Celebrating our 2018 Jubilarians

The Dominican Sisters of Peace are proud to announce the Sisters who are celebrating significant anniversaries of their consecration to religious life.

Twenty Five Years

Sue Zemgulis (Niskayuna, NY)
Catherine Arnold (Akron, OH)

Fifty Years

Suzanne Brauer (New Orleans, LA)
Gemma Doll (Columbus, OH)
Mary Catherine Hilkert (South Bend, IN)
Rosemary Loomis (Columbus, OH)
Sue McMahon (Waterford, MI)
Barbara Rapp (Columbus, OH)
Valerie Shaul (Akron, OH)

Sixty Years

Kathleen Andrews (Columbus, OH)
Jeanne Brown (Columbus, OH)
Mary Ann Budka (St. Catharine, KY)
Kevin Clavin (Great Bend, KS)
Germaine Conroy (Columbus, OH)
Mary Costello (Watertown, MA)
Theresa Damicone (Akron, OH)
Mary Rose Garcia (Columbus, OH)
Dominic Haug (Great Bend, KS)
Anne Keenan (Columbus, OH)
Eileen Linehan (Watertown, MA)
Ellen McNulty (New Haven, CT)
Diane McOsker (Oxford, MI)
Mary Meenan (Columbus, OH)
Marilyn Pierson (St. Catharine, KY)
Doris Regan (Columbus, OH)
M. Aimee Ryan (Columbus, OH)
Carol Ann Spencer (Columbus, OH)

Sixty-Five Years

Bernadine Baltrinic (Akron, OH)
Sylvia Bourgeois (Columbus, OH)
Marita Charley (Columbus, OH)
Barbara DeCrosta (New Haven, CT)
Michael Brigid Driscoll (St. Catharine, KY)
Mary Justin Fadden (Oxford, MI)
Joan Marie Ford (Columbus, OH)
Thomasine Hardesty (Columbus, OH)
Mary Jordan Langenhennig (Columbus, OH) 
Mary Judene Lillie (Columbus, OH)
Noreen Malone (Columbus, OH)
Mary Josetta Mayer (Columbus, OH)
Louis Mary Passeri (Columbus, OH)

Seventy Years

Rose Bowen (Columbus, OH)
Josepha Buckley (St. Catharine, KY)
Mary Ellen Dater (Pawnee Rock, KS)
Betty Doskey (Columbus, OH)
Geraldine Eakes (Great Bend, KS)
Frances Ellsperman (Akron, OH)
Marcia Fleder (Columbus, OH)
Joan Miriam Glaser (St. Catharine, KY)
Rosemary Kirsten (St. Catharine, KY)
Thomas Joseph Nacy (St. Catharine, KY)
Marie Joseph Porrello (Columbus, OH)
Rosemarie Robinson (Akron, OH)
Charlotte Unrein (Great Bend, KS)

Seventy-Five Years

Agnes Imelda Frohnapfel (Columbus, OH)
Patricius Henderson (St. Catharine, KY)
Adrian Marie Hofstetter (St. Catharine, KY)
Lucille Winstel (Columbus, OH)

Eighty-Five Years

Vincent de Paul Hutton (St. Catharine, KY)

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2018 Jubilarian Sr. Valerie Shaul, OP

Sr. Valerie Shaul, OP
”God works through Dominic and Dominic works through his sons and

daughters on the ground!”

That’s what Sister Valerie Shaul of Akron, OH, has to say about the personal connection she experienced with Dominican Sisters in her college years – a connection that moved her to explore Dominican life for herself.

This year Sister Valerie celebrates 50 years of religious life, having made her first profession as a Dominican Sister of St. Mary of the Springs, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1968.

Sister Valerie attended a high school staffed by the Dominican Sisters and went on to attend college at St. Mary of the Springs, a ministry of Dominican Sisters. As a first-year student, Sister Valerie lived in the student floor of the Motherhouse, where she was able to know the Sisters, whom she described as friendly, joyful and firm, but loving.

Sister Valerie went on to follow in the footsteps of her mentors as an educator. She first served as a teacher at St. Philip GS in Columbus, OH, and then at St. Thomas GS in Zanesville, OH. She then served as principal at schools in Ohio. Illinois and New York until 2009.

