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Area Women Religious Celebrate Jubilees

Diocese-Green-Bay-LogoGREEN BAY, Wis. (July 28, 2016) -- Bishop David L. Ricken will celebrate a Sisters' Jubilee Mass on Sunday, August 21, at 3:00 p.m. at St. Bernard Parish, Green Bay, to honor 34 women celebrating jubilees in religious life. Their combined service totals nearly 2,000 years. The theme for this year's jubilee celebration is "Celebrating in the Jubilee Year of Mercy."

This year, the following women religious will be recognized for their many years of dedicated service (listed with their names are their religious communities, home parishes and places they have served within the diocese – many have also served outside of the diocese):

75 years

Sr. Imelda Ann Dickrell, OSF
      Religious Community: Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      Home Parish: St. Anne, St. Anna
     • Places Served: St. Paul and St. Boniface Parish (now St. Francis of Assisi), Holy Family Hospital, Silver Lake College, St. Francis Convent and St. Rita Health Center, all in Manitowoc; St. Therese Parish and Xavier High School Convent, Appleton; St. Philip Convent, Green Bay; St. Paul Convent and St. Paul Manor, Kaukauna

Sr. Jeanette Peplinski, OSF
      Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross
      St. James, Amherst, WI
      Holy Cross Parish, Bay Settlement; St. Matthew and St. Francis Convent, Green Bay; St. John the Baptist, Howard; St. Louis, Dyckesville; St. Boniface (now Our Lady of Lourdes), De Pere; Holy Trinity, Casco

Sr. Mary Josephine Schmitt, OSF
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      St. Wendel, Cleveland
      Holy Rosary, New Holstein; St. Agnes, Green Bay; St. Anthony, (now Holy Family) Marinette; St. Anne, Francis Creek; Sacred Heart (now St. Jude), Oshkosh; St. Bernadette, Appleton; St. Andrew (now St. Francis of Assisi), Holy Family Convent, St. Francis Convent, and St. Rita Health Center, all in Manitowoc; St. Patrick, Maple Grove; St. Mary, Clarks Mills; St. John, Sherwood; St. Mary and St. Paul Manor, Kaukauna

Sr. Urban Schumacher, OSF
      Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross
      St. Matthew, Green Bay
      St. Joseph Parish (now Holy Family), Marinette; St. Isidore Parish, Osman; St. Joan of Arc Parish, Goodman; St. Boniface Parish (now Our Lady of Lourdes), De Pere; St. Matthew Parish and St. Francis Motherhouse, Green Bay; St. Francis Pre-Novitiate (now the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help), Champion; Holy Innocents Parish (now St. Francis of Assisi), Manitowoc

Sr. Martina Van Ryzin, OSF (Sr. Mary St. Martin)
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      St. Therese, Appleton
      St. Joseph School, Kellnersville; Silver Lake College and Holy Family Convent, Manitowoc

70 years

Sr. Ruth Linnebur, SSM
      Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother
      Sacred Heart, Colwich, Kan.
      Sacred Heart Parish (now St. Jude) and St. Raphael Parish, Oshkosh

60 years

Sr. Francis Bangert, OSF
      Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross
      St. Francis Xavier, De Pere
      St. Kilian Parish, New Franken; St. Matthew Parish and St. Willebrord Parish, Green Bay; St. Louis Parish, Dyckesville; St. Joseph Parish, Marinette; Holy Angels Parish, Darboy; St. Boniface Parish, De Pere; St. John the Baptist, Howard

Sr. Miriam Dosch, OSF (Sr. Hilaire)
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      St. Nicholas, Zanesville, Ohio
      St. Joseph and Corpus Christi, Sturgeon Bay; Holy Family Hospital and St. Rita Health Center, Manitowoc

Sr. Maryl Gardner, OSF
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      St. Anne, Escanaba, Mich.
      St. Agnes, Green Bay; St. Anthony, Oconto Falls; St. Mary, Greenleaf; St. Boniface (now St. Francis of Assisi), Holy Family Convent and St. Francis Convent, Manitowoc; St. Thomas the Apostle, Newton

Sr. Doris Jurgenson, OSF (Sr. Melvin)
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      St. Mary, West Point, Neb.
      St. Therese, Appleton; St. Mary Parish, St. Paul Elder Services, Kaukauna; Holy Family Convent, Manitowoc

Sr. Karen Krahenbuhl, OSF (Sr. Donata)
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      St. Joseph, Rice Lake
      St. Joseph, Sturgeon Bay; St. Mary, Algoma; St. Anthony, Oconto Falls; St. Anthony, Neopit

Sr. Mary Michel Malolepsy, SSM
      Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother, Third Order Regular of St. Francis of Assisi
      St. Lawrence, Wisconsin Rapids
      SSM Franciscan Courts, Oshkosh

Sr. Verna Osterhout, OSF
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      St. Mary, Sault Ste. Marie, Mich.
      St. Gabriel Parish, Neenah; St. Agnes Parish, Green Bay; Holy Redeemer Parish, Two Rivers; Xavier High School, Appleton; Roncalli High School and Silver Lake College, Manitowoc

