Oldenburg Franciscan Sisters
Sister Laurita Kroger
A native of Dayton, Sister Laurita taught at the former Our Lady of Angels High School in St. Bernard a total of 13 years and, in later years, as a teacher and principal ministered at Scecina High School; the former St. Mary Academy; and the former Immaculate Conception Academy in Oldenburg. Sister Laurita also served as treasurer of Marian University in Indianapolis, a position she held for 17 years. Sister Laurita also ministered as councilor on the motherhouse leadership team. From 1988 until her retirement in 1994, she served as coordinator of employee services at the motherhouse. Sister Laurita is currently in residence at St. Clare Hall, the health care facility for the congregation.
Sister Christine Ernstes (formerly Sister Mary Austin)
Sister Christine taught at Sacred Heart School in Fairfield. She also ministered in Missouri, Montana, Michigan and Indiana. Currently, Sister Christine is parish life coordinator at Immmaculate Conception Parish in Millhousen, Ind., and St. Denis Parish in Jennings County, Ind.
Sister Shirley Gerth (formerly Sister Brenda)
Sister Shirley taught at schools in Indiana and Missouri. In 1974 she began a new ministry as pastoral associate at parishes in North Vernon, Greensburg, Enochsburg and Hamburg, Ind. She currently serves as parish life coordinator at St. Maurice Parish in Napoleon, Ind.
Sister Barbara James (formerly Sister Mary Kieran)
Sister Barbara taught at St. James the Greater School in White Oak; St. Peter in Chains School in Hamilton and Our Lady of Victory in Cincinnati. She also taught in Indiana and Montana from 1984 to 2009, when she began her new career of pastoral ministry, which took her to parishes in Montana, Kentucky and Indiana. Sister Barbara is currently in residence at the Oldenburg motherhouse and is engaged as volunteer at Margaret Mary Hospital, Safe Passage and the Ronald McDonald House.
Sister Ellen Michl (formerly Sister Natalie)
Sister Ellen taught at St. Aloysius Gonzaga in Bridgetown from 1966-82 and also in Indiana schools. From 1987 to the present, Sister Ellen has ministered as a chemist at the D-A Lubricant Company in the Indianapolis area.
Sister Ellen Miller (formerly Sister Rosamond)
Sister Ellen taught at St. Catharine of Siena School in Westwood. In 1969 she became involved in youth and parish ministry and served as a pastoral associate at various parishes in Indiana, Tennessee, Missouri and Illinois. From 2010 to the present, Sister Ellen has served as an adult therapist at Quincy Catholic Charities in Quincy, Ill.
Sister Joan Miller (formerly Sister Josita)
Sister Joan taught in schools in Evansville, Indianapolis and Wadesville, Ind. In 1973 Sister Joan took on a new career in pastoral and youth ministry and as a director of religious education in Evansville parishes and also in Dale, Ind. From 2004 to the present, Sister Joan has ministered as vocation director for her congregation.
Sister Laure Poeling
Sister Laure taught at St. Catharine of Siena School in Westwood; the former Our Lady of Angels High School in St. Bernard; Sacred Heart School in Fairfield; and also schools in Missouri and Indiana. In 1986 Sister Laure changed careers to the nursing field, serving at Methodist Hospital and as assistant/medication aide at N.W. Manor Health Care Center and Adult Mental Health Services at St. Francis Hospital, all in the Indianapolis area. From 2008 to the present, Sister Laure has served in psychiatric nursing at St. Joseph Hospital in Wentzville, Mo.
Sister Judith Werner (formerly Sister Bonaventure)
Sister Judith taught at Our Lady of Victory, the former Our Lady of Angels High School, St. James the Greater, St. Catharine of Siena and Our Lady of Lourdes, all within the Cincinnati area. In 1991 Sister Judith began serving as a science specialist for the Cincinnati archdiocese, and went on to become co-director for AmeriCorps, Cincinnati. Sister Judith was co-director for public relations for her community from 1996-2002. She then ministered at IKRON and as a teacher at Life Skills for the Cincinnati inner-city charter schools. From 2006 to the present, Sister Judith has served director of public relations/special events for her community’s Office of Congregational Advancement.
Sister Judy Crooker
Sister Judy Crooker, a native of Cincinnati, taught at Corryville Catholic School from 1990-2003 and is currently teaching kindergarten at St. Bernadette School in Amelia.