Celebrate the years

We love celebrating the milestones of our fellow sisters,
especially significant anniversaries of our vows!
Here are 2018‘s jubilee honorees…

Sister Marian Russo, ASC

50 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, July 1, 1968; final vows, August 15, 1973

Sister Marian was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and raised by her mother, Marian Alice, and stepfather, Harold Steele. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Business Education from De Paul University, Chicago, in 1976, and her master’s in the same field from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pennsylvania in 1986. She held a teaching certificate for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.

She taught business education, bookkeeping, typing and shorthand at St. Joseph Academy in Columbia, Pennsylvania, and also served as its school secretary.

She also processed marriage papers as administrative assistant for nearly 10 years in the Chicago Archdiocesan Tribunal Office for Canonical Services.

She later would serve the Adorers as assistant to the provincial secretary, and secretary to the director of the Precious Blood Spirituality Center in Columbia, Pennsylvania. For several years, she helped process older Sisters’ medical claims at the Adorers’ U.S. Regional Mission Center in St. Louis.

She lives at the Ruma Center where she is Living Mission in Later Life.

Sister Toni Longo, ASC

50 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, July 1, 1968; final vows, July 1, 1973

Sister Toni was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Anthony and Ruth (Thomas) Longo. She earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a minor in fine arts (music) at Alvernia College, Reading, Pennsylvania, in 1976.

She earned a master’s degree in religious studies from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia in 1985, and a doctorate of ministry, concentrating on art and spirituality, from the Pacific School of Religion, Graduate Theological Union, Berkeley, California, in 2002.

She holds an elementary teaching certificate and is certified in several areas of the healing arts as well as in spiritual direction.

Sister Toni taught elementary education at St. Rochus in Johnstown, Seven Sorrows BVM in Middletown and St. Peter in Columbia, all in Pennsylvania. She also taught at Immaculate Conception in East Chicago, Indiana, and at St. Jerome in Chicago. She served for several years as campus minister at Penn State University, Capitol Campus, in Middletown and Harrisburg (Pennsylvania) Area Community College.

Sister Toni served the Adorers as provincial of the former Columbia province, and as provincial councilor and provincial secretary. She also served as vocation director, director of temporary professed sisters, director of associates of the former Columbia province, and currently is Sister-mentor for the ASC Associates in the Columbia, Pennsylvania, area. She was retreat director and liturgist at Vallombrosa Center in Menlo Park, California, and served in parish ministry at St. Joseph Basilica in Alameda, California, and at St. Francis of Assisi in Grove City, Florida.

Since 2015, she has been director of worship at her home parish of Our Mother of Consolation in Philadelphia.

 

Sister Helene Trueitt, ASC

60 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, July 1, 1958; final vows, July 1, 1963

Sister Helene was born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, to Jackson and Nellie (Thomas) Trueitt. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Mount Mercy College in Pittsburgh in 1966 and her master’s in education from Millersville University in Millersville, Pennsylvania in 1975.

Sister Helene taught for more than 30 years at elementary schools in South Carolina, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Indiana. The schools include: St. Joseph in Hartsville, South Carolina; Our Lady of Atonement in Kinston, St. Francis in Lumberton and St. Peter in Greenville, all in North Carolina; Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Niles, Ohio; St. Mary in Steelton, and St. John in Enhaut, both in Pennsylvania; and Immaculate Conception in East Chicago, Indiana.

She taught disabled and minority students in Reading, Pennsylvania, worked with the elderly in Newark, New Jersey, and was pastoral minister for Lamp Ministries in New York City.

Sister Helene lives at the Columbia Center where she does various activities in the house.

Sister Jean Marie Kumke, ASC

60 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, July 1, 1958; final vows, July 1, 1963

Sister Jean Marie was born in Columbia, Illinois, to Harold and Lillian (Schneider) Kumke. She earned her bachelor’s degree in theology from Saint Louis University in 1970, and did post-graduate work at St. Mary College in Winona, Minnesota.

