Written by Tracy Rusch Friday, 02 March 2012 09:16
A celebration will be held for 15 Capuchin friars, at St. Lawrence Seminary High School, Mount Calvary, the founding site of the Capuchin Province of St. Joseph, Aug. 3.
Otto Bucher, Milwaukee native, is currently pastor at a parish in Rib Lake, Wis. He earned degrees in sacred theology and sacred Scripture and taught for 30 years at Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, retiring in 2003. During his time at Sacred Heart School of Theology, he also served terms as academic dean, director of field education, vice rector and director of recruitment.
Wilbert Lanser, Port Washington native, served St. Francis of Assisi, Milwaukee, 1961-9174. Since 1974, he has been a missionar doing pastoral work among the poor in the rural areas of Nicaragua.
Roger Veik taught for some time at Sacred Heart School of Theology, Hales Corners, but has been serving in Montana since 1982 as pastor, vicar for clergy personnel and Newman minister for Montana State University and Rocky Mountain College.
Madelyn Kortendick (Sr. Sulpice)
Mary Ann Heyd (Sr. Wilberta)
A Mass will be held in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Mound on Sunday, July 15.
Mary Ann Carroll (Sr. Marie Richarde)
Rosemary Hickmann (Sr. Domenica)
Sara Anne Kaminski (Sr. Mary Ansana)
Elizabeth Ann "Betty" Kugi (Sr. Erica)
Carolyn Wildrick (Sr. Theodora)
A celebration will be held for 11 Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Mount Carmel Motherhouse Chapel in Dubuque, Iowa, Sept. 9. To send a congratulatory message to a sister on her jubilee, or to donate to the BVM congregation on behalf of the sisters, visit www.bvmcong.org/whatsnew_jubs.cfm.
Frances Loretta Berger, La Crosse native, entered the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary in 1937. She professed first vows in 1940 and final vows in 1945. She served in Wisconsin; Los Angeles; Kansas City, Mo.; New Hampton and Mason City, Iowa; and Chicago - where she served as a librarian at Mundelein College and in the scienc library at Loyola University Chicago for many years. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Sr. Frances Loretta taught elementary school at Gesu, Milwaukee, 1941-1942 and 1954-1956.
View the online jubilee booklet
Grace Laur, Milwaukee native, entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1932, and has been doing the ministry of prayer. Though she retired in 1986, Sr. Grace volunteered at Mercy Apartments in Milwaukee until 2001. Sr. Grace served in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, she served in pastoral ministry, Marcy Apartments, 1983-1986; as a CNA, Maryhill, Milwaukee, 1980-1983; coordinator, Our Lady of Mercy, Whitefish Bay, 1978-1979; CNA, St Luke's Hospital, Milwaukee, 1973-1975; teacher, Mercy High, Milwaukee, 1964-1973.
Norena Gawronski, West Allis native, entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1942, and has been doing volunteer work as well as ministry of prayer in Chicago since her retirement in 2008. Sr. Norena served in Wisconsin and Illinois. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, she served as a health aide, Anew Health Home Services, 1988-1991, before doing volunteer work in St. Francis, 1991-1998; religious educator, St. Paul Parish, Racine, 1975-1979. She was also a teacher, St. Matthew, Shullsburg in the Madison Diocese, 1948-1954.
Rosemary Kelley, Chicago native, entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1942, and has been doing the ministry of prayer in Chicago since she retired in March. Sr. Rosemary served in Wisconsin and Ilinois. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, she served as a staff member, St. Catherine Residence, Milwaukee, 1988-1989, and a teacher at St. Eugene, Fox Point, 1965-1967. "Having come to the age of peace and retirement, many memories flood the gates," she wrote, reflecting on her jubilee. "Twenty-nine years in schools with hundreds of children, and later other works serving the Lord; other moments of happiness with Sisters of Mercy and family; now reaching out to others who are ill or in need; volunteering at McAuley Convent and Manor. Many blessings from God have come over the years with the Sisters of Mercy, family and friends."
Aquinice McCorry, Milwaukee native, entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1942, and retired in 2003, but continues to provide ministry of prayer to Mercy Convent, Wing B, in Chicago. Sr. Aquinice has served in Wisconsin, Illinois and Iowa. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, she served as activities director, St. Catherine Place, Milwaukee, 1983-1988; teacher, Immaculate Conception, Milwaukee, 1957-1960; teacher, St. Patrick, Milwaukee, 1954-1956. Reflecting on her jubilee, Sr. Aquinice wrote, "I was destined to be a Sister of Mercy. My sister is a Sister of Mercy, and we had two aunts and three great aunts who were Sisters of Mercy in Northern Ireland. On a trip to Ireland, we were fortunate to visit their graves. I am grateful the Lord called me to a life of service as a Sister of Mercy. It has helped me to experience the fullness of life and for that I am grateful.
Evelyn Derezinski, Chicago native, entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1952, and has been a chaplain, volunteer and caregiver at Provena McAuley Manor/Convent in Aurora, Ill., since 2002. Sr. Evelyn served in Wisconsin, Illinois. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, she served as a faculty member at Mercy High, Milwaukee, 1957-1962. In a reflection about her jubilee, Sr. Evelyn wrote, "My first contact with the Sisters of Mercy was as a freshman at Saint Xavier College in Chicago. My decision to enter the Sisters of Mercy in my senior year was influenced by the sisters whom I met and observed at the college. They were easy to talk to and fun to be with. What amazed me were their joyful relationships with one another and with the students. The motto on my ring tells my whole story: 'To Live is Christ.' I continue to meditate on the meaning of my motto. It has been a beacon in my life and in my ministries, especially at the high schools, the hospitals and the college. At present, I am continuing to use my skills as chaplain and song leader at McAuley Manor and Convent in Aurora, (Ill.)."
Corinne Kabara, Milwaukee native, entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1952, professed first vows in 1955 and final vows in 1958. She is a community volunteer for the Sisters of Mercy in Joliet, Ill., and has served in the Dioceses of Superior, Rockford and Chicago. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, Sr. Corinne served as a community volunteer for the Sisters of Mercy in Cudahy, 2002-2012; director of the Right Start Program at St. Catherine Residence, Milwaukee, 2001-2002, and administrative staff, 1998-2001, and on staff, 1980-1983.
Julie Neal, Waukegan, Ill., native, entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1952, and has continued to serve in the ministry of prayer in Lindenhurst, Ill., since she retired in 2009. Sr. Julie has served in Wisconsin and Illinois. In the Archdiocese of Milwaukee, she served as a massage therapist at St. Catherine Residence, Milwaukee, 1995-2009; director of social ministry, St. John Cathedral, Milwaukee, 1988-1992; teacher, St. Thomas More High School, Milwaukee, 1980-1988. Sr. Julie also taught at Our Lady of Assumption, Beloit in the Madison Diocese.