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Sisters of Mercy of the Americas – South Central Community

Sisters of Mercy Mary Martha Meyer, left, Marjorie Rudemiller and Carolyn Brink.  (Courtesy photo)


















50 Years
Sister Carolyn Brink
A native of Cincinnati, Sister Carolyn Brink taught at St. Teresa Elementary School, McAuley High School, and Edgecliff College in Cincinnati. She also taught at Piqua Catholic High School in Piqua, and McAuley High School in Toledo. She did parish ministry at St. Ignatius Parish in Louisville, Ky., and Holy Angels Parish in Sandusky, Sister Carolyn was a founding member of the Virginia Black Lung Association and was co-founder and director of the Sunrise Center, a women’s resource center in Richlands, Va. She currently serves as vocation minister for the South Central Community of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas.

Sister M. Martha Meyer
Sister M. Martha’s ministry as a teacher spanned 25 years at schools including Blessed Sacrament School in Memphis, Tenn.; Holy Rosary School in Nashville, Tenn.; and Nativity School of Our Lord, Our Lady of Lourdes School and Holy Family schools in Cincinnati. During her 17 years with the New Foundations Program in Richlands, Va., Sister M. Martha worked with several service agencies working with the poor in Appalachia, including Bishops Place homeless shelter, as a GED instructor at Clinch Valley Community Action and Sunrise Center, and as patient assistant coordinator at Tri-County Health Clinic. She now ministers as the health coordinator at St. Boniface School in Cincinnati.


Sister Marjorie Rudemiller
A native of Cincinnati, Sister Marjorie was a teacher and director of student activities at McAuley High School for 12 years. She served as principal of her alma mater, Mother of Mercy High School, for 12 years. After 19 years on the leadership team for the Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of Cincinnati, Sister Marjorie now volunteers at Mother of Mercy and McAuley high schools. She serves on the boards of Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Ky; Mercy College of Northwest Ohio Foundation; and Mercy Montessori Center, Cincinnati.




Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati

This year’s golden jubilarians in the front row, from left, are Sisters Kateri Maureen Koverman, Mary Dugan, Jacqueline Leech, Karen Hawver. In the back row, from left, are Sisters Judith Metz, Brenda Busch, Sheila Gallagher, Annette Muckerheide, Mary Ellen Roach, Annette Marie Paveglio and Teresa Marie Laengle. (Courtesy photos)



















50 Years
Sister Brenda Busch
A native of Cincinnati, Sister Brenda taught at the former St. Raphael in Springfield (1965-68) and St. Brigid in Xenia (1970-71). In 1975, she transitioned to administration and became the elementary school principal at St. Albert in Kettering until 1982. She also ministered as Seton High School’s assistant principal (1982-83) and then principal (1983-97), as well as principal at Holy Family School (1997-09). Sister Brenda is currently the intake coordinator for housing counseling/foreclosure prevention programs as part of Working in Neighborhood’s Home Preservation Department in Cincinnati.

Sister Mary Dugan
Sister Mary grew up in Dayton. She has ministered in Ohio, New Mexico, Colorado, Kentucky, Illinois and Indiana. Forty of those years were spent as a teacher and religious education coordinator. She is currently ministering as a teacher of the deaf and hard of hearing in southern Ohio, as well as at work writing a book about some of the methods used in teaching religion to the deaf and hearing impaired.

Sister Karen Hawver
Sister Karen grew up in Springfield. She taught at schools in Illinois and Michigan until becoming assistant principal at Guardian Angels School in Detroit in 1976. In 1979, Sister Karen took on her first elementary school principal assignment at St. Dennis in Royal Oak, Mich. Following 12 years at St. Dennis, Sister Karen served as principal at Holy Family Regional School in Rochester and Rochester Hills, Mich., for the next 20 years. She retired in June 2011.

