Consecrated life

Religious sisters seek to promote consecrated life in new project

ST. PAUL, Minn. — Sister Carolyn Puccio, a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, said it's unfortunate there's not a line of women wrapping around the block waiting to enter religious life.

"It's meaningful to be part of a group of women who are bright, articulate, engaged, educated, dedicated (and) generous," said Sister Carolyn, the delegate for religious for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. "To be a part of that is a tremendous gift for me, personally, and an honor. And it humbles me."

‘Convent crawl’ gives an experience of diversity in religious life

Sister Brenda Fritz, DC, worked with piano student Nyeal Biedenstein Feb. 6 as part of the after-school Presentation Arts Center at Our Lady of the Presentation Parish in Overland.

The former chapel in the convent building at Our Lady of the Presentation Church years ago was subdivided into two small rooms, an informal entry/waiting area and an office.

Nothing extraordinary about it ... except God's work still happens in that space.

Whereas the sounds of Mass or the silence of prayer once dominated, the musical notes of joy now fill the air. Under the auspice of Sister Brenda Fritz, DC, the parish's music director, the convent has been transformed into the Presentation Arts Center, an arts ministry thriving in its first year.

Obituary | Sr. Mary Louise Jaegers, FSM

A funeral Mass for Sister Mary Louise Jaegers, FSM, was held Sept. 20 in the chapel at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton. Sister Mary Louise, a longtime dietitian, died Friday, Sept. 16.

Sister Mary Louise was a Franciscan Sister of Mary for nearly 72 years and was 93.

She was born in Loose Creek, Mo., one of nine children in her family. She entered the Sisters of St. Mary in 1944 and received the religious name Sister Mary Conradine. She professed final vows in 1950. She received a bachelor's degree in 1952 and master's degree in 1956, both in dietetics from St. Louis University.

Obituary | Sr. Ann Kevin O’Connor, CDP

A funeral Mass for Sister Ann Kevin O'Connor was celebrated Sept. 2 at the Church of the Immaculate Conception in St. Mary-of-the-Woods, Ind.

Sister Ann Kevin, 91, died Aug. 24 in Mother Theodore Hall in St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

Obituary | Sister Kathy Izer, SSND

A memorial Mass was celebrated for Sister Kathy Izer Aug. 27 in the School Sisters of Notre Dame Theresa Center chapel in south St. Louis County.

Sister Kathy died Aug. 21 at Our Lady of Good Counsel in Mankato, Minn. She was 67 and a former teacher, religious education director and archivist.

Obituary | Sr. Dolores Emge, CPPS

A funeral Mass for Sister Dolores Emge was celebrated Aug. 26 in St. Joseph Chapel of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood Motherhouse in O'Fallon.

Sister Dolores, 85, died Aug. 21 at Mount Carmel Senior Living in St. Charles.

Born in St. Paul, Sister Dolores entered the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood in 1948 and professed vows in 1951. She received a bachelor's degree in English and a minor in philosophy and Latin from St. Louis University in 1964. She received a master's degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in 1990.

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