Sister Elizabeth Burns, Maryknoll Sister for 62 Years Dies

Maryknoll, NY: Sister Elizabeth Marie Burns, a member of the Maryknoll Sisters Eastern U.S. Region, died on April 14, 2018 in Wethersfield, CT.  She was 84 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 62 years.

She was born in Hartford, CT on December 15, 1933 to Elizabeth M. (Farreny) Burns and Perley G. Burns, both of whom are deceased; she had one sister and two brothers.  She is survived by her sister, Mary Ann and both brothers, William and John J.

Elizabeth, known to all as Betty, graduated from Mount Saint Joseph Academy in West Hartford, CT in 1951. She then studied at St. Francis School of Nursing where she received her R.N. in 1954.  On September 2nd, 1955, Betty entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Ossining, NY from St. Augustine Parish, in the diocese of Hartford, CT.  At her Reception she received the religious name, Sister Maura Brigid.  She made her First Profession of Vows on June 24, 1958 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center and her Final Vows on June 24th, 1964 in Korea.

In 1958, Betty worked at the Maryknoll Society’s Seminary kitchen.  She was assigned to Pusan, Korea in 1959 where she worked as a nurse for the next eight years in the Maryknoll Hospital in Pusan.

She returned to the United States in 1967 and earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 1970 and her Masters of Science in Community Health Nursing in 1972, all from Boston College.  In 1973, she transferred from the Korea Region to the Maryknoll Sisters Eastern U.S. Region, where she worked at the Connecticut State Health Department from 1973-2005.   She retired after a long career which included:  Hospital Inspector and Consultant, Chief of Licensure and Certification of Medical Facilities, Director of Hospital and Medical Care and finally Chief of Staff for the Department.  For her dedication to the well-being of patients confined to nursing homes in the State of Connecticut, she received the Distinguished Managerial Service Award.

In 2006, Sister Betty was invited by the Pastor of Incarnation Parish to become an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist, while also volunteering her services to St. Francis Hospital Home Care/Hospice in Hartford, CT.  From 2008-2013, she became totally involved in pastoral ministry and conducting pastoral visits to the elderly, ill and homebound and led a “Small Christian Community” of women.

Sister Elizabeth died at St. Francis Hospital, Hartford CT.

The wake will be on Thursday, April 19, 2018 at Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, Wethersfield, CT from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.  A funeral Mass will be offered at the Church of the Incarnation, Wethersfield, CT on Friday, April 20, 2018 at 10:00 a.m.  Interment will follow immediately after the funeral at Mt. St. Benedict’s Cemetery, Bloomfield, CT.

Sister Theresa Mangiere, Maryknoll Sister for 70 Years Dies

Maryknoll, NY: Maryknoll Sister, Sr. Theresa Mangieri, educator, counselor and social worker died on April 5th, 2018 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY after a short illness.  She was 90 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 70 years.

She was born on January 24th, 1928 in the Bronx, NY to Antoinette (Taverna) Mangieri and Louis Joseph Mangieri, she was baptized Theresa Barbara. She had one brother, Daniel and three sisters, Margaret, Carmela and Rosetta.  Her parents, brother, and sisters have all predeceased her.

In 1946, Theresa graduated from Walton High School in the Bronx, NY.  She attended Grace Institute in New York City for one year where she studied Accounting; while working as a clerk at the Boy Scouts of America also in New York City. She entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate as a postulant at the Venard Junior Seminary at Clarke’s Summit, PA on September 6th, 1947 from St. Angela Merici Parish in the Bronx, NY.   At her Reception on March 7th, 1948 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center she received the Religious name, Sister M. John Francis.  She made her First Profession of Vows on March 7th, 1950 and her Final Vows on March 7th, 1953, both at the Maryknoll Sisters Center; during which time she served the community in various positions.

From 1953-1957, Sister Theresa studied at Maryknoll Teachers College where she earned a Bachelor of Education Degree. In 1958, she then studied Mission Theory at Fordham University in New York, NY, while teaching at St. Anthony of Padua Elementary School in the Bronx. That same year she received her first overseas mission assignment to the Philippine Islands.

