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Each day of National Catholic Sisters Week, we will be sharing the stories of our Jubiliarian Sisters, those celebrating significant anniversaries in religious life!  Five of our Diamond Jubilarian sisters are celebrating 60 YEARS of service to Christ, Church, and Community…

Sister Kathleen

Sister Kathleen is the youngest of 7 children in her family from Lachine, Quebec, Canada, a suburb of Montreal. She attended grade school and high school in Lachine.  She later received her RN from St. Mary’s Hospital in Montreal and worked as an Registered Nurse at St. Mary’s Hospital until she entered Sacred Heart Monastery.

“When I had major lung surgery as a senior nursing student, I began to seriously consider religious life. Being a nurse also influenced my wanting to help others and go into a life of service.” Sr. Kathleen noted, “My parents were most likely the biggest influence in my vocation because of their strong faith that they instilled in all of us.” She met a Benedictine monk studying at Laval University in Montreal, and while talking to him about the feeling she had regarding a religious vocation, he spoke to her of the Benedictine Convent in Yankton, SD. “I knew I wanted to enter an English convent; most orders I knew of were French with English women.”

S. Kathleen has ministered in many areas of health care and served as Sub-Prioress at Sacred Heart Monastery. Of the past sixty years, she says, “My experiences as a Benedictine sister have strengthened my belief in community living. Serving others has strengthened my love of people and my belief that each person has the ability to grow and change.” At present, S, Kathleen works as a professional counselor with Catholic Family Services in Yankton. She also serves as a System Member overseeing Avera Health.


Sister Thecla

Sister Thecla grew up on a farm near Wagner, South Dakota. She entered Sacred Heart Monastery in August 1955 and made her monastic profession on June 28, 1957. Several experiences influenced and affirmed S. Thelca in her religious vocation: a favorite bible passage “Let the little children come to me,” spending time with Sudanese people, the Head Start program, and working with children after school.

Sr. Thecla graduated from South Dakota State University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Science. She also earned a Dietetic Registration through an internship at Beth Israel Hospital, followed by a Master’s of Science in Home Economics w/Nutrition emphasis from South Dakota State University. She shared her education in nutrition at Standing Rock Reservation in Fort Yates, ND as Director of Food Service at Sacred Heart Convent and other health institutions before teaching her skills to others at both Mount Marty High School and College. Sr. Thelca is currently volunteering at Majestic Bluffs and assisting in the monastery kitchen.

“I have always felt called to the service of others. I am grateful for these many years of being able to serve God, my community, and His people.”

Join us in praying for Catholic Sisters and Nuns who continue to seek God’s Will and serve God’s people throughout our nation.  Pray also for women who continue to discern God’s will in their lives.

Loving God, by your grace,
Catholic Sisters throughout the world continue to respond to Your Baptismal invitation
to live lives dedicated to prayer and loving service.
Enkindle in their hearts a renewed desire to be zealous servants of the Gospel
and continuing signs of Your presence in our world.
Preserve and strengthen in them the passion and the vision
to welcome and to serve all Your people without hesitation or pause.
As they strive to live the mission of their respective congregations,
empower them to do so with courageous simplicity,
consecrated celibacy, and committed obedience to Your will.
We ask this in union with Jesus the Christ,
who showed these dedicated women the way to living in union with You.  Amen.
~Mary Rose Romeo, SSJ

Blessings to you,
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