Jubilarians 2018: Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur
Sister Ruth Ellen Evers
Sister Ruth Ellen Evers worked with students for 36 years as an elementary teacher and principal at schools in Ohio and Arizona, including four years opening the Most Holy Trinity School in Phoenix, AZ with Sisters Dorothy Stang and Paula Marie Becker. After retiring, she went back to school to learn hair design, and was a cosmetologist to the sisters for 12 years at the Mt. Notre Dame Convent. She lives at Mount Notre Dame Health Center in Cincinnati, and helps others through the ministry of prayer and community service.
Sister Patricia Kinser
Sister Patricia Kinser served students and their families for 30 years as an elementary teacher and principal at schools in Ohio and Illinois. After her retirement, she worked as a school secretary at Summit Country Day School, tutor for work-based education, and meeting space coordinator for the sisters at the Mt. Notre Dame Convent. She currently helps others through the ministry of community service, and resides at Mount Notre Dame Health Center.
Sister Joan Krimm
Sister Joan Krimm worked for 27 years as an elementary teacher at schools in Dayton and Cincinnati, and as a missionary in Coroata, Maranhao, Brazil with her best friend, Sister Dorothy Stang. She spent 17 years as the Pastoral Coordinator at Mother of Christ Church in Cincinnati, and provided more than 20 years of service to the sisters as a provincial team member, community coordinator and administrator of the sisters’ Justice and Peace ministry. Sister Joan continues to advocate on behalf of human trafficking victims.
Sister Judi Clemens
Sister Judi Clemens began her ministry as a high school teacher at schools in Dayton and Columbus, before spending the next 22 years as a missionary in Brazil. After returning to the U.S., she worked for 18 years in Brazilian pastoral ministry in Massachusetts and Florida before becoming the Site Director for Notre Dame Americorps in Cincinnati. Sister Judi supported the sisters for five years as a member of the Ohio Province leadership team, and is currently a coordinator for the Ohio Province Justice, Peace, Care of Creation Office. She also serves as the Chair of the Notre Dame Mission Volunteers Board.
Sister Dorothy Deger
Sister Dorothy Deger worked with students for 18 years as an elementary teacher and principal at schools in Ohio, Illinois and Arizona. She spent the next 11 years working in Pastoral Ministry in Peru, before becoming a vocation minister, parish life coordinator and neighborhood outreach member in Phoenix, AZ. She returned to Cincinnati in 2012, and recently retired from her role as the Co-Coordinator at Mt. Notre Dame Health Center, where she cared for many of our elderly Sisters.