From 1958-1977, Sister Theresa served in the Philippines in multiple places and positions which included: elementary school teacher, high school teacher and principal, college instructor, and consultant to a lay administrator. In 1968, she became Novice Mistress of the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Quezon City until 1971. From 1971-1977, she worked in various schools in Baguio and earned a Masters Degree in Educational Psychology at St. Louis University in Baguio on March 13th, 1977.

After serving 19 years in the Philippines, Sister Theresa returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in New York and was Coordinator of the Sisters Renewal Program from 1978-1981.  In 1982, she was assigned to Zimbabwe, Africa where she taught in St. Albert’s High School in Mt. Darwin and worked with women: lay and Religious, until 1987.  From 1988-1997, she became Administrator of Mwana Anokosha Home, a residence for unwed mothers in Harare.

In 1997, Sister Theresa returned to the United States and was assigned to the Eastern US Region and to Hendersonville, North Carolina where she worked as a Board Member of Mainstay, an ecumenical organization of volunteers who work to help and find shelter for battered women and their children.  She also helped with Interfaith Assistance Ministry which aids the poor of Hendersonville.

Sister Theresa then returned to the Maryknoll Sister Center in 2009 and served in the Congregation’s Development Department until 2014.  In 2015, Sister Theresa transferred to the Maryknoll Sisters Home Care Unit, where she remained until her death.

A Vespers Service will be held on Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 4:15 pm in the Chapel of the Annunciation at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Maryknoll, NY.                                         

A  Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 11:00 A.M., also in the Chapel of the Annunciation.

Interment will follow at the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery on the Maryknoll Center grounds.            

Sister Vivian Vortuba, Maryknoll Sister for 77 years dies

Maryknoll, NY: Sister Vivian Votruba died on March 22, 2018 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY. She was 98 years old and a Maryknoll Sister for 77 years.

Vivian was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota on January 3, 1920 to Irma (Cosgrove) Votruba and August Votruba. She had two brothers, John and William, all have predeceased her.

In 1937, Vivian graduated from Villa Sancta Scholastica High School in Duluth, Minnesota. From 1937-1940, she attended the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN to begin the process of earning her Bachelor of Science Degree. On July 2, 1940 she entered the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in Maryknoll, New York from St. Clement’s Parish, in the diocese of Duluth, MN.  At her Reception into the Congregation she retained her baptismal name of Vivian becoming Sister Mary Vivian. She made her First Profession of Vows on March 7, 1943 and her Final Profession of Vows on March 7, 1946.

From 1942-1943, Sister Vivian studied at Mount St. Vincent College in New York City and finished earning her Bachelor of Science Degree.  From 1943-1944, she attended classes at Maryknoll Teachers College in Maryknoll, New York.  She then went to Marquette School of Medicine in Milwaukee, Wisconsin where she earned a Degree as a Doctor of Medicine in 1947. Sister Vivian spent the next year doing her medical internship at Misericordia Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

In 1948, Sister Vivian received her first overseas mission assignment to Bolivia where she did language study at CalaCala and began her medical ministry at the Maryknoll Hospital in Riberalta, Bolivia. For the next several years, Sister Vivian’s medical work took her to many places around the world: Azangaro, Peru in 1960; Biafra, in Nigeria, Africa, working with refugees in 1969; and back to Peru in Ica and Ciudad de Dios (outside of Lima) in 1970.

In 1982, Sister Vivian returned to Maryknoll, New York to serve in the Congregation’s Development Department’s World Awareness Program until 1985. She then served among the Navajo Indians in New Mexico before returning to Tacna, Peru in 1985. In 1991, Sister Vivian was assigned to Rosedale, Mississippi for three years to do pastoral work.  In 1995, she was assigned to Pogradec, Albania where she did medical and pastoral work, administrative work, and worked with women in need. In 1996, she was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters semi-retirement home in Monrovia, California where she did volunteer work.  In 2002, she returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, New York where she was an active volunteer doing clerical work in the Outpatient Clinic and accompanying elderly Sisters to their doctor’s visits.  From 2006-2008, Sister Vivian served as Co-Coordinator for the Chi-Rho Community at the Maryknoll Sisters Center.

