JUBILARIANS: School Sisters of Notre Dame (SSND)

75th, Profession

SISTER MARY FREDERICK KELLER

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Biographical: Sister Mary Frederick was born in Belleville, Ill., entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1935 and made her religious profession in 1939. She received a bachelor's degree in chemistry and master's degrees in secondary education and physics from St. Louis University in 1941, 1955 and 1964, respectively.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Mary Frederick taught in St. Louis at Rosati-Kain High School, 1941-42; Notre Dame High School, 1960-71 and 1978-83; and the former Notre Dame Learning Center, 1995-2006. In St. Charles, she taught at St. Peter High School, 1943-51.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Mary Frederick taught in secondary schools in Illinois and Missouri.

About Sister Mary Frederick: Since 2006, she has served in a ministry of prayer and presence, residing at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton.

SISTER RITA (PAULINUS) KNITTEL

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Biographical: Sister Rita (formerly known as Sister Paulinus) was born in St. Louis, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1936 and made her religious profession in 1939. She received a bachelor's degree in English from the former LeClerc College in Belleville, Ill., in 1949 and a master's degree in education from San Diego State University in California in 1967.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Rita taught in St. Louis at Immaculate Heart of Mary School, 1971-72; Notre Dame High School, 1972-92; and the former Notre Dame Learning Center, 1992-2003.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Rita ministered as a teacher and principal in California, Illinois, Missouri, Texas and La Lima Nueva, Honduras.

About Sister Rita: Since 2006, she has served in a ministry of prayer and presence, residing at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton.

Editors note: Sister Rita died July 14. 

SISTER CLARITA RATHGEB

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Biographical: Sister Clarita was born in Alton, Ill., entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1935 and made her religious profession in 1939. She received a bachelor's degree in history from Arkansas State University in Conway in 1948 and a master's degree in education from St. Louis University in 1954.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Clarita ministered as a teacher and school administrator in St. Louis at St. Dominic Savio School, 1959; St. Hedwig School, 1969-70; Our Lady of Sorrows School, 1971; Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 1971-73; Immaculate Heart of Mary School, 1973; St. Wenceslaus School, 1974-75; and the former Notre Dame Learning Center, 1986-2002. She also served at Holy Angels School in Kinloch, 1949-53; St. Bernadette School in south St. Louis County, 1953-59; All Souls School in Overland, 1976-77; and St. Francis Borgia School in Washington, 1985.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Clarita taught in elementary and secondary schools in Arkansas, Illinois, Louisiana, Missouri and Texas.

About Sister Clarita: Since 2002, she has served in a ministry of prayer and presence, residing at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton.

70th, Profession

SISTER MARGARET (FRANCIS MARY) BERGHOLD

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Biographical: Sister Margaret (formerly known as Sister Francis Mary) was born in St. Louis, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1941 and made her religious profession in 1944. She received a bachelor's degree in history from the former LeClerc College in Belleville, Ill., in 1949 and a master's degree in education from St. Louis University in 1956.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Margaret taught in St. Louis at Rosati-Kain High School, 1949-50; St. Alphonsus Rock High School, 1952-60; and the former Notre Dame College, 1967-78. She ministered in spiritual direction and retreats, 1978-85; served as secretary and receptionist at Cardinal Ritter Institute, 1985-87, and Our Lady of Life Apartments in St. Louis, 1996-99; and volunteered in adult basic education programs. Sister Margaret also served as a clerical staff member for the former St. Louis provincial council, 1987-95 and 1999-2007.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Margaret taught at elementary and secondary schools in Illinois and Louisiana.

About Sister Margaret: Since 2007, she has provided secretarial and clerical services in various provincial offices at the Sancta Maria in Ripa Campus in St. Louis.

SISTER SUSANNE HORNUNG

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Biographical: Sister Susanne was born in St. Louis, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1940 and made her religious profession in 1944. She received a bachelor's degree in elementary education from Webster University in 1952, a bachelor's degree in music education from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1954 and a master's degree in elementary administration from University of Notre Dame in Indiana in 1969.

