Jubilarian sisters of 2018

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Northwest Catholic is proud to honor religious sisters celebrating significant anniversaries in 2018 and thanks them for their service to the people of Western Washington.

Sisters of Providence

The ministries of the Sisters of Providence include health care, education, social services, prison ministry and spiritual direction.

75 years

Sister Rita Bergamini (Sister Marie Carmen), born in Martinez, California, entered the Sisters of Providence in 1943. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served as clinic director at Seattle University (1954-60), on the board of directors for the Archdiocese of Seattle (1955-56), as a leadership team member and provincial secretary for the Sacred Heart Province (1964-71), as archivist for the Sacred Heart Province (1972-92) and as assistant archivist (1993-99). She also ministered at hospitals in Portland, Yakima and Walla Walla. Her current ministry is prayer and presence at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.

 

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Sister Irene Charron (Sister Ann), born in Duluth, Minnesota, entered the Sisters of Providence in 1943. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served as a teacher at Providence Academy in Vancouver (1944-47). She has also served at schools and hospitals in Alaska, Yakima, Moxee, Illinois and California. Her current ministry is prayer and presence at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.

 

 

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Sister Rita Ferschweiler (Sister Mary Laureen), born in St. Louis, Oregon, entered the Sisters of Providence in 1943. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served in the kitchen at the St. Vincent Home for the Aged in Seattle (1944-45), as a nurse at Providence Hospital in Seattle (1948-52) and St. Joseph Hospital in Vancouver (1952-53), in parish ministry at St. Michael Parish in Olympia (1972-73), as a nurse and coordinator of patient services and pastoral care at St. Peter Hospital in Olympia (1973-77), as administrator at The DePaul and Mount St. Vincent in Seattle (1977-83), in pastoral care and as a nurse at The Josephinum Apartments in Seattle (1984), as a leadership team member for the Sacred Heart Province (1985-91), as a sister representative at the Providence Mother Joseph Care Center in Olympia (1991-97) and St. Peter Hospital in Olympia (1991-97), and as director of community foundation and board (2000-05). She has also served at hospitals in Alaska, Yakima and Portland. Her current ministry is prayer and presence at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.

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Sister Lucy Villanova (Sister Mary Eugenius), born in Clearing, Illinois, entered the Sisters of Providence in 1943. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served as a teacher at Providence Academy in Vancouver (1944-46), St. Catherine School in Seattle (1946-48), Holy Family School in Seattle (1948-49), Providence Academy in Vancouver (1949-50) and Blanchet High School in Seattle (1960-64); as an art teacher at John F. Kennedy Memorial High School in Burien (1968-72); and on staff with the Archdiocese of Seattle (1976-79). She has also served at schools in California and Alaska. Her current ministry is prayer and presence and creative assistant at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.

 

70 years

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Sister Mary Clare Boland (Sister Mary Wilfrid), born in Seattle, entered the Sisters of Providence in 1948. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served as a teacher at St. Catherine School in (1954-56) and Holy Family School in Seattle (1961-62), in the kitchen and as a switchboard operator and driver at Providence Heights in Issaquah (1970-74), as local superior at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle (1974-76), as assistant local superior then superior (1985-90); in pastoral care and as purchasing clerk at Providence Hospital in Seattle (1977-79), as a hospital chaplain (1990-93), as a hospital chaplain and director of pastoral care at St. Peter Hospital in Olympia (1979-83), as a hospital chaplain at Swedish Medical Center ( 2000-07), as a health care volunteer (2011-16), as a volunteer in religious community service and as a local councilor (2000-05) and as librarian at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle (2003-07). She has also served at schools and hospitals in Sprague, Idaho, Montana, California and Moxee. Her current ministry is prayer and presence at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.

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Sister Dolores Ellwart (Sister Camilla), born in DeSmet, Idaho, entered the Sisters of Providence in 1948. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served as a companion and teacher at Providence Academy in Vancouver (1949-51 and 1952-54) and as a teacher at St. Michael School in Olympia (1951-52). She has also served at schools and parishes in California, Montana, Colfax, Walla Walla and Idaho. Her current ministry is prayer and presence at Emilie Court in Spokane.

