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2018 Jubilarians: Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union (OSU)

Sister Barbara (Marie Sarto) Becnel; Sister Mary Julia Genetti; Sister Mary Frances Judge; Sister Pauline Lorch; Sister Marianne (Marie Michelle) Mullen; Sister Madonna O’Hara; Sister Deana (Rochelle Marie) Walker; Sister Joan (Christopher) Bretz; Sister Mary Ann Luth

60th profession

Sister Barbara (Marie Sarto) Becnel

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Birthplace: New Orleans

Entrance: 1955

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1963

Education: Bachelor’s in English, The College of New Rochelle, 1961

Master’s in English, Saint Louis University, 1968

Master’s in social work, Tulane University, 1970

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Ursuline Academy, Kirkwood, 1974-75

Counselor for women religious, Archdiocese of St. Louis, 1975-77

Clinical psychologist, private practice, St. Louis, 1980-91

Coordinator of spiritual development service in Crystal City, 1998-2000

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, Ursuline Academy, Dallas, 1961-64

Teacher, Ursuline Academy, Springfield, Ill., 1964-67

Pastoral ministry, Labrador, Canada, 2000-06

About Sister Barbara Becnel: Sister Barbara now serves in a ministry of prayer in New Orleans.

Sister Mary Julia Genetti

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Birth name: Marie Genetti

Birthplace: Gillespie, Ill.

Entrance: 1955

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1963

Education: Bachelor’s in history, The College of New Rochelle

Certification in church music and liturgy, St. Joseph’s College, Rensselaer, Ind.

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Peter School, Kirkwood, 1961-63

Music director and teacher, Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Ferguson, 1990-91

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher at parish schools in Springfield, Collinsville, Alton and Wood River, Ill., 1961-69; 1971-77

Teacher, St. Angela School, New Orleans, 1969-71

Teacher, Our Lady of Guadalupe School, Galveston, Texas, 1982-85

Liturgist and pastoral assistant, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Galveston, Texas, 1985-90

Director of music and liturgy, St. Theresa High School, 1991-97

Ministry of music in parishes in Alton, Ill., 2002-present

Sister Mary Frances Judge

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Birthplace: Cannon Falls, Minn.

Entrance: 1955

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1964

Education: Bachelor’s in art, The College of New Rochelle, 1961

Master’s in art, University of Notre Dame, 1971

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Ursuline Academy, Kirkwood, 1965-72

Freelance artist, 1972-74

Service outside the archdiocese: Freelance artist, Dallas, 1974-79

Artist, New York, 1993-2015

Artist and graphologist, St. Paul, Minn., 2015-present

Sister Pauline Lorch

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Birthplace: St. Mary’s, Mo.

Entrance: 1955

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1963

Education: Bachelor’s in history, The College of New Rochelle

Master’s in European history, Saint Louis University

Service in the archdiocese: Principal, St. Peter School, Kirkwood, 1967-74

Religion coordinator, Immaculate Conception Parish, Arnold, 1983-84

Assistant provincial, Crystal City, 1984-87

Religion coordinator, St. Mary’s, 1987-88

Teacher, Cathedral School, St. Louis, 1989-90

Director of religious education, St. Peter School, Kirkwood, 1991-94

Provincial prioress, Ursuline Provincialate, Crystal City, 1996-2002.

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Ambrose School, Godfrey, Ill., 1961-64

Teacher and principal, Sts. Peter and Paul School, Springfield, Ill., 1964-67

Prioress at Ursuline convents in Laredo, Texas; Decatur, Ill.; and Alton, Ill.

Member of Interprovincial Community, Chicago, 2008-14

About Sister Pauline Lorch: Sister Pauline now lives in Glendale and is an English instructor for the Immigrant and Refugee Women’s Program.

