In the Diocese of Jackson, Sr. Geraldine served as pastoral minister at St. James Parish, Tupelo, 1992–1999. She is currently living in community at the Motherhouse. Her home parish is St. Stephen, Chicago, in the Chicago Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late William and Angeline (Besowshek) Hoye. Click here to send an honor online.

Sister Diane Kennedy, OPSister Diane Kennedy, OP, has ministered in Wisconsin, Nebraska, Minnesota, Missouri, and Illinois. As Sr. Mary Alana, she taught English and religion at Edgewood High School, Madison, WI, 1957–1967. She was called into formation work for the Congregation—first as postulant director and then as novice director—from 1967 to 1975. Upon completion of her theological studies, she served as the founding director of the Parable Conference for Dominican Life and Mission (1976–1982) and vicaress general of the Congregation (1982–1986). From 1987 to 2003, Sr. Diane served in theological education, first at St. Paul Seminary, St. Paul, MN, and then for 13 years as academic dean at the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis. From 2003–2013, she ministered as the vice president for mission and ministry at Dominican University, River Forest, IL. Sr. Diane currently serves as the promoter of the Cause of Venerable Samuel Mazzuchelli, OP, and resides at Dominican University. Her home parish is St. Giles, Oak Park, in the Chicago Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Malcolm and Catherine (O'Brien) Kennedy. Click here to send an honor online.

Sister Mercedes Kucera, OPSister Mercedes Kucera, OP, has ministered in Wisconsin, Illinois, Minnesota, South Dakota, Wyoming, Iowa, and Florida. Her religious name was Sr. Mary Meloria. Her ministry has been dedicated to teaching. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Sr. Mercedes taught at Holy Family, Whitefish Bay, 1958–1963. She also worked with the religious education program with people who were mentally and physically challenged. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sr. Mercedes taught at St. Sabina, Chicago, 1963–1969, and with the General Education Development (GED) program at the Westside Center, Chicago, 1992–2001. She served as the secretary in the Guidance Office at Trinity High School, River Forest, 1989–1991. In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Sr. Mercedes taught at Annunciation, Minneapolis, 1969–1972, and Holy Rosary, Minneapolis, 1984–1986. She served as pastoral minister at Catholic Eldercare, Minneapolis, 1984–1986. In the Diocese of Sioux Falls, Sr. Mercedes taught at St. Joseph, Sioux Falls, 1972–1974. She also worked with children and adults who were mentally challenged. In the Diocese of Cheyenne, Sr. Mercedes taught at St. Mary, Cheyenne, 1974–1981, and worked with children and adults who were mentally challenged. In the Archdiocese of Dubuque, she ministered as a driver and switchboard operator at St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, 1981–1982. She also ministered there for seven summers. In the Diocese of Madison, Sr. Mercedes ministered as a volunteer with the Sinsinawa Mound Children's Choir at the Motherhouse and at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, 2001–2010. She is living in community at St. Dominic Villa. Her home parish is St. Giles, Chicago, in the Chicago Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Joseph and Esther (Seery) Kucera. Click here to send an honor online.

Sister Mary Mahony, OPSister Mary Mahony, OP, has ministered in Alaska, Alabama, Illiinois, the District of Columbia, Wisconsin, and Florida. Her religious name was Sr. Ivana. Sr. Mary's ministry has been dedicated to elementary and adult education. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Brendan, Chicago, 1968–1974, and St. Richard, Chicago, 1974–1976. She served as a pastoral minister at St. Thomas the Apostle Parish, Chicago, 1976–1981. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Sr. Mary served as a pastoral minister at St. Robert Parish, Shorewood, 1983–1995. She taught in the STEPS Program for adult education at Columbia St. Mary's Ozaukee Hospital, Mequon, 2004–2008, and has volunteered at Dominican Center for Women, Milwaukee, since 2008. In the Diocese of Madison, Sr. Mary ministered as director of the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program and in pastoral care at St. Joseph Parish, Fort Atkinson, 1995–2000, and as pastoral minister at St. Mary, Briggsville, 2000–2004.
Her home parish is St. Mary, Evanston, in the Chicago Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Joseph and Jean (Boller) Mahony. Click here to send an honor online.

