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Jubilarians: Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

50th First Profession

Sister Cora Lombardo

Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: Sept. 8, 1966

First profession: Aug. 22, 1969

Final profession: June 22, 1974

Education: Bachelor’s in English, Saint Louis University, 1976

Master’s in education-reading K-12, 1988

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Sacred Heart Villa, 1968-69

Teacher, St. Ambrose School, 1969-75, 2001-04

Teacher, Our Lady of Good Counsel School, 1975-79, 1990-92

Teacher, St. Joseph School, Kimmswick, 1986-87

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Charles Borromeo, Melrose Park, Ill., 1979-80

Teacher, St. Joseph, New York, N.Y., 1980-84, 1987-90

Teacher, St. Francis High School, Sacramento, Calif., 1992-94

Teacher, St. Vitus School, New Castle, Pa., 1994-2001

Teacher, Sacred Heart Private School, Bronx, N.Y., 2004-05

Pastoral ministry at various parishes in West Haven, Conn., 2005-08

Pastoral ministry, Assumption/Immaculate Conception, Tuckahoe, N.Y., 2010-present


Sister Maureen Martin

Birth name: Mary Ann Martin

Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: Sept. 8, 1966

First profession: Aug. 22, 1969

Final profession: June 22, 1974

Education: Bachelor’s in education, Duquesne University, 1971

Master’s in English, Saint Louis University, 1978

Certificate in administration, Saint Louis University, 1985

Certificate in administration, Fordham University, 1985

Certificate in spiritual direction, Aquinas Institute, 2017

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Cor Jesu Academy, 1975-84

Principal, St. Ambrose, 2001-04

Vocation ministry, residing at Our Lady Queen of Apostles, 2016-17

Director of faith formation, St. Ann, Normandy, 2017-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, Our Lady of Loreto, Brookline, Pa., 1970-71

Teacher, St. Vitus School, New Castle, Pa., 1971-72

Teacher, Sacred Heart School, Pinellas Park, Fla., 1972-75

Principal, Santa Maria School, Bronx, N.Y., 1984-90

Principal, St. Vitus School, New Castle, Pa., 1990-96

Principal, Our Lady of Pompeii, New York, N.Y., 1996-2001

Principal, John Paul II High School, Tallahassee, Fla., 2013-15

ASCJ provincial superior, 2004-13


Sister Benjamin Merlotti

Birth name: Carol Ann Merlotti

Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: Sept. 8, 1966

First profession: Aug. 22, 1969

Final profession: June 22, 1974

Education: Bachelor’s in history, Albertus Magnus College, 1970

Master’s in special education, Duquesne University, 1975

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Raphael School, Bridgeport, Conn., 1970-71, 1988-90

Teacher, St. Charles Borromeo, Melrose Park, Ill., 1982-83

Teacher, Sacred Heart School, Pinellas Park, Fla., 1984-88

Special education teacher, Clelian Heights, Greensburg, Pa., 1971-79

Special education teacher, Morning Star School, Pinellas Park, Fla., 1983-84

Administration, Clelian Heights, Greensburg, Pa., 1979-82, 1990-93

Development director, Clelian Heights, Greensburg, Pa., 1993-97, 2004-present


Sister Jude Ruggeri

Birth name: Judith Ruggeri

Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: Sept. 8, 1966

First profession: Aug. 22, 1969

Final profession: June 22, 1974

Education: Bachelor’s in biology, Albertus Magnus College, 1971

Master’s in biology, Saint Louis University, 1977

6th-year certificate in secondary science, Southern Connecticut State University, 1988

Master’s in pastoral studies, Loyola University, New Orleans, 2007

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Cor Jesu Academy, 1975-85

Development director, Sacred Heart Villa, 2008-15

Director, Sacred Heart Villa, 2015-19

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, Sacred Heart Academy, 1971-75, 1985-92

Director of youth and young adult ministry, Diocese of West Palm Beach, Fla., 1992-2008

Presently beginning a new mission as Charismatic Family/Clelian Institute coordinator for the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and development director for the Clelian Center in Hamden, Conn.


Sister Nancy Strillacci

Birthplace: Meriden, Conn.

Entrance: Sept. 8, 1966

First profession: Aug. 22, 1969

Final profession: June 22, 1974

Education: Bachelor’s in history, Albertus Magnus College, 1971

Master’s in American studies, Saint Louis University, 1977

Master’s in theological studies, St. Meinrad School of Theology, 2003

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Cor Jesu Academy, 1972-75

Teacher, Our Lady of Good Counsel School, 1983-87

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Anthony School, New Haven, Conn., 1970-71

Teacher, St. Michael, New Haven, Conn., 1971-72

Teacher, St. Rocco, Johnston, R.I., 1975-81

Teacher, Geiebel High School, Connellsville, Pa., 1982-87

Teacher, Sacred Heart Academy, 1987-94

Teacher, Immaculate Heart Academy, 1994-2002

Teacher, Kaohsiung, Taiwan, 2004-06

Delegate for religious, Diocese of Bridgeport, Conn., 2008-present

Prison ministry, Bridgeport, Conn., 2008-present


60th First Profession

Sister Eleanor Perfetto

Birthplace: Providence, R.I.

