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Jubilarians | Sisters of Christian Charity (SCC)

Sisters of Christian Charity (SCC)

70th Investing in Holy Habit
(Reception)

Sister Mary Albert Gensterblum

Birth name: Marie Helen

Birthplace: Portland, Michigan

Entrance: 1949

First profession: 1954

Final profession: 1960

Education: Certification in Child Care

Saint Louis University, 1959

Washington University, 1969

Theology classes

Service in the archdiocese: Group mother, St. Vincent Home Normandy, 1958-71

Help in school and convent, St. Boniface, St. Louis, 1972-73

Driver, local assistant, treasurer and medical records office, St. Vincent Home, 1973-95

Service outside the archdiocese: Sacred Heart Convent leadership team, treasurer, driver and other tasks, Sacred Heart Convent, Wilmette, Illinois, 1996-present

About Sister Mary Albert Gensterblum: My favorite years in ministry were the 36 years I spent as childcare worker at St. Vincent Home For Children in Normandy. Reflecting on my 70 years as a sister of Christian Charity my response is: “I am glad to have the SCCs as my family.”

75th Investing in Holy Habit
(Reception)

Sister Caroline Schafer

Birthplace: Westphalia, Michigan

Entrance: 1945

First profession: 1949

Final profession: 1955

Education: Bachelor’s in education

Master’s in education, Loyola University, Chicago

Lifetime Teaching Certificate in Missouri

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Boniface School, St. Louis, 1969-80

Principal, St. Boniface School, St. Louis, 1974-80

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Gregory School, Chicago, Illinois, 1949-53

Teacher, St. Boniface School, Sioux City, Iowa

Teacher, Holy Trinity School, Chicago, Illinois

Teacher, Holy Trinity School, New Ulm, Minnesota

Teacher, St. Boniface, Minneapolis Minnesota, 1959-63

Teacher, Immaculate Heart of Mary School, New Orleans, Louisiana, 1963-66

Teacher, St. Anthony School, Gretna, Louisiana, 1966-68

Teacher, St. Martha School, Morton Grove, Illinois, 1968-69

Superior and principal, Holy Ghost School, South Holland, Illinois, 1988-93

Third provincial councilor and procurator, Sacred Heart Convent, Wilmette, Illinois, 1993

General councilor and representative of the North American Western Province residing in Rome, Italy, 1994

Third provincial councilor and superior of the motherhouse, 1995

Administrator of Sacred Heart Convent,

Resurrection Life Center and Intercommunity Retirement Committee Liaison, 1995-98

Leadership Team at Sacred Heart Convent, 1999-2019

Third provincial councilor, Sacred Heart Convent, 2001

Director of Mission Effectiveness program, Sacred Heart Convent, 2020-22

About Sister Caroline Schafer: During 73 of the last 75 years, I have been privileged to minister in the field of education in one form or another. As I look back, I entrust these students — children, young adults, seniors — to the good God. Trusting in His mercy we will all meet in a glorious hereafter.

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