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2018 Jubilarians: Sisters of Mercy of the Americas (RSM)

Sister Carol Ann Callahan; Sister Gayle Evans,; Sister Miriam J. Nolan; Sister Mary Ellen Greeley; Sister Mary Amelie Hawxhurst; Sister Mary Janice Meiners

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Sister Carol Ann Callahan

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1958

Final profession: 1966

Education: Bachelor’s in elementary education, Webster College in St. Louis, 1963

Master’s in social work, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, 1972

Service in the archdiocese: Counselor/housemother, Mercita Hall, 1965-70

Social worker, Catholic Charities, 1972-74

Administrator and local coordinator, Mercita Hall, 1974-80

Social worker and pastoral associate, St. Dominic Savio Parish, 1981-87

Social worker, Hosea House, 1987-88

Leadership team, Sisters of Mercy, Regional Community of St. Louis, 1988-95

President, Sisters of Mercy Regional Community of St. Louis, 1995-96

Social worker at St. Augustine’s Wellston Center, 1997-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Elementary school teacher, New Orleans, 1963-65

About Sister Carol Ann Callahan: A St. Louis Cardinals fan since the seventh grade, Sister Carol Ann spends her free time reading, listening to music and attending performances at the Loretto Hilton and Muny. She enjoys visiting family, friends and retired Sisters of Mercy and working with Mercy Associates. Sister Carol Ann serves on the board of directors for Casa de Misericordia, a domestic violence shelter in Laredo, Texas, and Mercy Ministries of Laredo, a healthcare clinic in Laredo, Texas.

Sister Gayle Evans

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Birthplace: New Orleans

Entrance: 1958

Final profession: 1966

Education: Bachelor’s in secondary education, Webster College, St. Louis, 1963

Master’s in science teaching, University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, Wis., 1972

Master’s in pastoral studies and communications, Loyola University, Chicago, 1979

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Annunciation School, Webster Groves, 1963-64

Teacher, Mercy High School, University City, 1964-69;1977-78

Communications staff, Sisters of Mercy Province of St. Louis, 1979-82

Director of communications, Sisters of Mercy Province of St. Louis, 1982-89

Formation team, Sisters of Mercy Province of St. Louis, 1984-86

Production assistant, department of education, St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, 1989-94

Mission team, Unity Health Services, 1995-2000

Mission director, St. Anthony’s Medical Center, 1995-2000, and Unity Health Services, 2000-06

Director of mission services, Mercy Health Services, 2006-12

Director of mission services, Mercy Hospital St. Louis, 2012-17

Volunteer in the St. Louis community, 2018-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher in Greenville, Miss., and Jackson, Miss.

About Sister Gayle Evans: She has a huge interest in technology, curious to know what’s new in the field, and she considers herself somewhat of a self-taught computer expert. She also enjoys exploring interesting destinations with friends. Sister Gayle serves on the board of directors for Child Advocacy Center in Arkansas and Mercy Hospital Washington. She is pleased to serve in Mercy and is grateful for the many blessings that come with being a Sister of Mercy. Sister Gayle is a lifelong Packers fan and hopes they will have a better season this year.

Sister Miriam J. Nolan

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Birth name: Johanna

Birthplace: County Tipperary, Ireland

Entrance: 1958

Final profession: 1966

Education: Bachelor’s in mathematics, Webster College in St. Louis, 1963

Master’s in chemistry, Syracuse University, Syracuse, N.Y., 1971

Certificate in religious formation and spiritual direction, Saint Louis University, 1975

Service in the archdiocese: Formation and vocation team, Sisters of Mercy Province of St. Louis, 1972-74; 1975-79

Leadership team, Sisters of Mercy Province of St. Louis, 1979-85

Support staff, employee assistance program, St. John’s Mercy Medical Center, 1987-88

Director, Mercy Center Conference and Retreat Ministry, St. Louis, 1988-2011

Volunteer, Mercy Hospital and Pratt Cancer Center St. Louis, 2013-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher at schools in Biloxi, Miss.; Gulfport, Miss.; and Jeanerette, La.