Sister Jean Marie’s ministry in education included 20 years in Illinois schools, including Holy Family in Cahokia, St. Clare in O’Fallon, St. Andrew in Murphysboro, Immaculate Conception in Centreville and St. Joseph in East St. Louis. She also taught at Guardian Angel in Oran, Missouri.

She spent several years as director of Maria Day Care in East St. Louis, Illinois, and was a foster mother at St. Joseph Children Center in East St. Louis for almost 15 years. She also managed a house of hospitality in Vienna, Illinois, for families visiting relatives in prison.

Sister Jean served as guide to several Liberian women who had fled their country during Liberia’s civil war. She also was director of young women in the ASC formation program.

Since 2007, Sister Jean has volunteered at Sister Thea Bowman School in East St. Louis. She lives in Fairview Heights, Illinois.

Sister Joan (Mary Magdalen) Shalapin, ASC

60 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, July 1, 1958; final vows, July 1, 1963

Sister Joan was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, to Peter and Mary (Evansco) Shalapin Ruggiero. Sister Joan earned her bachelor’s degree in geography from Saint Louis University in 1970. She received a master’s degree in Art and Group Interaction from Webster University in St. Louis in 1975, and a master’s in pastoral ministry from Seattle University in 1991.

Sister Joan’s ministry in education included elementary schools in both Illinois and Missouri. She taught at St. Bruno in Pinckneyville, Sacred Heart in Dupo, the Catholic Children’s Home in Alton, Immaculate Conception in Columbia, all in Illinois. She also taught at St. Jerome in St. Louis and was both teacher and principal at Visitation in Vienna, Missouri. Her ministry at Gibault High School in Waterloo, Illinois, included teaching, chairing the art department and serving as dean of students. For several years, she resided in a House of Prayer at Holy Rosary in Fairmont City, Illinois, where she did parish ministry and taught part time.

She was a Vista volunteer in Edmonton, Kentucky, and worked five years with our Lady of the Way Hospital in Martin, Kentucky, chairing the Department of Community Health Education. She held the same position in Murphysboro, Illinois, in conjunction with St. Joseph Memorial Hospital. She returned to Kentucky as a pastoral associate at St. Joseph the Worker Mission in Elkhorn City.

Sister Joan is a member of the St. Louis Camera Club and has served as a volunteer for research at Washington University in St. Louis.

She lives in Belleville, Illinois, where she engages in the ministry of art, spirituality, is a hospice volunteer and a reader for the Mind’s Eye, a radio service for the blind and partially sighted, sponsored by the Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville.

Sister Mary Alan Wurth, ASC

60 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, July 1, 1958; final vows, July 1, 1963

Sister Alan was born in Lincoln, Illinois, to Leo and Ethel (Carpenter) Wurth. She earned her bachelor’s in 1961 and her master’s in 1963, both in biology from Saint Louis University. She received her doctorate in physiology from the University of Missouri, Columbia, in 1969.

Her ministry in the field of science began with teaching biology at the Ruma Center, which was, at that time, an extension of the Saint Louis University campus. Following four years of medical research at Barnes-Jewish Hospital in St. Louis, she served for 28 years as imaging technologist at St. Vincent (now Taylorville) Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, Illinois. She was also co-administrator of Maria’s Vineyard, a community that tried to meet needs in Cairo, Ill.

She served two terms as provincial councilor for the former Ruma Province; was the administrator of De Mattias Hall, the ASC House of Studies on the campus of St. Louis University; was chair of the ASC Health System and continues to serve as archivist for Adorers of the Ruma area.

Sister Mary Alan resides at the Ruma Center.

Sister Mary Ellen (Martin Marie) Hubbard, ASC

60 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows July 1, 1958; final vows, July 1, 1963

Sister Mary Ellen was born in St. Louis to Thomas and Helen “Nell” (Gould) Hubbard. She received her bachelor’s degree in theology from Saint Louis University in 1968. She earned a diploma in Religious Education from Divine Word International Institute, London, Ontario, Canada in April, 1974, and a master’s in the same field from St. Paul University, Ottawa, Canada, in September, 1974. She also received a master’s in Human Development Counseling from the University of Illinois, Springfield, in 1994. She has worked as a licensed professional counselor in the state of Missouri for almost 20 years.

