Celebrate the years

We love celebrating the milestones of our sisters,
especially significant anniversaries of our vows!
Here are 2020′s jubilee honorees…

Sister Jane Gegg, ASC

Sister Jane Gegg, ASC is celebrating 50 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ.

She made her first profession on October 11, 1970 and her final vows on August 15, 1976.

Sister Jane was born in New Offenburg, Missouri, to Edgar and Lorena (Flieg) Gegg. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology in 1972 from Saint Louis University and a master’s degree in early childhood/special education in 1984 from the University of Missouri in St. Louis.

Sister Jane’s ministry in education includes early childhood, preschool, kindergarten, primary grades and special education. She taught for almost 10 years in Missouri at St. Augustine in Kelso and St. Joseph in Zell. Most of her classroom teaching has been in Illinois at St. Joseph in Prairie du Rocher, St. Cecilia in Bartelso, Saints Peter and Paul in Waterloo, Sister Thea Bowman in East St. Louis, St. Bruno in Pinckneyville and Holy Rosary in Fairmont City.

For the last 10 years, Sister Jane has worked with immigrant children learning English as a second language. She ministers through the English Tutoring Project in St. Louis.

She lives in St. Louis and continues this ministry today.

Sister (Marie) Clare Boehmer, ASC

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

She made her first profession on July 1, 1960 and her final vows on July 1, 1965.

Sister Clare was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, to Martin and Anna Marie (Betz) Boehmer. She received a bachelor’s degree in English in 1958 and a master’s in English in 1968, both from Saint Louis University. She also studied library science and educational media. In 2004, she earned certification as a healing touch practitioner.

Sister Clare engaged in a variety of ministries. She taught English at St. Pius X High School in Festus, Missouri, and at these secondary schools in Illinois: Precious Blood Institute in Ruma, Saints Peter and Paul in Waterloo, and St. Teresa Academy and Assumption, both in East St. Louis. She served as librarian at Gibault High School in Waterloo, Illinois, and as librarian and secretary at St. Mary in Chester, Illinois. She was librarian and computer teacher at St. John Evangelist in Tucson, Arizona.

She was director of education at the Emergency Shelter for Teenaged Girls at the St. Louis Archdiocesan Catholic Charities, Marian Hall, in St. Louis. She was education tech coordinator at St. Blaise and Saints Peter and Paul School in St. Louis.

Sister Clare was publicity coordinator for the former Ruma Province. She authored a book, Echoes in Our Hearts, an account of the lives of our five missionary sisters who were killed in Liberia, West Africa. She also served as webmaster and associate editor for the magazine, Review for Religious.

Her final ministry was as a healing touch practitioner, a method devoted to holistic healing. She continued in this service when she moved to the Ruma Center to begin Living Mission in Later Life. Sister Clare resides at the Center today.

Sister Barbara Borders, ASC

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

Sister Barbara made her first profession on July 1, 1960 and her final vows on July 1, 1965.

Sister Barbara was born in Atchison, Kansas, to Blaine and Murl Borders. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education and English from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, in 1963, and a master’s in English from St. Mary University in San Antonio, Texas in 1974.

As an English teacher, Sister Barbara taught at the elementary, secondary and university levels. She taught departmental Language Arts at St. Joseph in Conway Springs, Kansas, and St. Anne in Wichita, Kansas, where she also instructed the Upward Bound Reading Class.

In Okarche, Oklahoma, she taught English to both elementary and secondary school students. She taught English at the following secondary schools: Aquinas in David City, Neb.; Sacred Heart in Sedalia, Missouri; Bishop McGuinness in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Nolan in Fort Worth, Texas; and Hayden in Topeka, Kansas. She taught a Freshman Summer English Writing Class at St. Mary University in San Antonio.

For several years, Sister Barbara worked for Women’s Initiative Network, in Wichita, before returning to education. For the past 10 years, she has served as a math and writing tutor, part-time adjunct faculty member and teacher of English at Newman University. She continues in that service today.

Sister Eileen Dehner, ASC

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

Sister Eileen made her first profession on July 1, 1960 and her final vows on July 1, 1965.

Sister Eileen was born in David City, Nebraska, to Henry and Mary Dehner. She earned a bachelor’s degree from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, in Wichita in 1963, and a master’s degree from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas, in 1972. Both degrees were in elementary education.

Sister Eileen worked in the religious education program at St. Aloysius in Greenbush, Kansas, and at Sacred Heart in El Reno, Oklahoma, where she also was active in parish ministry. Her primary ministry was as a teacher in Kansas and Oklahoma. She taught at St. Joseph in Ellinwood, St. Mary in Moline, St. Joseph in Offerle and St. Francis Assisi in Wichita, all in Kansas. She also served as Resource Teacher at St. Francis for more than 10 years. In Oklahoma, she taught at St. Eugene in Oklahoma City and Holy Trinity in Okarche.

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

Sister Serena (Alberta) Downs, ASC

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

She made her first profession July 1, 1960 and her final vows on July 1, 1965.

Sister Serena was born in East St. Louis, Illinois, to Albert and Mathilda (Wuller) Downs. She received a bachelor’s degree in geography and education from Saint Louis University in 1970 and a master’s in special education with an emphasis on learning disability/behavior disorder from the University of Missouri in St. Louis in 1983.

Sister Serena’s ministry in teaching and child care spanned nearly 50 years. She taught at St. Mary in Salem, Saints Peter and Paul in Waterloo, St. Mary in Chester, Sacred Heart in Dupo and St. Patrick in East St. Louis, all in Illinois. She served as both teacher and principal at St. Wenceslaus in St. Louis, and as principal at Sacred Heart in Festus, Missouri.

