Profession of Vows 1952
Entered Life Eternal 2017
Springfield, Ill.—Springfield Dominican Sister M. Laurentia Fenlon died March 21, 2017 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield, IL. She was born in Chicago, Ill. in 1931 to Lawrence J. and Mary Bartley Fenlon and baptized Joan Marie. She made her profession of vows in 1952 at Sacred Heart Convent.
Sister Laurentia ministered most of her religious life in elementary education. She taught or was principal in parish schools throughout central and northern Illinois and in Duluth, Minn. In 1992, she began her ministry as parish pastoral associate, serving at St. Gertrude, Franklin Park, Ill. and at Corpus Christi Parish, Carol Stream, Ill. In 2002, she became unit secretary in the Dominican Sisters’ nursing facility at Sacred Heart Convent and cared lovingly for the needs of the sisters until she was no longer able.
Sister Laurentia was preceded in death by her parents; her brothers, Richard, Lawrence, and William; and her sisters, Mary Lou Charleston, Lois Fenlon, Margaret Kuh, Jacqueline Fenlon, and Katherine Fenlon. She is survived by her sisters, Rita Schmidt, Crystal Falls, Mich. and Dorothy Ann Agner, Des Plaines, Ill.; her sisters-in-law, Joan (William) Fenlon, Niles, Ill. and Betty (Richard) Fenlon, Hilton Head, SC; and by many nieces and nephews.
Visitation: 4:00-6:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 26, 2017 at Aquinas Center, Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St. Visitation will begin with a prayer service.
Cremation will be accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center following the visitation.
Morning Prayer and Funeral Mass: 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 27, 2017, followed by Funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m. at the convent chapel with Father Peter Witchousky, OP; celebrant. Burial will follow at Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704.
Friends, with sadness we share the news of the death of our Hermana Margarita Valentin Contreras, OP, in Lima, Peru the evening of March 16, 2017. Affectionately known as “Hermana Marga,” she was the first Peruvian to join our congregation, making profession in 1990.
Her funeral Mass will be in Lima on Saturday, March 18, 2017. At another date we will commemorate her life with a service at the motherhouse in Springfield. Please remember her, her four sisters, many nieces and nephews, and the other Peruvian Springfield Dominican Sisters in your prayer.
Springfield Dominican Sister Margarita Valentín Contreras, died March 16, 2017 at the Dominican Sisters Center House in Lima, Peru. She was born in La Oroya, Peru to Glicerio Valentín Cordova and Victoria Contreras Huaman. She made her profession of vows in 1990 at Immaculate Conception Church, La Oroya.
Sister Margarita gave her entire religious life in the pastoral service of the people of Peru, completing theological training at the John XXIII Graduate School for Theological Study, Lima. She was at various times the Springfield Dominican Associate Coordinator for Peru, pastoral minister at Immaculate Conception Parish, La Oroya, in Canto Grande at the St. Juan Pablo II Fe y Alegría School, and pastoral minister in the mountain region of Jarpa, following the reign of terror imposed by the rebel group Sendero Luminoso. In La Oroya, she often accompanied workers at the metallurgical smelter as they struggled for just working conditions and wages.
Sister Margarita was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, Rolando. She is survived by her sisters, Reyda, Irma, Juana, and Betty and many loving nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Sister Margarita are scheduled for Saturday, March 18, 2017 in Lima. A memorial service will be held at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield, on a date to be determined.
Donations to honor the life and service of Sister Margarita in support of the Dominicans Sisters ministry in Peru may be made to: Dominican Sisters of Springfield, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL 62704.
Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.
Pray for Sister Sharon in New Zealand today as she shares her knowledge about the climate challenge to Dominican Sisters, college professors and people interested in learning how to care of our common home.
Sister Sharon Zayac, OP presents Seeds of Hope: Renewing Ourselves in a World of Chaos on Friday, March 17 and Saturday, March 18, 2017. Oamaru is in the South Island of New Zealand.
Sister Sharon Zayac (Dominican Sisters of St. Dominic of Springfield, IL) and Sister Margaret Galiardi (Dominican Sisters of St. Dominic of Amityville, NY) were invited by Dominican Sisters in New Zealand to impart their knowledge through climate change workshops. They are pictured here in San Francisco as they prepare to depart for New Zealand.
Born January 20, 1917
Profession of Vows January 3, 1938
Entered into Eternal Life March 15, 2017
Springfield, Ill.—Springfield Dominican Sister Virginia Dever (Sister John Thomas) died March 15, 2017, at Sacred Heart Convent. She was born in Chicago, Ill., in 1917, to Peter and Anna Murray Dever. She made her profession of vows in 1938 at Sacred Heart Convent.
Sister Virginia spent her life as an educator, teaching students the length of Illinois from Granite City to Hampshire; Duluth, Minn.,and Hammond, La. One of her joys was teaching speech and drama at Sacred Heart Academy, Springfield, and at Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights. Long past the usual age of retirement Sister Virginia was still engaged in teaching and pastoral service. She had a special fondness for St. Edward Parish, Chicago, from which she retired to Sacred Heart Convent in 2011.
Sister Virginia was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Muriel Powers, Geraldine Morton, Joan Schack, Barbara Dever, and Sister Mary Jerome Dever, OP, and her brothers James, John, Peter and William Dever. She is survived by her sister-in-law Marge (William) Dever, Arlington Heights, Ill., many nieces, nephews and cousins, including Springfield Dominican Sisters M. Bride Quinn and M. Jerome Quinn.
Prayer Service: 4:00 p.m. vigil service with visitation until 6:30 p.m., Sunday, March 19, Aquinas Center, Sacred Heart Convent, 1237 W. Monroe St. Morning prayer 9:00 a.m., Monday, March 20, followed by funeral Mass at 10:00 a.m., convent chapel. Father Peter Witchousky, OP; celebrant. Burial follows, Calvary Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 1237 W. Monroe St., Springfield, IL. 62704.
The Dominican Sisters and family of Sister Virginia are being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield. Please visit butlerfuneralhomes.com to offer your condolences.
Strategies for Reading the Bible:
Peacemaking in a Post-Truth World
A Workshop for Engaged Christians by
Pastor Paul Nuechterlein
(Discipleship Seminars in Mimetic Theory)
Saturday, March 18, 2017
8:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Sacred Heart Convent
1237 W Monroe Street
Springfield IL 62704
Early Bird (Before March 1) $40.00
After March 1 $50.00
Executive Box Lunch from Hy-Vee: $10.00
“There are some thinkers that offer intriguing ideas and proposals, and there is a tiny handful of thinkers that manage to shake your world. Girard was in this second camp.”
~ Bishop Robert Barron of the Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles