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2018 Jubilarians: Sisters of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross (SL)

Sister Mary Ellen McElroy; Sister Judith Marie (Mary Ralph) Popp; Sister Nancy (Mary Gerard) Finneran; Sister Patricia (Vincent Marie) Frueh; Sister Anthony Mary Sartorius; Sister Cabrini Bartolo; Sister Theresa (John Bosco) Coyle; Sister Ann (M. Fidalia) Gohl; Sister Mary Denis Bruck

60th reception

SISTER MARY ELLEN McELROY

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Birthplace: Kremmling, Colo.

Entrance: 1957

First profession: 1960

Final profession: 1965

Education: Bachelor’s in elementary education, Webster University, Webster Groves, 1961

Master’s of education, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, 1977

Certification in clinical pastoral education (CPE), Deaconess Hospital, St. Louis, with residency at Boulder Community Hospital, Boulder, Colo., 1987

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, middle grades, Mary Queen of Peace School, Webster Groves, 1961-65

Teacher, middle grades, St. Rose of Lima School, St. Louis, 1965-72

Principal, St. Rose of Lima School, 1972-75

Director of religious education, St. Justin Martyr Parish, Sunset Hills, 1976-86

Pastoral ministry, St. Justin Martyr Parish, 1977-86

Visiting the elderly, St. Engelbert Parish, north St. Louis, 1986

Service outside the archdiocese: Chaplaincy and manager of pastoral care, St. Anthony North Hospital, Denver

Bereavement counselor, Centura Hospice of Peace, Denver

Spiritual director, Loretto Spiritual Renewal Center, Kremmling, Colo.

Co-coordinator, Loretto Denver Center

About Sister Mary Ellen McElroy: She went to the Loretto novitiate after attending Loretto Heights College in Denver for three years. While at St. Justin Martyr Parish in Sunset Hills, Sister Mary Ellen began a group for divorced and widowed people in 1979. She also volunteered for 10 years with Spirituality at Work mentoring women in prison. She continues to give spiritual direction and to do grief counseling. She is a member of the Loretto Community Forum, a leadership group in the Loretto administrative structure. She resides in Lakewood, Colo.

SISTER JUDITH MARIE (MARY RALPH) POPP

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Birthplace: Cape Girardeau, Mo.

Entrance: 1957

First profession: 1960

Final profession: 1965

Education: Bachelor’s in elementary education, Webster University, Webster Groves, 1961

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, elementary schools, Springfield, Wyoming and Texas

Work with the poor, Marion County, Ky., Abbey of Gethsemani

Social work, part-time, in Kentucky in three parish areas and Abbey of Gethsemani

Interim executive director, The Caring Place, Lebanon, Ky.

About Sister Judith Marie Popp: Sister Judy was born in Cape Girardeau, which was within the St. Louis Archdiocese until 1956. She lived in St. Louis at the Loretto House of Studies while completing her degree at Webster University, 1960-62. She has lived at the Loretto Motherhouse since 1972. Besides the work Sister Judy does with the poor and the social work she does in parishes, in her work for the Abbey of Gethsemani and at the motherhouse, she has long been the sacristan for the Church of the Seven Dolors on the grounds of the motherhouse. There is a chaplain in residence on the property, daily Mass is celebrated and special liturgical celebrations and funeral services are usual occurrences for which Sister Judy prepares and plans. She served as chairperson of the committee that renovated the church in 1980.

65th reception

SISTER NANCY (MARY GERARD) FINNERAN

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Birthplace: Granite City, Ill.

Entrance: 1952

First profession: 1955

Final profession: 1958

Education: Bachelor’s in elementary education, Webster University, Webster Groves, 1957

Master’s in teaching mathematics, Webster University, Webster Groves, 1969

Graduate studies in community development, University of Louisville, Ky., 1977

Master’s in religious studies, Mundelein College, Chicago, 1982

Service in the archdiocese: Attended St. Rose of Lima School and Loretto Academy, both in St. Louis, 1941-52

Tutor, Loretto Learning Center, Webster Groves, 1971-72

Teacher, Visitation Academy, Town and Country, 1972-74

Volunteer, Senior Connections, St. Louis, 2007-13

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher at elementary schools in Colorado, Illnois and Kentucky

Regional coordinator, NETWORK, Peace and Justice Center, Colorado

Loretto NGO representative at United Nations, New York

About Sister Nancy Finneran: Her interest has continued to focus on social justice issues through her religious life. From 1975 through 1995, Sister Nancy’s mission was peace and justice work. She now participates in local social justice events, and having been a member of the Kiwanis Club since 2007, she continues her support of the charitable and civic-minded group because of its service to children throughout the world. Sister Nancy also volunteers at Loretto Motherhouse, Nerinx, Ky. where she now lives.