Sister Susanne McDonald, OPSister Susanne McDonald, OP, has ministered in Illinois, New Jersey, Minnesota, and Wisconsin. Her religious name was Sr. Julianus. Sr. Susanne's ministry has been dedicated to teaching and service. In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, she taught at Incarnation, Minneapolis, 1970–1974; Regina, Minneapolis, 1974–1985; and Bethlehem Academy, Faribault, 1986–1988. She worked at Head Start, 1988–1990; taught mature driver improvement courses for AAA, 1988–1991; and ushered at Orchestra Hall, Minneapolis, 1989–91, all in Minneapolis. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sr. Susanne taught at Visitation, Chicago, 1958–1962; St. Thomas More, Chicago, 1966–1968; and St. Giles, Oak Park, 1968–1970. In the Diocese of Camden, she taught at St. James, Ventnor, 1962–1966. In the Diocese of Madison, Sr. Susanne has ministered at the Motherhouse since 1991 as a member of the support staff, including driver and switchboard operator. She served as the relief postmaster at the Sinsinawa Post Office, 1991–2000. Her home parish is Incarnation, Minneapolis, in the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Joseph and Edna (McDermott) McDonald.
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Sister Flannan McGuane, OPSister Flannan McGuane, OP, has ministered in Wisconsin. Her ministry has been dedicated to the culinary arts. In the Diocese of Madison, Sr. Flannan served as a culinary artist at the Motherhouse, 1957–1958 and 1960–2003, and at Edgewood Convent, Madison, 1958–1960. She is credited with developing the recipe for Sinsinawa Bakery’s Cinnamon Bread. She is living in community at St. Dominic Villa. Sr. Flannan is the daughter of the late John and Margaret (Kelly) McGuane. Click here to send an honor online.

Sister Mary Montgomery, OPSister Mary Montgomery, OP, has ministered in Minnesota, the District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Wisconsin, and Iowa. Her religious name was Sr. Mary Henry. Sr. Mary's ministry has been dedicated to education and administration at the parish and diocesan levels. In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, she taught at Resurrection, Minneapolis, 1958–1964. In the Archdiocese of Washington, Sr. Mary taught at St. Mary, Piscataway, MD, 1964–1969. In the Diocese of Rockford, she taught at St. Patrick, Rockford, 1969–1971, and served as director of religious education at St. Mary, Pecatonica, 1969–1971. In the Archdiocese of Baltimore, Sr. Mary taught at St. Rose of Lima, Baltimore, 1971–1975. She ministered at the archdiocesan office as the director of elementary education and cosuperintendent, 1975–1983. In the Diocese of Madison, Sr. Mary served as the superintendent of Catholic schools for the diocese, 1983–1990, and as the executive director of Sinsinawa Mound Center at the Motherhouse, 1990–1993. In the Archdiocese of Dubuque, she served as the director of pastoral planning for the archdiocese, 1994–2007. Sr. Mary is living in community at St. Dominic Villa. Her home parish is St. Christina, Chicago, in the Chicago Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Edward and Mary (Gibbs) Montgomery. Click here to send an honor online.

Sister Patricia Mulcahey, OPSister Patricia Mulcahey, OP, has ministered in Illinois, Wisconsin, Montana, Wyoming, and Nebraska. Her religious name was Sr. Marcolin. Sr. Patricia's ministry has been dedicated to education, both teaching and administration. In the Archdiocese of Omaha, she served as the superintendent of Catholic schools for the archdiocese, Omaha, 1988–2000. Sr. Patricia served the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation as councilor on the General Council, 2000–2006, and as Prioress of the Congregation, 2006–2011. She is living in community in Chicago. Her home parish is St. Patrick, Rockford, in the Rockford Diocese. She is the daughter of the late Paul and Frances (Drew) Mulcahey. Click here to send an honor online.