Service in the Archdiocese: In St. Louis, Sister Susanne ministered as a teacher and staff assistant at St. Aloysius School, 1944-46 and 1988-89; St. Michael School, 1959-61; and Assumption School, 1989-98. She also served as a teacher, religious educator and principal at St. Clare School in St. Clare,
1946-48; St. Charles Borromeo School, 1959, and St. Peter School in St. Charles, 1979-82; St. Bridget School in Pacific, 1961-67; St. Martin de Porres School in Hazelwood, 1976-79; and St. David Parish in Arnold, 1984-88. Sister Susanne volunteered at the Sancta Maria in Ripa Campus in St. Louis for 11 years.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Susanne was a teacher and principal in elementary schools in Alabama, Illinois and Texas.

About Sister Susanne: Since 2009, she has served in a ministry of prayer and presence, residing at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton. Sister Susanne is a gifted musician and plays both the piano and violin.

SISTER RUTH (ANTOINETTE) SADDLER

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Biographical: Sister Ruth (formerly known as Sister Antoinette) was born in Fort Madison, Iowa, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1941 and made her religious profession in 1944. She received bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education from Webster University in 1952 and DePaul University in Chicago in 1960.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Ruth taught at St. Francis Borgia School in Washington, 1944-45; St. Peter Claver School in Kinloch, 1945-49; and, in
St. Louis, at St. Alphonsus Liguori School, 1949-60, and St. Barbara School, 1964-70.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Ruth was a teacher and school administrator in Illinois, Iowa and Sierra Leone in Africa.

About Sister Ruth: Since 2006, she has served in a ministry of prayer and presence, residing at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton. Sister Ruth served as a driver at the Sancta Maria in Ripa Campus in St. Louis for more than 20 years.

SISTER LEONIDA SPEH

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Biographical: Sister Leonida was born in St. Louis, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1942 and made her religious profession in 1944. She received a bachelor's degree in biology from St. Louis University in 1946 and a master's degree in secondary administration from the former Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles in 1958.

Service in the Archdiocese: In St. Louis, Sister Leonida taught at St. Engelbert School, 1944-45; Notre Dame High School, 1976-2001; and served as administrator at Rosati-Kain High School, 1969-76. She also taught at St. Francis Borgia School in Washington, 1946-50.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Leonida taught in secondary schools in California and Illinois.

About Sister Leonida: Having always loved gardening, Sister Leonida continues to enjoy the outdoors as she serves in a ministry of prayer and presence at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton.

SISTER MADELEINE SOPHIE WITT

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Biographical: Sister Madeleine Sophie was born in Quincy, Ill., entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1941 and made her religious profession in 1944. She received a bachelor's degree in biology from the former LeClerc College in Belleville, Ill., in 1949, a master's degree in theology from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., in 1963 and a master's degree in spirituality from the University of San Francisco in 1980.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Madeleine Sophie taught in St. Louis at St. John Nepomuk School, 1944-46 and 1947-49; St. Alphonsus Liguori School, 1946; and Notre Dame High School, 1952-60. She also taught at St. Charles Borromeo School in St. Charles,
1946-47, and served in the initial formation of new members at the former St. Louis province, 1955-68.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Madeline Sophie taught in secondary schools in Arkansas, California and Missouri.

About Sister Madeleine Sophie: Since 2010, she has served in a ministry of prayer and presence, residing at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton.

60th, Profession

SISTER MARY ANDRE AUBUCHON

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Biographical: Sister Mary Andre was born in St. Louis, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1951 and made her religious profession in 1954. She received a bachelor's degree in history from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1956 and a master's degree in history from University of Notre Dame in Indiana in 1967.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Mary Andre served as teacher in St. Louis at St. Liborius School, 1955-56; Rosati-Kain High School, 1956-57; St. Alphonsus Liguori High School, 1967-70; and Cardinal Ritter College Preparatory High School, 1981-89. She also taught at Rosary High School in north St. Louis County, 1970-73.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Mary Andre taught secondary school in Illinois and Iowa. In West Africa, she served as a teacher in Sierra Leone and Ghana, the latter where she also served as district secretary for the Notre Dame Sisters.

