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Staff Report

The staff of The Catholic Telegraph wishes to express our gratitude to the following women and men religious celebrating jubilees in 2015 for their steadfast faith and dedicated service to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati. The following were published in the October 2015 print edition to The Catholic Telegraph. Additional photos and bios will be published in the November and December editions.

Sisters of the Precious Blood 

60 Years

Sister Marita Beumer

Sister Marita was an elementary teacher and Burkettsville and Russia, Ohio, and in Ft. Wayne, Ind., before ministering in Chile for 12 years. She then worked 27 years in Arizona and California, including 12 years as a pastoral coordinator in San Bernardino. She served in leadership for the Sisters of the Precious Blood for four years. Sister Marita volunteers at the Catholic Hispanic Ministry Center in Dayton and lives in the Sisters of the Precious Blood discernment house in Dayton.

Sister Noreen Jutte

Raised in St. Peter in Mercer County, Ohio, Sister Noreen became a teacher and spent 39 years teaching primary grades at schools in Ohio, including 26 years as a first grade teacher at Glandorf Elementary. She also taught in Cleveland, Cloverdale, Columbus Grove and Cincinnati. She has been the archivist for the Sisters of the Precious Blood in Dayton since 1996. She lives at Salem Heights in Dayton.

Sister Dolores Keller

Raised in Deer Park, Sister Delores attended the then-St. John the Evangelist Catholic School and the former Regina High School in Norwood. She spent her first nine years of ministry teaching in elementary schools in St. Mary’s and Cincinnati, and in Falls Church, Va. She then worked as a director of religious education at parishes in Troy, Montgomery, and Ottawa, Ohio, and Falls Church, Va. She was a pastoral associate in Defiance, Ohio. She was a chaplain at Mercy hospitals in Hamilton and Fairfield. Later, she served on the school board and parish council at Margaret Mary School in North College Hill. She lives at Salem Heights in Dayton and volunteers at the Maria Joseph Center.

Sister Catherine Nader

A native of Farrell, Penn., Sister Catherine came to Cincinnati at age 18 to attend the former Our Lady of Cincinnati College in Walnut Hills. She taught for four years at the then-Peaslee School in Cincinnati before entering the Sisters of the Precious Blood. She was a teacher and counselor at schools in Ohio and Indiana. She also served as the northern regional director for the congregation. She lives at Salem Heights in Dayton.

Sister Rae Marie Ratermann

A native of Cincinnati, Sister Rae Marie was raised in St. Margaret Mary Parish and attended the parish grade school. She graduated from Fatima High School in Dayton, the former aspirancy of the Sisters of the Precious Blood. Sister Rae Marie spent the first 16 years of ministry teaching primary grades in North College Hill, Wapakoneta, Burkettsville, and St. Henry in Ohio. She also taught St. Anthony School in Falls Church, Va., and was later school secretary. She worked in the business office at the Maria Joseph Center in Dayton, and was house manager at St. Leonard Center in Centerville. She also worked as a receptionist at St. Mary Center and Crestview Manor, both in Dayton. Sister Rae Marie volunteers at Salem Heights, the sisters’ central house, and lives in Dayton.

Sister Alice Schoettelkotte

Sister Alice attended the then-St. John the Evangelist School in Deer Park and Regina High School. She was an elementary teacher and counselor in North College Hill. She was also a classroom and music teacher at schools in Colorado, California and Virginia. She worked at the Maria Joseph Center in Dayton for 24 years and is now a spiritual care volunteer there. Sister Alice lives in Dayton.

Sister Florence Seifert

Sister Florence is a native of Fort Recovery and attended St. Mary School there. She spent much of her ministry as a teacher and administrator at schools in Ohio in Vandalia, Centerville, Dayton, Cleveland and Ottawa. She was principal at St. Anthony School in Falls Church, Va. Sister Florence was pastoral associate at Ascension Parish in Kettering for 15 years. She served three terms as president of the Sisters of the Precious Blood and nine and a half years as treasurer of the community. She serves on the boards of the Maria Stein Shrine, the Brunner Literacy Center and Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley.