 

 

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Sister Jeannette Parent (Sister Blasius), born in Baker, Montana, entered the Sisters of Providence in 1948. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served at St. Vincent Home in Seattle in care of the aged (1949-51), as a companion (1952-55), as support staff (1957-66), as director (1965-67) and as supervisor (1966-68); at Providence Hospital in Everett as support staff (1968-69) and as a licensed practical nurse (1969-70); and at The DePaul and Mount St. Vincent in Seattle in communications, purchasing and mail service (1970-72). She has also served in hospitals in Oregon, Montana and Spokane. Her current ministry is prayer and presence at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.

 

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Sister Alice St. Hilaire (Sister Mary Georgetta), born in Yakima, entered the Sisters of Providence in 1948. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served as a music teacher at St. Catherine School in Seattle (1951-53); as a teacher and novitiate at St. Vincent Home for the Aged in Seattle (1960-61); as a philosophy teacher, assistant director and acting director and personnel at Providence Heights (College of Sister Formation) in Issaquah (1961-68); at Providence Religious Life Center in Seattle as local superior (1970-72), formation team member and director (1970-75 and 1988-90); as a leadership team member and provincial councilor for the Sacred Heart Province in Seattle (1977-83); and as administrator of Providence Hospitality House in Seattle (1983-90). She has also served in Spokane, Montana, Walla Walla, Alaska and Yakima. Her current ministry is prayer and presence at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.

60 years

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Sister Susanne Hartung (Sister Joel), Born in Portland, Oregon, entered the Sisters of Providence in 1958. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served as a teacher at St. Michael School in Olympia (1962-64), as director of youth services at the YMCA in Vancouver (1968), as a teacher at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Vancouver (1968-73), as director and academic counselor at Eastside Catholic School in Bellevue (1983-87), as director of mission effectiveness at Providence Hospital in Seattle (1987-93), on the board of directors of Providence Services Corporation in Seattle (2000-05), as vice president of mission, ethics and community relations at Swedish Medical Center in Seattle (2000-05) and as director of mission and ethics for Providence Health & Services in Renton (2005-2016). She has also served in Alaska and California. Her current ministry is as chief mission integration officer at Providence St. Joseph Health in Renton.

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Sister Patricia Hauser (Sister Christiana), born in Madison, Wisconsin, entered the Sisters of Providence in 1958. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served as a teacher at Holy Family School in Seattle (1959-60), Our Lady of Lourdes School in Vancouver (1961-62) and St. Joseph School in Vancouver (1962-63 and 1964-65); on the formation team at Providence Heights in Issaquah (1968-75); as a staff member at Providence House in Seattle (1989-90); and as a spiritual director in Forks (2005-09). She has also served in California, Alaska, Hawaii and Yakima. Her current ministry is prayer and presence at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.

 

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Sister Charlene Hudon (Sister Charlene Marie), born in Ellensburg, entered the Sisters of Providence in 1958. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served as a teacher at Sacred Heart School in Tacoma (1956-59), St. Joseph School in Vancouver (1963-65) and Holy Family School in Seattle (1965-66); as local superior at Sacred Heart Convent in Tacoma (1967-70); at The DePaul and Mount St. Vincent in Seattle as a physical therapist/aide (1977-83 and 1988) and sister representative (1983-87); as a team member at Providence Hospitality House in Seattle (1979-81); at Skagit Valley College in Mount Vernon as an education volunteer (1988) and ESL teacher (1988-89 and 2000-05); as a volunteer at Sacred Heart Parish in La Conner (2005); as coordinator of Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation in Renton (2006 to present); and as a board member of Providence Mount St. Vincent Foundation in Seattle (2016 to present). She has also served in Burbank, California.

