Adrian Dominican Sisters
Continuing the Dominican tradition of preaching through prayer, study, mission and common life, the Adrian Dominican Sisters minister in education, health care, social services and other areas.
Sister Alice Marie Schmid — Sister Alice Marie Schmid was born in Everett and entered the Dominican Sisters, Congregation of Holy Cross, in 1952. She studied music at Alverno College in Milwaukee, Wis., and then received a B.S. in medical records from Seattle University. She worked in Dominican-run hospitals in Chehalis and Aberdeen in medical records administration, and later trained as a hospital chaplain. She lives at Assumption Convent in Seattle working at watercolor art, and in eucharistic and prayer ministry.
Sisters of Providence
The ministries of the Sisters of Providence include health care, education, social services, prison ministry and spiritual direction.
Sister Claire Gagnon (Sister Marcelle Odile) — Sister Claire Gagnon was born in Quebec, Canada, in 1919 and entered the novitiate in Montreal in 1939. Her first mission was to help the sisters in the infirmary at Mount St. Vincent in Seattle and to learn English. In August 1941, she went to Sacred Heart School in Tacoma to cook for the sisters in the convent. She received a B.S. in nursing from Seattle University and served in hospitals in Seattle and Tacoma before moving into administration. She served as administrator at St. Peter’s Hospital in Olympia for 13 years. She lives at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle, and has a ministry of prayer and presence.
Sister Rebecca Berghoff — Sister Rebecca Berghoff was born in Yakima and entered the Sisters of Providence in Seattle in 1943. She was a teacher and administrator in Seattle and Olympia. She lives at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle, and has a ministry of prayer and presence.
Sister Dorothy Byrne — Sister Dorothy Byrne was born in Kevin, Mont., and entered the novitiate in Seattle in 1943. She has a master’s degree in religious education from Seattle University. Her ministries have included teaching, pastoral care and parish ministry. She now lives in Emilie Court in Spokane, and continues her involvement at Sacred Heart Parish that began 40 years ago.
Sister Anne Deuprey (Sister Rose) — Sister Anne Deuprey was born in Reno, Nevada, in 1916 and entered the novitiate in Seattle in 1944. She has a master’s degree in religious education from Seattle University. She spent 30 years in nursing, including at Providence Hospital in Seattle and St. Joseph Hospital in Vancouver. She has served as a pastoral care associate, in pastoral ministry, with Heritage House residents, and at the King County Jail. She lives at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle, where she formerly was a staff member.
Sister Katherine Ann Markel (Sister Mary Theodora) — Sister Katherine Ann Markel was born in Mandan, North Dakota, and entered the novitiate at Mount St. Vincent in Seattle in 1943. Her first ministry was as a kindergarten teacher at St. Catherine School in Seattle, where she returned three times. She also taught in Tacoma and Vancouver. Other ministries included living and working with the elderly and the disabled at Vincent House in Seattle, and volunteering as a teacher’s aide at Holy Family School in Seattle’s White Center neighborhood. She lives at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle, where she was formerly a staff member.
Sister Mary Ann Meyer (Sister Rosalia) — Sister Mary Ann Meyer was born in Washougal and entered the novitiate in 1943. Her ministries included teaching in Olympia, Vancouver and Seattle. She served six years as supervisor of 11 elementary schools administered by the Sisters of Providence, while also directing the education block in the College of Sister Formation at Providence Heights in Issaquah. She taught in the Issaquah School District and joined the curriculum department, where she designed a program and trained teachers to improve the reading skills of low-income students. She also served as director of religious education in Renton and started an outreach program in Aberdeen. She lives at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle, where she has a ministry of prayer and presence.
Sister Lucille Dean (Sister Assunta Marie) — Sister Lucille Dean was born in Seattle and entered the novitiate at Mount St. Vincent in Seattle in 1953. Her long career as a teacher and education administrator included serving as principal of her elementary school, St. Catherine School, where she taught the children of former classmates. She is also a former provincial superior, provincial council member as director of education, and former chairperson of the board of Providence Health & Services. She lives in Seattle and is active in the religious community and as a volunteer.
