Moreau Remembrance Garden, a place of peace and reflection

Moreau Remembrance Garden, a place of peace and reflection

may/june 2009

volume 21

issue 3


in this issue...


President’s reflection

Moreau Remembrance Garden,

a place of peace and reflection

On May 3, following the 9:45 a.m. Mass, the assembly processed from

the Church of Our Lady of Loretto to the new Moreau Remembrance

Garden. A beautiful sunny, blue Indiana sky was the canopy for sisters

and guests as Sister Joy O’Grady led the prayer of blessing to dedicate the

garden as a lasting legacy to honor Blessed Father Basil Anthony Moreau.

continued, page 3



Sister Patricia Riley

addresses gathering

Exhibit begins tour

BEST program continues

Blessing in Mexico

Local jubilarians

at Saint Mary’s

Austin jubilarians

honored by parish



sister barbara

Korem celebrated

Promoting, protecting

human rights

nota bene

new leaves









AdvAnCing ThE MiSSion

2009 Jubilarians



L to r: Tom Stimson, grounds manager, Hank Mascotte, garden designer, and Matt Bruni,

grounds worker, attach the statue of Father Moreau to the pedestal in the Moreau Garden

at Saint Mary’s, April 23.


Dear Sisters,

In a few short weeks we will be gathering at Saint Mary’s from all the areas

where we serve around the world.

As the time for our General Chapter draws near, one can feel the heartbeat

of the congregation intensify. Diverse and creative ideas and opinions begin to

permeate formal and informal conversations. Hopes and fears emerge, challenging

our status quo and calling us to deep reflection.

At this time I think it is important to revisit what our Constitution says about

the deepest meaning of a General Chapter:

“The general chapter meets as a collegial

body to discern and to celebrate what the Lord

is calling the congregation to do and

to be in the church. Every sister contributes to

the richness of this reflection through

preparatory work as designed for each chapter.

The general chapter, when in session, is the

highest legislative authority in the congregation.

It challenges the community to the

continuing transformation of mind and heart

demanded by the Gospel…” Constitution #38.

Throughout this past year we have been

discussing and discerning together what we

believe the Spirit is calling us to be and do.

During these last days leading up to Chapter,

let us intensify our prayer for one another

for openness, courage and genuine humility

so that we may hear and respond to what

the Spirit is calling us to do and to be in the

church and in the world.


LifeSigns ¡ MAY / JUNE 2009


Branches: Holy Cross Around the World

Moreau Remembrance Garden,

continued from page 1

The site, located adjacent to the

church and overlooking the St. Joseph

River, is a sacred space, interweaving

nature, memory and spirituality. It offers

unique opportunities to honor and

remember individuals and families. The

garden, designed by Hank Mascotte, has

native plants and meandering paths,

which exist in harmony with the native

beauty of the campus. It is a place of

peace and reflection where families and

friends of Holy Cross can pray. Special

features include a Book of Remembrance

and a statue of Father Moreau, a gift from

the sisters in the Area of South America.

At the conclusion of the blessing,

Sister Joy expressed her gratitude to all

who had contributed to the project, especially

Sister Jeanette Fettig and the development

staff, Hank Mascotte, and Tom

Stimson and the grounds crew.¡

LEFT: Sister Jeanette Fettig

blesses the Book of Remembrance,

in which the names

of donors and their honored

loved ones are engraved.

TOP: Hank Mascotte

blesses the statue

of Father Moreau,

which was a gift

from the sisters in

the Area of South


LEFT: Sister Brenda

Cousins leads

the procession

from the church

to the Moreau



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Branches: Holy Cross Around the World

Sister Patricia Riley addresses

gathering to honor women religious

LifeSigns ¡ MAY / JUNE 2009


Excerpted from an article written by Christine Young

that appeared March 27 and is used with permission of

Intermountain Catholic, the newspaper of the Diocese

of Salt Lake City (Utah).

The Salt Lake Deanery held its annual spring

luncheon on Laetare Sunday, March 22, and honored

the women religious of the diocese. Guest

speakers were Bernice Mooney, former archivist for

the Diocese of Salt Lake City and author of Salt

of the Earth, and Holy Cross Sister Patricia Riley,

vicar for women religious and director of deacon

candidates for the Diocese of Salt Lake City.

“There are 45 sisters in our diocese

today,” said Mooney. “Seven of

the orders to which some of

these sisters belong are the original

orders that helped to shape

the Catholic Church of Utah.”

On June 6, 1875, the first two

Holy Cross sisters arrived in the

Utah Territory, and others soon

followed. They opened schools

and convents in Ogden, Silver

Reef, Park City and Eureka, and

a hospital in Silver Reef. The

sisters also established St. Mary

Academy in 1875 and began

teaching there. They established Holy Cross

Hospital in 1881, reared children in Kearns-Saint

Ann Orphanage from 1891 to 1953, and assumed

administration of the school in the former Judge

Mercy Home and Hospital in 1926.