Entrance: Aug. 28, 1956

First profession: Feb. 28, 1959

Final profession: Aug. 23, 1962

Education: Bachelor’s in education, Fordham University, 1965

Master’s in religious education, Fairfield University, 1974

Master’s of administration in religious education, University of San Francisco, 1978

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Our Lady of Good Counsel School, 1960-63

Educational coordinator, Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1979-85

Educational consultant, St. Ambrose School, 1986-89

Assistant, Sacred Heart Villa, 1998-2000

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, St. John School, Kansas City, Kan., 1959-60

Teacher, St. Thomas Aquinas School, Bridgewater, Mass., in 1963-64

Teacher, St. Vitus School, New Castle, Pa., 1968-72

Teacher, St. Charles Borromeo School, Sacramento, Calif., 1973-75

Diocesan ministry, Diocese of Greensburg, 1989-91

Diocesan ministry, Diocese of Norwich, 1995-98

Pastoral ministry, St. Lucy/St. Vincent de Paul, New Castle, Pa., 1992-94

Pastoral ministry, Blessed Sacrament, Hamden, Conn., 1994-95

Pastoral ministry, Our Lady of Pompeii, East Haven, Conn., 2008-13

Pastoral ministry, St. Rita, Hamden, Conn., 2015-17


65th First Profession

Sister Maria Battaglia

Birth name: Carmela Battaglia

Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: Aug. 28, 1951

First profession: Aug. 25, 1954

Final profession: Aug. 25, 1958

Education: Bachelor’s in education, Carlow College, 1965

Bachelor’s in education, Mount Mercy College, 1965

Master’s in education Xavier University, 1967

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Sacred Heart Villa, St. Louis, 2006-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Joseph School, New York, N.Y., 1954-55

Teacher, St. Anthony School, Oakmont, Pa., 1955-61

Special education teacher, Clelian Heights, Greensburg, Pa., 1961-66, 1968-73, 1976-80

Special education teacher, Santa Maria School, Bronx, N.Y., 1973-74

Special education teacher, Sacred Heart School, Detroit, 1975-76

Director, Clelian Heights, Greensburg, Pa., 1986-89

Director, Sacred Heart Manor, Hamden, Conn., 1997-2006

Juniorate directress, Mount Sacred Heart, 1967-68

Vice-provincial, Mount Sacred Heart, Hamden, Conn., 1980-86, 1989-95


Sister Anthony Novara

Birth name: Benedetta Novara

Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: Aug. 28, 1951

First profession: Aug. 25, 1954

Final profession: Aug. 25, 1958

Education: Bachelor’s in education/science, Mount Mercy College, 1965

Bachelor’s in education, Carlow College, 1965

Master’s in special education, Duquesne University, 1972

Service in the archdiocese: Bookkeeper/secretary, Sacred Heart Villa, 1989-97, 2001-10

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, Sacred Heart Private School, Bronx, N.Y., 1953-53

Teacher, St. Joseph School, New York, N.Y., 1953-58

Teacher, St. Anthony School, Oakmont, Pa., 1958-67

Teacher, St. Michael School, Butler, Pa., 1967-70

Special education teacher, Clelian Heights, Greensburg, Pa., 1970-76

Bookkeeper/secretary, Clelian Heights, 1976-89, 1997-89

About Sister Anthony Novara: She resides at Sacred Heart Manor, the ASCJ retirement home, as an Apostle Adorer.


75th First Profession

Sister Theodore Bollati

Birthplace: Brooklyn, N.Y.

Entrance: July 2, 1941

First profession: Aug. 26, 1944

Final profession: Aug. 22, 1950

Education: Bachelor’s in education, Fordham University, 1963

Master’s in library science, Duquesne University, 1973

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Our Lady Help of Christians, 1943-44

Librarian, Cor Jesu Academy, 1976-2008

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Anthony School, New Haven, Conn., 1944-49

Teacher, St. Joseph School, New York, N.Y., 1949-51, 1959-63

Teacher, Sacred Heart Private School, Bronx, N.Y., 1951-52

Teacher, Our Lady of Pompeii School, New York, N.Y., 1952-59, 1963-67, 1975-76

Teacher, St. Vitus School, New Castle, Pa., 1967-70

Teacher, Mother of Good Counsel School, Pittsburgh, 1970-72

Teacher, St. Patrick School, Tampa, Fla., 1972-75

About Sister Theodore Bollati: She resides as an Apostle Adorer at Sacred Heart Manor, the ASCJ retirement home.

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