With a focus on special education, she served as child care director at Guardian Angel Settlement Association in St. Louis for 15 years.

For the past several years, Sister Serena has worked as a receptionist for Catholic Legal Assistance Ministry in St. Louis, where she also resides.

Sister Raphael Ann Drone, ASC

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

She made her first profession on July 1, 1960 and her final vows on July 1, 1965.

Sister Raphael Ann was born in Ridgway, Illinois, to Clarence and Marcella (Koester) Drone. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Saint Louis University in 1971, and a master’s in pastoral theology from Loyola University in Chicago in 1999. She also earned a certificate in religious formation from the Institute for Religious Formation in St. Louis in 1980.

Sister Raphael Ann was both a teacher and a missionary. She taught in elementary schools in Illinois at Saints Peter and Paul in Waterloo, Holy Family in Cahokia, and at Guardian Angel in Oran, Missouri. She taught high school religious education at Althoff in Belleville, Illinois. She was a house parent for several months at the Catholic Children’s Home in Alton, Illinois.

She spent nearly 20 years as a missionary in Liberia, West Africa. In Grand Cess, she was an administrator of St. Patrick’s elementary school. In Garnersville, she served in administration at St. Michael’s High School. For several years, she served as the Cape Palmas Diocesan Coordinator of Schools based in Grand Cess. More recently, she joined the SMA missionaries in Tubmanburg Bomi Hills in their catechist training and programs for adult formation. For several months, she helped the SMA missionaries in their efforts to train lay ministers for service in the pastoral center in Gbamga. She was also an advisor/English teacher at the seminary.

Sister Raphael Ann currently resides at the Ruma Center and assists where she is needed.

Sister Margaret Heimann, ASC

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

She made her first profession on July 1, 1960 and her final vows on July 1, 1965.

Sister Margaret was born in Damiansville, Illinois, to Aloys and Estelle (Jansen) Heimann. She received a bachelor of science degree in nursing from Saint Louis University in 1965. She holds certificates in trauma nursing through the State of Illinois Department of Health, coronary care from the University of Illinois in Chicago, and anesthesia from the former Barnes Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis.

Sister Margaret ministered nearly 50 years in the medical field. Her first assignment was at St. Clement (now Red Bud Regional) Hospital in Red Bud, Illinois, where she was both nurse and vocational education teacher. She also served at St. Clement as a certified registered nurse anesthetist. She returned to St. Clement as a nurse before accepting a position at St. John’s Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis, where she was a staff nurse in behavioral health for 28 years.

Currently residing at the Ruma Center as a precaution against the pandemic, Sister Margaret helps where she can. She hopes to return to her home in St. Louis.

Sister Stephanie Heskamp, ASC

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

Sister Stephanie made her first profession on July 1, 1960 and her final vows on July 1, 1966.

Sister Stephanie was born in Marysville, Kansas, to Ray and Estelle Heskamp. She earned her bachelor’s degree in education from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, in 1964. She also took post-graduate courses at the University of Wichita.

Sister Stephanie taught junior high students in Wichita, first at St. Margaret Mary School, then at St. Francis of Assisi. Since she was gifted in music, part of her day included teaching music to the upper grades. Following her years as a teacher, she transitioned to the position of parish music director, also at St. Francis of Assisi. She continues in that position today.

Sister Bernice (Celestine) Klostermann, ASC

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

Sister Bernice made her first profession on July 1, 1960 and her final vows on July 1, 1965.

Sister Bernice was born in St. Rose, Illinois, to Arthur and Regina (Rehkemper) Klostermann. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Latin in 1964, and a master’s in elementary school administration in 1979, both from Saint Louis University. She also has an associate’s degree in data processing from Belleville Area College in Belleville, Illinois, and a certificate in theology from Fontbonne University in St. Louis.

Sister Bernice began her ministry as a teacher of Latin at Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville. She then taught elementary students at Immaculate Conception in Columbia, St. Augustine in Belleville, St. John the Baptist in Smithton and Damiansville Public in Damiansville, all in Illinois. She also taught in the Missouri schools of St. Augustine in Kelso, Visitation in Vienna and Guardian Angel in Oran. She also had a dual role as both teacher and principal at Kelso, Missouri, and Smithton, Illinois. She was a bookkeeper at Southern Illinois Hospice in Belleville and secretary for the small business department at Belleville Area College. She worked with Project Unmet Needs at Maria’s Vineyard in Cairo, Illinois, for several years.

Sister Bernice served her community as co-director of the ASC Associate program for the former Ruma province, then as administrator of the Ruma Center. For nearly 20 years, she has been coordinator of Sisters at St. Anne’s Retirement Community in Columbia, Pennsylvania.

Sister Martha Ann Lauber, ASC

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

She made her first profession on July 1, 1960 and her final vows on July 1, 1965.

Sister Martha Ann was born in Sparta, Illinois, to Oliver and Martha (Klein) Lauber. She earned a bachelor’s degree in math/physics from Webster University in St. Louis in 1966, and a master’s in the corporate ministry program at Saint Louis University in 1980. She also earned a certificate in parish ministry from Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana, in 1989.

Sister Martha Ann was an educator and caregiver. She taught at both the elementary and secondary levels, including Sacred Heart in Dupo, Illinois, and Holy Family in Cahokia, Illinois, at the middle and junior high levels. She also served at Mater Dei High School in Breese, Illinois, St. Teresa Academy in East St. Louis, Illinois, and St. Edmund High School in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

She also worked in religious education at St. Francis Xavier “College Church” in St. Louis, St. George School in New Baden, Illinois, and the parishes of Sacred Heart in Salem, Missouri, and St. Patrick in Rolla, Missouri. She also ministered at Holy Trinity in Stonington, and St. Stanislaus in Macon, both in Illinois.