“Women religious in Utah have a long history

with much variety in their ministries,” said Sister

Patricia. “So who are we today in the Diocese of

Salt Lake City in 2009? Presently, there are nine

religious communities represented.

“What are the works in which these 45 sisters

are involved?” asked Sister Patricia. “The ministry

of the contemplative nuns, the Carmelites, is to

pray for the diocese, the needs of the world and

Sister Patricia Riley, vicar for women religious,

speaks of the presence and work of

the religious in the Diocese of Salt Lake City.

Photo by Christine Young

the church. Other communities in the diocese

are involved in healthcare and hospice, education,

parish ministry, spirituality, immigration work,

hospital ministry and diocesan level work.”

Sister Patricia said very good work is

being done in the diocese by religious sisters, but

the number of sisters doing ministry is not what

it was. But something wonderful has happened.

The lay members of the church are more involved

in ministry, which is what was asked of them

from the Second Vatican Council.

“Truly that has happened in our diocese today,”

said Sister Patricia. “The laity is involved in ministry.

There are 73 directors of religious education,

955 religious education teachers,

48 Rite of Christian Initiation of

Adults (RCIA) directors in parishes,

16 Catholic school administrators,

and 466 Catholic school teachers.

There are a few religious doing these

works as well, but the laity is doing

wonderful work in our diocese and

throughout the country.

“We all know that God has a

plan, and God’s work will be done

and will continue to be done,” said

Sister Patricia. “There are fewer religious

vocations in this country, but

international communities are continuing to get

vocations. Many of our communities are international,

so we are getting vocations in Africa, Asia

and South America. These are wonderful, spiritfilled

religious who are entering our communities.

We are blessed.

“So what is God saying in all of this to us?”

asked Sister Patricia. “Live the Gospel, teach the

ignorant, feed the hungry, clothe the naked, and

visit the sick. God is also saying, ‘Reach out to

my people,’ and that will always be our call to

both the religious and the laity. We have, and are

continuing to be, a grace for one another. The

future is truly in God’s hands.”¡

BrANchE s: Holy Cross Around the World

Exhibit begins

national tour

Catholic sisters—just over 220,000 women

in the united States since 1727—have

had a wide influence on American life and

culture. now the virtually untold story of

these women is featured in a new traveling

exhibit, “women and Spirit: Catholic Sisters

in America.” The exhibit was developed by

the Leadership Conference of women

Religious (LCwR), whose members represent

approximately 95 percent of the women

religious in the united States. The show

debuted at the Cincinnati Museum Center

on May 16 and will travel throughout the

united States for three years. Other venues

include the Smithsonian’s International Gallery

in the S. Dillon Ripley Center, located

on the national Mall in washington, D.C.

The exhibit will be hosted there from

January through April 2010.

“women and Spirit” tells the story of

the Catholic sisters who helped shape the

nation’s social and cultural landscape. The

exhibit features rare artifacts, first-person

accounts, photographs, and modern and

archival videos, telling the story of the role

of women religious at some of the

nation’s dramatic turning points, including

the Depression, the Gold Rush, the San

Francisco earthquake, influenza epidemics,

the civil rights movement and Hurricane

katrina. Also highlighted are the communities

of sisters who nursed both union and

Confederate soldiers during the Civil war,

which, of course, includes the Sisters of the

Holy Cross.

In addition to telling the rich stories of

Catholic sisters of the past, the exhibit

features the outreach of women religious

serving the unmet needs of today’s world.

More information about the project is

available at¡

LEFT: Sister Margaret Ann nowacki demonstrates

the operation of the fluting machine,

invented by Sister Cyril (Books) in 1920.

Prior to Sister Cyril’s machine, the flutes in

sisters’ caps, approximately 150 individually

formed folds, were created by handheld

heating rods—a process that

could take two hours per cap.

TOP: A fluted cap once worn

by the Sisters of the Holy

Cross is among the artifacts

featured in “women and

Spirit: Catholic Sisters in

America,” a traveling exhibit

that will tour museums

throughout the united States

for three years.

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Branches: Holy Cross Around the World

BEST Program continues to build relationships

In February of this year, Sister Margaret

Mary Lavonis, coordinator of the BEST (Building

English Skills Together) Program, requested

feedback from participants about their experience

during the program’s first six months. Of

the 76 participants, 46 sisters responded.

The purpose of the program is to help

sisters for whom English is not their first

language, improve and practice their English

while building a personal relationship via

e-mail with an English-speaking community

member from another culture.

Those who signed up for the program

include three sisters from the Angela Area, 35

from the Area of North America, nine from

the Area of Africa, 21 from the Area of Asia,

and five from the Area of South America.

Participants were asked what was pleasurable

about the program and what proved to

be challenging or difficult about writing to

their sister-partner. Many respondents said

they most enjoyed getting to know a sister

from a culture other than their own and

having another opportunity to practice their

English skills.