A Vespers service will be held for Sister Vivian on Monday, March 26, 2018 at 4:15 p.m. in the Main Chapel at the Maryknoll Sisters Center. A funeral Mass will follow on Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. also in the Main Chapel at the Center. Interment will follow in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery on the Center grounds.


Sister Aiko Oyabu, Maryknoll Sister for 54 Years Dies

Maryknoll, NY: Maryknoll Sister, Sr. Aiko Oyabu, died on March 11, 2018 at the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY. She was 84 years old and a Maryknoll Sister for 54 years.

Aiko was born in Amino, Takeno-Gun, Kyoto, Japan on October 28, 1933 to Wai (Mizukami) Oyabu and  Masuji Oyabu. She had five sisters, and two brothers. All have predeceased her except her sisters, Tomiko Nakajima, Mitsuyo Ikeda, and Harumi Yoshinari and her brothers, Magoshiro Oyabu and Hiroki Oyabu.

In 1952, Aiko graduated from St. Joseph Nissei High School, in Nishi Maizuru, Japan. She then attended Heian Junior College in Kyoto and graduated in 1954 with an Associate of Arts Degree.  Aiko then taught as a grade school teacher in a School at Novera, Kyoto for eight years before entering the Maryknoll Sisters Novitiate in the Philippine Islands on June 1, 1963.

At her Reception into the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation, Aiko received the religious name Sister Maria Assumpta.  She made her First Profession of Vows on March 16, 1966 in the Philippines. Then she was assigned to the Maryknoll Girls School in Yokkaichi, Japan to teach English and Christian Ethics in 1972. On January 2, 1972, she made her Final Vows in Japan and studied at Sophia University from 1973-1974. Sister Aiko then studied at Seisen Women’s College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English Literature in 1977. Following graduation from Seisen she returned to teach in Yokkaichi until 1983 when she was assigned to Bolivia.

Sister Aiko’s ministry in Bolivia took her to Riberalta where she did pastoral work and helped form Basic Christian Communities from 1984 to 1987. She was then assigned to Capinota in the mountains of Bolivia and Cochabamba, where she was involved in formation of Basic Christian Communities, pastoral work, home visiting and youth work until 1992. In that year, she returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in Maryknoll, NY where she worked in the Congregation’s Development Office until 1994. In 1995, she returned to Kyoto, Japan and Kamakura, working with immigrants from Bolivia and Peru and visiting Peruvians in prison until  1997. That same year she returned to Kyoto working with immigrants from Bolivia and Peru and with physically and mentally handicapped people until 2004.  In 2006, Sister Aiko retired to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in New York and joined the Chi Rho Community working as a volunteer, visiting the elderly and infirm Sisters.

A Vespers service will be held for Sister Aiko on Wednesday, March 14, 2018 at 4:15 p.m. in the Main Chapel at Maryknoll Sisters Center.  A Funeral Mass will follow on Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. also in the Main Chapel at the Center. Interment will follow in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery on the Center grounds.


Sister Joan Ratermann, Maryknoll Sister for 72 Years Dies

Maryknoll, NY: Sister Joan Ratermann died on February 1, 2018.  She was 91 years old and had been a Maryknoll Sister for 72 years.

Joan was born on July 6, 1926 in St. Louis, MO to Katherine (Huelsmann) Ratermann and George Ratermann.  She had two sisters Mary and Elizabeth and two brothers, George (a Maryknoll Priest) and David Ratermann (Monsignor of the St. Louis Diocese). Her parents, two brothers and her sister, Mary have predeceased her.

Joan graduated from Notre Dame High School in St. Louis in 1944 and then worked in secretarial jobs for over a year.  She entered the Maryknoll Sisters Congregation in Ossining, NY from St .Liborius Parish in St. Louis on September 6, 1945. At her reception into the Congregation she received the religious name Sister Vincent de Paul. She made her First Profession of Vows at the Maryknoll Sisters Center on March 7, 1948 and her Final Vows on March 7, 1951, also at the Sisters Center.  From 1947 – 1951, she attended Maryknoll Teachers College and earned a Bachelor of Education Degree; she then earned a Master’s Degree in Counseling and Guidance at St. Louis University from 1969 -1970.