She was a caregiver for senior sisters at Clementine Residence in Red Bud, Illinois, and for others at St. Ann Home in Chester, Illinois, and St. Clement (now Red Bud Regional) Hospital in Red Bud. She served as a certified nurse assistant at Cardinal Ritter Senior Services Institute in St. Louis, and as a volunteer for residents of the San Luis Apartments. She assisted residents at the McCormick Senior Living residence, helping them with necessary paperwork. She also tutored students in the St. Louis Public Schools through their Adult Basic Education Department.

Sister Martha Ann currently resides at the Ruma Center where she assists where needed with various activities.

Sister Michaeline Ryan, ASC

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

She made her first profession on July 1, 1960 and her final vows on July 1, 1965.

Sister Michaeline was born in Collinsville, Illinois, to Martin and Rozalia (Hazzard) Ryan. She received her RN in 1963 from St. John Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis. She was certified in the state of Kansas by the Kansas State Board of Nursing. Sister Michaeline also attended the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas.

Sister Michaeline’s ministry of nursing spanned more than 30 years. In Illinois, she served at St. Clement (now Red Bud Regional) Hospital in Red Bud, St. Vincent (now Taylorville Memorial) Hospital in Taylorville, St. Ann Home in Chester, Clementine Residence in Red Bud, and the Ruma Center in Ruma. In Taylorville, she was also the supervisor of obstetrics for eight of her 15 years at that hospital. At the Ruma Center, where she was the health care coordinator, she served her community as local assistant to the leader at the Center for several years.

She was director of Casa San Jose, a home for pregnant women in Grants, New Mexico. Other ministries included Community Care, Inc. in East Saint Louis, Illinois and Barclay House in St. Louis.

Sister Michaeline served as the assistant nurse at the Ruma Center before she began Living Mission in Later Life. She resides at the Center today.

Sister Regina Siegfried, ASC

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

She made her first profession on July 1, 1960 and her final vows on July 1, 1965.

Sister Regina was born in Prairie du Rocher, Illinois, to Max and Anna (Brown) Siegfried. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Saint Louis University in 1966, a master’s, also in English, from the University of Wisconsin in Madison in 1972. She earned a master’s in Christian spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha in 1978, and a doctorate in American Studies from Saint Louis University in 1982.

Sister Regina’s ministry included teaching and writing. Her early teaching was at Holy Rosary in Fort Dodge, Iowa, St. Jerome in St. Louis, and St. Augustine in Belleville, Illinois. Her high school experience took her to Gibault in Waterloo, and Assumption in East St. Louis, both in Illinois.

She served as a teacher in the after-school religion program for several area parishes in southern Illinois, where she was based in Cobden, Illinois. She also did part-time literacy work at Guardian Angel Settlement Association in St. Louis.

After earning a doctorate, she taught in higher education for more than 30 years, including at St. Mary Seminary in Perryville, Mo., Glennon College in St. Louis, and Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, where she became an adjunct professor. She was part of the formation department at both Glennon and Aquinas. For 15 years, she taught young religious who were part of the Intercongregational Novitiate, based in St. Louis. Later she was an adjunct professor of theology at Saint Louis University. She edited the periodical, Spirituality Today, and served as associate editor for Review for Religious.

Sister Regina is still active at St. Vincent Parish in St. Louis where she coordinated the RCIA program for several years. When church volunteers serve meals to homeless clients, she volunteers as one of the “sewing ladies” for those individuals in need of clothing repairs.

She has written histories and compiled and published letters of pioneers and leaders of the Adorers in America, as well as a book about our missionary sisters in China during World War II. She is the archivist at Ruma.

Sister Regina lives in St. Louis where she is active in her neighborhood.

Sister Darlene Stoecklein, ASC

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

Sister Darlene made her first profession on July 1, 1960 and her final vows on July 1, 1965.

Sister Darlene was born in Bazine, Kansas, to Martin and Anna Stoecklein. She received a bachelor’s degree in education with a minor in theology from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, in Wichita, Kansas, in 1963, and a master’s degree in teaching from Emporia State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas in 1972. Sister Darlene also earned a master’s in pastoral studies from Loyola University, New Orleans, through the Tepeyac Institute in El Paso, Texas in 2009. She received a certificate in Pastoral and Religious Counseling in 1979 from the Albert Cardinal Meyer Institute in Huntington, Indiana, and a certificate from the Institute for Religious Formation, earned from Saint Louis University in 1989.

When Sister Darlene taught elementary school, she often also served as organist, principal and teacher of the after-school parish religion program. Her first assignment was at St. Helena in Hobbs, New Mexico. She then taught at several schools in Kansas, including St. James in Augusta, St. Ann in Olmitz and St. Patrick in Great Bend. She coordinated the after-school religion program in Clonmel, Kansas. In Texas, she taught religion at Our Lady of Assumption in El Paso, Texas, and later served as the school’s principal.

Sister Darlene’s community service has included being a member as well as director of the Initial Formation program for the ASC community. While in El Paso, she was on the ASC Southwest Vocation/Formation Team and the spiritual advisor for women in the program. For the past 20 years, she has served as librarian at St. Charles Seminary in El Paso, and has been a member of the formation staff, including being co-facilitator, of the Diocesan Pastoral Studies Master’s Program. She continues in that position today.

Sister Diane Tenbrink, ASC

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

Sister Darlene made her first profession on July 1, 1960 and her final vows on July 1, 1965.

Sister Diane was born in Spearville, Kansas to Harold and Evlalia Tenbrink. She attended food service workshops and advanced management classes at Fontbonne University in St. Louis, Central State College in Edmond, Oklahoma, and the Program for Continuing Education on Dietary Administration at Saint Louis University.