About Sister Mary Andre: Since 2004, Sister Mary Andre has volunteered at the Sancta Maria in Ripa Campus and Cardinal Ritter College Prep in St. Louis.

SISTER ROSE (EILEEN MARIE) BAST

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Biographical: Sister Rose (formerly known as Sister Eileen Marie) was born in Cuba, Mo., entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1952 and made her religious profession in 1954. She received a bachelor's degree in biology from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1960 and a master's degree and doctorate in zoology from the University of Oklahoma-Norman in 1963 and 1966, respectively.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Rose was a biology instructor at the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis, 1966-77.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Rose taught elementary students in Illinois and Iowa and secondary students in Louisiana. She also served as a professor at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee, 1977-2007.

About Sister Rose: Since 2007, she has served as an adjunct faculty member at Avila University in Kansas City.

SISTER MARIE CECILIA BRENNEISEN

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Biographical: Sister Marie Cecilia was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1952 and made her religious profession in 1954. She received a bachelor's degree in music education from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1959 and a master's degree in music education from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 1976.

Service in the Archdiocese: Primarily serving as a music teacher, Sister Marie Cecilia taught in St. Louis at St. Liborius School, 1955-56; Sts. Peter and Paul School, 1956-67; St. Aloysius Gonzaga School, 1966-68; and St. Gabriel the Archangel School, 1983-2005. She also taught at Immaculate Conception in West Alton, 1958-66.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Marie Cecilia taught in elementary schools in Illinois and Iowa.

About Sister Marie Cecilia: Since 2005, she has continued to teach private piano lessons at the Sancta Maria in Ripa Campus in St. Louis.

SISTER VALERIA (ROSE MARTIN) BEUKE

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Biographical: Sister Valeria (formerly known as Sister Rose Martin) was born in Washington, Mo., entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1951 and made her religious profession in 1954. She received a bachelor's degree in English from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1963, a master's degree in English from California State University in Long Beach in 1972, and a master's degree in theology from St. Mary's University in San Antonio in 1981.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Valeria was the coordinator of religious education at St. David Parish in Arnold, 1975-77, and a teacher's aide at the former Notre Dame Preschool in St. Louis, 2012-13.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Valeria was a teacher in elementary and secondary education in California, Illinois, Louisiana and Missouri. She also ministered on the Tohono O'odham Reservation in Arizona and served in migrant health outreach in Missouri.

About Sister Valeria: Since 2011, she has volunteered at the Sancta Maria in Ripa Campus in St. Louis, currently serving in the mission advancement department at Maria Center.

SISTER DONNA (ROSE MICHELLE) FISCHER

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Biographical: Sister Donna (formerly known as Sister Rose Michelle) was born in St. Louis, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1952 and made her religious profession in 1954. She received bachelor's and master's degrees in English from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1965 and Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., in 1976.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Donna taught at Rosary High School in north St. Louis County, 1974-82, and served on the staffs of St. Mary Magdalen Parish in St. Louis, 1986-91, and Sacred Heart Parish in Valley Park, 1991-2007. She ministered as a member of the Archdiocesan Rite of Christian Initiation Team, 1986-2007, and served as vocation director for the former St. Louis province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 1982-86.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Donna served as a teacher in Illinois and Missouri.

About Sister Donna: She has ministered as an advocate at the Archdiocesan Marriage Tribunal since 1995 and in spiritual direction since 2007.

