Mount St. Scholastica Community Members

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Agnes Helgenberger, OSB

Sister Agnes Helgenberger Sister Agnes ministered as principal of a public school on the Micronesian island of Pohnpei, before serving as a councilor on her

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Alberta Hermann, OSB

Sister Alberta Hermann Sister Alberta has engaged in various ministries: teacher, occupational therapist, maintenance director, formation director, and director of housekeeping. For fun, she works

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Angela Ostermann, OSB

Sister Angela Ostermann Sister Angela ministered as director of food service at the monastery and taught part-time at the Mount and later Benedictine College.  Currently

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Anne Shepard, OSB

Sister Anne Shepard Inspired by excellence in teaching and compassionate Mount Benedictines, Sister Anne had a long, varied career in Catholic education serving as a

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Barbara Ann Mayer, OSB

Sister Barbara Ann Mayer Sister Barbara Ann ministered as teacher, editor, writer, and public relations director in Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, and Iowa for many years.

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Barbara Conroy, OSB

Sister Barbara Conroy Sister Barbara Conroy served as a high school teacher and a chaplain/bereavement coordinator for Mosaic Hospice in Kansas and Missouri over the

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Barbara McCracken, OSB

Sister Barbara McCracken Sister Barbara ministered as a teacher at the elementary and secondary levels in Colorado, Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas. She later taught at

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Barbara Smith, OSB

Sister Barbara Smith Sister Barbara has a background in zoology, having worked as an equine caretaker, research technician and in veterinary services. She currently serves

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Bernelda Nanneman, OSB

Sister Bernelda Nanneman Sister Bernelda has served as a teacher, principal and chaplain in Kansas, Missouri and Colorado, and volunteered with hospice, along with being

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Bettina Tobin, OSB

Sister Bettina Tobin Sister Bettina ministered for many years as an elementary and secondary teacher in Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Colorado.  She taught art, English,

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Bridget Dickason, OSB

Sister Bridget Dickason Sister Bridget taught high school English and religion at Bishop Ward High School in Kansas City, Kansas, prior to joining the Benedictines

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Carol Ann Petersen, OSB

Sister Carol Ann Petersen Sister Carol Ann has served as a teacher and principal in Catholic schools in Missouri, Nebraska, and Kansas, before becoming Associate

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Cecilia Olson, OSB

Sister Cecilia Olson Sister Cecilia has been richly blessed to have taught elementary, secondary and college students, as well as worked in parish ministry. She

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Chris Kean, OSB

Sister Chris Kean Sister Chris has ministered at St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral as a pastoral associate to the elderly and worked in maintenance at Mount St.

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Constance Krstolic, OSB

Sister Constance “Connie” Krstolic Sharing Benedictine values in the classroom,corporate America, in congregations (Catholic & non-Catholic) throughout the U.S.  and with the employees here at

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Deborah Peters, OSB

Sister Deborah Peters Sister Deborah ministered as a teacher at every level of education, except kindergarten, including English at Bishop Le Blond and Mount St.

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Delores Dolezal, OSB

Sister Delores Dolezal Sister Delores ministered for many years as a teacher in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa. She now provides many services in the

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Diana Seago, OSB

Sister Diana Seago Sister Diana Seago served as Associate Director of Development for Planned Giving at Benedictine College and Director of RCIA and Evangelization at

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Dorothy Herring

Dorothy Herring Dorothy entered the Benedictine Sisters of Mount St. Scholastica as a postulant in January 2022. She earned bachelor degrvees in French and business

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Dorothy Wolters, OSB

Sister Dorothy Wolters Sister Dorothy ministered as an elementary teachers for many years in Kansas and Iowa. She was secretary of development at LeBlond High

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Elaine Fischer, OSB

Sister Elaine Fischer After entering the Mount community, Sister Elaine served the Atchison community as an emergency medical technican and firefighter.  She has since served

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Elaine Gregory, OSB

Sister Elaine Gregory Sister Elaine ministered as a teacher or administrator in schools in Kansas, Missouri, and Nebraska for many years.  She then traveled to

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Eleanor Suther, OSB

Sister Eleanor Suther Sister Eleanor has taught in elementary schools and at Benedictine College.  She has served as a Director of Religious Education in rural

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Eliene Batista Gouvêa, OSB

Sister Eliene Batista Gouvêa Sister Eliene exercises her ministry with faith and joy in Mineiros, Goiás, Brazil, her hometown. She has served for many years

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Elizabeth Carrillo, OSB

Sister Elizabeth Carrillo Sister Elizabeth ministered briefly as a teacher in Kansas City before returning to Mount St. Scholastica to work in the liturgy office. 