Sister Diane began her ministry as a staff member at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa, Oklahoma. She was food service manager at the Wichita Center, and was cafeteria manager at Sacred Heart School in Oklahoma City for many years. She served as a staff member for Women’s Initiative Network in Wichita.

For the past dozen years, Sister Diane has been taking care of the sewing needs for Caritas Center, the health care area of the Wichita Center. She continues in that position today.

Sister Sharon Van Horn, ASC

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

She made her first profession on July 1, 1960 and her final vows on July 1, 1965.

Sister Sharon was born in Evanston, Illinois, to Patrick and Elizabeth (Franey) Van Horn. She earned a bachelor’s degree in theology in 1970 and a master’s in religious education in 1972, both from Saint Louis University.

Sister Sharon worked as an educator, administrator and missionary. She taught at Guardian Angel in Oran and at St. Jerome in St. Louis, both in Missouri, and at the Illinois schools of St. Mary in Chester and Immaculate Conception in Centreville.

In Memphis, Tennessee, she was both director of religious education and teacher. She served as the pastoral associate at the Illinois parishes of St. Boniface in Evansville and St. Pius in Walsh. Before beginning her missionary work, she served in Ruma, Illinois, as the director of ASC volunteers and formation.

Her life as a missionary began after several months of Spanish-language study in Cochabamba, Bolivia, after which she became the postulant director in El Alto, La Paz, Bolivia. For several years, she served as a councilor for the Bolivian Foundation. She also spent more than 10 years doing pastoral work at Capilla Sangre de Cristo in El Alto.

Since 2013, Sister Sharon has been a full-time volunteer at Sister Thea Bowman School in East St. Louis, Illinois. She resides in nearby Belleville, Illinois.

Sister Elizabeth Ann Weiler, ASC

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

She made her first profession on July 1, 1960 and her final vows on July 1, 1965.

Sister Elizabeth Ann was born in Olney, Illinois, to Sylvester and Coletta (Kocher) Weiler. She earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1970, her RN in nursing from De Paul Hospital School of Nursing in St. Louis in 1976, and a master’s in pastoral ministry from St. Joseph College in West Hartford, Connecticut in 1989.

She taught elementary school and was a parish organist for 12 years. She served at St. Augustine in Kelso, Missouri, and at the following schools in Illinois: Sacred Heart in Dupo, St. Elizabeth in East St. Louis, St. Albert the Great in Fairview Heights, St. Rose in Metropolis, St. Andrew in Murphysboro, St. Lawrence in Lawrenceville and St. Mary in Mount Carmel.

Following her nurse’s training, Sister Elizabeth Ann served at St. Francis Hospital in Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Clementine Residence and St. Clement Hospital, both in Red Bud, Ill., and at St. John Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.

For more than a dozen years, she did parish work, both at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and Holy Trinity in Springfield, Missouri. For several years, she worked with Friendship Community in Pennsylvania, a group home for Mennonites. She served as residential nurse at St. Anne Retirement Community in Columbia, Pennsylvania, and at AseraCare Hospice in Lancaster and Lebanon County, Pennsylvania.

Sister Elizabeth Ann served her community as vocation director on the ASC Vocation/Formation Team in the former Ruma Province. She was also health care assistant, then coordinator of that department, at the Ruma Center.

For the past 10 years, Sister Elizabeth Ann has worked part-time for Oxford Home Care and Hospice and served as coordinator of the ministry of care for St. Agnes Cathedral in Springfield, Missouri. She continues those ministries today and lives in Springfield.

Sister Maureen Farrar, ASC

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

Sister Maureen made her first profession on July 1, 1955 and her final vows on July 1, 1960.

Sister Maureen was born in Hobart, Oklahoma to Ralph and Isabelle Farrar. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, in Wichita in 1963, and a master’s degree in communication arts from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana in 1968.

Sister Maureen taught at several elementary schools in Kansas, including St. Joseph in Ost, St. Joseph in McPherson, St. Joseph in Conway Springs, St. James in Augusta, St. Martin in Caldwell and St. Anne in Wichita. She taught journalism at Madonna High School and Sacred Heart Academy, both in Wichita. She also taught English at Sacred Heart. She also worked in the public relations office at Newman University in Wichita.

She served her community as director of communications at the Wichita Center, followed by a term as one of the directors on the Provincial Team.

For the past 38 years, Sister Maureen has served the Navajo people at St. Paul’s Mission in Crownpoint, New Mexico, as pastoral minister, parish pastoral worker and co-administrator. She currently serves as administrator of the mission and lives in Crownpoint.

Sister Marilyn Janson, ASC

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

Sister Marilyn made her first profession on July 1, 1955 and her final vows on July 1, 1960.

Sister Marilyn was born in Columbia, Illinois, although her parents, Alfred and Mary Anna (Bequette) Janson soon moved to nearby Waterloo to raise their family. She received a bachelor’s degree in theology and philosophy in 1967 and a master’s degree in theology and religious education in 1975, both from Saint Louis University. She earned certificates in Emotional Intelligence in the Classroom from the Catholic Education Office in St. Louis, and Volunteer Tutoring from Laubach Literacy International in St. Louis.

Sister Marilyn’s ministry included being a teacher, catechist, director and administrator of religious education programs. She taught elementary students, also serving as organist, in several Illinois schools, namely Immaculate Conception in Columbia, St. Ann in Nashville and St. Joseph in Olney. She also taught at St. Lawrence in New Hamburg, Guardian Angel in Oran and St. Jerome in St. Louis, all in Missouri. For several years, she served as coordinator for eight small parishes in Southern Illinois. She was the Director of Religious Education at St. Mary in Belleville, Illinois, at Queen of All Saints in St. Louis and Our Lady of Lourdes in Columbia, Missouri.

