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Sister Rosalia Riedel

Currently Serving

Sr. Rosalia received a BA in education from Marycrest College and received her Certified Nurses Aide training from Scott Community College in Bettendorf, Iowa. Her ministry of teaching found her in the Iowa cities of Centerville, Bettendorf, Albia, Des Moines, Oskaloosa and Ottumwa and in Lewistown, Montana and Rock Island, Illinois. She also was a program facilitator at the Center for Active Seniors (CASI) in Davenport.

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Sister Cecelia Vandeberg

June 26, 1918 - October 26, 2019   |   Passed On

Sr. Cecelia received a BA in music from Siena Heights College in Adrian, Michigan. Her ministry of teaching music and academics found her at schools in Montana including St. Mary (1941-59), St. Peter & Paul (1969-73), and Our Lady of Lourdes (1973-88) in Great Falls and St. Leo (1966-68) in Lewistown. She also taught music at St. Pius X in Rock Island, Illinois. From 1988 - 2012 Sr. Cecelia worked in hospital ministry in Great Falls, Montana.

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Sister Johnelle Howanach

Currently Serving

Sr. Johnelle Howanach found herself, in 1988, the foster mother of a 6-year old Native American girl disabled from birth with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Although, told that the child was uneducable, Sr. Johnelle’s tutelage and love has allowed ‘Lissie” to grow into a confident young woman, founder of a Lissie's Luv Yums and national speaker on Fetal Alchohol Spectrum Disorder.

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Sister Marie Ven Horst

February 8, 1916 - October 17, 2015   |   Passed On

Sister Helene broke the Ph.D. glass ceiling at the University of iowa in the chemistry and physics departments with her degree in 1952. Sister returned to Marycrest where she endeared herself to hundreds of science students and, later, to weekend graduate students with her excellent teaching, sound advice, and sense of humor.

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Sister Corrine Foley

June 29, 1920 - November 6, 2015   |   Passed On

Sister was always gracious and patient. Her education ministry covered schools in four dioceses: Davenport, Des Moines, Great Falls/Billings and Phoenix. She taught in both elementary and high schools. She was at St. Anthony, Des Moines, three different times and always commented on how much she liked being there. In each case it was a group of imaginative students matched with an energetic teacher. During her last months at Bishop Drumm she would often have visits from former students. Politics and science were generally the topics of conversation.

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Sister Catherine Talarico

Currently Serving

Sr. Catherine's ministries included teaching, a pastoral minister, and working with housing and mental health issues. Currently she lives in Des Moines where she volunteers for homeless veterans and women at Iowa Correctional Institution for Women as well as involvement with other justice issues.

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Sister JoAnne Talarico

August 25, 1936 - May 10, 2019   |   Passed On

Sr. JoAnne volunteered at the Homeless Veterans Stand Down each year. She was a passionate advocate for juvenile justice and received the Justice Reform Consortium Justice Award. She spent years visiting a woman at the Iowa Correctional Institution for Women in Mitchellville.

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Sister Mary Charlene Olear

September 2, 1925 - November 6, 2017   |   Passed On

She began her 46 years of teaching at St. Anthony School in Des Moines followed by Sacred Heart School in West Des Moines; St. Theresa, Des Moines; Our Lady of Lourdes, Bettendorf; St. Alphonsus, Davenport; St. Joseph, Great Falls, MT; St. Mary, Centerville, IA; All Saints in Stuart, IA; St. Louis the King, Phoenix, AZ; Gehlen High School, LeMars, IA; Colo Community Public School in Colo, IA; and West Marshall High School, State Center, IA. After she retired from teaching in 1992, she cared for various elderly friends in Marshalltown who needed a driver, someone to visit them, call them, or pick up their groceries. She also sent birthday cards to dozens of people and an annual Christmas letter to many more.

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Sister Elizabeth Anne Schneider

August 18, 1928 - October 2, 2017   |   Passed On

Psalm 102 “So my soul sings songs to you unceasingly.” She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in music in 1949 from Marycrest College, her Master of Arts degree in music in 1950 from the University of Kansas in Lawrence, and her PhD in higher education in 1970 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. She continued music education at the University of Iowa, Michigan State University and the University of Minnesota. Psalm 102 “Oh my God I will thank you forever.” Sr. Elizabeth Anne’s ministry in music education took place in Davenport at St. Vincent as music teacher from 1953 – 1960 and at Marycrest College as a faculty member from 1953–1966.

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Sister Molly Munoz

Currently Serving

​Sister Molly has been working in Hispanic pastoral ministry with migrant workers since 1993. She is known in Colorado as the "Mother Teresa of the Latinos," traveling hundreds of miles per month, working seven days a week, attending to the migrants' physical, spiritual and emotional needs

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Sister Irene Munoz

Currently Serving

God was manifested to me in so many ways by the faces and actions of the people I served...I was the one being evangelized!

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Sister Margaretha Fitzgerald

Currently Serving

Sister Greta posts in "A Nun's Pocket" about her life of prayer

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Sister Mary Ruth Morris

November 10, 1921 - September 2, 2017   |   Passed On

Just think of the miles covered from high school science classes in Iowa, Montana and Arizona; to medical records training and work in Omaha, Nebraska, Ottumwa, Iowa, and Normal, Illinois; to teaching in Ghana with the Peace Corps; to teaching GED and reading classes in Mississippi; to quilting in Davenport; and catching up with reading at Bishop Drumm. Think of all the “thank you’s” that have been offered and how many people have felt a warm glow because of them. Perhaps the best tribute we could offer to Sister Mary Ruth Morris would be our own effort to say “thank you” more often.

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Sister Marian Smith

Currently Serving

While Sr. Marian, an only child, was in the novitiate, her father died, leaving her mother a young widow. After teaching in parochial schools for many years, in 1975 Sr. Marian was offered a position in the Fulton Illinois public school system, about 20 miles from Erie.

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Sister Donna Schmitt

November 11, 1929 - October 25, 2019   |   Passed On

I see my ministry of prayer as one small quilt piece of its own color and design. It is combined with many quilt pieces made by thousands of people, adding to the beauty of this quilt presented to our God in praise, gratitude, asking forgiveness, requesting mercy and our concerns. This is a most vivid picture in my mind.

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