Sister Patricia Will

A native of St. Peter in Mercer County, Ohio, Sister Patricia spent her first 13 years of ministry as a teacher and organist in Miamisburg and Botkins, and in California. She worked at the retreat house in Maria Stein for 10 years before beginning parish ministry in Ohio and Michigan. She came to Salem Heights to work in initial formation of new members and liturgy. She is now the liturgy coordinator at the central house, where she oversees liturgical celebrations and is assistant organist. Sister Patricia lives in Dayton.

50 Years

Sister Barbara Brown

Sister Barbara is a native of Dayton and attended Precious Blood School. She spent her first 13 years in ministry teaching junior and senior high school and at the college level in Vandalia, Norwood, Blue Ash and Dayton. She served in the Sisters of the Precious Blood treasurer’s office for 21 years, first as assistant treasurer and then as treasurer. She currently works at A. Brown and Sons Nursery in Phillipsburg, Ohio and lives in Union.

Sister Joyce Kahle

A Cincinnati native, Sister Joyce retired from TriHealth after 17 years as a parish nurse. She previously worked at Miami Valley Hospital and the Maria Joseph Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Dayton, and at Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati. She has also ministered as a missionary nurse in Guatemala. She was an algebra teacher at the then-Regina High School in Norwood for two years. Sister Joyce recently returned to Guatemala to begin a new ministry working with women there.

Oldenburg Franciscan Sisters  

75 Years

Sister Rosemary Lee

Sister Rosemary, formerly known as Sister Damien Marie, taught primary grades at St. Francis in Cincinnati 1964-69. She taught many years in Indiana, and then served as staff member at Marian University in Indianapolis. She retired to Oldenburg in 1996.

Sister Ruth Greiwe

Sister Ruth, formerly known as Sister Margaret George, began her teaching ministry in Indiana, then moved to Ohio, teaching art the former Our Lady of the Angels High School in St. Bernard, Badin High School in Hamilton, and Fenwick High School in Middletown. She taught chemistry, physical science, and English. In 1974, she began missionary service at Tari High School in Papua, New Guinea, and served there until 1995. Sister Ruth returned to Oldenburg and compiled the missionary experiences of the sisters into a history of the PNG Mission and the works of the Franciscans among the people. Now retired, she is still the “go-to” person for oral interviews about the mission.

70 Years

Sister Francis Joan Clements

Sister Francis Joan, née Anita, taught primary grades in parish schools in Indiana and Missouri as well as in Ohio. Assignments in Ohio included St. Ann in Hamilton, St. Joseph and St. Francis in Cincinnati, and St. Peter in Chillicothe. When she returned to Oldenburg in 1988, she served on the Oldenburg Academy staff. In retirement she assisted in the Stamp Room, collecting and sorting postage stamps to raise funds for the missions.

Sister Mary Ann Miles

Sister Mary Ann, formerly known as Sister Hobart, is a native of Cincinnati. Trained in music with a master’s degree from Jordan College of Music, Butler University, Indianapolis, she served as organist, music teacher and band director in parish schools and high schools in Indiana and in Ohio. In Cincinnati, she worked at St. Leo, St. Catherine, and Our Lady of Angels High School in St. Bernard. From 1991-2012, in addition to teaching at Oldenburg Academy, she also served as clerk in the Communications Office at the motherhouse. She retired in 2012.

60 Years

Sister Jane Frey

Sister Jane, known formerly as Sister Mary Kevin, is a native of Cincinnati. She attended St. James School, White Oak, Mother of Mercy High School, and Campbell Business College before entering the Sisters of St. Francis. While and after completing work toward a master of education degree in home economics from St. Louis University, she began teaching in Indianapolis, then in Oldenburg. She later became involved in pastoral counseling, completing requirements for a master’s degree from Loyola College in Baltimore in 1986. As pastoral counselor she served at St. Brendan Parish, North Olmstead, Jesuit Retreat House in Parma, and now in private practice through St. John the Baptist and Corpus Christi parishes as counselor and therapist.