Sister Chloe Keitges (Sister Matthew Marie) — Sister Chloe Keitges was born in 1937 in Portland, Oregon. After 20 years as a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon, she entered the Sisters of Providence. Her roles have included pastoral minister of pediatrics at Providence Hospital in Everett, pastoral care for the elderly at Providence Mount St. Vincent and director of pastoral care at St. Joseph Hospital in Aberdeen. In Seattle, she helped to start the healing ministry at Still Point House of Prayer, as well as introducing healing teams to area jails and prisons. She lives at Emilie Court of Spokane.
Sister Mary Margaret Kelly (Sister Patrice Marie) — Sister Mary Margaret Kelly was born in Olympia in 1928. In 1950, she graduated from St. Peter School of Nursing in Olympia. She entered the Sisters of Providence in 1954, and her ministries included six months as medical-surgical RN supervisor at Providence Hospital, Seattle. She lives at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle, and has a ministry of prayer and presence.
Sister Charlotte Van Dyke (Sister Paulette) — Sister Charlotte Van Dyke was born in Olympia in 1933 and entered the Sisters of Providence in 1954, after two years as a student nurse at Seattle University. For 20 years she served in administrative positions at Providence Hospital in Seattle and St. Joseph Hospital in Aberdeen. She later received a law degree from the University Puget Sound and shared a practice in family law for low-income clients in downtown Seattle. She is now retired and lives in Seattle, continuing a volunteer ministry.
Sister Felma Cerezo — Sister Felma Cerezo was born in the Philippines in 1941, and entered the Sisters of Providence in 1963. She attended the College of Sister Formation at Providence Heights, Issaquah. At Bellevue Community College, she earned an associate degree in arts and science. At Mount St. Vincent in Seattle, she began in occupational therapy and created an arts and crafts program. She also taught evening YMCA classes. She lives in Seattle and is the photographer for Mother Joseph Province and is involved in many volunteer projects within the religious community.
Sister Eleanor Goligoski (Sister Mary Eleanor) — Sister Eleanor Goligoski was born in Havre, Montana and entered the novitiate in 1964 at Providence Heights, Issaquah. She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Seattle University. She lives in Spokane and assists the sisters in the Emilie Court community.
Sister Clare Lentz — Sister Clare Lentz was born in Yakima and entered the novitiate in 1963 at Providence Heights, Issaquah. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in education from Seattle University. Her ministries have included teaching at Blanchet High School, being a day care teacher at Little Red School House, and serving in parish ministry at St. Michael Parish in Olympia and at St. Brendan Parish in Bothell. She also served as a provincial councilor for religious development. She lives at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle and has a ministry of spiritual direction and prayer.
Sister Elizabeth “Liz” Cole — Sister Elizabeth Cole was born in 1948 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After teaching undergraduate psychology classes at Gonzaga University, she entered the Sisters of Providence in 1989. She returned to Canada for her novitiate in Edmonton, Alberta. She now lives in Spokane and is intake coordinator for St. Joseph Family Center and serves on the board of the Transitions intercommunity ministry.
Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace
Committed to peace and justice, the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace minister in education, health care, pastoral ministry, social work and other areas.
Sister Louise DuMont — Sister Louise DuMont is a native of Washington state, born in Molson. She entered Mount St. Mary Novitiate in Bellingham in 1944. Her teaching career included schools in Seattle, Bellevue and Port Angeles. She has been director at Mount Carmel Juniorate, provincial for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace and co-administrator at the Josephinum Residence in Seattle. She resides in St. Therese Parish in Seattle, where she also volunteers.
Sister Alexandra Kovats — Sister Alexandra Kovats was born in Budapest, Hungary, and entered religious life in 1962 in Bellingham. She has served at St. Monica School on Mercer Island, in the CYO Search Program in the late 1960s and 1970s, as novice director, as adjunct professor at the School of Theology and Ministry at Seattle University since 1989, as a team member for Discernment for Priesthood committee for the archdiocesan vocation director, and as a presenter to parishes on spirituality and prayer. She lives in Seattle and travels extensively to facilitate retreats, and is executive director of GreenHearth Collective, a nonprofit that focuses on urban ecology and spirituality.
Sister Pauline Dibb — Sister Pauline Dibb was born and raised in Seattle. She received her B.A. in English and her M.A. in educational administration from Seattle University. She entered the congregation at Mount St. Mary’s in Bellingham in 1963. Within the archdiocese she taught in Longview, Bellevue and Kirkland and was a principal in Bellingham. She served on the board of trustees of PeaceHealth St. Joseph Hospital in Bellingham and also was director of pastoral care and mission services. She lives in San Diego. She leads faith-sharing groups, offers spiritual companioning, and provides volunteer support to the civic performing arts.
Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia
Ministering in education, health care, and pastoral and social work, the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia are devoted to a consecrated life exemplified by St. Francis of Assisi and Mother Francis Bachmann.
Sister Nadine Rose Bennett (Sister Agnes St. Rose) — Sister Nadine Rose Bennett was born in Baker, Oregon, in 1924. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1942 in Pendleton, Oregon. She taught in Seattle and Tacoma and ministered in health care, working in medical records at St. Joseph Hospital in Tacoma and later as of the first certified nursing assistants in the hospital’s home health care program. She lives in St. Ann Convent in Tacoma and has served in prayer ministry since 2009.
Sister Constance Jean Furseth (Sister Philip Mary) — Sister Constance Jean Furseth was born in Tacoma in 1943. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1961 in Portland, Oregon. She taught at St. Leo High School in Tacoma and now serves as a parish liaison at St. Mary Cathedral in Portland. Since 2013, she has also worked in spiritual ministry at the Franciscan Spiritual Center in Milwaukie, Oregon.
Sister Patricia Michalek (Sister Paschalis) — Sister Patricia Michalek was born in Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1943. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1961 in Portland, Oregon, and taught at St. Charles Borromeo School in Tacoma. Since 2000, she has served as the director of St. Francis House in Puyallup, a ministry founded years ago by her parents. She lives in Tacoma.
Sister Loretta Schaff (Sister Magdalen Marie) — Sister Loretta Schaff was born in Richardson, North Dakota, in 1943. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1961 in Portland, Oregon, and taught at Bellarmine Preparatory School in Tacoma. She lives in Portland and is a spiritual director and chaplain at Lewis and Clark College.
Sister Carol Ann Warnke (Sister Peter Damian) — Sister Carol Ann Warnke was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 1943. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia in 1961 in Portland, Oregon, and taught in Seattle and Tacoma. She lives at Hermitage Place in Tacoma and ministers in Oregon; since 2008, she has been a couples communication instructor and a facilitator at the Sacred Art of Living Center in Bend.
Sisters of the Holy Names of Jesus and Mary
The Sisters of the Holy Names are committed to the mission of education, which includes promoting justice and creating community.
Sister Patricia Basel (Sister Michael Francis) — Sister Patricia Basel was born in Seattle in 1921. She entered the Sisters of the Holy Names in 1942 in Marylhurst, Oregon. She was a teacher and principal at St. Mary Magdalen School in Everett. She lives at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane and ministers in prayer and English-language tutoring.
Sister Mary Ann Herres (Sister Michael James) — Sister Mary Ann Herres was born in 1927 in Pomeroy, Washington. She entered the Sisters of the Holy Names in 1952 in Marylhurst, Oregon. Her ministry included serving as principal of St. James Cathedral School and teaching at St. Frances Cabrini School in Tacoma. She also was a member of the parish ministry staff at St. James Cathedral. She lives at the Convent of the Holy Names in Spokane and volunteers at Our Place Ministries.
Sister Mary Ann O’Mara (Sister Phyllis Mary) — Sister Mary Ann O’Mara was born in 1935 in Kansas City, Missouri. She entered the Sisters of the Holy Names in 1952 in Marylhurst, Oregon. She ministered in the Archdiocese of Seattle for more than 30 years, teaching in Everett, Seattle and Auburn, and serving in parish ministry at St. Patrick Parish and St. James Cathedral in Seattle. She was a founding member of Stillpoint house of prayer, and has ministered in personal development and spiritual direction. She recently moved to Harbor Crest in Spokane and volunteers at The Hearth.
Sisters of St. Dominic, Congregation of St. Thomas Aquinas
The Tacoma Dominicans work in education, parish and hospital ministry, and ministry to the sick, elderly, poor, homeless and new immigrants.
