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Jubilarians 2018: Sisters of Mercy

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Sister Lucy Beischel, RSM (formerly Sister Mary Roderic) – 70 years

A life-long resident of Cincinnati, Sister Lucy Beischelspent her first five years of ministry teaching elementary school. In 1958 she became librarian at Our Lady of Cincinnati College (Edgecliff College). In 1981 she became librarian at Mother of Mercy. She retired as a librarian in 1995 but continued at Mercy as a substitute teacher and tutor. From 2008-2011 she volunteered at Mercy Neighborhood Ministries and in 2012 she retired to McAuley Convent. Sister Lucy has been a true lover of nature her entire life.

Sister Marjorie Bosse, RSM (formerly Sister Mary Beata) – 70 years

Sister Marjorie Bosse is a native of Cincinnati who attended St. Martin Elementary School, Mother of Mercy High School, Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Edgecliff College and Xavier University. Sister Marjorie served 12 years in community administration for the Sisters of Mercy Cincinnati and her career in healthcare spans over 60 years, 30 of which were at the Mercy Health System office. She has extensive health care and leadership experience from nursing, hospital administration, multiple boards of trustees, professional and community organizations related to health. Currently Sister Marjorie serves part time at Mercy Health as the Outreach Coordinator.

Sister Patricia Agnes Dowling, RSM (formerly Sister Mary Lambert) – 70 years

Sister Patricia Agnes Dowling is a native of Cincinnati and entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1948. She taught elementary school from 1952-1961 and was principal from 1961-1967. After earning her MS in hospital administration, she was assistant administrator at St. Rita’s in Lima and then administrator at Mercy Memorial in Urbana. She also worked at St. John Social Service Center. In 1985 she founded and was the CEO of Healthy Mom’s and Babes. From 1990 to 2004 she did social work at Mercy, Hamilton and Mercy, West Park. After she retired she volunteered at Mercy, West. Sister Patricia currently resides at McAuley Convent in Cincinnati. She especially enjoys watching tennis and baseball.

Sister Charlotte Marie Foppe, RSM – 70 years

Sister Charlotte Marie Foppe, RSM (formerly Sister Mary Clementia) is celebrating her 70th Jubilee as a Sister of Mercy. Sister was born in Cincinnati and has lived here most of her life. She taught elementary school in the Cincinnati Archdiocese from 1952-1981. From 1982-1995 she was principal, first at St. Vincent de Paul School in Toledo, then at. St. Bernadette’s in Amelia. From 1995-2001 she was DRE at. St. Gabriel Parish. In 2002 she began ministry as Director of Activities at HUD in Paducah. In 2008, when Sister was librarian at St. Frances de Sales, she was able to get state funding to set up the school’s library and train those who would run it. For many years Sister Charlotte participated in the International Children’s Village program.

Sister Frances Lueke, RSM (formerly Sister Mary Clarence)- 70 years

Sister Frances Lueke was a resident of Louisville until she entered the Sisters of Mercy in Cincinnati in 1948. With the exception of three years in Columbus and three years in Piqua, she spent her ministerial life in the Louisville area as a teacher, especially in the upper grades. She served as a principal from 1973-1987. In 2002 she retired from education and began her work in community services. In 2014 she retired to McAuley Convent in Cincinnati. Sister Frances is an accomplished quilter and seamstress.

Sister Mary Timothea O’Neill, RSM – 70 years.

Sister Mary Timothea O’Neill is a native Cincinnatian and entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1948. Her ministry included teaching at St. Andrew, Nativity, Our Lady of the Rosary and Our Lady of Lourdes. From 1965 to 1979 Sister was principal at St. Richard School. She taught at McAuley High School from 1979-1994. Her final ministry was as a pastoral minister at St. Martin of Tours Parish from 1994 till her retirement in 2006. Sister currently resides at McAuley Convent in College Hill. Sister’s commitment to the elderly at St. Martins and her life of prayer have been an inspiration to all.

Sister Maureen Heavey, RSM – 60 years

Sister Maureen was born and raised in Cincinnati. She graduated from Mother of Mercy High School in 1958 and entered the Sisters of Mercy in September of that year. She attended Our Lady of Cincinnati College and Xavier University. Sister Maureen’s first teaching assignment was at St. Ignatius Cincinnati as a primary teacher. She also taught primary grades in Toledo, Ohio and Nashville, Tennessee. Sister Maureen taught 2nd grade at St Boniface School in Piqua for 6 years and then became the principal of St. Boniface for the next 6 years. During that time Sister Maureen attended the University of Dayton and earned a Masters Degree in Administration. Sister Maureen was principal of St. Mary School in Urbana, Ohio for 3 years. Sister Maureen was then assigned to Ascension School in Kettering, Ohio, where she has served as principal, a substitute teacher, and worked in the office for the past 36 years.

Sister Sarah Marie Sherman, RSM – 60 years

Sister Sarah Marie (“Sally”) Sherman is a native Cincinnatian who graduated from Mother of Mercy High School in 1958. Receiving advanced training in biology, her first assignments included teaching junior high science and math in several Cincinnati Catholic grade schools, as well as at Mother of Mercy. Additional training at Duquesne University in Pittsburgh prepared Sister Sally for new ministry paths: Formation work with new members in the Mercy Community, Retreat Ministry at Friarhurst Retreat Center, Director of the National Sisters Vocation Conference based in Chicago, initiating the Life Development Office for the Cincinnati Province, and working with Chicago parishes to collaborate in justice work. Finally, Sister Sally became the Executive Director of Mercy Connections, an outreach ministry of the Sisters of Mercy. In 2007 Mercy Connections merged with two other Mercy outreach organizations to become the present-day Mercy Neighborhood Ministries, Inc., where Sister Sally created grant requests in support of the ministry.


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