Sister Davida Lund

Sister Davida, née Linda, has served in a variety of ministries, beginning as teacher in primary grades in Missouri, Indiana, and Illinois. In Ohio she taught at St. Joseph in Cincinnati (1974-75), and St. John in Middletown (1977-81). In Beattyville, Ky., she served as pastoral associate (1993-97). She returned to Cincinnati in 1997 to work as receptionist for St. Anthony Messenger Press until 2010. Sister Davida now serves as a phone operator/receptionist at the motherhouse in Oldenburg.

Sister Evelyn Lindenmaier 

Sister Evelyn began her teaching ministry in parish schools in Indiana. In 1970, she moved to Cincinnati to continue service there for more than 30 years. Various appointments included St. Leo, St. Joseph, Our Lady of Victory, St. Bernard, Taylor Creek, St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Bridgetown, St. Francis Seraph, and St. Boniface. In 1997, she accepted a position in tele-ministry at St. Anthony Messenger Press. She is now retired and resides in Oldenburg.

Sister Rachel Lindenmaier

Sister Rachel taught elementary grades in Indiana and Ohio. Teaching assignments in Cincinnati included St. Francis Seraph, St. Joseph, St Aloysius Bridgetown, and St. Boniface. From 1993-99, she served in tele-ministry at St. Anthony Messenger. She then served as secretary in the Franciscan Friars’ Vocation Office until 2002. Returning to Oldenburg she supervised the housekeeping staff at the motherhouse until retirement in 2012.

Sister Maureen Mahon

Sister Maureen, known formerly as Sister Zita, is a native of Cincinnati. She attended St. Vincent De Paul grade school and Seton High School. Her varied ministries began with teaching primary grades, then as a missionary to Papua, New Guinea. For the next 26 years, she taught, was parish catechist, and was director of a liturgical catechetical institute in mission stations named Tari, Mendi, Erave, and Goroka. In Ohio, before the mission experience, she taught at Our Lady of Victory in Cincinnati. After returning to the United States, she served one year at St. Anthony Messenger Press, then at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Zanesville as a pastoral minister. She is now retired and residing at the motherhouse in Oldenburg.

Sister Carol Slinger

Sister Carol trained in mathematics (bachelor of science degree from Marian University) and physics (master of science degree from St. Louis University) and has served as the educator, principal, department chair and associate professor. In Ohio, she taught at the former Our Lady of Angels High School in St. Bernard, and Badin High School in Hamilton. She was teacher and principal at St. Mary Academy in Indianapolis before being assigned to Marian University in 1977. At Marian, she served 37 years in the mathematics department as teacher and administrator. In 2014, she retired from academia and now is busy in volunteer service.

50 Years

Sister Melanie Bair 

Sister Melanie, née Jeanene, earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Marian College (now university) in Indianapolis, a M.A.T. in special education from Cardinal Stritch, and a Ph.D. in Canon Law from St. Paul University in Ottawa, Canada. She taught primary grades and learning disabled children in Indiana, Missouri, and in Ohio at St. Francis in Cincinnati. Six years as ESL instructor at Song Sim University in Seoul, Korea was followed by two years as director of development at the motherhouse in Oldenburg. In 2004, she moved to Cincinnati and served as executive director of Boys Hope/Girls Hope. Currently, she serves as the corporate benevolence coordinator for Prasco Laboratories. Sister Melanie serves as the liaison between the company and outside groups, such as Matthew 25 Ministries, Society of St. Vincent de Paul and the Salvation Army.

Sister Annette Grisley 

Sister Annette holds a bachelor’s degree from Marian College (now university) in Indianapolis, a master’s degree in education from Xavier University in Cincinnati, and a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from St. Mary’s College, Minnesota. She taught middle grades and junior high in parish schools in Indiana and Ohio. She taught at St. Catherine in Cincinnati (1972-74). Then, in 1990, at St. Peter in Chillicothe, she added music ministry and pastoral assistant to her resumé. Since July 2002, she has served as pastoral associate at Holy Angels Parish in Dayton.

