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Sister Judith Anne Haase, OP

Sister Judith Ann was born and raised in Chicago and has spent much of her religious life in service to the people of that archdiocese. For 19 years she was teacher, and then principal of Marian Catholic High School, Chicago Heights. She has had broad ministerial experience as a junior high teacher in parochial schools in Peoria and Chicago, and was principal of St. Thomas Aquinas High School, Hammond, La. She also worked in vocation ministry in the Archdiocese of Chicago and enjoyed more than a decade of formation ministry for seminarians at St. Joseph College Seminary and at Mundelein. “The faithfulness I witnessed in the seminarians helped me to be faithful to the consecrated life to which I have been called,” she said.

She taught junior high school first at St. Edward, Chicago (1962-1968), and then at St. Vincent De Paul, Peoria (1968-1973), then began her years at Marian Catholic (1973-1992). She was in vocation ministry for the Archdiocese of Chicago (1995-1999) and then moved south to Hammond, La., where she was principal of St. Thomas Aquinas High School (1999-2005). It was then she began her ministry within the Chicago archdiocesan seminary system, first at St. Joseph minor seminary (2005-2008) and then, after six years as prioress at Sacred Heart Convent (2008-2014) she was names associate dean of formation at Mundelein Seminary (2014-2021).

In this jubilee year her brothers Joseph (Desa), and Michael (Lisa), and her sisters Mary (Robert) Lange, and Susan (William) Bright share her joy.

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18 thoughts on “Sister Judith Anne Haase, OP”

  1. Congratulations on your 60th Jubilee! You taught me geometry in 1978-79. It was the first time I was challenged in math, and to my everlasting chagrin, I got a C on your first test. I don’t remember what you said to me after that, but I realized I had to apply myself, pay close attention and spend time thinking about the problems. Along the way to teaching me geometry and study skills, you taught me logic and reasoning, skills I used in becoming an engineer and later a lawyer. My first C in geometry was also my last C in geometry. And to any student complaining about the practical uses of geometry, in addition to literally teaching me how to think, I once used the Pythagorean Theorem when ordering a custom round table to calculate the size of the square base. Thank you for all of that!

  2. Emilee Jaworowski Biegel

    God Bless you , Sister Judith Anne! Many memories of having you as a friend, Principal and your Cabbage Patch Doll 😉. Congratulations on the 60th Jubilee! Much love from the Jaworowski family!

  3. Margaret Biltgen

    Congratulations, Sr. Judith Anne!!! You were one of my FAVORITE teachers. I loved geometry, though it might not seem that way. (I was doing my Latin homework during class.) 😂 You we’re so much fun to have as a teacher. I have many great memories of you.
    Margie Arr

  4. Congratulations Sr Judith Anne!! You were a fabulous principal at Marian!! Always so very kind and pleasant to everyone! Thank you for making a difference in the lives of so many!! ❤️

  5. Sue Masquelier Lorts

    Congratulations Sister Judith Anne! You were truly one of my favorite teachers! I loved your passion, kindness, humor, & willingness to go that extra mile to makes us successful. It was the ONLY math class in my life I actually enjoyed. It’s great to see you still have that infectious smile & twinkle in your eye. Wishing you all the best. ❤
    Sue Masquelier Lorts ’76

  6. Barbara Grossi Peteson

    Congratulations, Sr. Judith Anne! You were a wonderful part of my experience at Marian. I wish you the very best! 💜

    Barbara Grossi Peterson ‘88

  7. Barbara Grossi Peteson

    Congratulations, Sr. Judith Anne! You were a wonderful part of my experience at Marian. I wish you the very best! 💜

    Barbara Grossi Peterson ‘88

  8. ROBERT LACH, MCHS ‘84

    Happy Anniversary, Dear Sr. Judith Anne!! Thank you for the experience of serving at Oak Forest Hospital! Your Cheerful Spirit has been remembered for DECADES!! 🕊✨

    1. Congratulations Sister Judith Anne! You are, by far, thee best memory of MCHS I have. You are the first person who pops in my head when MCHS is mentioned or I think back on that time. You set the bar high! I wish you all the best as you continue your journey through this world, spreading joy, smiles, laughter & love! Do you still have your Cabbage Patch Doll?
      God bless you and keep you, always!
      With love & admiration
      Karen (Kurowski) McHugh ’86

  9. Lynda (Welch) Hemmerling

    Thank you, Sr. Judith Anne, for being a great role model as principal at Marian Catholic!
    I really appreciated your smile, your fun demeanor and your high expectations. Congratulations on your 60th Jubilee!
    Btw, you still look the same!!
    God bless!

  10. Maribeth Balda Westlund

    Congratulations Sister Judith Ann! Discovery in Service at Speed had a huge impact on me. I taught Social Studies and was department chair at Schaumburg High School for 31 years. Part of my position was to oversee a program where our seniors did 20 hours of community service for civic engagement. Your class gave me a passion and strong foundation. Thank you! Thank you!

  11. Maribeth Balda Westlund

    Congratulations Sister Judith Ann on your Jubilee Celebration! Discovery in Service at Speed had a huge impact on me. I taught Social Studies and was department chair at Schaumburg High School for 31 years. Part of my position was to oversee a program where our seniors did 20 hours of community service for civic engagement. Your class gave me a passion and strong foundation to share with students. Thank you! Thank you!

  12. Mariann Fajman Reilly

    Congratulations Sr. Judith Anne! You were the teacher that inspired me to become a teacher. You showed me that math matters but, more importantly, that every student matters! You knew so many details about each of your students and went out of your way to celebrate birthdays and milestones. Through my 42 years as a teacher whenever I’m asked if there was a teacher that inspired me, you are the teacher that has always come to mind. You touched so many hearts in your 60 years and, I’m sure, will touch many more. Thank you for touching mine!
    Mariann Fajman Reilly
    Marian Catholic High School
    Class of 1976

  13. Dear Sister Judith Anne,

    Congratulations on your Jubilee 60 Celebration! It was both a pleasure and a blessing working with and for you during my time teaching at Marian Catholic High School. I have such great memories of you. God bless you!

    Barbara Farrell Truby
    English Department, Marian Catholic High School
    1978-1989

  14. Jennifer Arreola (Grabinski) ‘95

    Congratulations St Judith Anne! You were principal at Marian my freshmen year. I always remember how you would stand near first hall and greet us students as we entered the area near the office. What stood out is that you knew us all by name. I wish you could have stayed throughout my high school years! AIAOYIFTRMALY!🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻❤️❤️❤️

  15. Abbot Vincent P. Bataille, O.S.B.

    I sent you greetings in another place but am doing it again here. Wanted to visit you this week but it didn’t work out. Some other time. I am sure the sisters will give you a great celebration as you deserve. Peace and good health.

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