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Jubilee

Meet the Springfield Dominican Jubilee Class of 2020

This year's class of jubilarians celebrating 75 and 60 years of consecrated religious life, will be remembered for a long time as the class that celebrated in the year of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Our private community celebration for these sisters is planned for St. Dominic's feast day, August 8, but the celebration with the sisters' families, originally scheduled for June, has been postponed and will be held at a date to be determined.

Enjoy learning about the dedication and adventures of these sisters and let them know what they've meant to you by leaving a comment below or at the bottom of each sister's story.

Sister Mary Dominic Joerger, OP

Sister Mary Dominic Joerger celebrates 75 years of religious profession in 2020. Small in stature, it seemed ordained that she devoted most of her religious life to teaching primary grades. Second grade was her favorite because it allowed her to prepare her students for First Communion, a responsibility she delighted in. A native of Mendota, …

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Sister Myra Flahive, OP

 Sister Myra celebrates 60 years of religious profession in 2020. Her profession is Sister M. Timothy’s “fault.” Sister Myra claims “it’s Sister M. Timothy’s fault” that she is a Dominican instead of a Franciscan Sister. She tells the story like this: “I met Sister Timothy at Our Lady of Grace (Chicago) before I entered the …

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Sister Colette Barker, OP

Sister Colette celebrates 60 years of religious profession in 2020. Sister Colette Barker’s longest mission by far was Rosary High School in Aurora, where, for 28 years, she was executive assistant to the schools administrators. She loved it at Rosary, she says, but all the other places she ministered were equally important to her, for …

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Sister Bernadette Marie McGuire, OP

Sister Bernadette Marie celebrates 60 years of religious profession in 2020. After a dozen years teaching elementary school children, Sister Bernadette Marie made the switch to library science, and to decades of service in the three high schools owned by the community: Marian Catholic, Sacred Heart-Griffin, and Rosary. Her dry wit and insatiable curiosity made …

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Sister Judith Hilbing, OP

Sister Judith celebrates 60 years of religious profession in 2020. Sister Judith Hilbing (Sister Francis Irene) has given her 60 years of religious profession to the education of youth and the promotion of a more just world. After 18 years teaching elementary school students in the United States, she answered the call to what would …

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Sister Mary Harold Herrmann, OP

Sister M. Harold celebrates 60 years of religious profession in 2020. Sister Mary Harold gave the first 25 years of religious profession to elementary education, teaching and administering schools—sometimes at the same time! During her year in Granite City, she undertook the important task of helping to merge two parochial elementary schools. The next 11 …

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Sister Marilyn Jean Runkel, OP

Sister Marilyn Jean celebrates 60 years of religious profession in 2020. Springfield born and raised, Sister Marilyn Jean Runkel, OP, has spent much of her ministerial life in the Springfield Diocese. After teaching elementary and middle school at Aurora and Mendota, Ill., she served as a teacher and principal at St. Mary School in New …

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Sister Margaret Mary Byrnes, OP

Sister Margaret Mary celebrates 60 years of religious profession in 2020. Sister Margaret Mary has ministered in a variety of ways throughout her 60 years of religious profession. The first 18 years were given to elementary education in parochial schools, then she embarked on seven years teaching religious education in two of the rural religious …

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Sister Anne Lawrence Buchmiller, OP

Sister Anne Lawrence celebrates 60 years of religious profession in 2020. Sister Anne Lawrence was born in the south-central Illinois community of Greenville, and spent the greater part of her 60 years of religious profession educating children in Central Illinois. Her early years were spent in elementary schools. She taught most grades at one time …

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