Sr. Angela Paul, OSF
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity

Sr. Greta Peter, OSF
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      St. Mary, Waukesha
      St. Joseph Parish, Sturgeon Bay; St. Agnes Parish, Green Bay; Sacred Heart Parish, Oshkosh

Sr. Lois Risch, OSF
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      St. James, Mukwonago
      St. Joseph, Alverno; Silver Lake College, St. Paul and Sacred Heart (now St. Francis of Assisi); Holy Family Convent and St. Rita Health Center, all in Manitowoc

Sr. Clare Simon, OSF
      Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross
      St. John Nepomucene, Little Chute
      St. Francis Pre-Novitiate (now the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help), Champion; Holy Name Retreat House, Chambers Island; St. Matthew Parish, McCormick Home and Parkview Manor/Keenagers and St. Francis Convent, all in Green Bay/Oneida

Sr. Rita Mae Suhr, OSF
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      Holy Cross, Beemer, Neb.
      Holy Rosary School, Kewaunee; St. Philip School, Green Bay; Sacred Heart School, St. Andrew School, Holy Family Convent and St. Francis of Assisi, all in Manitowoc; St. Thomas the Apostle, Newton; Holy Rosary School, New Holstein; Sacred Heart School, Oshkosh

Sr. Virgine Van Thull, OSF
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      Holy Name of Jesus, Kimberly
      Sacred Heart and St. Andrew (now St. Francis of Assisi), Holy Family Convent and St. Francis Convent, all in Manitowoc; St. Mary, Algoma; St. Rose Parish, Clintonville

Sr. Marella Wagner, OSF
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      St. Wendel, Cleveland
      Holy Family Conservatory, Silver Lake College and St. Rita Health Center, Manitowoc; St. Therese, Appleton

Sr. Rosangela Weiland, OSF
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      St. Therese, Appleton
      St. Joseph Parish and St. Bernard Parish, Green Bay; St. Joseph Parish, Kellnersville; St. Mary Parish, Brillion; St. Anne Parish, Francis Creek; St. Rita Health Center, Manitowoc

Sr. Dora Zapf, SDS
      Sisters of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians)
      Horrem, Germany
      Salvatorian Mission Warehouse, New Holstein

50 years

Sr. Mary Gabrielle Branco, SSM
      Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother
      Roman Catholic Church in French Guiana, South America
      SSM, Oshkosh

Sr. Monica Mary DeQuardo, OSF
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      St. Joseph, Waukesha
      St. Joseph Academy, Green Bay; Holy Family Academy, Holy Family Convent/Novitiate, Holy Family College, Holy Family Convent, Silver Lake College, all in Manitowoc; St. Philip Convent, Green Bay

Sr. Verna Fowler, ANG (Sr. Denis)
      A New Genesis
      St. Anthony, Neopit
      College of Menominee Nation, Menominee Restoration Committee and Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Keshena; Sacred Heart Parish, Shawano; St. John the Baptist, Seymour; St. Rose, Clintonville; Holy Rosary School, Kewaunee; Corpus Christi, Sturgeon Bay; St. Joseph, Sturgeon Bay; Holy Family School and St. Joseph, Green Bay

Sr. Lois Ann Gosch, OSF
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      St. Therese, Appleton
      St. Rita Health Center, Holy Family Hospital, Holy Family Convent and St. Clare Convent, all in Manitowoc; St. Paul Home, Kaukauna

Sr. Sue Ann Hall, OSF (Sr. Margaret Mary)
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      St. Boniface, Manitowoc
      Sacred Heart Seminary, Oneida; Holy Family Convent, St. Francis Convent and Holy Family Memorial Medical Center, all in Manitowoc; St. Paul Manor and St. Paul Elder Services, Kaukauna

Sr. Gretchen Krueger, OP
      Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters
      St. George (now St. Elizabeth), Kenosha
      St. John the Baptist, Howard

Sr. Jennifer Ladowski, SSJ-TOSF
      Sisters of St. Joseph, Third Order of St. Francis
      St. Joseph, Green Bay
      Grancare Nursing Center, Green Bay

Sr. Lois Levandowski, SSJ-TOSF
      Sisters of St. Joseph, Third Order of St. Francis
      St. Stanislaus, Stevens Point
      Assumption BVM, Pulaski; St. Thomas More, Green Bay

Sr. Rosalyn Muraski, OSF
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      St. Mary, Leopolis
      St. Joseph Elementary and St. Thomas More Elementary, Green Bay; St. Joseph Elementary, Oneida; Silver Lake College, Manitowoc

Sr. Janice Stingle, OSF
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity

Sr. Caritas Strodthoff, OSF (Sr. Caritas Marie)
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      Holy Redeemer, Two Rivers
      Holy Family Hospital, Holy Family School of Nursing, Holy Family Convent Health Clinic and Holy Family Convent, all in Manitowoc

25 years

Sr. Mary Ann Feminella, OSF
      Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity
      St. Cyril, Tucson, Ariz.
      St. Rita Health Center, Manitowoc

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