She held administrative positions for religious education in the dioceses of Jefferson City, Mo., Springfield, Ill. and Columbus, Ohio.

More recently, she has been tutoring and aiding immigrants and refugees, particularly Bosnian, at the Long Community Education Center in St. Louis. She also served St. Cecilia School in St. Louis as an English tutor.

Since 2012, she has volunteered at the Affton Christian Food Pantry in St. Louis. She continues in that ministry today.

Sister Mary Evelyn Nagle, ASC

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

She made her first profession on July 1, 1955 and her final vows on July 1, 1960.

Sister Mary Evelyn was born in Taylorville, Illinois, to Joseph and Margaret (Morrissey) Nagle. She studied food service at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and food service management at Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville and the Management Institute at St. Scholastica Academy in Canon City, Colorado.

For almost 20 years, Sister Mary Evelyn ministered in dietary, laundry, housekeeping and cafeteria service. She worked in small convents including St. Clare in O’Fallon, St. Michael in Paderborn and St. John the Baptist in Smithton, and at such large institutions as the Ruma Center in Ruma, St. Ann Home in Chester, St. Henry Seminary in Belleville, St. Teresa Academy in East St. Louis and the Loretto Home in Alton, all in Illinois.

When the former Ruma Province began missionary work in Liberia, West Africa in the 1970s, Sister Mary Evelyn put her managerial skills to work. In Gardnersville, she organized the Legion of Mary, assisted the choir director at St. Anthony Parish, and managed Maria Catholic Clinic as well as St. Michael School. She was also the ASC Associate Coordinator and served a term as president of the Religious Superiors Conference of Liberia. In Grand Cess, she taught music to elementary students, assisted primary teachers in their classrooms and was the spiritual director for the Legion of Mary. Sister Mary Evelyn was a missionary in Liberia for more than 20 years.

When she returned to the States, she resumed her food service ministry at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, Missouri. She later became a home caregiver with the CSJ Home Care organization, also in St. Louis.

In addition to her community service as administrator of the Ruma Center for several years, she has been a volunteer at the center for the past 15 years.

Sister Marita Rother, ASC

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

Sister Marita made her first profession on July 1, 1955 and her final vows on July 1, 1960.

Sister Marita was born in Okarche, Oklahoma, to Franz and Gertrude Rother. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, in 1962, and a master’s in education administration from the University of Wichita in 1968.

Her broad experience of teaching included elementary, secondary and university levels. Elementary schools included St. Mary in David City, Nebraska; All Saints, St. Anne and St. Margaret Mary in Wichita, St. Joseph in Ost, Sacred Heart in Dodge City, all in Kansas; Corpus Christi in Oklahoma City, Holy Trinity in Okarche, both in Oklahoma. When the Archdiocese of Oklahoma needed a math teacher who could also teach algebra, Sister Marita became a traveling teacher, dividing her time among Saints Peter and Paul in Kingfisher, St. John’s in Yukon and Holy Trinity in Okarche. In addition to teaching math, she was often the principal of the school. On the secondary level, she taught at Sacred Heart Academy, Madonna and Bishop Carrol high schools in Wichita; and McGuinness in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In addition to serving as assistant, then director, of elementary education for Newman University, she also taught an eight-week course for the university. She also was superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Diocese of Dodge City, and associate superintendent for the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City.

She was a member of the novitiate community and was responsible for mentoring high school girls who planned to become sisters.

Sister Jacinta Willenborg, ASC

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

She made her first profession on July 1, 1955 and her final vows on July 1, 1960.

Sister Jacinta was born in Teutopolis, Illinois, to George and Louise (Goeckner) Willenborg. She received a bachelor’s degree in geography from Saint Louis University in 1968, and a master’s degree in education administration from the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio, in 1992. She held certificates for religious education in the dioceses of Springfield-Cape Girardeau, Missouri; Jefferson City, Missouri; and Springfield, Illinois.

Sister Jacinta spent nearly 40 years as a full-time classroom teacher in Missouri and Illinois. For a dozen of those years, she was both teacher and principal. She ministered several years at Visitation in Vienna, Missouri, and more than 20 at Guardian Angel in Oran, Missouri. She served in the Illinois schools of Holy Family in Cahokia, St. Theresa in Salem, Immaculate Conception in Columbia, St. Augustine in Belleville, St. Michael in Sigel and St. Michael the Archangel in Radom. She then spent several years as a volunteer teacher/tutor at St. Anthony of Padua in Effingham, Illinois.

When she moved to the Ruma Center, Sister Jacinta mentored ASC Associates of the Ruma area for several years. Most recently, she has been an English language tutor for Spanish-speaking students at the Red Bud, Illinois, public school. She lives at the Ruma Center.

Sister Catherine Shippen, ASC

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

Sister Catherine made her first profession on July 1, 1955 and her final vows on July 1, 1960.

Sister Catherine was born in Harper, Kansas, to William and Frances Schippen. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education at Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, in 1962, and a master’s degree, also in education, from Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, Oklahoma in 1974.

Her ministry in elementary education in Kansas included All Saints, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Jude and St. Anne, all in Wichita; St. Joseph in Ellinwood; St. Joseph in McPherson; St. Mary in Aleppo; St. Nicholas in Kinsley; Angelus in Grinnell. In Oklahoma, she taught at St. Joseph in Bison, St. Francis Xavier in Stillwater and St. Mary in Guthrie. In New Mexico, her ministry took her to St. Edward in Carlsbad and St. Helena in Hobbs. Her only mission in Missouri was Sacred Heart in Sedalia. In addition to classroom teaching, Sister Catherine often served as organist and director of the adult choir for the parish.