The biggest challenge centered on

access to reliable Internet service and, in

some countries, the availability of enough

computers. Also mentioned was the difficulty

of giving constructive feedback to “correct”

their partner’s English without being too critical.

Another challenge was to communicate

in simple English. Having enough time to

check e-mail messages also was mentioned.

Hopefully this program not only initiated

relationships that will continue to flourish,

but also will help communication within the

congregation and foster connections between

its many cultures.¡

For a full copy of the report, contact Sister

Margie at

Nursery school named in honor of Holy Cross sisters

LifeSigns ¡ MAY / JUNE 2009

To commorate the more than 65

years of service by the Sisters of

the Holy Cross to the Idaho Falls,

Idaho, community, Holy Rosary

Parish named its new early childhood

learning center in honor

of the sisters at the blessing

ceremony March 1. Named by

Principal Marilyn Reilly, the Holy

Cross Early Childhood Learning

Center will nurture and educate

children from ages 2 through 4.

Bishop Michael Driscoll attended

the dedication, along with Holy

Rosary parishioners.¡


Branches: Holy Cross Around the World

RIGHT: Sisters Michelle

Toepp, Judith Hallock, Joan

Mader and Patricia Anne

Clossey stand outside the

Holy Cross Center after the


LEFT: Local parishioners

attend the blessing of

the Holy Cross Center in

Guadalupe, Nuevo Léon,

Mexico, on February 28.

ABOVE: Father Peter Logsdon,

CSC, assisted by Deacon Aaron

Michka, CSC, blesses the

Holy Cross Center.

Five worshiping communities

included in center’s blessing

by Michelle Toepp, CSC

The blessing of the Holy Cross Center in

Guadalupe, Nuevo Léon, Mexico, was celebrated on

Saturday, February 28. That date was chosen because

Sister Judith Hallock, area coordinator for the

Area of North America, would be present in Mexico

on February 27 for the welcoming ceremony of

the area’s two new candidates. Prior to the center’s

blessing, all people worshiping in the five local chapels

were invited to attend the special event. The

dual purpose of the invitation was to include the

worshiping communities in the celebration and to

acquaint them with the central Holy Cross location

for the sisters’ ministries in Mexico.

Father Peter Logsdon, CSC, pastor, and Deacon

Aaron Michka, CSC, blessed each room of the

center while groups of parishioners accompanied

them with joyous songs. Some 35 to 40 guests

participated in the blessing and enjoyed refreshments

afterward. A number of local Holy Cross

men also joined in the celebration.

The center is the home base from which the

sisters will conduct some of their ministries and

is a core location to help local people understand

that the sisters are members of the Holy Cross

family—priests. brothers and sisters—all working

together. The sisters have begun hosting meetings,

retreats, spiritual direction opportunities,

English classes and tutoring at the center. There

also are plans for additional retreats, Bible classes

and many more activities in the future. It is

hoped that the center will become a busy place

with many parish activities.¡

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BrANchE s: Holy Cross Around the World

The congregation joins in blessing the jubilarians. Front row (l to r): Sisters Alice Lamping, Patricia Cullen, Patrick (Gallagher),

Marjorie Jones, Leonora (Donnelly) and Agnes Anne (Roberts)

Local jubilarians celebrate at Saint Mary’s

LifeSigns ¡ MAY / JUNE 2009

Sisters at Saint Mary’s celebrated the lives of a dozen local

jubilarians at a Mass, dinner and afternoon reception on Sunday,

April 26. Sisters Ignatius (Schumacher), Leonora (Donnelly),

Alice Lamping, Mary Byrnes, Estelle Marie (Farrell), Patricia Cullen,

Agnes Anne (Roberts), Marjorie Jones, Patrick (Gallagher),

Elena (Malits), Florence Mary (May) and Barnita Scholastica

Mangsang were honored for a total of 680 years of service to

the congregation and the church.¡


BrANchE s: Holy Cross Around the World

Silver jubilarian Sister

Barnita Scholastica

Mangsang asks the

jubilarians to reflect on

ways they had touched

lives and to rejoice in

how their actions had

resulted in change.

Father Jim Bracke, CSC, extends a blessing to the

jubilarians as Sara king, senior at Saint Mary’s College,

serves as acolyte.

At the afternoon reception for the jubilarians, Sister Mary Byrnes,

left, is congratulated by her good friends, Sisters Mildred Marie

(keefe) and Michella Marie (Donohue).

Sister Ignatius (Schumacher), far right, shares stories of her 75 years as a religious with keith Egan, professor

emeritus of religious studies at Saint Mary’s College, and Sister Theresa Jane Bellner.

MAY / JUNE 2009 ¡ LifeSigns


BrANchE s: Holy Cross Around the World

Austin jubilarians honored by parish

LifeSigns ¡ MAY / JUNE 2009


By EiLEEn dEwSnuP, CSC

The newly established Vocation

Committee of St. Ignatius Parish, Austin,

Texas, celebrated parishioners Sister

nancy Pewterbaugh’s (golden) and Sister

Anita Teresa Costa’s (silver) jubilees on

March 15 at the Sunday 11:15 a.m. Mass.