SISTER PATRICIA (VINCENT MARIE) FRUEH

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Birthplace: Afton, Iowa

Entrance: 1952

First profession: 1955

Final profession: 1958

Education: Bachelor’s in elementary education, Webster University, Webster Groves, 1957

Master’s in teaching in religious education, Webster University, Webster Groves, 1969

Associate’s in nursing, Arapahoe Community College, Littleton, Colo., 1987

Certification as registered nurse, 1987

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Cronan School, St. Louis, 1957-58

Primary coordinator, St. Ferdinand School, Florissant, 1958-64

Teacher, St. Ann School, Normandy, 1964-68

Teacher and religion coordinator, Immaculate Conception School, Maplewood, 1969-71

Nurse, part-time, Loretto Center, Webster Groves, 2008-14

Caregiver and nurse, Senior Helpers, St. Louis, 2010-14

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher and religion coordinator in schools in Kentucky and Kansas City

Teacher in schools in Iowa

Infirmary nurse, Loretto Motherhouse, Nerinx, Ky.

Motherhouse community nurse, part-time

Secretary to motherhouse coordinator, Nerinx, Ky.

Home health and community nurse, rural Kentucky

About Sister Patricia Frueh: She enjoys gardening, is an excellent cook and baker and is a practitioner of Healing Touch Massage. At the Loretto Motherhouse where she now lives, she assists with driving the sisters, continues her gardening and serves as a Eucharistic minister in the Loretto Infirmary. Sister Pat also continues her way of random acts of kindness, which give the recipients unexpected delight.

SISTER ANTHONY MARY SARTORIUS

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Birth name: Sydna Mary

Birthplace: Garden City, Kan.

Entrance: 1952

First profession: 1955

Final profession: 1958

Education: Bachelor’s in education, Webster University, Webster Groves, 1957

Master’s of education in earth science, Pennsylvania State University, State College, Pa., 1971

Certification as emergency medical technician, Kentucky Department for Human Resources, 1981

Certification as dietetic assistant, State of Kentucky, 1981

Graduate study, School of Applied Theology, Berkeley, Calif., 2009

Service in the archdiocese: Coordinator, Loretto Center, Webster Groves, 1995-2000

Member of planning committee that initiated The Sarah Community residential care center, Bridgeton

Board member of the intercommunity Housing Association and oversaw renovation of Compton Place Town Houses, St. Louis, 1997-2000

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher and school administrator in Colorado, Illinois and Texas

Assistant and retirement director, Community Life Development Staff, Loretto Central Office, Colorado

Resource person, Health Care and Community Services, Loretto Community

Administrator, Loretto Motherhouse, Nerinx, Ky.

Project director for infirmary addition, Loretto Motherhouse

Teacher, Webster University Master’s Arts Teaching (MAT) Program, Kansas City

About Sister Anthony Mary Sartorius: She was the first president of Loretto Academy in El Paso, Texas. Sister Anthony Mary volunteered in Kentucky at Humana Hospital-University, Emergency Room, receiving a certificate of appreciation and pin for outstanding volunteer services of 118 hours. She has supervised and encouraged the development of the motherhouse property’s woodlands and grounds. Sister Anthony Mary oversaw the renovation of the auditorium on the motherhouse grounds into the new home of the Heritage Center and Archives. Currently and for a third time, she is the service coordinator of the Loretto Motherhouse, where she lives. Sister Antoinette Doyle, SL, said of Sister Anthony Mary, “Her life as a Sister of Loretto has been open to whatever God and the community called her to do.”

70th reception

SISTER CABRINI BARTOLO

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Birth name: Minnie

Birthplace: Shinnston, W. Va.

Entrance: 1947

First profession: 1950

Final profession: 1953

Education: Bachelor’s in education, Webster University, Webster Groves, 1958

Certified as a Catholic Chaplain by the National Association of Catholic Chaplains

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Ann School, Normandy, 1950-52, 1970-71

Teacher, St. Pius School, St. Louis, 1952-58

Teacher and coordinator, St. Pius Ungraded Primary School, 1958-65

Teacher, St. Cronan School, St. Louis, 1965-67

Teacher, St. Ferdinand School, Florissant, 1967-68

Teacher, Immaculate Conception, Maplewood, 1968-70

Teacher, Visitation-Holy Ghost,
St. Louis, 1970-71

Aftercare counselor in chemical dependency Lutheran Medical Center, St. Louis, 1982-84

Faculty, Draughon’s Business College, St. Louis, 1986-88

Pastoral associate, Incarnate Word Hospital, St. Louis, 1988-89

Service outside the archdiocese: Parish ministry team, St. Mary’s Parish, Taylorville, Ill., 1975-80

Pastoral team, Holy Comforter Church, Charlottesville, Va., 1974-75

Pastoral ministry, Mercy Hospital, Davenport, Iowa

Health care apostolate, Calgary, Alberta, Canada, 1976-81

Director of care center, Fairmont, W.Va., 1994-98

Pastoral assistant, Baptist Temple, Fairmont, 2000-01

Minister of congregational care, Baptist Temple, Fairmont, 2001-03

Retired as chaplain emeritus, advocacy volunteer, Denver, 2004-06

About Sister Cabrini Bartolo: Her work in Canada was in response to Bishop Paul O’Byrne’s invitation to be coordinator of the Diocesan Health Care Office. She also worked with those on the reserves regarding chemical dependency and was a consultant to volunteers, hospitals and nursing homes. She was elected to the National Clergy Council on Alcoholism and Related Drugs board in 1978, serving six years. In 2000, she received the Women of Distinction Award from the Soroptimist International of Fairmont, W.Va., for her human rights work. She was a member of the Loretto Hunger Fund Allocation Committee, 2007-2010. Sister Cabrini lives at the Loretto Motherhouse, Nerinx, Ky., where she is active in community service.