After almost 30 years of teaching, she served at Villa Christi Retreat House in Wichita. For several years, her ministry also included clerical services, such as secretary/receptionist at the Wichita Center and at Newman University. She ministered at Via Christi Hospital and volunteered at St. Joseph and St. Teresa Hospitals in Wichita. She continues to volunteer as communion minister at St. Teresa and Via Christi. Sister Catherine resides at the Wichita Center.

Sister (Mary) Kathleen Washington, ASC

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

Sister Kathleen made her first profession on August 12, 1955 and her final vows on August 12, 1959.

Sister Kathleen was born in Johnson City, New York, on March 1, 1935, to John Robert and Dorothy (Mead) Washington.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Mount Mercy College in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, in 1962. She earned a master’s in history in 1970 and a doctorate in history and fine arts in 1991, both from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. She also took continuing education courses at universities in Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York and Maryland.

A lifelong educator, Sister Kathleen taught students at the elementary, secondary and university levels. She taught middle grades at St. Mary in Steelton, Pennsylvania; Christ the King in Kinston, North Carolina; and Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Niles, Ohio. She also taught at St. Joseph Academy in Columbia, and Lancaster Catholic in Lancaster, both in Pennsylvania. At Lancaster, she also served as assistant director of curriculum.

Her university service included Villanova, York and Immaculata in Pennsylvania.; the University of Dayton in Ohio; Mount St. Mary in Emmitsburg, Maryland.; St. John on Staten Island and Iona in New Rochelle, New York.

Sister Kathleen’s community service was primarily research, both in the former province of Columbia, Pennsylvania, and also in the ASC General House in Rome.

While still maintaining her connection to Immaculata University, Sister Kathleen is now Living Mission in Later Life at St. Anne’s Retirement Community in Columbia, Pennsylvania.

Sister Anne (Thomasine) Irose, ASC

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

She made her first profession on July 1, 1950 and her final vows on July 1, 1955.

Sister Anne was born in Chester, Illinois, to Andrew and Mary Catherine (Washichek) Irose. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Fontbonne University in St. Louis in 1956. She received a master’s in music education from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, in 1960, and a master’s in theology from St. Mary University in San Antonio, Texas, in 1970.

Sister Anne taught at Holy Family in Cahokia, St. Mary in Taylorville, St. Rose in St. Rose and Saints Peter and Paul in Waterloo, all in Illinois. She also taught music and played the organ for liturgies.

For the next 40-plus years, Sister Anne served as a missionary, first in Puerto Rico, then in Bolivia. In Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico, she taught both English and religion and served as a catechist. She held a position in the pastoral office for religious for the Diocese of San Juan.

Sister Anne served in Bolivia for more than 30 years. She established ecclesial communities in the parish of Nuestra Senora de Fatima in La Paz, and later among the Aymaran community in the Diocese of El Alto. After returning to La Paz, she set up base Christian communities and assisted with the formation of young Bolivian women for the sisterhood of the Adorers. For several years, she served as Vicar for Religious, working with base ecclesial communities and continuing her work in the ASC Formation program in Bolivia. Her final ministry as a missionary was as Coordinator of the Bolivian Foundation.

Since 2008, Sister Anne has been Living Mission in Later Life at the Ruma Center where she volunteers for a variety of ministries in the house.

Sister Sophia Kammer, ASC

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

Sister Sophia made her first profession on July 1, 1950 and her final vows on July 1, 1955.

Sister Sophia was born in Topeka, Kansas, to Michael and Pauline Kammer. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, in Wichita in 1960, and a master’s degree, also in education, from Kansas State Teachers College in Emporia, Kansas, in 1969. She received a certificate in the Corporate Ministry Program at Saint Louis University in 1983.

Sister Sophia was an elementary educator for almost 25 years, primarily at schools in Kansas. In Wichita, she ministered at All Saints, Christ the King, St. Margaret Mary, St. Jude and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton. Other parishes in Kansas were St. Joseph in Andale, St. Joseph in McPherson, St. Joseph in Conway Springs, St. Paul in Angelus, St. Nicholas in Kinsley, St. Ann in Olmitz and St. James in Augusta. She also taught at St. Matthew in Elk City, Oklahoma. In some schools, she served as principal and teacher. Sister Sophia also taught at Central Business College in Wichita for two years. She served as assistant, then registrar at Newman University for several years, and volunteered at the Newman alumni office.

She served her community as business office manager of the Wichita Center and later in St. Louis. She also lived as a member of the Hearts Journey House and for the past 10 years, has assisted with the Associate Program. Sister Sophia resides at the Wichita Center.

Sister Margaret Knoeber, ASC

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

Sister Margaret made her first profession on July 1, 1950 and her final vows on July 1, 1955.

Sister Margaret was born in Spearville, Kansas, to John and Olivia Knoeber. She earned a bachelor’s degree in natural science from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, in Wichita, in 1961. She received her Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Notre Dame in Notre Dame, Indiana in 1967. In addition, she did post-doctoral research at Boston University and Notre Dame.

Sister Margaret ministered almost 10 years as an elementary and secondary teacher in Kansas. She taught and directed the children’s choir at St. Martin in Caldwell, St. Martin in Piqua and St. Margaret Mary in Wichita. She also taught religion at Sacred Heart Academy. After receiving her degree in chemistry, she taught chemistry and served as chair of the chemistry department at Sacred Heart College/Kansas Newman, now Newman University, in Wichita. She also worked in the Newman University alumni affairs office. For several years, she served as director of the Pastoral Ministry Formation Program for the Newman University faculty at the Dodge City campus.