In 2009, God gave Sister Valerie the opportunity to serve as Mission Group Coordinator for the Congregation’s free-formed group. She enjoyed traveling around the country, meeting many sisters from each of the founding congregations. “I found joy in each visit, even among the challenging times”, says Sister Valerie.

In 2015, Sister Valerie moved to Akron, where she is now the Mission Group Coordinator of the Akron Motherhouse. “It has been a gift to be able to spend quality time with Sisters in their later years of life.’ she says. “Working and living with them has shown me how to age gracefully.”

She also continues to follow her calling to education, serving on the Boards of Our Lady of the Elms in Akron, OH, and Dominican Academy in New York, NY.

With each move Sister Valerie has been met with a different culture, but whether she served in a small town farming community or a large city, one thing has always stayed true. Dominican itineracy has always been an important part of Sister Valerie’s life, as she continues to be one of Dominic’s “daughters on the ground.”

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2018 Jubilarian Sr. Gemma Doll, OP

Sister Gemma Doll, OP, on mission in Nigeria with the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine of Gusau.

Some people are a product of their upbringing. Some are a product of their times. Sister Gemma Doll, OP, is a product of both, and both shaped her decision to dedicate her life to service as a Dominican Sister. This year, Sister Gemma celebrates 50 years since her profession in 1968.

Sister Gemma came of age during the Second Vatican Council, the civil rights movement, the women’s rights movement and the Vietnam War. Her early life on the Kansas prairie, growing up in a family of both intense discussions and hilarity, showed her that her life would have endless possibilities, and set her ablaze with a desire for justice, for preaching and for healing. That fire came to life when she joined the Dominican Sisters of Great Bend, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

Sister Gemma studied at the Barton County Community College and Marymount College in Kansas. She served in rural health and nursing in Kansas and Colorado until 1975, when her congregation founded a new congregation in Sokoto, Nigeria, and she traveled there to serve as an instructor and as a regional coordinator for what would become the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine, Gusau.

“Serving in Nigeria, I learned that the world is my neighborhood,” Sister Gemma says. “I belonged to the Earth’s community as a preacher of good’s news, a peace-maker, and a justice worker.”

After returning to the United States in 1979, she continued her nursing studies in Colorado and New Mexico, and served as an instructor at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. In 1986 Sister Gemma was elected Assistant Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Great Bend in Kansas. She later served as a clinical director at Finney Co Public Health and in the Mexican American Ministries/Nurse Practitioner Program at a community health center in Garden City, KS.

Sister Gemma Doll then served as Prioress of the Dominican Sisters of Great Bend from 1998 to 2006. After a brief sabbatical, she returned as Coordinator of Cultural Formation for the Dodge City Diocese in Kansas through 2009.

Sister Gemma currently serves on the Leadership Team for the Dominican Sisters of Peace in Columbus, OH, where she continues to be passionate about justice, preaching and healing, especially for immigrants and refugees.  “No single family, country, nor race could be favored as best,” she says.

Sister Gemma cannot envision a more exciting and blessed life than the one she has lived as a Dominican Sister of Peace. “Any women feeling a longing for ‘more,’” Sister Gemma says, “should check into Dominican life – mysteriously filled with love for God, whom your heart desires.”

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2018 Jubilarian Sr. Rosemary Loomis, OP

“Dominic’s innate joy remains contagious.”
2018 Jubilarian Sr. Rosemary Loomis, OP

That’s how Sr. Rosemary Loomis, Columbus, OH, describes herself after 50 years of consecrated life. The Dominican Sisters of Peace congratulate Sr. Rosemary on the Golden Jubilee of her profession of vows as a Dominican Sister of Peace.

Sister Rosemary, a native of Columbus, OH, says that she has “a deep desire to BE God’s blessing to someone.” She has done just that, spending her entire ministry helping families at different life stages. She moved around Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Illinois as a middle school teacher and principal before returning to Ohio to serve on the staff at the Congregation of St. Mary of The Springs. She also served on the staff and as a Resident Life Director of the Mohun Health Care Center, a founded ministry of the Dominican Sisters of Peace, for seven years.