Sister Mary Ellen’s ministry in elementary included service as both teacher and principal in several schools in Illinois: Holy Family in Cahokia; St. John in Red Bud; and St. Joseph in Prairie du Rocher. In Missouri, she taught at St. Jerome in St. Louis, and Our Lady in Festus. She also served at Gibault High School, Waterloo, Illinois, in the areas of religion and pastoral ministry. Her work with youth continued in the Diocese of Springfield, Illinois, where she was director of youth ministry. She also served in youth ministry at St. Jerome in Troy, Illinois.

She served her community as a member of the ASC Formation Team. She began her ministry as a therapist with Catholic Family Counseling in Festus, Missouri. She currently resides in Arnold, Missouri, and continues her private practice as a psychotherapist.

Sister Gabrielle Rowe, ASC

59 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, July 1, 1959; final vows, July 1, 1964

Sister Gabrielle chose to celebrate her jubilee with the class of 60th anniversary jubilarians rather than mark it alone next year on her official 60th.

Sister Gabrielle was born in Philadelphia to James and Alice (Clark) Rowe. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Literature and Speech from Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, in 1952, her master’s in Literature from Saint Louis University in 1969 and her doctorate in Literature and Language from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, in 1973.

Sister Gabrielle taught students at the university level, at high school and those working on their GED. She earned a fellowship to the University of Michigan and taught while pursuing her doctorate. She was an assistant professor at McKendree College in Lebanon, Illinois, then associate dean and professor at the same institution for more than 10 years. Her high school ministry took her to Precious Blood Institute in Ruma, Illinois, St. Pius X in Festus, Missouri, St. Edmund in Fort Dodge, Iowa, and Assumption in East St. Louis, Illinois. As part of the services of Southwestern Illinois College, she taught students who were working to get their GED.

She served the Adorer community as general councilor in Rome and provincial councilor for the former Ruma Province. She also served as publicity coordinator for the province. She spent more than 15 years in pastoral ministry, particularly at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville. She served as a paralegal assistant for the Land of Lincoln Legal Aid Office and worked several years as the Resource Center Coordinator in Belleville, Illinois, with Programs and Services for Older Persons.

Sister Gabrielle lives in Belleville and does volunteer work.

Sister Catherine (Mary Cyril) Wellinghoff, ASC

65 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, July 1, 1953; final vows, July 1, 1958

Sister Catherine was born in Bartelso, Illinois, to Bernard and Frances (Kohrmann) Wellinghoff. She earned her bachelor’s degree in theology from St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Indiana, in 1968 and her master’s in liturgy from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, in 1974. She received her certificate from the Institute for Retreat and Pastoral Ministry from Notre Dame in 1983.

Sister Catherine was a teacher, principal, organist, trainer of teachers, director of worship and pastoral assistant. She taught at St. John the Baptist in Smithton, St. Bruno in Pinckneyville, Holy Family in Cahokia, St. Rose in Metropolis, St. Stephen in Flora and St. Patrick in Ruma, all in Illinois. In several of these schools, she was also the organist and the principal. She lived in Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, and worked as a teacher and director of Colegio Lourdes School, and also served as liturgist at San Juan Parish.

After serving as director of worship for the Belleville Diocese, Sister Catherine was pastoral associate at St. Dominic in Breese, Illinois, and Queen of Peace in Ewing, Missouri. For almost 20 years, she was the Parish Life Coordinator for St. Paul Parish in Johnston City, Illinois.

Sister Catherine moved to the Ruma Center in 2015 and now resides on Clementine Hall in the Center.

Sister Georgia Kampwerth, ASC

65 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, July 1, 1953; final vows, July 1, 1958

Sister Georgia was born in St. Rose, Illinois, to George and Josephine (Wilke) Kampwerth. Sister Georgia received her bachelor of science in nursing from Viterbo College, La Crosse, Wisconsin, in 1972, and her master’s in Health Services Administration from the College of St. Francis in Joliet, Illinois, in 1985. She earned a certificate in Corporate Ministry from Saint Louis University in 1989.