She served her community by committing a year in ASC spirituality research, then serving on the provincial administration as councilor and secretary. Later, she was the ASC regional archivist for many years.

Sister Margaret is currently Living Mission in Later Life, residing in Caritas Center.

Sister Anacleta Schuette, ASC

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

Sister Anacleta made her first profession on July 1, 1950 and her final vows on July 1, 1955.

Sister Anacleta was born in Spearville, Kansas, to William and Bernardine Schuette. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University in 1955, and a master’s degree in administration from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth Kansas in 1960.

Sister Anacleta taught students in elementary and secondary school and in college. The elementary schools in Kansas included Ingalls school in Ingalls and Spearville District 73 in Spearville, Sacred Heart in Ness City, St. Joseph in Ellinwood, St. Mark in St. Marks, St. Aloysius in Greenbush, St. Mary in Marienthal and St. Mark in Colwich. In Wichita, she taught at All Saints and Christ the King.

She served her community as director of postulants (candidates for the Sisterhood) while she also taught at the high school for the education of young women who aspired to be sisters. She later served as director of the temporary professed sisters while also teaching at Sacred Heart College. She served a term as the secretary to the Provincial, and worked in the Chancery Office of the Diocese of Wichita as director of the Propagation of Faith and Mission for several years.

Sister Anacleta is Living Mission in Later Life. She is currently a resident of Caritas Center.

Sister Rita (Cabrini) Schwarz, ASC

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

Sister Rita made her first profession on July 1, 1950 and her final vows on July 1, 1955.

Sister Rita was born in Grinnell, Kansas, to Alexander and Mary Schwarz. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, in 1961. She received a master’s degree in elementary guidance and counseling from the College of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota, in 1968, and a master’s degree in religious education from St. Mary University in San Antonio, Texas, in 1976.

She spent almost 20 years as an elementary teacher, primarily in Kansas, including both St. Mary and St. Joseph schools in Offerle, Sacred Heart in Eureka, Windhorst in Spearville, St. Martin in Piqua, St. Joseph in Liebenthal and St. Mary in Aleppo. She served as principal and teacher at St. Joseph in Offerle. She also taught at Sacred Heart in Roggen, Colorado.

Sister Rita worked in the Office of Religious Education for the Diocese of Dodge City in Dodge City, Kansas; served as director of Religious Education at St. Patrick in Great Bend, Kansas, and at St. Helena in Hobbs, New Mexico. She also was the diocesan consultant for Religious Education and Media for the Diocese of Salina, Kansas. She spent several years as pastoral minister of St. John in Logan, Densmore and Phillipsburg, Kansas, and later as pastoral associate at St. Nicholas of Myra in Hays, Kansas. For several years, Sister Rita taught theology at Newman University.

Sister Rita was dedicated to the ASC Associate Program, evidenced by her service as co-director, then director for many years. She also served her community as provincial councilor and secretary for the former Province of Wichita. At the Wichita Center, she served a term as director for Community Life and Mission, a leadership role for the sisters residing there. She continues to assist with various duties at the Center where she is Living Mission in Later Life.

Sister Theresa Marie Smith, ASC

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

Sister Theresa Marie made her first profession on August 12, 1950 and her final vows on August 12, 1955.

Sister Theresa Marie was born in Hanover, Pennsylvania, to Maurice and Evelyn Smith. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Mount Mercy College, now Carlow University, in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1962. She also did graduate work in history at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Sister Theresa Marie spent 13 years as an elementary teacher in several states: St. Mary School in Steelton and Sacred Heart in McKeesport, Pennsylvania; Immaculate Conception in East Chicago, Illinois; St. Francis in Lumberton and Christ the King in Kinston, North Carolina. She taught high school for four years at St. Joseph Academy in Columbia, Pennsylvania, while also serving as the dorm moderator.

She was engaged in many areas of ASC community service, including dorm moderator at St. Joseph Academy, formation director for novices and postulants, and provincial superior.

A final ministry, in pastoral and liturgical services, grew from her participation in the Pastoral Leadership Institute in San Antonio, Texas, where she took workshops in spirituality, formation, administration, theology and catechetics. At San Juan Bautista in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, she served for six years as a pastoral assistant and another 15 years as Director of Religious Education in the Hispanic community.

Sr. Theresa Marie now resides at Nazareth House and is Living Mission in Later Life.

Sister Noella Blick, ASC

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

Sister Noella made her first profession on July 1, 1945 and her final vows on July 1, 1950.

Sister Noella was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, to John and Grace Blick. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, in 1954, and a master’s degree from the University of Saint Mary in Leavenworth, Kansas, also in education, in 1960.

She taught intermediate grades in several Kansas schools, including St. Peter Claver and All Saints schools in Wichita and St. John in Spearville. For almost 50 years, she was the principal and teacher of the upper grades at St. Joseph in Andale, St. John in Spearville, St. Nicholas in Kinsley and, for more than 20 years, at St. Joseph in Ellinwood, all in Kansas.

After she moved to the Wichita Center, Sister Noella worked part-time in the community archives for many years. She still resides at the Center where she is Living Mission in Later Life.

Sister Frances (Emmanuel) Newton, ASC

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

She made her first profession on July 1, 1945 and her final vows on July 1, 1950.

Sister Frances was born in Pocahontas, Arkansas, to Richard and Margaret (Muyers) Newton. She earned a bachelor’s degree in European History in 1958 and a master’s in the same field in 1959, both from Saint Louis University. She did post-graduate studies at St. Joseph College in Rensselaer, Indiana, and Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville.