Sister Marianne (Marie Michelle) Mullen

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1963

Education: Bachelor’s in math, The College of New Rochelle, 1962

Master’s in math, Saint Louis University, 1970

Master’s in pastoral studies, Loyola University of Chicago, 1989

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Corpus Christi High School, Jennings, 1966-72

Teacher, Ursuline Academy, Kirkwood, 1972-74

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Bernard School, Alton, Ill., 1962-63

Teacher, Ursuline Academy, Springfield, Ill., 1963-66; 1982-89,

Principal, O’Connell High School, Galveston, Texas, 1974-77

Principal, Ursuline Academy, San Antonio, Texas, 1978-82

Acting principal, Ursuline Academy, Springfield, Ill., 1985-86

Teacher, adult basic education, Three Rivers College, Malden, Mo., 1989-94

Hispanic ministry, Portageville, Mo., 1998-2000

Teacher, adult basic education, New Orleans, 2007-11

About Sister Marianne Mullen: Sister Marianne now serves in a ministry of prayer in Alton, Ill.

Sister Madonna O’Hara

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Birth name: Donna Louise

Birthplace: Springfield, Ill.

Entrance: 1955

First profession: 1958

Final profession: 1963

Education: Bachelor’s in history, The College of New Rochelle

Master’s in history, Saint Louis University

Master’s in ministry, Loyola University of Chicago

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Peter School, Kirkwood, 1961-66

Teacher, Corpus Christi School, Jennings, 1966-67

Provincial team member, Ursuline Provincialate, Crystal City, 1974-81

Religious educator, Festus and Apple Creek area parishes, 1983-85

Religious coordinator, Ursuline Center, Crystal City, 1985-88

President, Ursuline Academy, Kirkwood, 1994-2005

Director of sponsorship, Ursuline Provincialate, Kirkwood, 2006-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Principal, Blessed Sacrament School, Springfield, Ill., 1967-72

Parish ministy, Sacred Heart Parish, Mountain Grove, Mo., and St. Michael Parish, Cabool, Mo., 1989-94

Sister Deana (Rochelle Marie) Walker

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Birthplace: San Mateo, Calif.

Entrance: 1963

First profession: 1968

Final profession: 1974

Education: Bachelor’s in art, Catholic University, 1972

Master’s in fine art, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, 1986

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Ursuline Academy, Kirkwood, 1972-77

Teacher, Cardinal Ritter Preparatory High School, Jennings, 1979-83

Provincial secretary, Crystal City and Kirkwood, 2005-11

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, O’Connell High School, Galveston, Texas, 1983-86

Teacher, Ursuline Academy, Springfield, Ill., 1986-87

Bookkeeper and secretary, Queen of Peace Infirmary, Alton, Ill., 1993-2002

About Sister Deana Walker: Sister Deana lives in Florissant and serves in a ministry of care for Ursulines who are in an assisted-living home.

65th profession

Sister Joan (Christopher) Bretz

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Birthplace: Springfield, Ill.

Entrance: 1950

First profession: 1953

Final profession: 1956

Education: Bachelor’s in English, The College of New Rochelle, 1956

Master’s in English, Saint Louis University, 1963

Doctorate in English, Saint Louis University, 1975

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Corpus Christi High School, Jennings, 1960-66

Communications and development director for Central Province, Crystal City and Kirkwood, 1991-2010.

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, Ursuline Academy, Springfield, Ill., 1957-59

Teacher, Ursuline Academy, Laredo, Texas, 1966-67

Teacher, Springfield College, Springfield, Ill., 1973-90

About Sister Joan Bretz: She now serves in a ministry of prayer in Eureka.

75th profession

Sister Mary Ann Luth

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Birthplace: St. Louis

Entrance: 1940

First profession: 1943

Final profession: 1946

Education: Bachelor’s in history, The College of New Rochelle

Master’s in education, Saint Louis University

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Ursuline Academy, Kirkwood, 1946-48; 1949-55

Teacher, Eugene Coyle High School, Kirkwood, 1948-49

Principal, Ursuline Academy, Kirkwood, 1955-59

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, Villa Maria Academy, Frontenac, Minn., 1960-61

Prioress, Ursuline Convent, New Orleans, 1965-71

Councilor, Central Province, 1966-71

Teacher, Marquette High School, Alton, Ill., 1971-73 and 1978-80

Alumnae coordinator, Marquette High School, Alton, Ill., 1980-93

RCIA director, St. Bernard Parish, Wood River, Ill., 1995-2006

About Sister Mary Ann Luth: Sister Mary Ann now serves in a ministry of prayer in Eureka.

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