One of the committee’s central goals is to

make known and to support those who

have consecrated their lives as religious

and priests to the service of God’s people.

with the help of the other six Holy

Cross sisters living in the parish and the

Liturgy Committee at St. Ignatius, the

celebration was a grand and informative

witness to the entire assembly. The parish,

founded in the 1940s by Holy Cross,

remains Holy Cross. So it was a doubly

important event.

Father Michael Couhig, CSC, celebrant,

was warm and enthusiastic. He

was able to integrate the Jubilee with

the RCIA Ritual of the Scrutinies, giving

each its due, and all was signed for the

deaf. Sister Judith Hallock, area coordinator

for the Area of north America,

called Sisters nancy and Anita to renew

their vows and accepted their renewal.

The whole congregation blessed them. It

was an outstanding success and the Vocation

Committee was very pleased with

the evaluations. The committee will follow

the same ritual for future jubilees.

After the Mass, the sisters provided a

small reception for friends. The gathering

included Holy Cross brothers, Sister

Anita’s teachers, student friends, past

and present long-time parishioners, and

L to r: Sisters nancy Pewterbaugh and Anita Teresa Costa

celebrate their golden and silver jubilees, respectively,

with parishioners and friends at St. Ignatius Church in

Austin, Texas, March 15.

a neighbor. Although she now ministers

in the neighboring parish of San Jose,

Sister nancy began her Texas ministry as

a young religious at St. Ignatius School,

so there were many long lost friends who

came to see her. Sister Anita is a nursing

student at Austin Community College.

The celebration was capped with a

meal at Gallo’s Restaurant, whose owner,

an elderly gentleman who has known

many members of Holy Cross, graciously

would not allow us to pay.

The day brought much joy to many.¡

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Sister Barbara

Korem celebrated for

service in Matamoros

by Eleanor Snyder, CSC

After many years of health service to Mexican

Americans in the South Texas area—including the

foundation, development and direction of the first

home health clinic in the Rio Grande Valleys—

Sister Barbara Korem felt strongly the call to bring

her nursing skills to the poor living in Mexico.

One day, 25 years ago, she went exploring, and

while driving along the highway some 45 kilometers

outside of Matamoros she saw a sign for a

village, “Ejido 5 de mayo.” She turned onto the

dusty, rut-filled road and arrived at a very poor

farming community. Thus began a bonding,

which was festively and gratefully celebrated on

April 4. The occasion was also to say “adios” since

the Matamoros ministry was terminated at the

end of April when Sister Barbara will begin afresh

at a new mission in Frontera, Tabasco, Mexico.

During her 25 years in Matamoros, Sister

Barbara offered quality medical attention—

difficult for the poor to find anywhere, but impossible

for the rural villages. Besides her nursing,

she also worked to develop the Christian community

in 5 de mayo and the two adjoining villages,

Rancho Quiano and Ejido Franciso I Madero.

The celebration began with a Mass of thanksgiving

in the chapel of Santa Cruz. Sister Barbara

was instrumental in obtaining funding for that

building, which displays a lovely stained glass

window created by Sister Alma Mary (Anderson).

There was a delicious community meal lovingly

served to all, and later in the evening the

traditional “baile” dance was performed.

However, the most important part of the day

were the many testimonies of the people. Some

even had family members read a prepared text of

their heartfelt sentiments. With tears, hugs, gifts

Sister Barbara Korem (far right) shows the women in the

parish a plaque she received in recognition of her “devotion

and outstanding service to the community for our

health and religious needs for the past 25 years.” Father

Benjamin Barajas Cuarenta is in the background.

and words, they each communicated loudly and

clearly their deep affection, gratitude, friendship

and appreciation for all that Hermana Barbarita

had done with them to realize a healthy, united

and active community.

This jubilant (and, at the same time, sad)

occasion was shared with Barbara’s only sister,

Lois Wold, and her grandniece, Maggie Dunning,

who over the years have been so supportive of

this ministry. Also present were other friends and

volunteers who have served in 5 de mayo, including

Rosa Medrano, who was with Sister Barbara

in the early phases of the ministry. Brandy Stronczek,

a Saint Mary’s graduate and one of the most

faithful and long-term volunteers, also attended. It

was truly a great celebration and a well-deserved

recognition of a faithful commitment, a cherished

experience of mutual respect and confidence in the

day-in and day-out doing and being “Good News”

to one another.

Sister Barbara would be the first to say that

her ministry was only possible because of the

continued support and donations from family,

friends and the Ministry With the Poor fund; the

ever willing volunteers from near and far; and, of

course, the loving presence and collaboration of

many of our Holy Cross sisters both living and

deceased. This celebration embraced them all.¡

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leaves: Sisters in Ministry

Sister Marianne Farina (center of photograph) served as moderator and faculty member for workshops and courses for “Faith in

Human Rights,” a collaborative interfaith project partially funded by CSC Funds.