Sister Frances’ ministries included teacher, administrator, director, coordinator and volunteer. Her service at elementary schools included Saints Peter and Paul in Waterloo, St. Joseph in Prairie du Rocher, St. Clare in O’Fallon, Damiansville Public School in Damiansville, Immaculate Conception in Columbia, all in Illinois, and Holy Rosary in Fort Dodge, Iowa. She taught at the following high schools: Saints Peter and Paul in Waterloo, St. Teresa Academy and Assumption, both in East St. Louis, Gibault in Waterloo, all in Illinois, and St. Edmund in Fort Dodge, Iowa.

She served as administrator of Catholic Children’s Home/Alton Orphanage in Alton, Illinois, and at St. Ann Home for Senior Citizens in Chester, Illinois. Her community service included being Director of Apostolates for the former Ruma province. Later she became the ASC Volunteer Director and the ASC Health Executive Director for the United States Region. For several years, she served as Assistant Director for Casa San Jose, a home for pregnant women, in Grants-Milan, New Mexico. During those years, she also did catechetical work in the local parish and in the women’s prison.

For more than 15 years, Sister Frances served as the Liturgy Coordinator at the Ruma Center. While she is currently Living Mission in Later Life at the Center, she continues as coordinator of environment in the chapel.

Sister Jean Marie Landis, ASC

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

Sister Jean Marie made her first profession on August 12, 1945 and her final vows on August 12, 1950.

Sister Jean Marie was born in Marietta, Pennsylvania, to Earl and Elizabeth Landis. She earned a certificate in licensed practical nursing from Mercedian School of Nursing in Scranton, Pennsylvania, in 1958. She graduated as a clinical pastoral assistant from Holy Spirit Hospital in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania, in 1978.

Sister Jean Marie’s early ministry was teaching kindergarten at St. Teresa School in Albany, Georgia; St. Mary in Steelton, Pennsylvania; Holy Trinity in Kinston and St. Raphael in Greenville, both in North Carolina.

After working at St. Anne Home for the Aged in Columbia, Pennsylvania, for two years, Sister Jean Marie pursued an education in nursing. Following her training as an LPN, she was a nurse at St. Anne’s Home for 14 years. She then did five years of light nursing duties while working for certification as a pastoral care assistant.

Sister Jean Marie returned to St. Anne’s in the pastoral care department where she ministered for 27 years. Even when she began Living Mission in Later Life, she still volunteered at St. Anne’s as much as she was able. She now resides in Annunciata Hall at St. Anne’s Retirement Community.

Sister Cleta Marie Reineberg, ASC

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

Sister Cleta Marie Reineberg, ASC is celebrating 75 years as a vowed member of the Adorers of the Blood of Christ. She made her first profession on August 12, 1945 and her final vows on August 12, 1950.

Sister Cleta Marie was born in York, Pennsylvania, to Cletus and Mary Reineberg. She earned a bachelor’s degree in 1964 and a master’s degree in 1972. She earned both in education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Sister’s ministry in education spanned 50 years and included both junior high and high school students. In addition to teaching, she also served as principal in several schools, at the elementary and high school levels.

On the elementary level, she taught at Immaculate Conception in East Chicago, Indiana; Assumption and St. Jerome, both in Chicago, Illinois; St. Francis in Lumberton, and St. Raphael in Greenville, both in North Carolina; St. Joseph in St. Louis, Missouri; and Precious Blood in Rochester, N.Y. She also taught at several elementary schools in Pennsylvania, including St. Mary in Steelton, Sacred Heart in McKeesport, St. John in Enhaut, Seven Sorrows in Middleton and West End Consolidated in Johnstown.

On the high school level, she taught at Sacred Heart in Lewistown and St. Joseph Academy in Columbia, both in Pennsylvania. She also was principal at St. Joseph Academy.

Sister Cleta Marie served her community as the Local Coordinator of the Center in the former Columbia province. She then served as co-director of the ASC Associate Program in the Columbia area until she retired.

Sister Cleta Marie is now Living Mission in Later Life at St. Anne’s Retirement Community.

Sister Carmelita Blick, ASC

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

Sister Carmelita made her first profession on August 10, 1938 and her final vows on Aug. 10, 1943.

Sister Carmelita was born in Hutchinson, Kansas, where her family attended St. Teresa Parish. She received a 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 taught for 50 years in elementary and high schools and at the university level. She started her teaching ministry 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 Offerle, St. Nicholas in Kinsley, and St. Anne in Wichita. Her ministry in teaching math continued on the secondary level at Sacred Heart Academy, Madonna High School, Bishop Carroll High School, all in Wichita, and at Aquinas High School in David City, Nebraska.

Sister 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 currently resides at the Wichita Center where she is Living Mission in Later Life.

Sister Leona Riebel, ASC

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

Sister Leona made her first profession on August 7, 1935 and her final vows on August 10, 1940.

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

Sister Leona’s ministry in education was spent in the primary classroom at St. Mary in David City, Nebraska; Carlsbad, New Mexico; Trinity in Okarche, St. Matthew in Canute and Stillwater, Oklahoma; St. Mary in Aleppo, St. Mark in St. Marks, St. John in Spearville, Sacred Heart in Emporia and Ashland, all in Kansas; at Christ the King, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anne and St. Margaret Mary, all in Wichita. 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

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

She made her first profession on August 6, 1934 and her final vows on 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. She also was trained in prosthetics, clinical prosthetics, below-knee amputations and polio care.

Sister Florentia served as nurse supervisor at St. Mary’s Hospital in Enid, Oklahoma, and at Artesia Memorial Hospital in Artesia, New Mexico. She ministered as a physical therapist at 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 visitor 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.

Sister Barbara Borders, ASC

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