50 Year Jubilarians

Sister Marie Michelle Hackett, OP
Hackett, Marie Michelle

Sister Marie Michelle Hackett, OP, Principal of St. Edward School in Chicago, is celebrating 50 years as a Dominican Sister of Springfield, Illinois.  She entered the Springfield Dominican Congregation on September 2, 1962 and made profession of vows on June 19, 1963.  Sister Marie Michelle was born and raised in Chicago.  She received her bachelor’s degree from St. Ambrose College, Davenport, Iowa, and master’s degrees in early childhood education and administration  from the University of Illinois, in Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.  She has been devoted to elementary education throughout her 50 years, both as a teacher and principal.  For the past 22 years, she has graced St. Edward’s School with her leadership and gifts.

Sister Marie Michelle began her ministry in the Springfield Diocese and taught at Little Flower and St. Agnes, Springfield and St. Thomas, Newton, IL.  In the Peoria Diocese she was assigned to St. Thomas in Philo, IL.  Out of state assignments took her Duluth, MN and Sacred Heart in San Diego, CA.

               Sister Marie Michelle will celebrate her Jubilee with the Springfield Dominican Community in June 2014.  This celebration is not open to the public

Sister Karen Marie Kvidera, OP
Sister Karen Marie Kvidera, OPSister Karen Marie Kvidera, OP, a native of Cary, is celebrating 50 years as a Dominican Sister of Springfield, Illinois.  She entered the Springfield Dominican Congregation on September 2, 1962 and made profession of vows on June 19, 1964.  Sister Karen Marie holds a bachelor’s degree in Education and Theology from St. Joseph College, Rensselaer, IN, a master’s degree in education/administration from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL and a master’s degree in religious studies from Loyola University, New Orleans, LA. 
Two of her significant assignments were being a pioneer Administrator for the LaSalle Catholic Consolidated School, LaSalle, IL and being the last Dominican Administrator for the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary School, Duluth, MN.  Sister Karen Marie began her years of teaching at Holy Cross in Mendota, IL, followed by Springfield Diocese assignments to Christ the King, Springfield and St. John, Carrollton, IL.   She served out of state at St. Francis School in Ellsworth, WI from 1997-1999 and Holy Rosary School, Duluth, MN during the 1999-2006.  In the Rockford diocese, Sister served at Rosary High School, Aurora, IL from 1986-1995 and LaSalle Catholic School from 1978-1986. 

Sister Karen Marie presently teaches theology and is assistant director of the Leadership Program at Marian Catholic High in Chicago Heights, IL.  Sister says she was attracted to religious life by the Dominican Sisters who taught her at SS Peter & Paul school and Sacred Heart Academy in Springfield, IL.  Sister has a cousin, Sr. Mary Pokorny, also a Springfield Dominican and from Cary.  Sister Karen Marie would say to someone considering a vocation, “It is a beautiful and fulfilling way to love and be lover.  Consider what you have to offer God and really explore the possibility that God is calling you to serve Him as a religious.”  

Sister Karen Marie will celebrate her Jubilee with the Springfield Dominican Community in June 2014.  This celebration is not open to the public.

 Sister Patricia Burke, OP
Sister Patricia Burke, OP

 Sister Patricia Burke, OP is celebrating 50 years as a Dominican Sister of Springfield, Illinois.  She entered the Springfield Dominicans September 2, 1962 and made profession June 19, 1964.  

Sister’s primary ministry has been education.  Sister Patricia was a pioneer of St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Hammod, Louisiana.She presently ministers at Gordon Tech Catholic High School in Chicago, Illinois. 

In the Rockford Diocese, Sister Patricia ministered at Rosary High School for more than a decade, beginning in 1999. She served as a teacher, assistant principal, and then as Principal from 2004-2013. She also taught at St. Margaret Mary in Algonquin, Illinois.

In the Springfield Diocese, Sister Patricia taught at Sacred Heart Academy and St. Norbert School.  

Sister Mary Santina De Luca, OP
DeLuca, SantinaSister Santina De Luca, OP, a native of Chicago Heights, is celebrating 50 years as a Springfield Illinois Dominican.   She entered the Springfield Community on September 2, 1962 and made her first profession of vows on June 19, 1964.  Sister has a M. Educ. from the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana, IL, and a BA from St. Ambrose College, Davenport, IA.

Sister Santina has devoted her years to teaching in the elementary schools.  She is currently teaching religion part-time in grades pre-K through 8th at St. Agnes School in Chicago Heights.  Sister’s beginning assignments were in the Springfield and Rockford Diocese, and for the past 20-25 years she has ministered in the Chicago Archdiocese.  Her joyful spirit has been a witness to God’s abundant love and care to all the children, parents, friends and those she daily meets. 

When asked what has been the most satisfying aspect of your vocation, she responded, “In parish ministry and teaching I was blessed with the ‘hundredfold’ that Jesus speaks of.  I have come to cherish so many friends.  They have become my extended family.  There have been sorrows, pain, and fulfillment and joy!  God showers me with love and joy which I hope I can continue to share with others.” 

Sister will celebrate her Jubilee at a Mass of Thanksgiving, 10:00 am October 19, 2014 at St. Kieran’s in Chicago Heights, Illinois. The public is invited. She will also celebrate privately with the Springfield Dominican Community at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield in June 2014. 

 Sister Rita Marie Range, OP 
Sister Rita Marie Range, OPSister Rita Marie Range, OP is celebrating her 50th Jubilee as a Dominican Sister of Springfield, Illinois.  Sister Rita Marie was Principal of Our Saviour Grade School from 1987-1996.  She entered the Springfield community on September 2, 1962 and made her first profession of vows on June 19, 1964.  Sister Rita Marie holds a master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois; Champaign-Urbana, IL; a master’s degree and certification in spirituality from Creighton University, Omaha, NE; and a bachelor’s degree from St. Ambrose College, Davenport, IL. 

Sister Rita Marie ministered in a variety of capacities to a wide diversity of people – all of which she says enriched her life.  Her many assignments have taken her to the dioceses of Springfield and Peoria, and the Chicago Archdiocese.  She is presently serving as Principal of Our Lady of Grace School in Chicago, IL. 

Sister Rita Marie was attracted to religious life by the Springfield Dominicans who taught her at Sacred Heart in her home town of Granite City, IL.  She said she witnessed the joy that was so apparent in their lives.  Sister shared,  “The most satisfying aspect of my vocation has been the ability to share God’s love with others through her various assignments.”  Her advice for anyone considering a vocation to consecrated life is, “Go for it.  You will not be disappointed.”

Sister will celebrate her Jubilee with the Springfield Dominican Community at Sacred Heart Convent in June 2014.