In 1951, Sister Joan received her first overseas assignment to Chile, where she spent the next 53 years serving as primary school teacher, school principal, high school teacher, retreat director and spiritual counselor. In 1973, she began work with youth and adults as part of a retreat team and became advisor to prayer groups in the Talcahuano Parish, La Asunción. In 1974, she helped found a House of Prayer where 30 retreats a year were given. In 1980, she returned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center in NY to work in the Direct Mail office for three years.

Sister Joan then returned to Chile again in 1984, to do pastoral, catechetical and retreat work until 1999. In 2000, she joined the Jesuits’ Padre Hurtado Retreat House as a permanent member, doing 8 day retreats per year. In 2004, she was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center to work in the Development Department until 2010, when she retired.

A Wake and Vespers service will be held in the Annunciation Chapel of the Maryknoll Sisters Center at Maryknoll, NY on Tuesday, February 6, 2018 at 4:15 P.M.  Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated on Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 11:00 A.M. also in the Annunciation Chapel.    Interment will follow immediately after in the Maryknoll Sisters Cemetery.                                

60th Jubilee-Sister Bernadette Duggan, M.M.

Duggan, Bernadette CordisSister Bernadette Duggan, M.M. from Boston, MA will be celebrating her 60th Jubilee this year.

Sister Bernadette Duggan was born in Boston, MA. After earning her R.N. at Catherine Labouré School of Nursing in Dorchester, MA in 1958, she entered the Maryknoll Sisters. In 1967, Sister Bernadette completed her B.S. in Nursing at Salve Regina College in Newport, R.I. and went on to receive her Master’s degree in Public Health Nursing from the University of Minnesota in 1969.

Assigned to the Philippines in 1970, Sister Bernadette worked in St. Joseph’s Hospital in Manapla which was administered by the Maryknoll Sisters. It was a practice facility for students in a bacalaurate program in Bacolod and she enjoyed being the field work guide for the nurses in formation. For the next ten years Sister Bernadette worked on the island of Mindanao in the mountains of Upi, Maguindanao with the tribal Tiruray people. She opened a clinic and paramedic training program. By 1984, a fine Tiruray nurse-midwife took over the work and Sister Bernadette was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center for congregational service until 1988. In 1989, she was assigned to Bangladesh.

This allowed Sister Bernadette Cordis to contribute her nursing talents in health services at Maryknoll, NY. In 1989, she was assigned to Bangaldesh where she served with a Maryknoll Sister doctor in a small rural hospital near the reserve for the Royal Bengal Tiger, so they had tiger bite patients. Sister Bernadette said if the patients got to them alive, they could save them because “we had a team where each knew what to do, and immediately.”  Actually, most of their patients were women with complications of pregnancy because the Muslim women preferred being examined by a woman doctor. They had pre- and post-natal clinics and classes for local traditional midwives. After fifteen years, a Sister doctor of another community arrived and this freed Sister Bernadette Cordis to respond in 2006 to a request for a nurse in the AIDS Hospice Seedling of Hope administered by the Maryknoll team in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

In November 2008, Sister Bernadette was assigned to the Rogers Community, Maryknoll, NY and worked in outpatient care as a companion on medical trips.

60th Jubilee-Sister Carol Marie McDonald, M.M.

McDonald, Carol MarieSister Carol Marie McDonald, M.M. from Cincinnatio, OH will be celebrating her 60th Jubilee this year.

After 26 years in Panama, Sister Carol Marie McDonald was “loaned” for a year to the El Salvador region to help with designing a self-help cottage industry involving HIV/AIDS patients and their families. The “loan” changed to an assignment to El Salvador in 2009.