SISTER MILDRED (MARIE RAYMOND) LODDEKE

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Biographical: Sister Mildred (formerly known as Sister Marie Raymond) was born in Breese, Ill., entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1952 and made her religious profession in 1954. She received a bachelor's degree in history from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1962 and a master's degree in religious education from Loyola University in New Orleans in 1976.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Mildred served as a teacher at St. Charles Borromeo School in St. Charles, 1956-63, and Our Lady Queen of Peace School in House Springs, 1963-64. She also ministered as a care coordinator for the sisters at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton, 1999-2003, and local leader at the Sancta Maria in Ripa Campus in St. Louis, 2004-12.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Mildred ministered in teaching, religious education, parish administration and volunteer service in California, Illinois, Louisiana and Missouri. From 1974-82, she served as a religious education consultant for youth in the Diocese of Belleville. She also served as a research assistant for the "Nun Study" on aging at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

About Sister Mildred: She currently volunteers and resides at the Sancta Maria in Ripa Campus in St. Louis.

SISTER VIRGINIA (EDWIN MARIE) MEYER

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Biographical: Sister Virginia (formerly known as Sister Edwin Marie) was born in Apple Creek, Mo., entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1952 and made her religious profession in 1954. She received a bachelor's degree in theology from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1960 and a master's degree in elementary education from Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau in 1975.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Virginia served as a teacher and administrator in St. Louis at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 1966-68; St. Martin of Tours School, 1983-85; and St. Engelbert School, 1985-86. She also ministered in education at St. Ignatius School in Marthasville, 1966-68; St. Anthony School in Sullivan, 1973-76; and St. Bernadette School in south St. Louis County, 1976-82. At Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Washington, Sister Virginia was a teacher, coordinator of religious education and pastoral care director, 1971-73 and 1986-95. She also volunteered at the former Notre Dame Preschool in St. Louis, 2008-10.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Virginia taught in elementary schools and provided pastoral care in Illinois and Missouri.

About Sister Virginia: She serves in a pastoral ministry for the Alexian Brothers and as a hospitality transportation coordinator at the Sancta Maria in Ripa Campus in St. Louis.

SISTER MARIE AMBROSE PETERS

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Biographical: Sister Marie Ambrose was born in Leopold, Mo., entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1951 and made her religious profession in 1954. She received a bachelor's degree in history from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1956 and a master's degree in history from St. Louis University in 1967.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Marie Ambrose was a history teacher at Notre Dame High School, 1956-58, and served as an administrator at Immaculate Heart of Mary School, 1965-71 and 1977-87, and Notre Dame Elementary School, 1987-92. She was a teacher at the former Notre Dame Learning Center, 1993-99 and 2006-09, and building coordinator at Maria Center, 1994-2005. She also served as administrator at Duchesne High School in St. Charles, 1971-77.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Marie Ambrose taught in Illinois and Missouri.

About Sister Marie Ambrose: Since 2010, she has served in a ministry of prayer and presence, residing at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton.

SISTER FRANCIS ROSE RIVERS

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Biographical: Sister Francis Rose was born in Tulare, Calif., entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1952 and made her religious profession in 1954. She received a bachelor's degree in English from the former Immaculate Heart College in Los Angeles in 1966, a master's degree in English from California State University in Northridge in 1967 and a master's degree in education from the University of California in Los Angeles in 1984.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Francis Rose served as councilor for the former St. Louis province, 1979-83.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Francis Rose was a teacher, principal and school administrator in California, Illinois and Missouri. Fluent in Spanish, she also provided pastoral care to Hispanic communities in parishes and industrial settings in Missouri.

About Sister Francis Rose: Since 2013, she has served in a ministry of prayer and presence, residing at the Sancta Maria in Ripa Campus in St. Louis.  

SISTER JEAN (HELEN ROSE) SCHMID

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Biographical: Sister Jean (formerly known as Sister Helen Rose) was born in St. Louis, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1952 and made her religious profession in 1954. She received a bachelor's degree in English and Latin from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1959 and a master's degree in theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago in 1992.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Jean taught at St. Bernadette School in south St. Louis County, 1954-59. Since 2004, she has served in mission education for the School Sisters of Notre Dame in St. Louis.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Jean taught elementary through college students in Illinois, Missouri and Japan. While ministering in Japan, she also raised funds for the education of women and children in India.

About Sister Jean: She enjoys reading and learning about other cultures and religions. Sister Jean also interprets for Japanese sisters who visit the United States for meetings.

SISTER DOLORES (ROSE MARGARET) SHEA

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Biographical: Sister Dolores (formerly known as Sister Rose Margaret) was born in St. Louis, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1951 and made her religious profession in 1954. She received a bachelor's degree in English from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1960 and a master's degree in education from St. Louis University in 1968.

Service in the Archdiocese: In St. Louis, Sister Dolores was a teacher, primarily in music, at St. Barbara School, 1964-70, and Notre Dame Learning Center, 2003-09; pastoral associate at St. Rose Parish, 1982-90; and caregiver at CSJ Ministries, 1998-99.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Dolores taught elementary school in California, Illinois, Missouri and Texas.

About Sister Dolores: Since 2013, she has served in a ministry of prayer and presence, residing at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton.

SISTER ANN VINCENT SIEMER

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Biographical: Sister Ann Vincent was born in St. Louis, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1952 and made her religious profession in 1954. She received a bachelor's degree in English from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1959, a master's degree in elementary administration from St. Louis University in 1967 and a master's degree in theology from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College in Indiana in 1995.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Ann Vincent taught at St. William School in Woodson Terrace, 1958-60, and St. Raphael School in St. Louis, 1960-65.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Ann Vincent taught at the elementary and secondary levels in California, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.

About Sister Ann Vincent: Since 1985, she has served as a director of religious education in Teutopolis, Ill.

SISTER HARRIET (MARIE PATRICK) STELLERN

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Biographical: Sister Harriet (formerly known as Sister Marie Patrick) was born in Fort Madison, Iowa, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1952 and made her religious profession in 1954. She received bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1962 and University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., in 1969.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Harriet taught at Sacred Heart School in Valley Park, 1954-57, and served in administration at Rosary High School in north St. Louis County, 1974-84.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Harriet served as a teacher and in school administration in California, Illinois and Louisiana.

About Sister Harriet: Since 1989, she has taught and served on the staff of Bishop Conaty-Our Lady of Loretto High School in Los Angeles.

 

SISTER MARIE de LOURDES UNTERREINER

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Biographical: Sister Marie de Lourdes was born in Apple Creek, Mo., entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1952 and made her religious profession in 1954. She received a bachelor's degree in history from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1962 and a master's degree in elementary administration from St. Louis University in 1973.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Marie de Lourdes taught at Immaculate Heart of Mary School in St. Louis, 1971-74.

Service outside the Archdiocese:
Sister Marie de Lourdes served in California, Illinois and Texas as a teacher, school administrator, director of religious education and in adult faith formation.

About Sister Marie de Lourdes: Since 2011, she has served in a ministry of prayer and presence, residing at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton.

SISTER LUCILLE (RALPH MARIE) ZERR

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Biographical: Sister Lucille (formerly known as Sister Ralph Marie) was born in St. Peters, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1952 and made her religious profession in 1954. She received a bachelor's degree in English from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1956 and a master's degree in theology from University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Ind., in 1965.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Lucille taught at St. William School in Woodson Terrace, 1956-63, and Our Lady of Lourdes School in Washington, 1963. In St. Louis, she served at St. Wenceslaus School, 1968-70; Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 1972; and Notre Dame High School, 1963-64. Sister Lucille also ministered at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in St. Charles as a teacher and director of religious education, 1973-89.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Lucille was a teacher, religious education coordinator and provider of pastoral care in Illinois and Missouri.

About Sister Lucille: Since 2013, she has served in a ministry of prayer and presence, residing at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton.