Sister Mary Virginia “Ginger” Phillips, OPSister Mary Virginia “Ginger” Phillips, OP, has ministered in Wisconsin, Alabama, Minnesota, Illinois, and Michigan. Her religious name was Sr. Gratian. Sr. Mary Virginia's ministry has been dedicated to teaching. In the Diocese of Madison, she taught at Queen of Peace, Madison, 1958–1961. She served the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation as provincial councilor for the Northeast Province, 1968–1972. In the Diocese of Mobile, Sr. Mary Virginia taught at St. Thomas, Chickasaw, 1961–1963. In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, she taught at Regina, Minneapolis, 1963–1971. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sr. Mary Virginia ministered at Visitation School, Chicago, as administrator, 1971–1974, and as administrative assistant for the Visitation Scholarship Program, 2004–2007. She served as an administrator at Westside Employment Center, Chicago, 1991–2003. Sr. Mary Virginia has volunteered with formerly incarcerated women and men at St. Leonard Ministries, Chicago, since 2007. In the Diocese of Gaylord, she served as pastoral minister at St. Joseph Parish, Manistee, 1974–1981. Sr. Mary Virginia worked in diocesan administration, 1982–1990. Her home parish is St. Thomas, Peoria Heights, in the Peoria Diocese. She is the daughter of the late Daniel and Marie (Heichelbech) Phillips. Click here to send an honor online. 

Sister Donna Quinn, OPSister Donna Quinn, OP, has ministered in Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota. Her religious name was Sr. Caitriona. Sr. Donna's ministry has been dedicated to advocacy for women. She is the daughter of the late William Flynn and Catherine Flynn-Quinn. Click here to send an honor online. 

 

 

Sister Bernadette Ries, OPSister Bernadette Ries, OP, has ministered in Washington, Illinois, and Minnesota. Her ministry has been dedicated to health care. She was a member of the Dominican Sisters of Speyer, Germany, at Kettle Falls, WA, that became the Dominicans of Spokane in 1986 and merged with the Sinsinawa Dominicans in 1995. In the Diocese of Spokane, Sr. Bernadette ministered at Mt. Carmel Hospital, Colville, as an x-ray technician, 1960–1966, and at Holy Family Hospital, Spokane, as an x-ray technician, 1966–1969; as computer coordinator, 1971–1972; and personnel director, 1973–1976. Sr. Bernadette served the Dominican Sisters as vocation director, 1972–1973, and corporate manager for hospitals, 1976–1978. She ministered in Spokane as president of Dominican Health Services, 1979–1985; director and foundress of Miryam’s House, 1986–1995; councilor for the Dominican Sisters of Spokane, 1990–1995; prioress of the Dominican Center, 2006–2008; and grief companion with the Catholic Cemeteries of Spokane, 2009–2011. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sr. Bernadette ministered as a chaplain at Loyola University Medical Center, Maywood, 1997–1999, and spiritual care counselor at Hazelden, Chicago, 1999–2000. In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, she ministered as spiritual care counselor at Hazelden, Center City, 2000–2006. Sr. Bernadette is living in community at St. Dominic Villa. Her home parish is Holy Angels, Spokane, in the Spokane Diocese. She is the daughter of the late Alfred and Mary (DeBoo) Ries. Click here to send an honor online. 

Sister Mary Helen Schmitz, OPSister Mary Helen Schmitz, OP, has ministered in Illinois, New York, Iowa, and Wisconsin. Her religious name was Sr. Mary Christiana. Sr. Mary Helen's ministry has been dedicated to education. In the Diocese of Madison, Sr. Mary Helen taught at St. Rose, Cuba City, 1976–1980; St. Jerome, Columbus, 1980–1982; Our Lady Queen of Peace, Madison, 1982–1985; and St. Dennis, Madison, 1985–1991. She also ministered at the Edgewood College Day Care Center, Madison, 1984–1985. Sr. Mary Helen provided private elder and child care to families in Madison, 1992–2012. She continues to live Dominican life in Madison. Her home parish is St. Patrick, Madison, in the Madison Diocese. She is the daughter of the late Hubert and Gertrude (Hauser) Schmitz. Click here to send an honor online.