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Sister Pauline Lemaire (Sister Celine of Jesus), born in Moxee, entered the Sisters of Providence in 1958. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served as a teacher at Sacred Heart School in Tacoma (1968-70), Holy Family School in Seattle (1970-72) and Our Lady of the Lake School in Seattle (1972-76); and as a preschool teacher at Perkins School in Seattle (1976-77). She has also served in California, Portland, Yakima and Wapato. Her current ministry is prayer and presence at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.

 

 

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Sister Charlotte (Therese) Multz (Sister Victoria), born in Sioux City, Iowa, entered the Sisters of Providence in 1958. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served as a teacher at Sacred Heart School in Tacoma (1959), St. Joseph School in Vancouver (1963-64), Holy Family School in Seattle (1968-69) and Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Seattle (1973-76); as a music teacher at St. George School in Seattle (1976-78), St. Paul School in Seattle (1976-78) and Secret Harbor School in Burlington (1983-84); as a switchboard operator at The DePaul and Mount St. Vincent in Seattle (1985); as activity director at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle (1985-86); as a therapist, expressive art, group therapist and counselor, residential care and patient advocate at Madison House adult living center in Kirkland (1990-92); as a group therapist and residence manager at Fairfax Hospital in Kirkland (1993-99); as a volunteer in social services at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac (1999 and 2002-03); and as a volunteer in social services with Elder and Adult Day Services in Bellevue (1999). She has also served in California, Yakima and Alaska. Her current ministry is prayer and presence at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle.

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Sister Dona Taylor (Sister Donna Marie), born in Yakima, entered the Sisters of Providence in 1958. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served as a teacher at St. Michael School in Olympia (1960), as a nurse at Providence Hospital in Seattle (1965-66), as a leadership team member at Providence Heights in Issaquah (1969-73), at Providence Health & Services in Renton as president/CEO (1994-96) and on the board of directors (1995-96), and as coordinator of the WomanSpirit Center in Issaquah (1998-2005). She has also served at hospitals in Portland, Alaska, California and Montana. Her current ministry is prayer and presence and “Greening the Universe” in Yakima.

 

50 years

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Sister Kathleen (Kaye) Belcher, born in Battle Creek, Michigan, entered the Sisters of Providence in 1968. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served as a volunteer in social services at Providence Vincent House (1985), as a leadership team member in Renton (2005-09) and as assistant administrator of St. Joseph Residence in Seattle (2010-16). She has also ministered in Oregon, Yakima and Alaska. Her current ministry is as a volunteer at the Senior Center of West Seattle.

 

 

Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace

Committed to peace and justice, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace minister in education, health care, pastoral ministry, social work and other areas.

70 years

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Sister Monica Heeran, born in County Leitrim, Ireland, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in 1947. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she ministered in the business office at St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham (1967-68) and as president/CEO of PeaceHealth (1988-97). She has also served in Wenatchee and Oregon. Her current ministry is as sacristan at St. Mary-on-the-Lake in Bellevue.

 

 

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Sister Elizabeth Linnane, born in County Kerry, Ireland, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in 1947. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she ministered as a teacher at St. Therese School in Seattle (1950-53), Queen of Angels School in Port Angeles (1953-54), Sacred Heart School in Bellevue (1957-58) and St. Louise School in Bellevue (1969-71); as principal of Immaculate Conception School in Mount Vernon (1991-95); and as a literacy volunteer in the Skagit Valley (1995-2007). She has also served in California and Texas. She now resides at St. Mary-on-the-Lake in Bellevue.

 

60 years

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Sister Mary Thorne, born in Tacoma, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in 1957. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she ministered as a teacher at St. Louise School in Bellevue (1963-64), St. Rose School in Longview (1964-65), St. Monica School on Mercer Island (1965-67), Our Lady of the Lake School in Seattle (1972-73), Sacred Heart School in Bellevue (1973-75), Queen of Angels School in Port Angeles (1975-77) and St. Therese School in Seattle (1977-82); as a pastoral associate at Our Lady of Sorrows Parish in Snoqualmie (1984-88), Assumption Parish in Bellingham (1988-95) and St. Bridget Parish in Seattle (1996-99); as province office associate coordinator (1999-2003); and as assistant administrator of St. Mary on-the-Lake in Bellevue (2004-08). She now resides at St. Mary-on-the-Lake in Bellevue, where she volunteers with liturgy, hospitality and driving needs.