About Sister Miriam J. Nolan: She serves on the board of directors for Mercy Hospital Oklahoma City, Mount St. Mary Academy in Little Rock, Ark., and the English Tutoring Project. In her leisure time, she enjoys getting together with friends, reading, going to movies, attending live theater and traveling. She is also in a book club, which introduces her to books she would not have picked up otherwise, and finds it stimulating and enjoyable. She is very grateful for her life as a Sister of Mercy and the many opportunities she has had for education, personal and spiritual growth, and the ability to serve in a variety of ministries. She feels richly blessed.

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Sister Mary Ellen Greeley

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1948

Final profession: 1954

Education: Bachelor’s in music education, Webster College, St. Louis, 1958

Master’s in music education, DePaul University, Chicago, 1966.

Doctorate in sociology of knowledge and religion, Saint Louis University, 1973

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Joan of Arc, 1951-55

Teacher, Mercy High School, University City, 1958-68

Retreat director, St. Joseph Convent of Mercy, St. Louis, 1968-70

Housemother, Mercita Hall, St. Louis, 1970-73

Member, leadership team, Sisters of Mercy Province of St. Louis, 1985-92

Internship in mission integration for the Sisters of Mercy Health System,
St. Louis, 1992-93

Director of mission integration, Mercy Health Plans, Chesterfield, 1994-2006

Sister chaplaincy at Sisters of Mercy Health System in Chesterfield, 2006-2010

Retired and ministry of prayer and Works of Mercy, Catherine’s Residence, St. Louis, 2010-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Ambrose School, Chaffee, Mo., 1955-56

Teacher, courses in sociology of religion and served in campus ministry at John Carroll University in Cleveland, Ohio, 1974-84

Management team mission integration for Mercy Medical Group in Rolla, Mo., 1993-94

Sister Mary Amelie Hawxhurst

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Birthplace: Evanston, Ill.

Entrance: 1948

Final profession: 1954

Education: Bachelor’s in elementary education, Loyola University, New Orleans, 1959

Service in the archdiocese: Housemother, Mercita Hall, 1968-70

Teacher, Christ the King, University City, 1986-89

Retired and prayer and works of mercy, Catherine’s Residence, St. Louis, 2016-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi and Texas

Sister Mary Janice Meiners

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1948

Final profession: 1954

Education: Nursing license, St. John’s Hospital, St. Louis, 1958

Bachelor’s in nursing, Incarnate Word College, San Antonio, 1961

Master’s in nursing, Columbia University, New York, 1977

Service in the archdiocese: Home health nursing supervisor, Cardinal Ritter Institute, St. Louis, 1977-80

Nursing service coordinator and psychiatric nurse, Veterans Administration Hospital, 1981-82

Administrator/director of nursing, Fusz Pavilion Retirement Home, 1982-84

Disaster health specialist, American Red Cross, St. Louis, 1984-2008

Director of nursing service at Deaconess Manor, 1986

Volunteer, St. John’s Mercy Medical Center/Mercy Hospital, St. Louis, 1987-2015

Ministry of prayer and Works of Mercy and creative planning, Catherine’s Residence, St. Louis, 2015-18

Service outside the archdiocese: Nursing supervisor at hospitals in Fort Scott, Kan.; Slaton, Texas; Fort Smith, Ark.; and Springfield, Mo.

Teacher, Sts. Simon and Jude School in Gillespie, Ill., 1951-55

Nurse in a leprosarium in Guyana, South America, 1963-65

Nursing care coordinator, St. Elizabeth

Hospital in Granite City, Ill., 1980-81.

About Sister Mary Janice Meiners: She volunteered with the Red Cross, responding to the 9/11 terrorist attack. She served on the governing board for service to victims and families of Ground Zero in New York. Sister Janice was extremely dedicated to those less fortunate. She took every opportunity to create ways to provide basic necessities for those in need. Sister Janice loved helping others and being creative. She died on June 6, 2018.

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