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Esther Fangman, OSB

Sister Esther Fangman Sister Esther currently ministers as prioress of the Mount St. Scholastica community. Previously, she worked as a family counselor in Kansas City 

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Fran Cross, OSB

Sister Fran Cross Sister Fran ministries has ministered as bookkeeper, registrar, swimming instructor, aerobic dance instructor, and data processing clerk.  In her retirement, she serves

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Frances Yarc, OSB

Sister Frances Yarc Sister Frances taught in elementary schools in Missouri, Iowa, Kansas, and Nebraska.  She later became certified as a licensed practical nurse and

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Gabrielle Kocour, OSB

Sister Gabrielle Kocour Sister Gabrielle has ministered by teaching elementary school in rural and suburban Catholic schools, then moving into adult education and formation and

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Genevieve Robinson, OSB

Sister Genevieve Robinson Sister Genevieve ministered as professor of history at Rockhurst University, Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Fontbonne University, and Dean of School of Humanities and Sciences at Saint

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Gisélia Inacio Morais, OSB

Sister Gisélia Inacio Morais Sister Gisélia ministers in Brazil, in the monastery’s internal services, accompanying and guiding the employee who helps daily with the manual

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Grace Malaney, OSB

Sister Grace Malaney Sister Grace ministered as a teacher in primary, middle, secondary, and college levels.  She also served in Brazil as a missionary. She

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Helen Mueting, OSB

Sister Helen Mueting As a member of Mount St. Scholastica, Sister Helen’s ministry has mainly been teaching English in the high school level.  She taught

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Helga Leija

Sister Helga Leija Sister Helga is in the process of transferring her vows from a community in Corpus Christi, Texas. She is a trained translator

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Irene Nowell, OSB

Sister Irene Nowell While Sister Irene has retired from teaching at the college level and editorial pursuits, she remains a prolific author. Her works include

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Ironide Pereira Nunes, OSB

Sister Ironide Pereira Nunes Sister Ironide has ministered in Brazil for many years in the field of catechetical pastoral work, catechizing young teenagers to receive

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Janelle Maes, OSB

Sister Janelle Maes Sister Janelle initially ministered as an elementary teacher of music and grades one thru six, then began teaching elementary teachers at Mount

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Janice Futrell, OSB

Sister Jan Futrell Sister Jan has ministered as a high school English and journalism teacher, given retreats, developed programs, and trained those who wanted to

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Jeanne d’Arc Kernion, OSB

Sister Jeanne d’Arc Kernion Sister Jeanne d’Arc enjoyed a long teaching career, serving in New Orleans, Covington, and Medellin, Colombia. She also served as principal,

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Jeannine Neavitt, OSB

Sister Jeannine Neavitt   Sister Jeannine’s ministry has primarily been as a teacher, principal, assistant dean of students, director of residence life, assistant director of

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Jennifer Halling, OSB

Sister Jennifer Halling Sr. Jennifer is the editor of Threshold and Benedictines magazine and is director of the Atchison oblate group. She also writes a

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Jo Ann Fellin, OSB

Sister Jo Ann Fellin Sister Jo Ann ministered for many years as a teacher, including mathematics at Benedictine College. She currently manages the Monastery Goods Gift

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Joan Offenburger, OSB

Sister Joan Offenburger Sister Joan taught in elementary schools in Kansas and taught English and history in high schools in Kansas and New Jersey.  She

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Joanne Yankauskis, OSB

Sister Joanne Yankauskis Joanne taught at Catholic elementary schools for over twenty years in Massachusetts. In Oklahoma, she was involved in  parish, diocesan and retreat

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Judith Sutera, OSB

Sister Judith Sutera Sister Judith ministers in communications and public relations for the community. With degrees in counseling and theology, she is also an oblate

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Kathleen Flanagan, OSB

Sister Kathleen Flanagan Sister Kathleen Flanagan ministered as a teacher in the Kansas City area before becoming an elementary school librarian. Presently, she is a

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Laetitia Chavez, OSB

Sister Laetitia Chavez Sister Laetitia taught for many years in elementary schools in Kansas and Missouri and was lead teacher at the Mount Mini Pre-School.