Theologians, social justice advocates

seek to promote, protect human rights

LifeSigns ¡ MAY / JUNE 2009

The Dominican School of Philosophy and

Theology (DSPT), Berkeley, California, in collaboration

with other universities, development centers,

faith communities and social organizations

throughout the Bay Area, commemorated the

60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration

of Human Rights with

an interfaith project titled

“Faith in Human Rights:

Promoting Human Dignity,

Working for Justice,

Building Peace.”

The semester-long program,

which began in January, sought to “cultivate an

effective working relationship of the theological

academy and faith communities ... with the

intention of forming an interfaith coalition for

human rights,” said Sister Marianne Farina,

assistant professor at the DSPT.

The final workshop, held May 7, focused on

creating such a coalition, whose goal will be to

“develop a deeper understanding of human rights

and be better advocates of them,” she said.

The planning for this program began

two years ago when member

schools and centers of the

Graduate Theological Union

met with representatives

from local religious and civic

groups. Discussions focused on

concerns about the growing number

of human rights violations in the community;

the increase in incidents of violence and neighborhood

crime; and the inability to protect

people’s most basic rights on local, national and

international fronts.


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“During these meetings, we realized that the

theological academy could become a better ally

to social action groups involved in human rights

work,” explained Sister Marianne.

The Faith in Human Rights program included

workshops, courses, lectures and other informational

sessions. Sister Marianne served as moderator

for a February 5 workshop that discussed

the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and

dialogued on such topics as “What are human

rights?” “How do we talk about human rights?”

and “What is the connection between religious

freedom and human rights?” She also was a faculty

member for two intersession courses: “Sacred

Commandments and Human Rights” (January

12–16) and “Faith and Human Rights: Sustaining

the Sacred in Society” (February 5–May 7).

The project was partially funded by the CSC

Fund/Ministry With the Poor, with matching

funds from Y & H Soda Foundation, along with

support from Christian, Muslim and Jewish faith


“By engaging in study and dialogue, we will

develop an action plan for education and advocacy

in human rights that will include strategies for

future cooperative ventures,” said Sister Marianne.

“Together we can create a stronger framework

for the protection of human rights.”¡

Editor’s note: Read more about the Faith in Human

Rights program in the DSPT newsletter, “Ad Gentes.”

The spring 2009 issue, written by Sister Marianne,

focuses on this interfaith project. Go to http://www.


Sister Anne Veronica Horner Hoe was

awarded a certificate in hotel/hospital

management at the Hospital Israelita

Albert Einstein in São Paulo, Brazil, on

March 27.

The only non-hospital employee in the

course, Sister Anne Veronica learned how

caregivers need to welcome patients and

families, and how to give them the experience

of being well received and well cared

Sister Anne Veronica

Horner Hoe

for. Her thesis, “Hotel Services in Health Facilities and Hospitality

in Residences for Senior Citizens,” focused on the expectations

of the elderly in today’s world in terms of their quality of life.

She enrolled in this course because the sisters in Brazil will

be building a 100-person senior citizen building with three levels

of care available: independent living, assisted living and nursing

care. The facility will serve retired Holy Cross sisters living in

Brazil, other religious and clergy, and lay men and women.¡

Nota Bene

Sister Anne Veronica

earns hotel/hospital


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Sister Gabriella receives

Spirit of Service Award

from Saint Mary’s College.

Sister Gabriella (Doran) was honored

April 28 with a Spirit of Service Award

presented by the Office for Civic and

Social Engagement at Saint Mary’s College,

notre Dame, Indiana. The award, which is

the highest service-related award bestowed

by the college, is given to individuals who

Sister Gabriella (Doran) demonstrate a “servant’s heart” through

their words, relationships and deeds.

These words and actions must be especially evident within the

South Bend/Mishawaka community.

Sister Gabriella was recognized as a lifelong advocate for the

cause of social justice, responding to the needs of those around

her—whether the elderly in nursing homes, the youth (and their

families) affected by violence or the teen residents at the

Juvenile Justice Center in South Bend.¡

LifeSigns ¡ MAY / JUNE 2009

Sister Mary Ellen Johnson

takes part in

radio interview.

Sister Mary Ellen


Sister Mary Ellen Johnson, mental

health counselor and marriage and family

therapist for Catholic Community Services

of western washington, was interviewed

on the radio program “Conversations

with Father Bob: Revealing the Real

Presence of Christ in Ordinary Catholics.”

Father Bob Camuso, a priest of the

Archdiocese of Seattle who has been on

the air for five years, interviews members

of the clergy, women religious, leaders of religious organizations

and members of Catholic laity, who discuss their participation

in a particular ministry and speak about the challenges of living

a Christian life.

Sister Mary Ellen spoke about her work and the effect that

the economy has on a person’s mental health, including the

issue of joblessness and how that affects a person’s identity and

feelings of self worth.