 

50th, Profession

SISTER MARY (MIRIAM ANDRE) BECKMAN

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Biographical: Sister Mary (formerly known as Sister Miriam Andre) was born in Burlington, Iowa, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1962 and made her religious profession in 1964. She received a bachelor's degree in history from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1965 and a master's degree in spirituality from University of St. Thomas in Houston in 1976.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Mary was a teacher at Immaculate Conception School in West Alton, 1965-67, and St. Joseph School in Manchester, 1971-72. She served in religious education at St. Joseph Parish in Manchester, 1972-78, and ministered to the disadvantaged at Hosea House in St. Louis, 1979-89, and Notre Dame Parish in Wellston, 1989-92.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Mary taught in Illinois and Iowa.

About Sister Mary: Since 1992, she has helped supervise the food pantry and thrift store at St. Augustine-Wellston Center.

SISTER PATRICIA (CHABANEL) DALTON

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Biographical: Sister Patricia (formerly known as Sister Chabanel) was born in East St. Louis, Ill., entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1962 and made her religious profession in 1964. She received a bachelor's degree in Spanish from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1966 and a master's degree in elementary education from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 1972.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Patricia served as a teacher and principal in St. Louis at St. Raphael School, 1966-75; St. Aloysius Gonzaga School, 1977-82; Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, 1984-87; St. Catherine of Alexandria School, 1990-2000; and Holy Innocents School, 2000-02. She also ministered at St. Gertrude School in Krakow, 1975-77; Holy Angels School in Kinloch, 1983-84; and St. David School in Arnold, 1987-90. Sister Patricia provided pastoral care at St. Alphonsus Liguori Parish in St. Louis, 1982-83.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Patricia served as a principal in Illinois.

About Sister Patricia: Since 2008, she has volunteered at Catholic Urban Program in East St. Louis, Ill.

SISTER CLARA (MARY DOROTHEA) ESKER

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Biographical: Sister Clara (formerly known as Sister Mary Dorothea) was born in Teutopolis, Ill., entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1962 and made her religious profession in 1964. She received a bachelor's degree in history from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1966 and a master's degree in social science from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1977.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Clara was a teacher at St. Martin of Tours School in St. Louis, 1969-73, and St. Bridget School in Pacific, 1990-91.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Clara taught in elementary schools in California, Illinois and Iowa.

About Sister Clara: Since 1999, she has served as a teacher and director of the learning center at Moreland-Notre Dame School in Watsonville, Calif.

SISTER NANCY (MARY ROMARA) FLAMM

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Biographical: Sister Nancy (formerly known as Sister Mary Romara) was born in Cobden, Ill., entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1962 and made her religious profession in 1964. She received a bachelor's degree in American studies from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1966 and a master's degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1974.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Nancy taught at St. Bernadette School in south St. Louis County, 1971-75, and St. Martin of Tours School in St. Louis, 1985-86. She served in vocation/formation ministry for the former St. Louis province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 1985-91.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Nancy taught in elementary schools in California, Illinois and Missouri.

About Sister Nancy: She serves as coordinator of pastoral care at St. Mary of the Pines, a retirement facility for the School Sisters of Notre Dame in Chatawa, Miss.

SISTER LAURA (JOYCE MAURINE) NORTHCRAFT

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Biographical: Sister Laura (formerly known as Sister Joyce Maurine) was born in Salinas, Calif., entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1962 and made her religious profession in 1964. She received a bachelor's degree in history from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1966 and a master's degree in Spanish from St. Mary's University of Minnesota in Winona in 1975.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Laura taught elementary school and assisted in pastoral ministry at St. Joseph Parish in Imperial, 1982-83, and served as archivist for the former St. Louis province of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 1984-91.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Laura was a teacher and served in hospital ministry in Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.

About Sister Laura: Since 1999, she has provided pastoral care at St. Mary's Hospital in Streator, Ill.