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Linda Herndon, OSB

Sister Linda Herndon Sister Linda currently serves as Associate Academic Dean at Benedictine College. She is also the chaplain for their women’s soccer team. Previously,

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Linda Zahner, OSB

Sister Linda Zahner Sr. Linda was inspired by the Benedictine Sisters who taught her in grade and high school. She entered the Benedictine Community of

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Loretta McGuire, OSB

Sister Loretta McGuire Sister Loretta’s ministries have involved taking care of the Benedictine community, enabling the Sisters to engage in their respective ministries. She cooked

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Marcia Ziska, OSB

Sister Marcia Ziska Sister Marcia has ministered in various capacities over the years.  She coordinated a Rome renewal program for eight summers, networking with English-speaking

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Margaret Ann La Capra, OSB

Sister Margaret Ann La Capra Sister Margaret Ann ministered for many as a teacher.  She also served as registrar at Donnelly College.  At Mount St.

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Maria Heppler, OSB

Sister Maria Heppler Sister Maria currently serves as subprioress of the Mount St. Scholastica community. Her ministries over the years have involved teaching, counseling, facilitating,

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Maria Nguyen, OSB

Sister Maria Nguyen Sister Maria’s first ministry as a Benedictine was with the elderly in a parish.  She then spent several years as co-dorm director

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Marie Ballmann, OSB

Sister Marie Ballmann Sister Marie Ballmann served in Oklahoma as an elementary and high school teacher, principal, pastoral minister, and spiritual director. She trained spiritual

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Marie Louise Krenner, OSB

Sister Marie Louise Krenner Sister Marie Louise ministered as a primary teacher in Kansas, Missouri and Colorado. She then became archivist for both Mount St.

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Marilyn Schieber, OSB

Sister Marilyn Schieber Sister Marilyn ministered as an elementary teacher in Kansas and Missouri, then worked in parishes as pastoral minister for many years, including

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Martha Schweiger, OSB

Sister Martha Schweiger Sister Martha ministered as a teacher for many years in Kansas, Missouri, and Colorado, also serving on visiting teams for elementary accreditation

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Mary Agnes Patterson, OSB

Sister Mary Agnes Patterson Sister Mary Agnes’ ministry over the years has been in teaching and administration in schools and in our community.  She was

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Mary Benedict Jacobs, OSB

Sister Mary Benedict Jacobs Sister Mary Benedict has ministered for many years as a licensed practical nurse and physical therapist assistant in Dooley Center. She

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Mary Beth Niehaus, OSB

Sister Mary Beth Niehaus Sister Mary Beth ministered as an educator for many years. In retirement, she enjoys daily walks and serves through prayer ministry.

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Mary Collins, OSB

Sister Mary Collins Sister Mary spent most of her teaching career in colleges and universities.  Her ministry included serving as director in the department of

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Mary Elizabeth Schweiger, OSB

Sister Mary Elizabeth Schweiger Sister Mary Elizabeth served in pastoral ministry for many years in the Kansas City area. After serving as sub-prioress of the

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Mary Ellen Auffert, OSB

Sister Mary Ellen Auffert Sister Mary Ellen (Mary Savio) ministered in elementary education in Iowa, Kansas, Missouri. She also served as head teacher for 12

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Mary Grosdidier, OSB

Sister Mary Grosdidier Sister Mary was a dedicated teacher and administrator at schools in Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Iowa.  When she returned to the Mount,

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Mary Kathryn Taylor, OSB

Sister Mary Kathryn Taylor Sister Mary Kathryn taught high school and elementary students in Colorado, Kansas and Missouri for many years. Highlights of this time

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Mary Lucy Kramer, OSB

Sister Mary Lucy Kramer Sister Lucy was an elementary educator and vocal teacher in Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska for a number of years.  Later, she

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Mary Margaret Kean, OSB

Sister Mary Margaret Kean Sister Mary Margaret ministered as a primary teacher, elementary school principal in  a variety of settings in Colorado, Missouri, Kansas and

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Mary Rae Schrick, OSB

Sister Mary Rae Schrick Sister Mary Rae has ministered as a physician’s associate for many years, working in clinics in Atchison, Effingham and Nortonville, as

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Mary Rardin, OSB

Sister Mary Rardin After receiving her medical degree from the University of Kansas School of Medicine, Sister Mary served as a physician in the U.S.