Sister Margaret Keller (Sister Mary Dolorita) — Sister Margaret Keller, a Seattle native, attended Holy Rosary School and completed her senior year of high school at Holy Angels High School in Ballard. She entered the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma at Marymount in 1937. She received her education at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Seattle University, the University of Washington and the Dominican College in San Rafael, California. During 34 years of teaching in the Archdiocese of Seattle and California, she served at schools in Bellingham, Tacoma and Seattle. She later worked as a school secretary and at a chemical dependency center. She lives at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle and enjoys reading, knitting and being a presence to the other members at the residence.
Sister Dolores Hutson (Sister Mary Dorothy) — Sister Dolores Hutson was born in California but moved to Granger, Washington, as an infant. She graduated from Bingen High School and attended Central Washington University in Ellensburg. There she met the Tacoma Dominicans teaching at Lourdes Academy and was baptized. Several years later, she entered the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma. Her education continued at Seattle University and the University of Notre Dame. For 25 years she was a teacher and principal at schools in Seattle, Tacoma, Yakima and California. She later served in congregation ministry, and currently is medical records coordinator, as well as advocating for social justice issues. She enjoys reading, puzzles and classical music.
Sister Catherine Prendergast (Sister Mary Benedict) — Sister Catherine Prendergast was born in Ireland. She entered St. Agnes Postulate in Crosshaven in 1951, and traveled to Tacoma with other women in 1952. She received her education at Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Seattle University and St. Mary’s in San Antonio. For many years she served as a teacher and principal in California and the Archdiocese of Seattle, including in Bellingham and Seattle. She served as congregation president from 1979-83 and worked in parish ministry in Seattle, Kent and Tacoma. She resides in Tacoma and works against human trafficking, is a member of the congregation’s justice committee, and is active in volunteer ministry.
Sister Mary Patricia Murphy (Sister Mary Colmcille) — Sister Mary Patricia Murphy grew up in rural Ireland. In 1951 she entered St. Agnes Postulate in Crosshaven and came to the United States with other women in 1952. She studied at Saint Martin’s College in Lacey, Western Washington University in Bellingham and Holy Names College in Oakland, Calif. She has served in congregational leadership as councilor and vice president. She also received certification as a chemical dependency counselor. Over the years she has taught in Centralia, Ellensburg, Yakima, Bellingham, Seattle, Kirkland and Tacoma. For 13 years she worked at Pierce County Alliance in Tacoma as an alcohol/drug counselor and case manager. She resides in Tacoma, is active in Sound Alliance, Pax Christi, the Round Table group and community ministry, and gardens.
Sister Nora Murphy (Sister Mary Gerald) — Sister Nora Murphy grew up in rural Ireland with her sister Mary Patricia. She entered St. Agnes Postulate in Crosshaven, and traveled to the United States in 1952 with other women, including her sister. She professed her first vows in 1954. She studied at Saint Martin’s College in Lacey, Washington State University in Pullman and Seattle University. Her teaching ministry included schools in Tacoma, Bellingham and Seattle. She worked in adult education in the Yakima Valley and was sponsored by the Diocese of Yakima as grants writer for an African-American-operated job training center. Since 1979, she has resided in San Ysidro, California, where she has been an ESL teacher for immigrant adults and is an advocate for justice issues. She enjoys gardening and reading.
Sister Eileen Walsh (Sister Mary Esther) — Sister Eileen Walsh was born in Chicago and grew up in Anaheim, California. She entered the novitiate at Mount St. Dominic in 1961. She graduated from Seattle University’s College of Sister Formation with a B.A. in 1968, and did graduate work at St. Louis University. She taught at Holy Cross School in Tacoma and taught religious education at the parish. She also taught at Our Lady of the Lake School in Seattle. She later worked as a grief counselor for parishes in the Tacoma area, and as a hospital chaplain. She resides at St. Joseph Residence in Seattle. She is an advocate against the death penalty and is a pen pal to many who are incarcerated. Read a profile of Sister Eileen on NWCatholic.org.
Sister Ann Marie Lustig (Sister Mary Laura) — Sister Ann Marie Lustig was born in Bakersfield, California. She entered the Dominican Sisters of Tacoma in 1961. She attended Seattle University and did graduate work at St. Mary’s College in Moraga, California, Gonzaga University in Spokane and Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles. For 37 years she taught in Yakima, Oregon and California. She lives in Tacoma, serves as vice president of the congregation and is involved in developing teaching materials for the Living in Christ series from St. Mary’s Press.
All photos are courtesy of each religious order.
May 20, 2014