Presently she shares her background in scripture with the group, Biblista Popular (BIPO), which translates as The Bible in Community. This program provides on-going biblical formation for lay leaders from parishes or Christian communities, giving seven one-day workshops and a week-long intensive workshop each year. The participants leave equipped to reproduce the sessions in their own communities. The program provides a much needed service for parish leaders, especially from the rural areas, as the parishes and dioceses are unable to provide this opportunity. They also publish a monthly magazine for the communities.

She also works with CINDE (Developing Communities for Small Children). This program provides day care, kindergarten and after-school programs for the children and also programs in parenting, money management, etc. for the women whose husbands have been only marginally present, originally because of the conflict and later because of massive migration in search of employment. Sister Carol Marie works with a program of economic alternatives with a group within CINDY; she says they are “spunky ladies.”

Sister Carol Marie entered Maryknoll in 1958 from Cincinnati, Ohio. She was assigned to Chile in 1963, where she studied art at the Universidad Católica and later earned her B.A. in Art and her M.A. in Art Education in Ohio.

Back in Chile, she taught art in high school in Talcahuano and worked  in Santiago doing graphic design of materials used to train catechists. She also was a member of a reflection group in national and archdiocesan offices of catechetics and gave courses for religion teachers, adult catechists, and Basic Ecclesial Communities.

In 1981, Sister Carol Marie went to Panama where she marveled at the beauty and diversity of the Panamanian people. “We have so many ethnic groups in this tiny country–the diversity is nothing less than fascinating.” She went to the Apostolic Vicariate of Darien,  an isolated rural area, working with basic ecclesial communities and collaborating in training programs and material for pastoral teams throughout the vicariate. She also taught Scripture and theology in the University of Santa Maria la Antigua in both Colon and Panama City.

From this green jungle, Sister Carol Marie moved to Las Mañanitas on the outskirts of Panama City. People had migrated there from the rural areas. She concentrated on two communities, one with no road, electricity or water, and the other a housing project of 400 tiny houses. While teaching at the area’s major seminary and pastoral institute, she felt that the two communities in a poor neighborhood “grounded” her in a good way.

Workshops in creativity brightened the neighborhood summers with theater, puppetry and even marvelous murals that now grace some institutions. “I appreciate space and time for creative work and fostering creative work in others,” said Sister Carol Marie.

Sister Carol Marie currently resides at the Maryknoll Sisters Convent in Monrovia, CA, where she has been since 2014.

60th Jubilee-Sister Consuela Torrecer, M.M.

Torrecer, ConsueloSister Consuela Torrecer, M.M. from Puunene, Maui HI will be celebrating her 60th Jubilee this year.

The call to live my contemplative missionary vocation in Guatemala came after seeing the movie ‘El Norte.’ It was a faith response to be present as a community of faith witnessing to the power of the Spirit at work in our time in the midst of violence and oppression.”

Sister Consuela Torrecer was born in Puunene, Maui, Hawaii, one of eleven children born to Filipino immigrants. After attending the Maryknoll Sisters High School in Maui, and working in Honolulu, she joined Maryknoll in 1958.

While working at the Maryknoll Sisters Motherhouse, Maryknoll, NY, Sister Consu requested an assignment in 1965 to the Cloister which  Maryknoll Sisters foundress Mother Mary Joseph Rogers described as “a contemplative community with a different kind of work to do.” An integral part of the Congregation, these Sisters are called to live their lives in prayer and sacrifice for the support of missioners, especially Maryknollers, and the missionary endeavor of the universal church.  Sister Consu was a Spiritual Director as well as a Retreat Director, with the retreatants participating in the Sisters liturgy and communal prayer. With another member of her community, Sister Consu gave retreats to Maryknoll Sisters in the Philippines, Taiwan, Japan, Korea, Hong Kong and Hawaii. She was part of a Charismatic Prayer Group which met weekly and was mutually enriching for all participants.

In 1986, Sister Consu and two others were assigned to begin the first overseas cloister in the village of Lemoa, Quiche, Guatemala. After Spanish study, they lived in a parish building, which had been used by the military as a torture center. They studied the Quiche language; welcomed prayer groups to use the parish hall; welcomed the people’s visits; walked up the mountains to accompany their celebrations. All they learned became their prayer. Nine years later, Sister Consu returned to the Contemplative Community at Maryknoll, NY, where she continues to reside and pursue a life of prayer.

