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2018 Jubilarians: Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary (BVM)

Sister Susan (Michaela) Rink; Sister Martha (Briant) Ryder

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Sister Susan (Michaela) Rink

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Birthplace: Tulsa, Okla.

Entrance: 1948

Final profession: 1956

Education: Bachelor’s in biology, Clarke College, Dubuque, Iowa, 1948

Master’s in biology, Purdue University, LaFayette, Ind., 1963

Master’s in counseling/psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., 1971

Doctorate in counseling/psychology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Ill., 1973

Service in the archdiocese: High school teacher, Xavier School, St. Louis 1953-66

Service outside the archdiocese: Assistant dean and president, Mundelein College, Chicago, 1970-83

Worked in youth ministry and alcohol/chemical dependency, Parkside Medical Services, Chicago

Teacher in Milwaukee and Dubuque, Iowa

Treasurer for the congregation in Dubuque

Retirement in Dubuque

About Sister Susan Rink: A former teacher, she still finds opportunities to teach others. In her free time, she teaches bridge classes and fishes along the Mississippi River. “I didn’t choose to be a sister,” she says. “God chose me. God chooses all of us . . . and I’m very fortunate that He chose me to be a BVM.”

Sister Martha (Briant) Ryder

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1948

Final profession: 1956

Education: Bachelor’s in chemistry, University of Illinois in Chicago, 1948

Master’s in physics/math, Saint Louis University, 1954

Master’s in physics, Washington University in St. Louis, 1983

Service in the archdiocese: Studied at Saint Louis University, 1952-53, and Washington University, 1972-83, in St. Louis

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher in Chicago; Dubuque and Clinton, Iowa

Served on the Ministry Grant Committee for the congregation in Dubuque

About Sister Martha Ryder: “I’m very grateful for the life I’ve been given and the people I’ve known,” says Sister Martha. In her spare time she still enjoys watching the St. Louis Cardinals.

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