Special Sunday Mass & party honor eight Jubilarians

June 10, 2012 by


2012 Jubilarians, from left, are Sisters Regina Ann Brummel, Mary Esther Otter, Barbara Berthiaume, Christina Meyer, Sylvia Winterscheidt, Eulalia Kloeker, Rose Marie Dwyer and Lucienne Savoie. Emcees for the afternoon program were Sisters Marilyn Wall, left, and Jodi Creten.

Eight women were honored Sunday in a special Mass and celebration that marked their “jubilees” as Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia.

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For photos from this afternoon’s Jubilee Celebration, CLICK HERE.

As a special treat, CLICK HERE for a video of Sister Regina Ann Brummel’s rendition of “Lead Me.”

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Family and friends were invited to take part in the daylong festivities at the Nazareth Motherhouse in Concordia.

The “jubilee” celebrates the date on which each sister was received into the congregation as a novice. The eight 2012 Jubilarians together represent 485 years of  “love of God and neighbor without distinction,” the primary calling of the Sisters of St. Joseph.

Celebrating the Mass Sunday morning were Father Jim Hoover, the Motherhouse chaplain, and Father Jack Schlaf, who served as the sisters’ chaplain for five years before retiring in August.

Jubilarian Sister Sylvia Winterscheidt offered a reflection in which she cited the broad and deep service given by all the Jubilarians during their long years as Sisters of St. Joseph.

During the afternoon program, Salina resident Theresa Hernandez played a cello piece as a special musical gift to the sisters. Then to conclude the ceremony, Sister Regina Ann Brummel, celebrating his 50th jubilee, performed the Gospel song “Lead Me.” Both were accompanied by Sister Philomene Reiland on the piano.

Virtually all of the 120 sisters who serve in Kansas and nine other U.S. states, plus candidates and numerous CSJ Associates, were on hand for the celebrations since they followed a two-day congregational Assembly (June 7 and 8 ) and a profession of vows for two agrégée sisters on Saturday (June 9).

The sisters honored Sunday were:

Sister Lucienne Savoie, who celebrated her 75th anniversary as a Sister of St. Joseph. She was born in Dryburg, Mich., and served for many years as a nurse. For nearly 30 years, she lived and served in the Southwest — first in El Paso, Texas, and then in Silver City and Las Cruces, N.M. In late 2002, she retired from active ministry and returned to Concordia, to live at the Nazareth Motherouse.

Sister Barbara Berthiaume, who celebrated her 60th Jubilee, was born in Escanaba, Mich. She has been a math and science teacher and has provide hospital pastoral care. Since late 2002, Sister Barbara has provided parish pastoral care in Goodland, Kan.

Sister Rose Marie Dwyer, who was born in rural Jennings, Kan., also celebrated her 60th Jubilee. She was first a primary school teacher, but then spent nearly 40 years serving in the congregation’s mission to Teresina Brazil. In 2005 ill health forced her to return to the United States, and today she lives at the Motherhouse in Concordia, where she teaches English as a second language several evenings a week.

Sister Eulalia Kloeker, who also celebrated her 60th anniversary, is a Marysville, Kan., native. She has had numerous ministries in Kansas and Nebraska, and since 1994 has lived in Beattie, Kan. She provides pastoral ministry there and in Marysville.

 Sister Christina Marie Meyer, a native of Grainfield, Kan., also celebrated her 60th Jubilee. She has served as a teacher and school principal and was elected to two terms on the congregations’ Leadership Council. For a number of years she provided pastoral ministry in a number of Nebraska parishes, and then in 2009 she joined that staff of the Justice and Peace Center in Salina, where she continues today as an advocate.

Sister Mary Esther Otter, who also celebrated her 60th anniversary, is a Clayton, Kan., native. She was a teacher for 27 years and then provided other ministries and care for her aging mother. In 2000, Sister Mary Esther retired from active ministry and moved to the Motherhouse in Concordia.

Sister Sylvia Winterscheidt, the final 60-year Jubilarian, was born in Mercier, Kan. She was a teacher for many years, ultimately settling in Grand Island, Neb., where she also served in parish ministry. Later, Grand Island was her home base as she led personal growth programs and retreats and offered spiritual direction. Since 1990 she has been a staff member at Manna House of Prayer, and today lives in Concordia at the Motherhouse.

Sister Regina Ann Brummel, who marked the 50th anniversary of her reception into the Sisters of St. Joseph, was born in Pilot Grove, Mo. She has had a varied ministry focused on education and tribal peoples. She has just completed a four-year term on the congregation’s Leadership Council as well as her first year teaching via the internet in an experiment with “distance learning.” This just-past school year she taught a French I class five mornings a week from her office in Concordia to high school students in Belcourt, N.D.





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