Sister Georgia served 35 years in health care, including as a nurse supervisor at St. Vincent (now Taylorville) Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, Illinois, and St. Clement (now Red Bud Regional) Hospital in Red Bud, Illinois. She held a position in administrative nursing at St. Clement Hospital for more than 15 years. She was nursing director at Clementine Residence, a home for retired Sisters, in Red Bud, and at the Ruma Center. Following her years as a full-time health care professional, she volunteered another 10 years at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Belleville, Illinois. For a few years, Sister Georgia also served as a teacher’s aide at St. Henry Day Care in Belleville.

Sister Georgia resides at the Ruma Center where she is Living Mission in Later Life and assisting with various duties at the Center.

Sister Hedwig Neff, ASC

65 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, July 1, 1953; final vows, July 1, 1958

Sister Hedwig was born in Paderborn, Illinois, to Gregory and Hedwig (Wachtel) Neff. She earned her certification in Supervisors’ Food Services from Fontbonne College (now University) in St. Louis in 1969.

Sister Hedwig worked in dietary, housekeeping, social services to the poor, and as a sacristan, seamstress, lunch program worker and elder home care-giver. Her work in the dietary field was done in institutions rather than smaller convents. She served at the Loretto Home and the Catholic Children’s Home in Alton, Illinois; Cantian Seminary in St. Louis and St. Henry Seminary in Belleville, Illinois; De Mattias Hall in St. Louis; St. Ann Home in Chester, Illinois; the Ruma Center in Ruma and Clementine Residence in Red Bud, Ill., where she also worked as seamstress.  She was a housekeeper at several convents in Illinois: St. Stephen in Flora, St. Bernard in Albers and St. Clare in O’Fallon. She assisted with the lunch program at St. Ann School in Nashville, Illinois.

She worked for several years with Catholic Urban Programs in East St. Louis, Illinois, at Holy Angel Shelter. She served as sacristan at Regina Cleri, a home for retired clergy in St. Louis. Sister Hedwig’s last 10 years in ministry in the Archdiocese were with CSJ Home Care.

Sister Hedwig now resides at the Ruma Center where she is Living Mission in Later Life and assisting with activities in the Center.

Sister Helen Lindsey, ASC

65 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, July 1, 1953; final vows, July 1, 1958

Sister Helen was born in Guthrie, Oklahoma, to Archie and Doris (Rinehart) Lindsey. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Benedictine Heights College in Guthrie, Oklahoma, in 1951. She earned her certificate in art therapy through the Prairie View Mental Health Centre Program in Newton, Kansas, in 1982 and her Master of Fine Arts from Catholic University in Washington, D.C., in 1963.

Sister Helen taught middle grades for a few years before being named assistant professor of art at Newman University (formerly Kansas Newman/Sacred Heart College). She served in the art department for 25 years. She brought to her classes the richness of her studies in Italy where she spent several months at the University of Florence in 1969, concentrating on language and cultural studies. She also studied for a semester at the Instituto de Storia Dell’Arte in Florence in 1970 where she did independent work on Carl Jung’s archetype/symbol/myth/creative unconscious.

Before beginning a new ministry, Sister Helen, who was one of only three children, spent several years caring for her mother. She later coordinated the Forever Learning Institute’s Harvest House Program, a service of Catholic Charities in Wichita, for 15 years.

Sister Helen began Living Mission in Later Life in 2004 at the Wichita Center, where she continues to live.

Sister Margaret Washington, ASC

65 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, March 4, 1953; final vows, July 1, 1958

Sister Margaret was born in Johnson City, New York, to John and Dorothy May (Mead) Washington. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education in 1966 and a bachelor’s in history in 1967, both from Mount Mercy College in Pittsburgh. She received her certificate in educational administration from St. Thomas Aquinas College, Sparkhill, New York, in 1972. She held teaching certificates in Ohio, North Carolina, Georgia and Pennsylvania. She was certified in chaplaincy from the National Association of Catholic Chaplains in 1992.

