Sister Helen Chervenak: An Interview

Sister Helen Chervenak: An Interview

I was born on June 1, 1930, the fourth child of Stephen and Mary Yuhas Chervenak. I am one of seven children, five girls and two boys. My sisters Ann and Mary and my brother, Father Steve, are deceased. My sister Margie lives in Ohio with Tina and my brother, Dr....
Sister Marie Celine Osbourn: An Interview

Sister Marie Celine Osbourn: An Interview

Marie Celine Osbourn was born on February 21, 1928 on her family’s farm in rural Washington County, Kentucky near Springfield. She was the sixth of ten children of Victor and Ida Clements Osbourn. There were seven girls and three boys. Her oldest sister, a deaf mute,...
Sister Ancilla Kozhipat: A Profile

Sister Ancilla Kozhipat: A Profile

Family: Born on October 9, 1937 in Paravoor parish, Ernakulam, Kerala, I, Lucy Therese, am the sixth child of my parents, Ittyerah and Achamma Kozhipat. We were three boys and five girls and they are (in order of birth), Paul, Jacob, Zenobia, Rithamma, Baby (Mary...
Sister Eileen Marcinko: An Interview

Sister Eileen Marcinko: An Interview

Florence Marcinko was born on a cold wintry day, the second of February, 1928—the feast of the Purification-Candlemas Day—the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the temple. Sister Eileen writes, “I was an answer to my mother’s prayers.” Florence, (Sister Eileen)...
Sister Shirley Nugent: A Profile

Sister Shirley Nugent: A Profile

Sister Shirley Nugent was born on June 28,1932 at Brighton, Massachusetts. Her mother, Mary Nugent, resided at Dedham, Massachusetts as did Shirley, her sister, Maureen, and her maternal grandmother. Her maternal uncle, Daniel Nugent, and his family were a significant...

Audrey Drap, SCN

Sister Audrey Drap, a Sister of Charity of Nazareth was called to her heavenly home on Friday, April 13, 2018, at the age of 93 and in the 75th year of her religious life. Sister entered the Congregation of the Vincentian Sisters of Charity from St. John the Baptist...
Sister Maria Palathingal: A Profile

Sister Maria Palathingal: A Profile

I was born on May 26, 1943 in a devout Catholic family: child of my loving parents Ouseph and Annakutty Palathinga. We lived at Kondanga village and were members of St. John Baptist Church, Munnumurry parish, Trichur district and Diocese in Kerala. We were eight...
Sister Dorothy Dolak: An Interview

Sister Dorothy Dolak: An Interview

When my maternal grandmother came from Slovakia, she wanted to live near a church that had a school with sisters for her children. She settled in Donora, Pennsylvania where the Vincentian Sisters of Charity were missioned at Saint Dominic parish. I was blessed to be...
Sister Mary Margaret Reid: An Interview

Sister Mary Margaret Reid: An Interview

I am Sister Mary Margaret Reid. I was born November 20, 1933 in New Hope, Kentucky and was baptized two days later in St. Vincent de Paul Church. Our pastor was Father Alphonsus O’Shea who remained there with us for thirty-six years. My parents were James Alexander...
Sister Mary Scaria Menonparampil: A Profile

Sister Mary Scaria Menonparampil: A Profile

I, Mary Scaria Menonparampil, am proud to have been born in the land of Saint Alphonsa in Bharananganam, Kerala. I was born on February 3, 1942 as the first child of Cheriath Scaria Menonparampil and Mariakutty Kalayathinal in my mother’s home. I was baptized at St....
Sister Colette Baran: An Interview

Sister Colette Baran: An Interview

(The remarks of this interviewer are in italics.) (Sister Colette was ready for me. She had a small notebook containing all the dates of her missions and had no problem supplying me with other requested information. It was an enjoyable and interesting story she had to...
Sister Alfreda Crantz: An Interview

Sister Alfreda Crantz: An Interview

(The remarks of this interviewer are in italics. An earlier and very helpful interview was done by Sister Pat Worley. “In God’s good time.” With these words Sister Alfreda Crantz, until 1968 Sister Mary Arthur, summed up her quite remarkable life. Each happening in...
Sister Marietta Saldanha: A Profile

Sister Marietta Saldanha: A Profile

I, Magdaline, was born on January 20, 1937 in Merlapadam village, Omanzoor Parish in Mangalore, to Domingo Saldanha and Agatha Roderigues. I am the youngest of thirteen children – eight girls and five boys. In order of birth they are John Baptist, Anjaline, Isabella,...

Julia Clare Fontaine, SCN

Julia Clare Fontaine, SCN, 97, was born in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday, February 22, 2018. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 76 years. After making First Vows, Sister Julia Clare served in...
Sister Cecilia Ann Fatula: An Interview

Sister Cecilia Ann Fatula: An Interview

October 2016 (The remarks of the interviewer are in italics. Sister is referred to by both her baptismal name ‘Irene Mary’ and her religious name ‘Cecilia Ann’ in this story.) On March 11, 1936, Frank and Mary Rose (Spisak) Fatula welcomed their eleventh child into...
Sister Ann Kernen: An Interview

Sister Ann Kernen: An Interview

I, Sister Ann Kernen, was born on October 18, 1931 to Pauline Dorothy Taylor and Ernest L. Kernen. I was the youngest of five children. My siblings were: Jean, Ernie, Leonard and Joyce. Ernie was killed in World War II at age nineteen, and our siblings, Jean and...
Teresa Velloothara, SCN: An Interview

Teresa Velloothara, SCN: An Interview

During World War II, Chacko Thomas and Elizabeth Velloothara lived at Mullackal Junction, close to the seashore in Alleppey. I, Kochuthresiamma Thomas, was born on January 2, 1937, and was baptized as Teresa at Holy Cross Forane Church in Pazhayangady parish. They...

Laurine Dichtel, SCN

Laurine Dichtel, SCN, 91, was born in Memphis, TN. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, KY, on Monday, February 5, 2018. She had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 64 years. After making First Vows, Sister Laurine served in educational ministries....

Anne Hagedorn, SCN

Anne Hagedorn, SCN, 91, was born in Covington, Kentucky. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky, on Thursday, January 25, 2018. She had been a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 64 years. After making first vows, Sister Anne served in education...
Sister Antoinette Kostelnik: An Interview

Sister Antoinette Kostelnik: An Interview

See more stories from the Marie Menard committee. July, 2016 (The remarks of the interviewer are in italics. Sister is referred to by both her baptismal name ‘Bernadette’ and her religious name ‘Antoinette’ in this story. Three of Sister Antoinette’s sisters also...

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