Sister Janet Linz

Sister Janet is a native of Cincinnati. She attended Sacred Heart School and Our Lady of Angels High School. Her early ministry appointments were in Indiana and Missouri. In 1985 she joined the teaching staff at St. Francis Seraph in Cincinnati, and in 1988, was named principal, continuing in that role until 1998. Since 1999, she has served in the Intervention Program at Purcell Marian High School.

Sister Maureen Irvin 

Sister Maureen began her teaching ministry in Missouri, followed by 16 years in Ohio, including five years at St. James, White Oak, five years at Our Lady of Mercy, Dayton, and six years at Carroll High School, Dayton. In direct service to the congregation, she served eight years as director of the Vocation Office and six years as councilor on the leadership team. In Illinois, she worked as justice and peace coordinator with the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis in Springfield. In 2012, Sister Maureen was elected congregational minister of the Sisters of St. Francis, Oldenburg, the position she holds currently.

40 Years

Sister Michelle Corliss

Sister Michelle studied at Marian University in Indianapolis. She served as an instructor in art and in religion at Our Lady of Angels and Roger Bacon high schools. In 1997, she joined the staff in the Public Relations Office in Oldenburg as graphic designer. She became director of the office in 2002. She then broadened her training with academic degrees from Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati, earning a bachelor’s degree in aging services administration and a master’s degree in religious studies/pastoral care. Sister Michelle returned to Oldenburg in 2011 to serve as coordinator of communications and as a freelance artist.

Sisters of Providence  

60 Years

Sister Ann Margaret O’Hara 

Sister Ann Margaret is a native of Louisville, Ky. Currently, she ministers as the general treasurer for the Sisters of Providence. Sister Ann Margaret entered the congregation on July 22, 1955. She professed perpetual vows on Aug. 15, 1963. She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in English. She earned her master’s degree in business education from Indiana University and another master’s degree in pastoral theology from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods. Her ministries in the archdiocese of Cincinnati include serving as special projects coordinator and director of program services for the National Association of Church Personnel Administrators. Sister Ann Margaret also served as general superior of the Sisters of Providence from 2001-06. In addition, she has ministered in Indiana, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart  

50 Years

Sister Angela Ann Zukowski  

Sister Angela Ann arrived in the archdiocese in 1971, serving the Northern area as the religious education consultant for parishes and Catholic schools. She co-founded the archdiocese’s first cable TV studio, producing adult faith formation programs. The Northern Area Religious Education Congress in the early 1970’s was initiated under Sister Angela Ann’s leadership and continues totoday.

She became the director of the Office for Moral and Religious Education in 1979, (now the Institute for Pastoral Initiatives) and professor in the department of religious studies at the University of Dayton, positions she continues to hold.

Sister Angela Ann has served as the world president for Catholic Radio and TV; on the Pontifical Council for Social Communications (Vatican); USCCB Communications Committee; a consultant to the Asian Bishops Social Communications Committee; co-principal and co-founder of the Caribbean School for Catholic Communications; and serves on a number of national and international Catholic committees. She served on her religious community’s leadership team from 2000-2008. She continues to be a keynote presenter at diocesan and international conferences.

In 2001, Saint Pope John Paul II awarded Zukowski the Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice award in Rome, for her contributions and leadership role in church communications.

Society of Mary (Marianists)  

50 Years

Father James Fitz  

Father Fitz is a native of Akron. He earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the University of Dayton and a master’s in historical theology from Saint Louis University. He entered the Marianists in 1965, and was ordained a priest in 1947.  He has served the Marianists as a high school educator, religious education department chair and adult religious education lecturer and instructor in Kalamazoo, Mich.; a college religious studies lecturer and graduate theology instructor in San Antonio; director of novices and provincial council assistant in Dayton; and director of campus ministry and religious studies instructor at University of Dayton. Father Fitz  left the university to serve as assistant provincial for the Marianist Province of the United States in St. Louis from 2002 through 2010. He returned to the University of Dayton in 2010, and is serving as vice president for mission and rector. He currently resides at the Marianist Community in Dayton.

Posted Oct. 5, 2015

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