SISTER THERESA (JOHN BOSCO) COYLE

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Birthplace: New Haven, Ky.

Entrance: 1947

First profession: 1950

Final profession: 1953

Education: Bachelor’s in education, Webster University, Webster Groves, 1957

Master’s in reading specialist, Cardinal Stritch College, Milwaukee, 1971

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Michael the Archangel School, St. Louis City, 1950-54

Teacher, Immaculate Conception School, St. Louis City, 1954-57

Teacher, St. Ann School, Normandy, 1957-58

Teacher, Mary Queen of Peace School, Webster Groves, 1958-66

Teacher, Archdiocesan Reading Clinic, 1966-70

Teacher, Visitation-Holy Ghost School, St. Louis, 1970-73

Service outside the archdiocese: Reading coordinator, Divine Saviour School, Los Angeles

Teacher, St. Mary’s Academy Lower School, Englewood, Colo.

Teacher, Havern School for Exceptional Children, Littleton, Colo.

Office assistant, Colorado Catholic Conference, Denver

Office assistant, St. Joseph Home for Children, Louisville, Ky.

Secretarial services, Change Associates under Sister Rose Colley, SL, Louisville

Part-time secretarial services at Louisville Sister Visitor Center of Catholic Charities

Administrative services, Council on Peacemaking, Louisville

Administrative services at Just Solution Mediation Center, Louisville

About Sister Theresa Coyle: Retiring in 2000 from professional work, she volunteered with the National Association for the Mentally Ill and helped to provide services to benefit the sick and elderly in Louisville, Ky. Sister Theresa moved in 2009 to Loretto Motherhouse, Nerinx, Ky., where she volunteered as a medical driver and remains active in community service. In 2014, Sister Theresa became a resident of Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary. She is known for bringing a smile and good stories to conversations and continues her compassionate nature and joyful outlook on life in community service and prayer.

SISTER ANN (M. FIDALIA) GOHL

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Birth name: Lois Ann

Birthplace: Webster Groves

Entrance: 1947

First profession: 1950

Final profession: 1953

Education: Bachelor’s in history, Loretto Heights College, Denver, 1959

Master’s in history, Loyola University, Chicago, 1967

Doctorate in British history, University of Missouri, Columbia, 1976

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Paul the Apostle School, Pine Lawn, 1951-53

Volunteer community service, The Sarah Community, Bridgeton, 2002-10

Volunteer community service, Loretto Center, Webster Groves, 2010-11

Service outside the archdiocese: Elementary and high school teacher in Colorado, Illinois, Kentucky and Texas

University faculty at community colleges and universities in Colorado and Missouri

Travel consultant in California and Colorado

Historical museum docent in California and Colorado

About Sister Ann Gohl: Sister Ann always has been a student, a helper, a teacher, always off on an adventure, reading a new book. Her volunteer service at The Sarah Community included setting up an efficient and successful environmental waste-paper collection that with the support of volunteers has been operating for 16 years and counting. In 2011, Sister Ann moved to Loretto Motherhouse, Nerinx, Ky., where she maintains a ministry of prayer.

75th reception

SISTER MARY DENIS BRUCK

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Birth name: Hedwig

Birthplace: Quincy, Ill.

Entrance: 1942

First profession: 1945

Final profession: 1948

Education: Bachelor’s in sociology, Webster University, Webster Groves, 1952

Master’s in business education, The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 1961

Service in the archdiocese: Attended St. Alphonsus (Rock) Elementary School

Community service, Webster University, Webster Groves, 1945-46

Teacher, St. Ann School, Normandy, 1946-53

Service outside the archdiocese: Shorthand and typing teacher in high schools in Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Sterling, Ill.; and Louisville, Ky.

Superior and high school principal in Denver, and Taos, N.M.

Coordinator, Loretto Center, Littleton, Colo.

Parish secretary and research assistant, San Diego

Teacher, Junior High CCD, San Diego

About Sister Mary Denis Bruck: In retirement in San Diego, she remained active in that city for the next 17 years in parish volunteer ministries. In her 80s, Sister Mary Denis began painting. She studied with Sumi-e ink painting artist Takashi Ijichi, and at his urging exhibited her work at the Asian Art Festival, where she received an award for her artistry. Sister Mary Denis moved to Loretto Motherhouse, Nerinx, Ky., in 2011, where her ministry is community service and prayer.

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