Sister Margaret’s ministry in education covered 35 years and six states. She taught at St. Mary in Steelton, St. John in Enhaut and St. Rochus in Johnstown, all in Pennsylvania; at St. Jerome and Immaculate Conception, both in Chicago; at St. Joseph in St. Louis; at Mount Carmel in Niles, Ohio; at St. Teresa in Albany, Georgia; and at Christ the King in Kinston, North Carolina. During 13 of these years, she was both teacher and principal.

Her ministry as a pastoral assistant at Seven Sorrows BVM in Middletown, Pennsylvania and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Niles, Ohio, encouraged Sister Margaret to study for service as a chaplain. After receiving her certification, she began serving as Director of Pastoral Care at Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, where she has been working for the past 18 years.

She served for six years as secretary to the provincial of the former Columbia province. Today, Sister Margaret continues her position as Director of Pastoral Care at Holy Spirit Hospital and resides with the community at the Columbia Center.

Sister Mary Jane (Mary Victor) Schrage, ASC

65 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, July 1, 1953; final vows, July 1, 1958

Sister Mary Jane was born in St. Rose, Illinois, to William and Alma (Goestenkors) Schrage. She earned her bachelor’s degree in radiologic technology from Saint Louis University in 1960. Her postgraduate work included computed tomography, the carotid duplex, medical sonography, nuclear safety and ultrasound diagnostics.

Sister Mary Jane began her ministry at St. Bruno School in Pinckneyville, Illinois. After earning her degree, she served at St. Vincent (now Taylorville) Memorial Hospital in Taylorville, Illinois, then at St. Clement (now Red Bud Regional) Hospital in Red Bud, Illinois, for almost 30 years. In addition to her diagnostic work, she was also a clinical instructor for students in radiology from Belleville Area College, teaching at their site in Red Bud.

She volunteered briefly at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis and served in radiology and nuclear medicine at St. Joseph Hospital in Breese, Illinois. Sister Mary Jane’s ministry in radiology then took her to St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis where she served as CT imaging/biopsy technologist for more than 20 years.

She now resides at the Ruma Center where she is Living Mission in Later Life.

Sister Rita Robl, ASC

70 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, July 1, 1948; final vows, July 1, 1953

Sister Rita was born in Ellinwood, Kansas, to Andrew and Mary (Luebbers) Robl. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Newman University (formerly Kansas Newman/Sacred Heart College) in Wichita, Kansas, in 1957, and her master’s in education from Notre Dame University, South Bend, Indiana, in 1965. She holds a certificate in administration in Kansas. She is certified as a Myers-Briggs Type Indicator Instructor, and as a Reiki master. She is certified in therapeutic touch, is a member of the American Association of Christian Counselors, graduated from the School for Charismatic Spiritual Directors in Pecos, New Mexico, in 1984 and received her Certificate in the Pastoral Counseling Training Program of Prairie View, Inc., in Wichita, Kansas.

Sister Rita’s ministry in education included 15 years as a teacher and 19 as a principal. She taught at All Saints School in Wichita, St. Nicholas in Kinsley, St. Patrick in Plains and St. Ann in Olmitz, all in Kansas. Her ministry as an elementary principal was at St. Eugene in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and Sacred Heart in Emporia, Kansas.

After a brief time as director of the Spirituality Center in Carlsbad, New Mexico, she served as assistant to the academic dean at Newman University. In 1984, Sister Rita started the Acuto Center and was its director for eight years. She started the Great Plains Earth Institute in Wichita in 1997, serving as its director for more than 20 years.

In 2008, Sister Rita began Living Mission in Later Life at the Wichita Center. She assisted the Director of Community Life and Mission, and has remained active in the Great Plains Earth Institute and in her ministry of spiritual direction.

Sister Rosina Mies, ASC

70 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, July 1, 1948; final vows, July 1, 1953

Sister Rosina was born in Mount Hope, Kansas, to Mathias and Rosa Helen (Bergkamp) Mies. She received her registered nursing degree from St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Wichita, Kansas, in 1958.