Sister Mary Ellen’s interview on “Conversations with Father

Bob” was broadcast on Seattle and Spokane radio stations and

on the Radio Maria uSA network. Go to “Sisters in the news”

from the what’s new page of the congregation’s web site (www. to listen to the podcast.¡



Sister Mary Louise Gude will join

Saint Mary’s College in July as the vice

president for Mission. She will be the

second vice president to lead the Division

for Mission, established in 1994. Sister

Rose Anne Schultz retires from the post

this spring after nine years.

A 1963 alumna of Saint Mary’s College,

Sister Mary Louise also holds a licentiate

from the university of Montreal and

a doctorate in French literature from the university of Pennsylvania.

She has spent her career serving the university of notre

Dame and Saint Mary’s College. At the university of notre

Dame she served as an assistant vice president for Student Affairs

(1998–2006) and taught in the Department of Romance

Languages (1991–1998 and 2000–2006). She served at Saint

Mary’s as an assistant professor of French from 1976 to 1991

and coordinator of the French program at the college from 1977

to 1987.

Sister Mary Louise is expected to start her position the first of


Sister Mary Louise


Sister Mary Louise Gude

is named vice president

for Mission at Saint Mary’s


Sister Ruth Marie nickerson was recognized

May 21 by California State university,

Fresno, with the establishment of an

endowed distinguished professorship in

her honor.

Sister Ruth Marie served as president

and CEO of Saint Agnes Medical Center

in Fresno for 20 years. Her advocacy

for long-term sustainable change in the

health status of Fresno-area residents gave

Sister Ruth Marie


impetus to the creation of the Central Valley Health Policy Institute

within the College of Health and Human Services at Fresno

State. First envisioned in 2000, the institute became a reality in

mid-2003 with a $4 million, five-year partnership between the

California Endowment and Fresno State. Through Sister Ruth

Marie’s vision, an important link was forged between higher education

and healthcare in the central California region.¡

Fresno State honors Sister

Ruth Marie Nickerson.

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NEw lEAv E s: Formation

My heart is filled with joy

LifeSigns ¡ MAY / JUNE 2009

By JoySLinE MARy LyngKhoi, CSC

It was a joyous and grace-filled day in my life

when I made my initial profession of vows to God

through the Congregation of the Sisters of the

Holy Cross. I am grateful to God for the gift of

my life, through my parents, and for the gift of

my vocation.

The ceremony was very meaningful. Every sister

who was present made this day special for me.

On the evening of March 20, the prayer in our

chapel with my holude ceremony was a new experience

for me. The meaning of this ceremony was

very beautiful. I have renewed my baptismal call

once again in Christ. The perpetually professed

sisters’ sharing was very encouraging in my life. I

was touched very much by this prayerful moment

and solemn ceremony. I feel that God has lifted

me and is transforming me into a new person.

The eucharistic celebration on

the following day began at 10 a.m. Father

Frank Quinlivan, CSC, provincial for the

Holy Cross priests, was the main

celebrant. Sister Philomena Quiah,

area coordinator for the Area of

Asia, received my vows. Sister Bruno

(Beiro), who alone represented the

Shillong community, increased my

joy even though my family members

could not be present. I am grateful to

Sister Violet Rodrigues, my directress, and

Sister Molli Gertrude Costa, who planned

everything to make this day special.

The whole environment in the novitiate was

just beautiful and attuned with my profession.

During the moments of celebration I felt my heart

was full of joy. what a feeling! One which I had

never felt before! Though I missed my family

members a lot, I received so much inspiration and

Sister Joysline Mary Lyngkhoi at the holude

ceremony before her initial profession of vows in

Dhaka, Bangladesh, March 20

support from all the sisters from different local

communities and from other sisters’ prayers and

wishes. I am grateful to my Deepaneeta community,

the novices and candidates for their generosity

and hard work as they prepared this beautiful

day for me.

I thank God and thank everybody who made

my profession day a memorable one for me.¡


NEw lEAv E s: Formation

Let us rejoice; the day has come!



“Oh Jesus, at last I have found my vocation, I

want to be the fire, I want to be the love.”

– St. Therese of Lisieux

we chose this quote by St. Therese of

Lisieux for the celebration of our initial

profession of vows, held May 9 at St. Agnes

Catholic Church in Los Angeles, California.

This phrase expresses how we feel about our

first vows. It reflects our deepest desire to

express our love for God and others in our

lives as we work together with all of you as

Sisters of the Holy Cross.

During the time of our novitiate, we

looked beyond this moment of making a

formal commitment and the many activities

we were involved in, such as classes,

ministries, etc. After our three months

of ministry experiences, we came back to

Los Angeles and realized right away that

profession time was near. All our ideas

and dreams about our letters and our

ceremony were at hand, and we needed

to prepare. After we wrote our letters of

request to make our vows, the time of waiting

for the answer, as all of you remember,

was moving slowly and of course we were

asking each other: “what do you think?

