60 Years Jubilarians

Sister Mary Elene Hanrahan, OP
Sister Mary Elene Hanrahan, OPSister Mary Elene Hanrahan, OP is celebrating 60 years as a Dominican Sister of Springfield, Illinois.  She entered the Springfield Dominican Congregation on June 27, 1952 and made profession of vows on January 4, 1954. 

Sister Mary Elene’s ministries were primarily in religious education, elementary education and high school education.  In the Springfield Diocese, she taught at Sacred Heart Academy, St. Agnes School, Our lady of Lourdes in Decatur, and the Arcola and Hillsboro Religous Education Centers.   In the Chicago Archdiocese, Sister taught 4-6 grades at St. Bernadette in Evergreen Park.  Out of state, Sister ministered as a Patient Visitor at St. Dominic Hospital in Jackson, Mississippi.  She has a Bachelor’s degree in education from St. Ambrose College and a Master’s degree in education from DePaul University. 

Presently, she is retired and resides at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield, Illinois where she ministers in prayer.   Special Events Coordinator at Sacred Heart Convent. 

 

Sister Mary Karla Fritz, OP

Fritz, Karla 2014Sister Mary Karla Fritz, OP, a native of Herscher, is celebrating 60 years as a Dominican Sister of Springfield, Illinois.  She entered the Springfield Dominican Congregation on June 28, 1952 and made profession of vows on January 4, 1954.  Sister Karla states that she was attracted to the consecrated life by the joyfulness of the Dominicans. 

Sister Mary Karla’s most significant ministries were in music, dietary, and hospitality.  She is an excellent cook and baker, and was responsible for the dietary department at Sacred Heart Convent (Dominican Motherhouse) from 1995-2003.  She was the director of choral music at Marian Catholic High in Chicago Heights, IL from 1978-1983 and Liturgist and Prioress of the Motherhouse at Sacred Heart Convent from 1983-1990.  Presently, she is Special Events Coordinator at Sacred Heart Convent.  Sister Mary Karla received  bachelor’s degrees in music from the College of St. Francis, Joliet, IL and  St. Joseph College, Rensselaer, IN; and a master’s degree in education from the University of IL – Champaign-Urbana, IL.  She states, “The most satisfying aspect of my vocation is the prayer, study conversation and contemplation that is part of every Dominican sister’s life.”    Sister will celebrate her Jubilee with the Springfield Dominican Community in June 2014.  This celebration is not open to the public.

 

Sister Constance Klamroth, OP
Sister Constance Klamroth, OPSister Constance Klamroth, OP is celebrating 60 years as a Dominican Sister of Springfield, Illinois. She entered the Springfield Dominicans June 27, 1952 and made profession on January 4, 1954.

Sister Connie’s significant ministries have been in music and education.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in church music from University of Redland’s and a Master’s degree in education from San Diego College for Women.  

In the Rockford Diocese, she ministered in music/liturgy at Holy Angels and St. Thomas schools.  In the Joliet Diocese, she ministered music education at St. Joseph in Bradley from 1978-1985.   She also served at St. Edward in Chicago. 

In the Springfield Diocese, she ministered at Our Saviour Parish in Jacksonville, the Benincasa Retreat Center in Riverton and at Cathedral in Springfield from 1967-1969 and 1996-2000. 

From 1996-2000 and from 2005 to the present, Sister Connie has served as Liturgist at Sacred Heart Convent.

Sister will celebrate her jubilee with her Springfield Dominican SIsters at a private celebration in June.

 

Sister Mary Concepta Joerger, OP

Sister Concepta Joerger, OPSister Mary Concepta Joerger, OP, a native of Mendota, and member of Holy Cross Parish, is celebrating 60 years as a Dominican Sister of Springfield, Illinois.  She entered the Springfield Dominican Congregation on June 27, 1952 and made profession of vows on January 4, 1954.  Sister states that she was attracted to the consecrated life by the friendliness and warmth of the sisters who taught her at Holy Cross School and at Sacred Heart Academy.  Sister Concepta’s primary areas of ministry were in education and chaplain ministry.  She loved teaching, especially preparing children for first Holy Communion and the Sacrament of Reconciliation.  She also worked at St. Joseph Home in Springfield. She received her bachelor’s degree from DePaul University in Chicago, IL, and her clinical pastoral education and chaplain certification by the National Association of Chaplains from St. John Regional Hospital in Springfield, MO.