Sister Leonius Skaar, OPSister Leonius Skaar, OP, has ministered in Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Folorida. Her ministry has been dedicated to teaching and administration. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sr. Leonius taught at St. Cajetan, Chicago, 1958–1963; St. Patrick, Lemont, 1963–1966; and Visitation, Chicago, 1966–1969. In the Diocese of Madison, she taught at St. Patrick, Madison, 1970–1971, and Queen of Peace, Madison, 1971–1976. She served as principal at St. Dennis, Madison, 2001–2008, and as coordinator of and teacher for the English as a second language program at Catholic Multicultural Center, Madison, 2011–2015. In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Sr. Leonius ministered as the principal at St. Matthew, St. Paul, 1996–2001. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, she ministered as the director of pupil personnel for the archdiocese, 1976–1978, and was the principal at St. Matthew, Milwaukee, 1983–1996. In the Diocese of Peoria, Sr. Leonius was the principal at St. Clare, Bloomington, 1978–1983. In the Diocese of Pensacola-Tallahassee, she ministered at the preschool of the Early Education Center and worked toward establishing a school at St. Patrick, Apalachicola, 2008–2011. Sr. Leonius is living in community at the Motherhouse. Her home parish is Incarnation, Minneapolis, in the St. Paul and Minneapolis Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Lyder and Catherine (McCoy) Skaar. Click here to send an honor online.

Sister Carla Sonnenberg, OPSister Carla Sonnenberg, OP, has ministered in Wisconsin. Her ministry has been dedicated to bookkeeping and clerical work. In the Diocese of Madison, Sr. Carla served as coordinator of transportation at the Motherhouse, 1957–1983. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Sr. Carla served as clerical staff at Dominican High School, Whitefish Bay, 1983–1997, where she also volunteered, 1997–2010. Sr. Carla is living in community at St. Dominic Villa. Her home parish is St. Bernard, Wauwatosa, in the Milwaukee Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Charles and Loretta (Savage) Sonnenberg. Click here to send an honor online.

Sister Elizabeth Sully, OPSister Elizabeth Sully, OP, has ministered in Wyoming, South Dakota, Wisconsin, Illinois, Nebraska, Louisiana, and Georgia. Her religious name was Sr. Crescentia. Sr. Elizabeth's ministry has been dedicated to being a teacher, campus minister, hospice chaplain, and an artist. In the Archdiocese of Omaha, she served as the campus minister at the College of St. Mary, Omaha, 1980–1985.  Sr. Elizabeth is currently ministering as an artist in Atlanta, Ga. Her home parish is St. John the Baptist, Ft. Calhoun, in the Omaha Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Joseph and Frances (Schenk) Sully. Click here to send an honor online. 

Sister Carol Sutter, OPSister Carol Sutter, OP, has ministered in Illinois, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Arizona, and New Mexico. Her religious name was Sr. Aurelian. Sr. Carol's ministry has been dedicated to teaching and faith formation. In the Diocese of Madison, she served as the codirector of the Department of Education Planning and Research, Sinsinawa, 1971–1974. She was an elementary tutor for migrant families at Queen of America Mission, Cambria, during the summers of 1968–69. Sr. Carol ministered as support staff at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, 2004–2011. In the Archdiocese of Dubuque, she served as the director of religious education at St. Joseph the Worker, Dubuque, 1985–1987. In the Diocese of Tucson, Sr. Carol ministered as director of religious education and with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program at St. George Catholic Community, Apache Junction, 1987–1995. In the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, Sr. Carol ministered as director of religious education and with the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults program at St. Therese Parish, Albuquerque, 1996–2002. She is living in community at the Motherhouse. Her home parish is St. Ignatius (now St. Michael the Archangel), Mount Horeb, and Holy Redeemer, Perry Mission, both in the Madison Diocese. She is the daughter of the late Odilo and the late Kathryn (Esser) Sutter. Click here to send an honor online.

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