Do you believe we were accepted?” Finally,

we had the answer and we rejoiced.

continued, page 18

L to r: Sisters Joan Marie Steadman, Jane Chantal (Method), Maryanne O’neill, Veronique (wiedower), Miriam nohemí Arizpe

Paredes and Patricia Rodríguez Leal

MAY / JUNE 2009 ¡ LifeSigns


new leaves: Formation

Let us rejoice; the day has come,

continued from page 17

Next, we needed to start deciding on the

day, place and time for the ceremony, and not

forgetting some of the “big-little” details, such as

invitations, programs, choosing readings, songs,

etc. The study of our vows and our retreat were

enriching and confirming.

All these things are memories

for such a special day.

All of us at Saint Agnes

Convent were very excited

about planning everything.

Yet, something really important

was missing. After all

this time away from home

we wondered, “Could our

families join us for this

important moment? Could

they afford to be here?” We

didn’t know what to expect

when we asked our mothers

to come to Los Angeles from Monterrey, Mexico. As

always, God surprised us.

Our mothers and our families were thinking

Sister Judith Hallock (right) witnesses the vows of Sisters

Miriam Nohemí Arizpe Paredes and Patricia Rodríguez Leal.

of the possibility of coming. All this time they

were saving money for the trip, for as they said, “It

would really be worth it.” Once Nohemí’s mom

said, “How can you think that I am not going to

be with you in this important moment? I am

your mother, and I have to

be there to give you to God

and the sisters.” That is the

way that our mothers feel,

and it is an expression of

how they put their trust in

us and in the congregation.

We were so happy to

share this moment with our

families and friends who

have helped us to grow in

our faith and love along

with all of you. Our new

family of Holy Cross receives

us as sisters and helps us to

carry out and to share Father Moreau’s vision of

being people in the service of others for love of

Jesus Christ, who is the center of our lives.¡

Candidates welcomed in Mexico

LifeSigns ¡ MAY / JUNE 2009


by Joan Mader, CSC

The local community, family members and friends

of Areli Cruz Hernández and Esperanza Jacobo Acevedo

rejoiced with them on the occasion of their official acceptance

into the candidate program at a ceremony held

at Casa La Providencia, Guadalupe, Mexico, on February

27. Father Peter Logsdon, CSC, pastor, presided at the

eucharistic celebration and Sister Judith Hallock, area

coordinator for the Area of North America, welcomed

the new candidates into the program.

Sister Judith



Areli Cruz


and Esperanza



with a cross

to wear as


new leaves: Formation

L to r: Candidate Areli Cruz Hernández, Candidate Esperanza Jacobo Acevedo, Father Peter Logsdon, CSC, and

Sisters Joan Mader, Patricia Anne Clossey and Judith Hallock, area coordinator, join in the singing during the

reception liturgy held February 27 on the veranda of Casa La Providencia in Guadalupe, Mexico.

The men of Holy Cross and many members of

the candidates’ families were present for the occasion

and enjoyed a delicious taco supper following

the liturgy.

Sister Joan Mader, candidate director, and

Sister Patricia Anne Clossey joyously welcomed

the candidates into their local community.

Sister Michelle Toepp, vocation director, who

accompanied these women during their discernment

phase, will continue to be a part of the

extended community.¡

Areli and Esperanza share their reflections on the

events of the day:

“February 27, 2009, was a very special day for

us. We had an appointment with our families and

friends, but principally with God. We had the

honor of having Father Pedro Logsdon, CSC, pastor

of our community, officiate at a Mass as part of the

welcoming to the candidate program of the Sisters

of the Holy Cross. The most important moment

for us was when we shared with those present the

reasons we chose the readings for the ceremony:

Jeremiah 20:7-9; Psalm 139 and Matthew 4:18-22.

“We are grateful to Sister Judy Hallock, area

coordinator, for her kind and encouraging words.

We also wish to thank Sisters Joan Mader,

Michelle Toepp and Patricia Anne Clossey for

their help in preparing everything and for being

part of our life and formation. Thanks to everyone

and especially to God for permitting us to

live this experience.”

— Esperanza Jacobo Acevedo

“As Esperanza has already mentioned, our

acceptance and welcome as candidates in the congregation

was a great joy for both of us. I would

also like to highlight the support that I have

received from my family.

“For me, the most touching moment was during

the petitions when my mother gave thanks

to God that I had chosen this path and that I

am happy. She asked God to help me as I move

forward. (My mother always surprises me!)

“I’m also grateful for my sister Elizeth, who

always encourages me; for the presence of Father

Pedro, Sisters Michelle, Joan and Patricia, who are

an important part of our formation journey; for Sister

Judith Hallock, who accepted us into this new

phase of our formation; and our friends, the Holy

Cross priests and seminarians. Thanks to everyone.

May God continue blessing us abundantly.”