Sister Concepta is presently Co-Director of Siena Hall, Springfield where her primary area of ministry is ministering to guests who stay at Siena Hall when visiting Sisters at our Motherhouse or are attending meetings at Sacred Heart Convent.

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

 

 Sister Mary Brendan Gibbons, OPGibbons, Mary Brendan_web
Sister Mary Brendan Gibbons, OP is celebrating 60 years of religious life as a Dominican Sister of Springfield, Illinois. She entered the Dominican congregation on June 27, 1952 and made her first profession of vows on January 4, 1954 at Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield. Sister currently ministers as a teacher at St. Peter School in Aurora, Illinois, instructing grade school children in the Essential Learning Systems program.

Sister holds a bachelor of philosophy degree in English from De Paul University, Chicago, IL and master’s degree in education from University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, IL.  Her primary ministry has been in the field of education, and she has taught in many rural areas. 

Sister Mary Brendan served in the Springfield Diocese as a teacher at St. John in Carrollton; St. Mary in Paris, IL; St. Maurice in Morrisonville; and St. Francis in Jerseyville, IL.  In other Illinois dioceses, she has ministered as a teacher at Holy Cross in Mendota, IL; St. Lawrence O’Toole in Matteson, IL; and St. Edward, St. Christina and St. John Bosco in Chicago, IL.   Out of state, Sister Mary Brendan ministered at Sacred Heart school in San Diego, CA.
A private jubilee celebration with the sisters is planned for June at Sacred Heart Convent, Springfield, IL.

 

Sister Mary Trinita Eddington, OP
Sister Trinita Eddington, OP
Sister Mary Trinita Eddington, OP, well known in the health care field of Jackson, MS is celebrating 60 years as a Dominican Sisters of Springfield, Illinois.  Sister’s home parish is St. Cabrini in Springfield, Illinois. She was baptized in St. Patrick’s Parish, Springfield.  She entered the Springfield community on June 27, 1952 and made her first profession of vows on January 4, 1954.  Sister Mary Trinita received her MS in nursing administration from Indiana University, Indianapolis, IN; a BS from Marycrest College, Davenport, IA; her RN degree from St. Dominic School of Nursing, Jackson, MS; and a certificate as a family nurse practitioner from Mississippi University for Women, Columbus, MS.

St. Dominic’s Hospital and Community Health Clinic has been her life ministry as a Springfield Illinois Dominican.  Sister Mary Trinita presently is Vice-President of St. Dominic Community Health Services, Inc., Director of St. Dominic Community Health Clinic, and a family nurse practitioner providing primary health care to the poor, homeless and disadvantaged in West Jackson, MS. She has held significant assignments at St. Dominic Hospital. She was Vice President of Nursing Services for 35 years. She developed and designed a program in the 1990’s for a residential Alzheimer’s facility in Madison, MS. During the mid-1960’s, she worked with cardiologists in designing, planning and directing one of the first intensive coronary care units in the nation.  St. Dominic’s was one of only five hospitals chosen to participate in this research program made possible by a grant from the National Institutes of Health.   

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

 

Sister Arlene Chole, OP 
Sister Arlene Chole, OPSr. Arlene Chole, OP (formerly Mary Vincent), a native of Chicago, is celebrating 60 years as a Dominican Sister of Springfield Illinois.  Sister was raised on the northwest side and attended Our Lady of Grace Grade School and Notre Dame High School for girls.  After discerning her vocation to the religious life, Sister entered the Springfield Dominicans, the community that had attracted her to religious life when she was a student at Our Lady of Grace in Chicago.

Sister earned her BS degree from St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI and her M-Educ. from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, IL.  In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister taught at St. Edward, St. Christina, St. John Bosco and St. Lawrence O’Toole.   Sister ministered primarily in grade school education and Extended Day Programs. She served at schools in the Dioceses of Springfield, Rockford and Peoria.

In 1996, Sister Arlene interrupted her services with the Extended Day Program at St. Edward School to live with and care for her ailing parents, Frank and Sally Chole.  (Sister’s parents had moved to Harwood Heights in 1953 and joined St. Monica’s Parish at that time.)   After her parent’s deaths, Sister Arlene returned in 2005 to Sacred Heart Convent in Springfield, her present assignment, where she offers a variety of services to her sisters residing there. Sister said the most satisfying aspect of her vocation has been living with women who are all striving for the same values and goals.  
Sister will celebrate her Jubilee with the Springfield Dominican Community at Sacred Heart Convent in June 2014.