Sister Rosina spent 50 years in health care. Following a brief time as staff nurse at St. Francis Hospital in Washington, Missouri, and several years as surgery supervisor at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma, she ministered for 45 years at St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid, Oklahoma, as a nurse supervisor, nursing manager and medical/surgical manager.

Sister Rosina moved to the Wichita Center in 2009 where she served for a time as assistant to the Director of Community Life and Mission. She continues to reside at the Center.

Sister Tarcisia Roths, ASC

70 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, July 1, 1948; final vows, July 1, 1953

Sister Tarcisia was born in Ransom, Kansas, to William and Marguerite (Kennedy) Roths. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Newman University (formerly Kansas Newman/Sacred Heart College) in Wichita, Kansas, in 1954. She earned her doctorate in European history from Saint Louis University in 1959.

Newman University conferred upon her an honorary doctor of law degree in 1983. Sister Tarcisia also received the Wing Walker Award from the Wichita Forum for Executive Women in 1996, the Bene Merenti Medal from Pope John Paul II at her 50th jubilee in 1998, and the Cardinal Newman Medal from Newman University in 2000.

During her early years as an Adorer, Sister Tarcisia taught for several years at All Saints School in Wichita. Her primary ministry, however, was as history professor at Newman University, where she served from 1959 to 2005. During her time at Newman, she also served as registrar for three years, academic dean for nine years and university president for nine years. From 1979 to 1980, she was a Visiting Teacher at Taiwan Province Kaohsiung Teacher’s College in Taiwan.

She was provincial of the former Province of Wichita from 1982 to 1990. During her term as provincial, she chaired the Kansas Region of Leadership Council of Women Religious for three years and was a member of the LCWR national board.

Sister Tarcisia retired from teaching in 2005. She continues to live in Wichita and volunteers in the Wichita Community.

Sister Dolores Ann Rapp, ASC

75 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, July 1, 1943; final vows, July 1, 1948

Sister Dolores Ann was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, to Julius and Margaret (Ampleman) Rapp. She earned her bachelor’s degree in Music Literature from Webster College (now University) in St. Louis in 1949 and her master’s in Music from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, Illinois, in 1964. She also studied at the Gregorian Institute of America at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota, in 1954.

Sister Dolores Ann’s varied ministries included teaching music for more than 20 years, living in a house of prayer, housekeeping, visiting in parishes and prisons, serving as a chaplain, and volunteering as needed in community service. She taught music at the Ruma Center, which was an extension site for Saint Louis University, for 15 years. She also taught music and directed the choir at St. Teresa Academy in East St. Louis and at Gibault High School in Waterloo, both in Illinois.

She lived in the Sisters’ Cloister, a community devoted to prayer, in New Riegel, Ohio. She was a housekeeper for two bishops at the Bishop’s Residence in Belleville, Ill. She was a parish visitor at St. Libory Parish in St. Libory, Ill., and at St. Clare in O’Fallon, Ill. She was a parish minister at St. Francis de Sales in Lebanon, Mo., Resurrection of Our Lord in St. Louis and chaplain at St. John’s Health Center in Springfield, Mo. Her pastoral ministry also extended to the elderly at South Grand Senior Ministry in St. Louis.

Sister Dolores Ann resides at the Ruma Center where she is Living Mission in Later Life.

Sister Theresa Marie Braun, ASC

75 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, July 1, 1943; final vows, July 1, 1948

Sister Theresa Marie was born in Chester, Illinois, to William and Florence (Wolshock) Braun. She earned her bachelor’s degree in speech therapy from Saint Louis University in 1960, and her master’s in elementary education from the University of St. Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1965.

Sister Theresa Marie’s primary ministry was education. She served as teacher in St. Joseph Neier in Union, Missouri, and at the Illinois schools of St. Ann in Nashville, St. Andrew in Murphysboro, St. Joseph in Olney, St. Mary in Chester and the Catholic Children’s Home in Alton, where she was a housemother for several years. She was principal at St. Clare in O’Fallon, and in the Missouri schools of St. Augustine in Kelso, Guardian Angel in Oran and St. Agnes Cathedral in Springfield. She served as both teacher and principal at St. Mary in Taylorville, Immaculate Conception in Centreville, and St. Boniface in Evansville, all in Illinois. She also held the position of Superintendent of Clinton County School District #63 in southern Illinois.

In service to her community of Adorers, she participated in the Institute for Internal Resources for Renewal and was Leader of the Ruma Center. She was the Director of Mission Integration for St. Clement (now Red Bud Regional) Hospital in Red Bud, Illinois. She worked with Catholic Charities in Quincy, Illinois, as Director of Food Pantry Services for seven years.

Sister Theresa Marie began Living Mission in Later Life in Quincy for several years, then moved to the Ruma Center where she currently resides.

Sister Carmelita Blick, ASC

80 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, August 10, 1938; final vows, August 10, 1943

Sister Carmelita was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, to John and Grace (Kennedy) Blick. She received her bachelor’s degree in mathematics from the University of Saint Mary, Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1954. She held a certificate in secondary teaching in math in the states of Kansas and Nebraska. She also honed her skills in computer technology.

Sister Carmelita’s ministry of 50 years in education covered all three levels of teaching. Beginning at the elementary level, she taught at Holy Family in Canute, Oklahoma; in Kansas schools, she specialized in math to the upper grades at Sacred Heart in Ness City, St. Anthony in Bushton, St. Mary in Marienthal, St. Mary in Offerly, St. Nicholas in Kinsley, and St. Anne in Wichita. Her ministry in teaching math continued at the secondary level at Sacred Heart Academy, Madonna High School, Bishop Carrol High School, all in Wichita, Kansas, and at Aquinas High School in David City, Nebraska. Sr. Carmelita’s final years of teaching were at Newman University (formerly Sacred Heart and Kansas Newman) in Wichita. In addition to teaching math, she also staffed the computer lab in the Wichita Center for several years.

Sister Carmelita is Living Mission in Later Life at the Wichita Center.

Sister Leona Riebel, ASC

83 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows, August 7, 1935; final vows, August 10, 1940

Sister Leona was born in Schoenchen, Kansas, to Clement and Anna Riebel. She received her bachelor’s degree in education from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, in Wichita, Kansas, in 1954 and her master’s in education from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas, in 1971.

Sister Leona spent her ministry of education in the primary classroom in David City, Nebraska; Carlsbad, New Mexico; Okarche, Canute and Stillwater, Oklahoma; in the Kansas towns of Aleppo, St. Marks, Ashland, Spearville and Emporia and at Christ the King, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anne and St. Margaret Mary, all in Wichita, Kansas. After more than 40 years in the classroom, Sister Leona was assigned to Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. as a library conservation assistant. She also served in the Holy Ghost Development Office in Silver Springs, Maryland, as a data entry computer operator and at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Basilica in Washington as an accountant assistant.

When Sister Leona retired to the Wichita Center, she served as a seamstress for the sisters living in the Center. In her spare time, she still knits stocking caps for Operation Holiday, a program to help the poor at Christmas. She usually knits several hundred caps each year.

Sister Florentia Riebel, ASC

84 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ

First vows August 6, 1934; final vows August 10, 1939

Sister Florentia was born in Schoenchen, Kansas, to Clement and Anna Riebel. She received her Certificate in Nursing and Physical Therapy from the state of New Mexico in Santa Fe. She also was certified in physical therapy by Northwestern University in Chicago. Additional education included training in the field of prosthetics, clinical prosthetics, below-knee amputations and caring for polio patients.

Sister Florentia served as nurse supervisor at St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid, Oklahoma, and Artesia Memorial Hospital in Artesia, New Mexico. She ministered as a physical therapist in St. Francis Hospital in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and in the Enid public schools. She later returned to St. Mary’s in Enid as a physical therapist, also serving there in public relations, as a home health physical therapist, emergency room nurse and a volunteer to shut-ins.

Before retiring to the Wichita Center, Sister Florentia spent another 16 years at St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid as a volunteer.

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