— Areli Cruz Hernández

MAY / JUNE 2009 ¡ LifeSigns


E flE c T ioN s


By EvA MARy (hooKER), CSC

The eye of its body blinks, wings

winnowing & fasted—:

—as if, as in, the heart a sudden flutter

of mere

gold. Or unfixed

shiver. Of rust. A filament. Of hover.

I walk unhoused

into a thousand thousand famishings.

Trees grow out of my hands and stand

apart for clarifying.

Little dances: —I bury without

a sign.

I see now how after fierce cutting any small

body can be broken.

And some have wings

that sing.

LifeSigns ¡ MAY / JUNE 2009


Previously published in the Cincinnati Review, winter 2007

advancing the mission

Making a Catholic

education achievable

Students from the new

Saint Andrew School in

Draper, Utah, surround

Sister Karla McKinnie.

by Leslie Choitz, assistant development director

Education has long been one of the main ministries

of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. The CSC

Fund/Ministry With the Poor grants for 2008–09

helped to continue that ministry. Several projects

provided funds for scholarships that enabled students

of all ages to have a Catholic education.

In Draper, Utah, Saint Andrew School opened

in the fall of 2008. Sister Karla McKinnie reports,

“CSC Funds have been a godsend because they

allowed us to offer a Catholic education to 13 children,

[nearly all] from low-income Hispanic homes.

All of these families sacrifice to provide this educational

opportunity. The school discounts tuition

greatly and CSC Funds supplement needed tuition

to run the school. Because of these wonderful children,

our school has a special diversity, enhancing

the experiential education of all.”

At Bishop Ireton High School in Alexandria,

Virginia, a scholarship provided in part by CSC

Funds has helped a student through all four years

of high school and he will be going on to college.

Now living with his uncle following his mother’s

death from lupus, the young man has maintained

a 3.0 grade point average and has completed the

annually required 30 hours of volunteer work.

The education projects also stretch upward

to those doing the teaching. In Salt Lake City,

the Catholic Schools Leadership Institute has

been able to provide quality professional development

programs, identify potential principals and

administrators, and provide financial assistance

for continuing their administrative education at a

Catholic university. The candidates commit to at

least three years of service to the Salt Lake diocese

after completing their degree or they pay back

the scholarship. Says Sister Catherine Kamphaus,

“The CSC Funds are very important to our diocese

and forming leaders in our Catholic schools.”

Sister Karla sums up the real value of these

grants: “As a Sister of the Holy Cross, I am happy

and proud to be able to offer this gift of education

to those who would ordinarily feel it is

beyond their reach or capability to give their

children. Thank you to all who contribute to this

wonderful fund. You are touching many lives

today and into the future.”¡

MAY / JUNE 2009 ¡ LifeSigns



Congregation honors 28 jubilarians

Twenty-eight Sisters of the Holy Cross will celebrate the jubilee anniversaries of

their first profession in the congregation on Sunday, July 19. Sisters celebrating 25,

50, 60 and 75 years of commitment and service in the congregation will be honored

in special celebrations at Saint Mary’s.¡

11 11 11

1 Diamond

First Profession

1934 (75 Years)

Sister M. Ignatius


11 11 11

1 Diamond

First Profession

1949 (60 Years)

Sister María Luisa


Sister Joan Allem

Sister M. Leonora


LifeSigns ¡ MAY / JUNE 2009


Sister Alice Lamping Sister Mary Byrnes Sister Margaret Ann


Sister Estelle Marie



Sister M. Dolores


Sister Patricia Cullen

Sister M. Agnes Anne


Sister M. Marcia (Britton)

Sister Mary Eliza (Martin) Sister Marjorie Jones Sister M. Patrick


Sister M. Bruno (Beiro)

11 11 11

1 Golden

First profession

1959 (50 years)

Sister M. Fidelia


Sister Doreen Marie


Sister Linda Bellemore

Sister M. Elena (Malits)

Sister Florence Mary


Sister karen Anne Jackson

Sister kathleen weber

MAY / JUNE 2009 ¡ LifeSigns


Local jubilarians celebrate at Saint Mary’s, page 8

Congregation honors 28 jubilarians,

continued from page 23

Sister Ann Shaw

Sister nancy


Sister Barbara Hahl

1 1

11 11


First profession

1984 (25 years)

Sister Barnita

Scholastica Mangsang

Sister Anita Teresa


LifeSigns is published six times a year for the Sisters of the Holy Cross around the

world. news items, draft articles and suggestions are welcome. Items must be in

the Communications Office by the beginning of the month preceding publication

to assure inclusion and may be edited for length and clarity.


1 dEAdliNE for NEx T issUE: July 1

Send signed, dated materials to:

LifeSigns Editor, Sisters of the Holy Cross, 308 Bertrand Annex—Saint Mary’s,

notre Dame, Indiana 46556-5018, Phone: (574) 284-5718,

E-mail:, web site:

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Communications Director: Amy Smessaert Designer: Elissa Schmidt

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