50 years

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Sister Margaret Shannon, born in Los Angeles, entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace in 1967. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she ministered as a teacher at Sacred Heart School in Bellevue (1972-76) and Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Seattle (1976-79), in young adult ministry in Snohomish (1979-1982), in a private counseling practice in Seattle (1983-2016) and as a member of the leadership team of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace (2016 to present). She has also served in Alaska. She currently resides in Seattle.

 

 

Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary

The Sisters of the Holy Names are committed to the mission of education, which includes promoting justice and creating community.

60 years

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Sister Dorothy Dees, born in Hailey, Idaho, made her vows with the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1958. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served at Holy Names Academy in Seattle, where she currently works part time. She was originally a member of the Oregon Province of the Sisters of the Holy Names, but now belongs to the Seattle Mission Centre in the integrated U.S.-Ontario Province. 

 

 

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Sister Rosemary Perisich, born in Seattle, entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1955 and made her vows in 1958. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served at Holy Names Academy in Seattle, where she currently works in the development department. She has also served in Portland and Spokane. She was originally a member of the Washington Province of the Sisters of the Holy Names, but now belongs to the Seattle Mission Centre in the integrated U.S.-Ontario Province.

 

 

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Sister Georgia Yianakulis, born in St. Paul, Minnesota, entered the Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary in 1958. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served at Immaculate Conception School in Seattle, St. Anne School in Seattle, Holy Rosary School in Seattle, Immaculate High School in Seattle, Holy Names Academy in Seattle and Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma, where she retired in 2012. She has also served in Oregon. She now volunteers at the Intercommunity Peace and Justice Center in Seattle and St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Federal Way and is a board member for Mercy Housing Northwest.

 

Sisters of St. Benedict

The Sisters of St. Benedict are a monastic community who seek God through community living, prayer and hospitality.

50 years

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Sister Therese Gonneville grew up in Visitation Parish in Tacoma and entered St. Placid Priory in 1965. She made her monastic profession in 1968. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served as a teacher at All Saints School in Puyallup (1971-73) and Visitation School in Tacoma (1973-81) and at the Still Point House of Prayer in Seattle (1984-86). She has also served in Spokane. She has served her community as sub-prioress, retreat director, spiritual director and monastery staff and continues this work at her monastery.

 

 

25 years

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Sister Laura Swan entered St. Placid Priory in 1989 from St. Louise Parish in Bellevue and made her monastic profession in 1993. She has served her community as program director at The Priory Spirituality Center, prioress, retreat director, spiritual director, archivist, and formation director. She has also taught at St. Martin’s University (2011-17). She is the author of numerous books on spirituality and women in the Catholic tradition. She continues her ministries at her monastery.

 

 

Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia

Ministering in education, health care, and pastoral and social work, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia are devoted to a consecrated life exemplified by St. Francis of Assisi and Mother Francis Bachmann.

50 years

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Sister Kathleen O’Donnell (Sister Sarah Marie), born in New Inn, County Tipperary, Ireland, entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1965 and professed her first vows in 1968. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she served as a teacher at St. Charles Borromeo School in Tacoma (1990-92). She has also served in Ireland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Wyoming and California. Since 2006 she has served as coordinator of the meal program at Emmanuel Dining Room, part of the Ministry of Caring Program in Wilmington, Delaware.

 

 

Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur

The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur are an international congregation; in the Archdiocese of Seattle, they serve in Seattle, Longview, Monroe and Burien.

70 years

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Sister Christina Marie Trudeau, born in Los Angeles, entered the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in 1948. In the Archdiocese of Seattle, she taught at Seattle University (1973-75). She has also served in California, Hawaii, Japan and the Philippines. Her current ministry is prayer at the Mercy Retirement and Care Center in Oakland, California.