SISTER LOUISE MARGARET (MARY JAMES) O'CONNOR

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Biographical: Sister Louise Margaret (formerly known as Sister Mary James) was born in St. Louis, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1962 and made her religious profession in 1964. She received a bachelor degree in American studies from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1966 and a master's degree in Montessori education from Xavier University in Cincinnati in 1975.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Louise Margaret taught at St. Michael School in Shrewsbury, 1966-72; Our Lady of Perpetual Help School in St. Louis, 1973-75; St. Bridget School in Pacific, 1990-91; and St. Patrick School in Wentzville, 2000-09. She served in administration for early-childhood education at St. Christopher Parish in Florissant, 1972-73, and the former Notre Dame Preschool in St. Louis, 1974-80. She also ministered as director of adult education at Maria Center in St. Louis, 1980-83.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Louise Margaret was a teacher and school administrator in California, Illinois and Missouri and Sierra Leone in West Africa.

About Sister Louise Margaret: Since 2009, she has taught at St. Mary's School in Frankenstein, Mo.

SISTER MARILYN SCHEIBEL

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Biographical: Sister Marilyn was born in Belleville, Ill., entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1962 and made her religious profession in 1964. She received a bachelor's degree in American studies from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1966, a master's degree in elementary education from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 1974 and a master's degree in guidance counseling from University of Missouri-St. Louis in 1993.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Marilyn taught in St. Louis at St. Gabriel the Archangel School, 1966-69; St. Dominic Savio School, 1974-78; Notre Dame Elementary School, 1978-79; and St. Andrew School, 1986-92. In Brentwood, she served as a teacher at St. Mary Magdalen School, 1992-95, and teaching assistant at Brentwood Middle School, 2007-13. Sister Marilyn also served as a guidance counselor with the Franklin County Special Education Department in St. Clair, 1995-98, and ministered in the Fox School District in Arnold as an education diagnostician, counselor and psychological examiner, 1998-2007.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Marilyn was a principal and teacher in Illinois.

About Sister Marilyn: Residing in St. Louis, she enjoys time with family and friends, listening to music and attending special events.

SISTER MARIA CORDIS SCHMITT

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Biographical: Sister Maria Cordis was born in St. Louis, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1962 and made her religious profession in 1964. She received a bachelor's degree in American studies from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1966.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Maria Cordis taught at St. Bernadette School, 1966-71, St. Andrew School, 1979-92, and the former Notre Dame Learning Center, 2005-08, all in Lemay.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Maria Cordis taught in elementary schools in Illinois and Missouri.

About Sister Maria Cordis: Since 2008, she has served in the English tutoring program at Holy Child School in Arnold. In her spare time, she enjoys family and friends, being with children and watching sports.

SISTER MARIE CELINE SCHUMACHER

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Biographical: Sister Marie Celine was born in Breese, Ill., entered the School Sister of Notre Dame in 1962 and made her religious profession in 1964. She received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1966 and a master's degree in physical science from Portland University in Oregon in 1973.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Marie Celine taught elementary school at St. Dominic Savio in Affton, 1966-67, and was administrator at St. Francis Borgia High School in Washington,
1979-84. She also served as councilor for the former St. Louis province, 1999-2007.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Marie Celine was a teacher and school administrator in California, Illinois, Iowa and Missouri.

About Sister Marie Celine: Since 2007, she has taught science at Notre Dame High School in St. Louis.

SISTER ELISE SILVESTRI

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Biographical: Sister Elise was born in St. Louis, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1962 and made her religious profession in 1964. She received a bachelor's degree in history from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1966, a master's degree in guidance counseling from University of Missouri-Columbia in 1974 and a master's degree in spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha, Neb., in 1980.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Elise taught at St. Francis Borgia School in Washington, 1966, and St. Francis de Sales School in St. Louis, 1966-71. She taught and served as a guidance counselor at St. Francis Borgia Regional High School in Washington, 1974-78, and Notre Dame High School in St. Louis, 1978-81. She also served as affiliate director for the School Sisters of Notre Dame, 1979-81, and founded and served as director of the Immigrant and Refugee Women's Program, 1995-2006, in St. Louis.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Elise was a teacher, guidance counselor and coordinator of religious education in Illinois. She also taught English in Mako, Hungary.

