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2018 Jubilarians: Sisters of the Good Shepherd (RGS)

Sister Patricia Ann O’Sullivan; Sister Mary Laetitia Hughes; Sister Barbara Smithhisler; Sister Dorothy Delia Vogel; Mary Christopher Mullan

25th profession

Sister Patricia Ann O’Sullivan


Birthplace: Ashland, Wis.

Entrance: 1990

First profession: 1993

Final profession: 1999

Education: Bachelor’s in elementary education for intermediate grades, University of Wisconsin

Service in the archdiocese: Contemplative sister in the prayer community, Immaculate Heart Convent in Normandy

Service outside the archdiocese: Altar bread department for 13 years in St. Paul, Minn.

Sacristan, Eucharistic minister and driver in St. Paul

Altar bread department for 5½ years, laundry department, driver and sacristan in Dearborn Heights, Mich.

Altar bread department for 2½ years, driver and cook in Springfield, Ill.

About Sister Patricia Ann O’Sullivan: She enjoys correspondence with the elderly, especially those who have lost loved ones dear to them. She also enjoys cellecting jokes and poetry.

60th profession

Sister Mary Laetitia Hughes


Birth name: Rita Martina

Birthplace: Martina, Pa.

Entrance: 1955

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1961

Education: Master’s in social work, Saint Louis University

Service in the archdiocese: Field work while studying for degree

Service outside the archdiocese: Served in the Archdiocese of Baltimore for more than 50 years, which included being the administrator for a residential treatment center for girls with emotional or behavioral problems

About Sister Mary Laetitia Hughes: She has always been an avid reader and lover of poetry and music. She always enjoyed going to concerts. Sister Laetitia is now in the elder care facility at Immaculate Heart Convent in Normandy. She had a special interest in the founders of the Good Shepherd Congregation. She visited the sites of its beginning and was a team member of the group that started the Spirituality Center at the motherhouse in Angers, France, and wrote the first volume of the English translation of St. Mary Euphrasia’s letters.

Sister Barbara Smithhisler


Birth name: Ann Marie Smithhisler

Birthplace: Danville, Kan.

Entrance: 1955

First profession: 1958

Service in the archdiocese: Residence in the Good Shepherd Sisters Infirmary ministry of prayer and pro-life advocacy

Service outside the archdiocese: Social worker, pro-life advocate, support services in Sioux City, Iowa; Denver; Portland, Ore.; Spokane, Wash.; Honolulu, Hawaii; and St. Paul, Minn.

About Sister Barbara Smithhisler: She has a very joyous and outgoing personality. She enjoyed taking sisters, women and girls out to doctor’s appointments, fun trips and advocacy events. She now leads a quiet, retired life of prayer at the elder care facility Immaculate Heart Convent in Normandy.

Sister Dorothy Delia Vogel


Birthplace: Green Bay, Wis.

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1966

Education: High School in Marlsfield, Wis.

Service in the archdiocese: Contemplative Sister of the Good Shepherd and service in her community, Normandy

Member of our Good Shepherd Visioning Commission, a group from across the community’s province

Formation team

About Sister Dorothy Delia Vogel: Sister Dorothy resides at the care facility of Immaculate Heart Convent in Normandy. She continues to live her life of prayer and sacrifice for the needs of our world, our Church and for all the ministries of Sisters of the Good Shepherd’s international congregation. Sister Dorothy’s entire religious life has been in the St. Louis Archdiocese. She has always prayed for seminarians and priests and continues to pray daily for all of the churches where her sisters serve, and have served, in his area and beyond. She had gifted hands for many years, which she generously used to help her sisters. She received a Certificate of Electricity after studying with Dr. Joseph Valk. She had talents ranging from beautiful knitting to repairing any machinery in the altar bread department. She could even fix a delicate pair of eyeglasses.

70th profession

Mary Christopher Mullan


Birth name: Rose Pauline

Birthplace: San Diego

Entrance: 1945

First profession: 1945

Final profession: 1953

Education: Bachelor’s degree, St. Joseph College, Emmitsburg, Md., 1942

Studies at Indiana University, University of California, Notre Dame College, Belmont, Calif.

Studies at University of California, Berkeley and University of California, San Francisco

Lone Mountain, San Francisco

Service in the archdiocese: Administrator, Good Shepherd Juvenile Services, Marygrove, Florissant

Provincial, St. Louis Province

Administrator, Immaculate Heart Convent, Normandy

Service outside the archdiocese: Group mother and teacher for wards of juvenile court, San Francisco

Group mother for women released from prison, New Orleans

Group mother for juvenile wards in Chicago, Phoenix and Las Vegas

Counselor for battered women and children, Los Angeles

Adult ESL instruction and remedial high school instruction, Los Angeles

ESL and high school equivalency level subjects for immigrants, Memphis

ESL instruction, Chunchin, South Korea

About Sister Mary Christopher Mullan: She is an avid reader and is delighted that her retirement residence is next door to the St. Louis County public library.

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