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JUBILARIANS | Sisters of Mercy of the Americas

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas (RSM)

60th Entrance

Sister Donald Mary Lynch

Birth name: Charlotte Anne Lynch

Birth place: Louisville, Kentucky

Entrance: 1961

First profession: 1964

Final profession: 1969

Education: Bachelor's degree in nursing, Marillac College, St. Louis, 1967

Master's degree in health care administration, Washington University, St. Louis, 1975

Service in the archdiocese: Vice president, St. John's Mercy Medical Center, St. Louis, 1980-82

Regional leadership team, Sisters of Mercy, Regional Community of St. Louis, 1992-2000

Transition coordinator, Sisters of Mercy South Central Region, St. Louis, 2015-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Nurse, St. Joseph's Hospital, Hot Springs, Arkansas, 1967-68

Assistant administrator, St. Edward Mercy Medical Center, Fort Smith, Arkansas, 1968-73

Vice president, Mercy Health Center, Oklahoma City, 1975-78

Associate administrator, Mercy Hospital, New Orleans, 1978-80

Chief administrative officer, Mercy Hospital of Scott County, Waldron, Arkansas, 1982-92

Director, St. Gabriel Mercy Center, Mound Bayou, Mississippi, 2001-2014

About Sister Donald Mary Lynch: Sister Donald Mary has enjoyed the ministry of health care from a young age. After ministering one year as a staff nurse, she spent the next 30 years in health care administration. Responding to her passion to be a missionary, she then ministered in Mound Bayou, Mississippi, the oldest all-Black community in the U.S. founded by freed slaves. Sister Donald Mary's hobby and passion are working with God's needy people.

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas (RSM)

60th Entrance

Sister Marilynn (Sister Mary Leo) Wittenauer

Birth place: St. Louis

Entrance: 1961

First profession: 1964

Final profession: 1968

Education: Bachelor's degree in English, Webster College, St. Louis, 1965

Master's degree in religious studies, Webster College, St. Louis, 1971

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Annunciation School, St. Louis, 1965-67, 1968-70

Teacher, Mercy High School, St. Louis, 1967-68

Director of education, Sisters of Mercy, Regional Community of St. Louis, 1988-94

Director of education program, Women in Charge, St. Louis, 1994-98

Administrator and teacher, English Tutoring Project, St. Louis, 1998-2008

Volunteer, Mercy Neighborhood Ministry, St. Louis, 2008-20

Service outside the archdiocese: Principal and teacher, St. Ambrose School, Chaffee, Missouri, 1970-72

Teacher and principal, John Carroll School, Oklahoma City, 1972-87

About Sister Marilynn Wittenauer: Sister Marilynn, a St. Louis native and the oldest of Leo and Catherine Wittenauer's four children, entered the Sisters of Mercy after teaching in the Catholic schools as a lay teacher for six years. It was her coming to know Sister Maureen Egan, the principal at Annunciation who invited her to take "another look" at religious life. On a weekend retreat following that conversation, she felt God's unmistakable call to religious life. The rest is history. Her ministry as a Sister of Mercy has always been in education in some form -- elementary, secondary, GED program, ESL program and administration. Her recent ministry has included volunteering with Mercy Neighborhood Ministries and Mercy Hospital. These later years have provided the opportunity to slow down and appreciate the power of simply being present to the gifts of each day and the many needs of people around the world. They have also provided time to pursue her interests in cooking, visiting the sights in our city, reading and spending more time with family and friends.

Through all the changes in religious life over the last 60 years the one constant has been God's continued presence and the blessing of getting to spend them with all the delightful women she gets to call "sister."

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas (RSM)

70th Entrance

Sister Mary Jeremy Buckman

Birth place: Shelbina, Missouri

Entrance: 1951

First profession: 1954

Final profession: 1957

Education: Diploma in nursing, St. John's Hospital School of Nursing, St. Louis, 1951

Bachelor's degree in nursing, Saint Louis University, 1955

Master's degree in nursing, Washington University, St. Louis, 1967

Doctor of philosophy, Saint Louis University, 1978

Service in the archdiocese: Nursing supervisor and clinical instructor, St. John's Hospital School of Nursing, St. Louis, 1956-58

Faculty, St. John's Hospital School of Nursing, St. Louis, 1963-66

Faculty, Mercy Junior College, St. Louis, 1967-70

Faculty, Maryville College, St. Louis, 1970-76

Chair, Department of Nursing, Maryville College, St. Louis, 1971-76

Member, Missouri State Board of Nursing, 1972-78

Archivist, Sisters of Mercy, Regional Community of St. Louis, 2000-07

Archivist emeritus, Sisters of Mercy, St. Louis, 2007-12

Service outside the archdiocese: Director, Mercy School of Practical Nursing, Springfield, Missouri, 1958-62