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Mary Teresa Morris, OSB

Sister Mary Teresa Morris Sister Mary Teresa has ministered as a registered nurse for many years, specializing in home health. She currently serves as infection

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Micaela Randolph, OSB

Sister Micaela Randolph Sister Micaela had a variety of ministries over the years, teaching in elementary schools,  then worked in the Kansas City Archdiocesan Office

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Miriam Schnoebelen, OSB

Sister Miriam Schnoebelen Sister Miriam has ministered in Oklahoma as an elementary and high school teacher, hospital administrator, associate pastor, family and marriage counselor, financial

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Molly Brockwell, OSB

Sister Molly Brockwell Sister Molly spent many years teaching high school religion in Kansas City and Atchison, and currently works as the community business manager.

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Oanh Pham, OSB

Sister Oanh Pham Sister Oanh ministers as a Registered Nurse in Shawnee Mission, Kansas. Her favorite quote is Ruth 1:16, “Your people shall be my

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Patricia Gamgort, OSB

Sister Patricia Gamgort Sister Patricia has ministered as a teacher in Delaware, provided outreach to the poor through St. Martin’s Ministries, Ridgely, Maryland, participated in 

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Patricia Seipel, OSB

Sister Patricia Seipel Sister Patricia Seipel ministered as a teacher for many years in Missouri and Kansas.  She also worked at Keeler Women Center.  Presently

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Rita Claire Judge, OSB

Sister Rita Claire Judge Sister Rita Claire initially ministered as an elementary school teacher in rural areas of Kansas, Missouri and Colorado, also teaching music.

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Rita Killackey, OSB

Sister Rita Killackey Sister Rita ministered by teaching elementary language and as a parish director of religious education and faith formation at all levels. Then,

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Rosann Eckart, OSB

Sister Rosann Eckart Sister Rosann ministered as an elementary school teacher in Kansas and Missouri for many years and as principal at Sts. Peter and

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Rose Marie Stallbaumer, OSB

Sister Rose Marie Stallbaumer Sister Rose Marie initially ministered in elementary education in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Kansas City, Kansas, Atchison and Mission, Kansas.  She returned

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Rosemary Bertels, OSB

Sister Rosemary Bertels Sister Rosemary (Mary Albert) taught  elementary grades for many years in Kansas, Missouri and Colorado.  She is now retired and belongs to

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Seraphine Tucker, OSB

Sister Seraphine Tucker Sister Seraphine ministered as an elementary teacher and high school science instructor in Kansas, Iowa, and Missouri. She also taught at Donnelly

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Sharon Hamsa, OSB

Sister Sharon Hamsa Sister Sharon began her teaching career in elementary schools in Kansas, with most of her ministry has been in high school or

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Sharon Murray, OSB

Sister Sharon Murray Sister Sharon ministered for many years as a grade school, high school, and college teacher. In her retirement, she brightens the day

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Susan Barber, OSB

Sister Susan Barber Sister Susan serves as liturgist for the Mount St. Scholastica community, providing music on organ and piano for prayer and Mass.  In

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Susan Holmes, OSB

Sister Susan Holmes Sister Susan ministered over the years as religious education coordinator, pastoral minister, and as a hospice chaplain and bereavement counselor.  She currently

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Suzanne Fitzmaurice, OSB

Sister Suzanne Fitzmaurice Sister Suzanne has served as a youth minister,  area director with the Jesuit Volunteer Corps and a director of youth ministry. Since

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Sylvia Kenkel, OSB

Sister Sylvia Kenkel Sister Sylvia ministered as a  teacher in Colorado, Missouri, and Nebraska, then served as a licensed practical nurse in Dooley Center at

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Therese Elias, OSB

Sister Therese Elias Sister Therese initially ministered as an elementary school teacher in Kansas, Missouri and Iowa. She then transitioned to parish ministry and, from

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Thomasita Homan, OSB

S. Thomasita Homan Sister Thomasita initially ministered as a teacher at elementary schools in Iowa, Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri. Later, she was scholastic director and

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