Cause for Celebration
Updated: Dec 16, 2021
At the beginning of October, the Sisters of the Precious Blood had big reason to celebrate. October 1st was Mother Brunner's birthday, but the day also began the "Family Reunion." After being unable to gather as a large group for two years, the Sisters were finally able to come together from all over. Not only did they celebrate Mother Brunner's birthday, but they celebrated the jubilees of 14 sisters. The following Sisters celebrated anniversaries in religious life!
Sr. Anne Schulz celebrated 60 years in religious life. Sr. Anne has a special gift working in education. She opened Mother Teresa school in Liberty Township, Ohio in 1998. She officially retired after 20 years at Mother Theresa and many more years at other schools!
Also known for her work in education, Sr. Benita Volk celebrated 60 years in religious life. Sr. Benita lives in Denver, CO where she worked at Regis Jesuit all girls school. She's also been involved numerous social service organizations there. She is particularly grateful for a near-death experience she had which enabled her to come to terms with her faith.
Sr. Eva Roerich celebrated 75 years in religious life this year. Sr. Eva recalled her earlier ministry years when she was cooking for many of the sisters or seminarians. She remembered a particularly large Thanksgiving celebration in which they made turkeys for each table!
Sr. Jane Francis Hoffman is known for her angelic singing voice and wonderful sense of joy. She celebrated 60 years of religious life this year. Sr. Jane Francis served as a nurse for many years and experiences God each time she runs into an old friend, or former co-worker or patient.
Sr. Jean Rene Hoying is officially retired but she may be busier than when she was working. Sr. Jean Rene celebrated 60 years of religious life and now continues her ministry by helping local immigrant families, feeding the hungry and caring for babies who are born addicted to drugs.
Sr. Karen Elliott celebrated 40 years as a Sister of the Precious Blood. Sr. Karen currently ministers at Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati and has spent numerous years working with students in higher education. She is grateful that she continues to grow in her understanding of mission and ministry.
Sr. Laura Will is a well-traveled and retired educator. She's taught multiple grades and in multiple cities and states. In her retirement, Sr. Laura continues to minister through music. She celebrated her 75th jubilee.
Sr. Martha Bertke celebrated 60 years as a Sister of the Precious Blood. She's worked in parish ministry for the majority of her life, serving as a pastoral associate and director of education. She appreciates the song Here, I am Lord and thinks it sums up her life and ministry well.
Sr. Mary Ellen Lampe is a retired school librarian. She was known for her work in Michigan in creating a new library system which became a model for the state's school library system. Sr. Mary Ellen celebrated her 60th jubilee this year and she remembered his ministry with her students fondly.
Sr. Nadine Kaschalk remembers fondly her years of teaching and when she was called upon to be principal. However, she missed the kids too much and so she returned to the classroom a few years later. Sr. Nadine is now retired, but offers her prayers daily for the Sisters and needs of the world. She celebrated 75 years as a Sister.
Sr. Nancy Recker celebrated 60 years of religious life. She remembers especially her many years of ministry in Coldwater, Ohio living with the Sisters there. She told a story of sneaking off to ride her bike throughout town when she was a younger sister. She's grateful for all the sisters and those she ministered too.
Sr. Pat Dieringer is a master at administration. Even in her retirement, she helps local families and nursing homes with medicare and medicaid paperwork. She continues to work with the local chapter of St. Vincent de Paul to help the needy as well. Sr. Pat celebrated 60 years of religious life.
Sr. Ruth Ann Meyer celebrated 75 years as a Sister of the Precious Blood. She is known for her abilities to teach math and served many years as a teacher in multiple states. She's been known for her ability to help equip and empower teachers so they can empower students. Sr. Ruth Ann is especially thankful that she was able to pursue both her dreams - religious life and math education.
Sr. Terry Maher continues to work in California hospitals, helping as chaplain to those going through difficult situations. She also ministers with families who have lost loved ones to violence. She continues to encounter Precious Blood spirituality as she celebrates 40 years as a sister of the Precious Blood.
Sr. Thelma also celebrated 60 years as a Sister of the Precious Blood. She recently retired from a teaching position at Columbus School of Art and Design, where she worked with international students. She's grateful for her time in the Peace Corps that gave her the experience of serving and working internationally.