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Honoring our Religious

Two rows of religious sisters pose at the Mass honoring Jubilarians. Photo by Brian Keith.
Seated in the first row: Sister Mary Margaret Kerr, SND (70 years), Sister Dorothy Kundracik, OSU (65 years), Sister Rene Parman, HM (85 years), Sister Mary Ann Diersing, OSU (65 years) and Sister Teresina Rosa, OSHJ (75 years). Seated in the second row: Sister Joanne Gardner, HM (60 years), Sister Mary Theresa Sharp, SND (60 years), Sister Marianne Peronne, CDS (65 years), Sister Linda Valasik, HM (65 years) and Sister Carole Suhar, OSU (60 years). In the third row: Father Michael Balash, Father Christopher Cicero, Father Matthew Roehrig, SSP (40 years), Sister Susanne Gill, HM (75 years), Sister Stella Schmid, HM (65 years), Sister Mary Judith Anne Sabau, SND (60 years), Bishop Bonnar and, in front of him, Sister Mary Beata, PVMI (30 years).

On Saturday, April 13, at Blessed Sacrament Parish in Warren, Bishop Bonnar celebrated a Mass honoring religious brothers and sisters across the six counties of the diocese. Dozens gathered for the Mass, which was followed by a reception for the jubilarians.

Scroll down for a complete list of the 2024 religious jubilarians, plus a photo gallery featuring photos from the Mass by Catholic Echo staff photographer Brian Keith.

2024 Religious Jubilarians

Adorers of the Blood of Christ

70       Sister Clare Reiheberg, ASC

65       Sister Adele Vecchione, ASC

Congregation of the Divine Spirit

65       Sister Mary Ellen Martin, CDS

65       Sister Marianne Peronne, CDS

Sisters of the Humility of Mary

85       Sister Rene Parman, HM

75       Sister Susanne Gill, HM

70       Sister Margaret Burgess, HM

70       Sister Catherine Cassidy, HM

70       Sister Jane Pank, HM

65       Sister Mary Therese Berry, HM

65       Sister Carolyn Marshall, HM

65       Sister Helen Jean Novy, HM

65       Sister Stella Schmid, HM

65       Sister Linda Valasik, HM

60       Sister Judy Dohner, HM

60       Sister Joanne Gardner, HM

60       Sister Catherine McConnell, HM

60       Sister Jean Orsuto, HM

60       Sister Cheryl Rose, HM

Oblate Sisters

75       Sister Teresina Rosa, OSHJ

Sisters of Notre Dame

70       Sister Mary Alice Slowey, SND

70       Sister Anne Glaser, SND

70       Sister Mary Francismarie Seiler, SND

70       Sister Mary Margaret Kerr, SND

65       Sister Anne Marie Robinson, SND

65       Sister Mary Ann Tusai, SND

65       Sister Mary Geralyn Stenger, SND

65       Sister Mary Kathleen Knechtes, SND

60       Sister Mary Anne Philomena Grady, SND

60       Sister Mary Cecilia Liberatore, SND

60       Sister Mary Judith Anne Sabau, SND

60       Sister Mary Theresa Sharp, SND

60       Sister Mary Marilyn Zgonc, SND

Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown

65       Sister Mary Ann Diersing, OSU

65       Sister Elizabeth Anne Freidhoff, OSU

65       Sister Dorothy Kundracik, OSU

60       Sister Carole Suhar, OSU

Society of St. Paul (Anniversary of Ordination)

40       Father Matthew Roehrig, SSP

Franciscan Friary (Anniversary of Ordination)

50       Father Jules Wong, OFM

25       Father Vit Fiala, OFM

photo of incense, with lillies in the background. Photo by Brian Keith.
Bishop Bonnar blesses the holy water in the baptismal font at Blessed Sacrament. Photo by Brian Keith.
Father Cicero welcomes jubilarians to the Mass. Photo by Brian keith.
Religious sisters stand and sing during Mass. Photo by Brian Keith.
Sister does a reading. Photo by Brian Keith.
Sister does the second reading. Phtoo by Brian Keith.
Father Balash reads the Gospel. Photo by Brian Keith.
Bishop Bonnar delivers his homily. Photo by Brian Keith.
Bishop Bonnar addresses the jubilarians. Photo by Brian Keith.
Three jubilarians bring up the gifts during Mass. Photo by Brian Keith.
Religious sisters gather and greet each other during the Mass. Photo by Brian Keith.
Three oblate sisters greet another sister in a wheelchair. Photo by Brian Keith.
The choir stands behind the organ, singing for the Mass. Photo by Brian Keith.
Religious father receives communion at his jubliee Mass. Photo by Brian Keith.
75-year Jubilarian receives communion at her jubilee Mass. Photo by Brian Keith.

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