About Sister Elise: Since 2012, she has served as a refugee outreach coordinator at Good Counsel Learning Center in Mankato, Minn.

SISTER MARY HELEN (LeCLERC) STOKES

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Biographical: Sister Mary Helen (formerly known as Sister LeClerc) was born in Jefferson City, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1962 and made her religious profession in 1964. She received bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1966 and Webster University in 1975.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Mary Helen taught at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Washington, 1966-68. She taught in St. Louis at St. William School, 1971-72; St. Dominic Savio School, 1972-76; St. Martin of Tours School, 1977-78; St. Elizabeth of Hungary School, 1995-2000; St. Anthony of Padua School, 2000-01; Queen of All Saints School, 2001-03; and St. Joan of Arc School, 2003-06. She provided pastoral care at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services and Cardinal Glennon Children's Medical Center, 1978-79; All Souls Parish in Overland, 1979-86; and St. Patrick Center in St. Louis, 1990-93. Her ministry in St. Louis also included serving in administration at St. Wenceslaus Parish, 1988-90, and coordinating religious education at St. Gerard Majella Parish, 1993-96.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Mary Helen taught elementary school in Illinois and provided pastoral care in Missouri.

About Sister Mary Helen: Since 2011, she has served in pastoral care at Villa Marie Senior Care Center in Jefferson City.

SISTER DANNEL (SUZANNE) WEDEMEYER

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Biographical: Sister Dannel (formerly known as Sister Suzanne) was born in St. Louis, entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1962 and made her religious profession in 1964. She received a bachelor's degree in education from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1973.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Dannel taught at St. Raphael School in St. Louis, 1970-72, and Immaculate Conception School in Dardenne, 1977-85. She also ministered at Villa Gesu, the former retirement center for the School Sisters of Notre Dame in St. Louis, 1985-94.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Dannel taught in elementary schools in Illinois, North Dakota and South Dakota.

About Sister Dannel: From
1994-2010, she ministered to the Lakota people on the Standing Rock Reservation/St. Bernard Indian Mission in Fort Yates, N.D. Since 2010, she has served on the Pine Ridge Reservation and at Red Cloud High School in Pine Ridge, S.D.

SISTER JUANITA WILL

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Biographical: Sister Juanita was born in Evansville, Ind., entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1962 and made her religious profession in 1964. She received a bachelor's degree in music theory from the former Notre Dame College in St. Louis in 1965 and a master's degree in mathematics education from Clarke College in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1977.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Juanita taught at All Souls School in Overland, 1965-66; Our Lady Queen of Peace School in House Springs,
1971-75; St. Anthony School in Sullivan, 1975-76; and St. Gabriel the Archangel School in St. Louis, 1976-85. She also served on the staff of Notre Dame High School in St. Louis, 2000-07.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Juanita ministered as a teacher and in school administration in Illinois and Missouri.

About Sister Juanita: Since 2008, she has assisted with the sisters' transportation needs at the Sarah Community in Bridgeton

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SISTER RAQUÉL ORTEZ

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Biographical: Born in San Pedro Sula, Cortes, Honduras, Sister Raqueacute;l entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1986 and made her religious profession in 1989. She received a bachelor's degree in social work from St. Louis University in 2000.

Service in the Archdiocese: Sister Raquél worked as a social worker for Catholic Community Services in St. Louis, 2000-05, and as a pastoral administrator at St. Charles Borromeo Parish in St. Charles, 2005-12.

Service outside the Archdiocese: Sister Raquél taught in secondary schools in Honduras.

About Sister Raquél: She serves on the North American vocation/affiliate team of the School Sisters of Notre Dame, with her primary office at Sancta Maria in Ripa Campus in St. Louis.