Director of nursing service, Mercy Villa, Springfield, Missouri, 1960-62

Faculty, Mercy Hospital School of Nursing, Fort Scott, Kansas, 1962-63

Professor and chairperson, Department of Nursing, DePaul University, Chicago, 1978-90

Professor and chairperson, Department of Nursing, Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, Kentucky, 1990-97

About Sister Mary Jeremy Buckman: Sister Mary Jeremy served on the Sisters of Mercy Health System Board in the late 1980s. She served on Mercy hospital boards in Fort Smith, Arkansas; Chicago, Illinois; Laredo, Texas; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; and Joplin, Missouri, during the 1980s until 2019. Sister Mary Jeremy was a member of the board of trustees for Saint Xavier College in Chicago, Illinois, during the 1980s. Sister Mary Jeremy enjoys communication and visits with family and friends. She seeks to stay current in health care, nursing service and nursing education, as well as archives, by participating in professional organizations and serving on committees. She enjoys various programs on TV, reading, travel and tatting.

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas (RSM)

70th Entrance

Sister Mary Anne (Sister Mary Jarlath) O'Brien

Birth place: Ballinamore B. Galway, Ireland

Entrance: 1951

First profession: 1954

Final profession: 1957

Education: Bachelor's degree in mathematics, Webster College, St. Louis, 1958

Master's degree in mathematics, Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, 1967

Master's degree in counseling, University of South Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 1974

Doctorate in psychology, University of South Mississippi, Hattiesburg, Mississippi, 1977

Advanced certificate in spiritual direction, Springhill College, Mobile, Alabama, 2002

Service in the archdiocese: Prayer and Works of Mercy, Catherine's Residence, St. Louis, 2018-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Francis Xavier Elementary School, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1956-59

Teacher, Sacred Heart High School, Biloxi, Mississippi, 1959-63

Teacher, St. Joseph School, Jackson, Mississippi, 1963-67

Staff, Gulf Coast Mental Health Center, Gulfport, Mississippi, 1976-80

Interim director and coordinator of social services, Catholic Social and Community Services, Biloxi, Mississippi, 1980-84

Administrator, McAuley Home, Vicksburg, Mississippi, 1984-90

Pastoral associate, St. Thomas Parish, Long Beach, Mississippi, 1990-98

Prison and nursing home ministry, St. Thomas Parish, Long Beach, Mississippi, 1999-2018

About Sister Mary Anne O'Brien: All of Sister Mary Anne's ministry was in Mississippi, where her brother was a priest. She loved the beach, especially walking by the water's edge or just sitting and watching the Gulf waters. However, she does enjoy the beautiful scenery on the grounds of Mercy Center and Catherine's Residence. She also enjoys doing Sudoku puzzles and crossword puzzles and keeping up with current events. She also maintains touch with her large family in Ireland.

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas (RSM)

80th Entrance

Sister Marie Jeanne Mouledoux

Birth place: New Orleans

Entrance: 1941

First profession: 1944

Final profession: 1947

Education: Bachelor's degree in English, Loyola University, New Orleans, 1952

Master's degree in education, Loyola University, New Orleans, 1958

Service in the archdiocese: Support Staff, Unity Health Services, St. Louis, 1991-92

Prayer and works of mercy, Catherine's Residence, St. Louis, 2012-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, Our Lady of Perpetual Help, Kenner, Louisiana, 1944-45

Teacher, St. Alphonsus School, New Orleans, 1945-47, 1955-59

Teacher, Holy Name of Jesus School, New Orleans, 1947-51

Teacher, St. Francis Xavier School, Metairie, Louisiana, 1951-53, 1969-70

Teacher, Redemptorist High School, New Orleans, 1953-54

Teacher, Convent of Mercy High School, St. Martinville, Louisiana, 1954-55

Teacher, Mount St. Mary Academy, Little Rock, Arkansas, 1961-62

Teacher, Mercy Academy, New Orleans, 1962-68; 1981-90

Volunteer, Mercy Hospital Convent, New Orleans, 1968-69

Principal and teacher, Our Lady of Mercy High School, Martinville, Louisiana, 1970-71

Principal, Trinity Catholic Elementary School, Martinville, Louisiana, 1971-77

Principal, Sacred Heart Elementary School, Biloxi, Mississippi, 1977-81

Housing ministry, New Orleans, 1992-93

Staff, Hope House, New Orleans, 1994-95

Volunteer, New Orleans, 1995-2006

Parish home visitation, New Orleans, 2006-08

Ministry to the sick and homebound, Holy Name of Jesus Parish, New Orleans, Louisiana, 2008-12

About Sister Marie Jeanne Mouledoux: Sister Marie Jeanne is well versed in multiple areas of academics, especially English and French. She also has a deep love for reading on various topics. In her later years, Sister Marie Jeanne has relished times of quiet and solitude to enjoy the beauty of creation and the inspiration of instrumental music.

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