After a brief sabbatical, God called Sister Rosemary to a new ministry, and she served as a Pastoral Associate in Clymer, PA, for three years before returning to Columbus to begin work with Egan-Ryan Funeral Home as a Grief Minister. Through her work there, she became involved with the Central Ohio Chapter of the Parents of Murdered Children/Other Survivors of Homicide Victims, where she has been an instrument of God’s peace to people suffering this painful loss.

During this time, she also served in her Congregation’s Vocation ministry and as a Pastoral Visitor for St. Timothy Parish in Columbus, OH.

Today, Sister Rosemary is the Manager of the Springs Press, the in-house media center for the Dominican Sisters of Peace. She is also on her way to becoming a published author of four children’s books. One of them draws on her experience as a grief counselor, written to help children deal with the loss of a loved one and other childhood trauma.

In her 50 years since making profession, Sr. Rosemary says, she has never been disappointed with the joy and community she found as a Dominican. She also has some advice for women considering their own vocation.

“If you are discerning religious life,” she says, “be patient – be patient with God, be patient with the religious Community and be patient with yourself. Any vocation is what we make it, and we must work to make it come alive every day.”

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2017 Golden Jubilarian, Mary Riley, OP

2017 Golden Jubilarian, Mary Riley, OP

Sister Mary Riley, OP, presently of Blacklick, OH, is celebrating a significant anniversary this year. 2017 marks Sister Mary’s 50th year of consecrated life.

“As a novice making religious profession, I placed my trust in God, as expressed in the words of Eph. 3:20: Trusting in God’s love, whose power at work within us is able to accomplish far more than we can ask or imagine,” Sr. Mary said. “These words of scripture have been fulfilled through the joy and laughter of children, the compassion and love of faith-filled holy persons with whom I have been blessed to walk in ministry and the overflowing gratitude and peace God has placed in my heart through the lives of each one whose life has touched mine.”

Sister Mary, a native of Columbus, spent her ministry in the education and development of young children. She has taught in grade schools in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Illinois, and serves today as the Media Specialist and Parish Volunteer at St. Matthias Parish in Columbus, OH.

In speaking of her 50 years of school and parish work, Sr. Mary says, “The faces of the little ones and immigrants new to this country, with their trust and openness, truly reflect God’s tender love and allow me to glimpse God’s face more clearly.”

One of the greatest gifts of Sr. Mary’s religious life was a visit to the lands of Dominic, founder of the Dominican order, to walk in the footsteps of St. Dominic and St Catherine of Siena. For Sr. Mary, this experience brought to life Dominic’s commitment to link preaching and radical poverty. “Dominic placed the details of his fragile and vulnerable community in God’s hands,” Sr. Mary says. “Today, as in the time of Dominic, we are, through the power of the Holy Spirit, being called to walk our journey leaving the details in God’s hands.”

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2017 Silver Jubilarian, Linda Lee Jackson, OP

2017 Silver Jubiliarian, Linda Lee Jackson, OP

Sister Linda Lee Jackson, OP, presently of Columbus, OH, is celebrating a significant anniversary this year. 2017 marks Sister Linda Lee’s 25th year of consecrated life.

Sister Linda Lee, a native of Philadelphia, PA, entered the Dominican Sisters in 1989. She credits her maternal grandmother, Martha, for showing her how one’s life could be lived as a faith itself. “She was widowed at an early age,” Sr. Linda Lee explains, “so she had to make life-changing decisions in her 30’s, just as I did. The faith that she lived every day inspired me.”

Sr. Linda Lee’s ministry has been one of spiritual guidance and support, as she has served in retreat centers in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Florida. She also served as Campus Minister and Spiritual Director at the University of Dayton in Dayton, OH.  “My own life experiences helped me to become more empathetic in my work as a source of spiritual enrichment for women,” she says. “Every choice that I made throughout my life led to my choice to become a Dominican Sister.”

“If I could offer today’s young women who are entering consecrated life one piece of advice,” Sr. Linda Linda Lee says, “First, pray. Pray to find your passion. Then find a group of women who support and feed that passion, with openness to new calls. Find a community that can inspire and empower you.”

Yes, I want to make a donation to the Congregation in Sister Linda Lee’s honor!

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