Sister Teresa Marie Laengle
Born in Springfield, Sister Teresa Marie taught at schools in Michigan and Illinois before transitioning into administration as assistant principal and then principal at Elizabeth Seton High School in South Holland, Ill. In 1991, she began ministering at Catholic Central High School in Springfield, first as a teacher, then as assistant principal (1992-96), and later as principal until 2004. Currently, she is the Dayton coordinator of the Ignatian Project. She also offers retreats and provides spiritual direction to those in need.

Sister Judith Metz
A native of Cincinnati, Sister Judith taught social studies at Seton High School from 1966-79. There she also served as director of student activities from 1973-79. In 1980, she served as archivist for the Research and Records Project for the Sisters of Charity Treasurer’s Office, and from 1981-91, Sister Judith also ministered as the congregational resource person. From 1993-96 Sister Judith was a self-employed historical researcher/writer. She currently is the historian and archivist for her community, and also serves as an adjunct instructor of history and religious studies at the College of Mount St. Joseph.

Sister Annette Muckerheide
A native of Cincinnati, Sister Annette taught at schools in Albuquerque, N.M., and Cleveland before serving as secondary teacher at Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering (1972-73). In June 2011, she completed 34 years of teaching biology at the College of Mount St. Joseph. She was chairperson of the department of biology for most of those years.

Sister Annette Marie Paveglio
Sister Annette Marie taught at Resurrection School (1967-71), St. William School (1975-76), and Our Lady of Lourdes (1984-86). In addition, she served as principal at St. William (1976-84), at the Mount Campus School, formally located at the Sisters of Charity Mount St. Joseph motherhouse (1986-87), and St. Helen School in Dayton (1994-03). From 1987-91, Sister Annette Marie was an instructor of teacher education at the College of Mount St. Joseph. She then became the pastoral associate at Sts. Peter and Paul in Cincinnati (1992-’94). Sister Annette Marie is currently the director of the Sisters of Charity Spirituality Center.

Sister Mary Ellen Roach
Sister Mary Ellen began her education ministry at St. Jude Elementary School, Cincinnati, in 1964. She served there until 1969 when she moved to Denver, Colo., to begin more than 40 years of service at Loyola Catholic Grade School; her first assignment at the school was as an elementary teacher. In 1978, she was promoted to principal, a position she held for the next 33 years.


This year’s silver jubilarians are, from left, Sisters Carol Wirtz, Monica Gundler, Marge Kloos and Montiel Rosenthal. (Courtesy photos)

















25 Years
Sister Monica Gundler
Born in Hamilton, Sister Monica served in higher education as the coordinator of retreats at the University of Dayton from 1996-98, and then as director of campus ministry at the College of Mount St. Joseph from 2000-07. In 2007, Sister Monica began ministering as her community’s director of initial formation. Currently, she serves in vocation ministry for the congregation and lives and ministers at the House of Charity in New Orleans, La., an initiative of the Sisters of Charity Federation. In addition, Sister Monica serves as crisis counselor to fishing communities affected by the Gulf oil spill through Catholic Charities.

Sister Marguerite Kloos
Sister Marge taught at Archbishop Alter High School in Kettering from 1986-87. In 1989, she became the communications director for her community. Sister Marge served as campus minister for the College of Mount St. Joseph from 1994-98; four years later, she transitioned to the academic side and has remained there since. Currently, she serves as the dean of the Division of Arts and Humanities at the College of Mount St. Joseph, as well as continuing to serve as associate professor of religious and pastoral studies.

Sister Montiel Rosenthal
Born in Cincinnati, Sister Montiel earned the doctor of medicine from the University of Cincinnati in 1986. She served a residency in family practice at University Hospital in Currently, she is an associate clinical professor in the University of Cincinnati’s Department of Family and Community Medicine. She also is director of maternity services, overseeing prenatal care, and serves as the medical director for the Christ Hospital Medical Associates’ Family Medicine Office. In addition, for the last seven years, she has provided care to racetrack employees and their family members at the Riverdowns Racetrack free health-care clinic.

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