60th Jubilee-Sister Dolores Mitch, M.M.

Mitch, DoloresSister Dolores Mitch, M.M. from Missoula, MT will be celebrating her 60th Jubilee this year.

Sister Dolores Mitch was born in Missoula, Montana and educated in Catholic schools there. After attending Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, she joined Maryknoll in 1958. Assigned to the Philippines in 1963, Sister Dolores served in two Maryknoll Sisters’ high schools in Lipa City Batangas and Santo Tomas, Davao del Norte.

Sister Dolores also was missioned in two Muslim communities in Mindanao, first at the University of Notre Dame in Cotabato City among Muslim and Christian students and then as Chairperson of Education in Notre Dame of Jolo College, Jolo, Sulu, a predominantly Muslim area. In both schools she supervised the students in their practice teaching as well as teaching professional subjects and English.

Leaving formal education in 1984, Sister Dolores became Executive Secretary of the Sisters Association in Mindanao (SAMIN) based in Davao City. SAMIN is an organization of Sisters from different religious communities who work among the poor. “This was a particularly rich time of my life where I was challenged to develop skills and abilities I didn’t know I possessed! Going to many places in Mindanao, meeting the Sisters in our association as well as the people they worked with taught me so much!”

For ten years Sister Dolores lived at the Maryknoll Sisters Ecological Center, Baguio City, Luzon, while she led Intensive Journal workshops for groups of religious, teachers, seminarians and lay people, in the area of personal development and spiritual growth.

In 2007, she was assigned to the Maryknoll Sisters Center as Communications Manager, where she led intensive journal workshops several times a year.  In 2013, Sister Dolores was assigned to our center in Monrovia, CA to assist the elderly Sisters.

60th Jubilee-Sister Margaret Kollmer, M.M.

Kollmer, MargaretSister Margaret Kollmer, M.M. from Munson, NY will be celebrating her 60th Jubilee this year.

Born in Munson, NY, Margaret “Marge” Kollmer entered Maryknoll in 1958 as a registered nurse from St. Catherine’s Hospital School of Nursing. She became certified in anesthesiology from St. Francis Hospital/Viterbo College, LaCrosse, WI, and was assigned to Korea in 1964.

Sister Marge set up an anesthesia department at Maryknoll Hospital, Pusan, and later gave an 18-month anesthesia course to post-graduate nurses. She worked with the government’s Ministry of Health & Social Affairs for certification of Korean nurse anesthetists. Sister Marge’s nursing skills also were used to serve the poor on islands near the Korean peninsula, and she often fulfilled health services for women workers and prison inmates. In Song Nam, she was a member of a basic ecclesial community team.

For five years, Sister Marge served as director of congregational health services for the Maryknoll Sisters. When she returned to Korea in 1989, she was asked to help set up a home care hospice program in Seoul for the Catholic social services agency. She also worked with a team whose services were non-denominational, offering direct home care, a bereavement program, and organized programs to help encourage hospice programs among the general public.

Returning to the United States in 1994 for family ministry, Sister Marge began to volunteer in hospice programs: one day her life changed with a phone call from Transfiguration Parish in Brooklyn, where a group had been planning to open a residence for homeless people living with AIDS. After meeting the team, she responded to their need for a registered nurse to be a part-time medical coordinator at Casa Betsaida. Sister Marge continued with the Visiting Nurse Service of New York, working with hospice home care patients. “I have learned that hospice is assisting the person to live fully each moment of each day.”

In January 2011, Sister Marge left for a two-year assignment in Korea. She helped with hospice patients and served in a clinic for the poor, as well as teaching English to the aspirants and novices of the Sisters of Paul de Chartres.

In 2014, at the annual congress of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, Sister Marge accepted the Hermi Lohnert Award for a lifetime of service in the nursing field.

She has been the Wellness Promoter at the Maryknoll Sisters Center, Ossining, NY, since February 2013.