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Jubilarians: Ursuline Sisters of the Roman Union (OSU)

50th First Profession

Sister Maria Teresa de Llano

Birthplace: Laredo, Texas

Entrance: 1966

First profession: 1969

Final profession: 1974

Education: Bachelor’s in biology, Marillac College, 1972

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Immaculate Conception School, Arnold, 1972-73

Teacher, St. Peter School, Kirkwood, 1973-75

Provincial councilor, Ursuline Provincialate, Kirkwood, 2017-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, O’Connell High School, Galveston, Texas, 1975-79

Teacher, St. Aloysius School, Springfield, Ill., 1979-82

Principal, Ursuline Elementary, Laredo, Texas, 1982-85

Executive director, Mano A Mano, a nonprofit health organization in Brownsville, Texas, 1997-99

Hispanic ministry, Brownville, Texas, and Matamoros, Mexico, 2001-2007

General councilor, Ursuline Generalate, Rome, Italy, 2007-2013

Catholic Charities volunteer in Laredo, Texas, serving immigrants and refugees, 2013-17

About Sister Maria Teresa de Llano: Sister Maria Teresa has a special heart for Hispanic ministry, especially in service of immigrants and refugees. She transferred to the Ursulines’ Mexico Province in 1985, where she ministered until 1996. Before being called to serve on the provincial leadership team in 2017, Sister Maria Teresa spent four years serving immigrants and refugees on the border in Laredo. In June she went to McAllen, Texas, for a week of service to migrants.


Sister Margaret Mary (Peggy) Moore

Birthplace: Springfield, Ill.

Entrance: 1966

First profession: 1969

Final profession: 1974

Education: Bachelor’s in chemistry, Catholic University of America, 1972

Master’s in theology, St. John’s University, 1983

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Corpus Christi High School, Jennings, 1972-73

Teacher, Laboure High School, St. Louis, 1973-80

Campus minister, Ursuline Academy, Kirkwood, 1983-90

Provincial councilor, Ursuline Provincialate, Crystal City, 1996-2002

Provincial prioress, Ursuline Provincialate, Crystal City, 2002-2008

Teacher, Ursuline Academy, Kirkwood, 2010-present

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, O’Connell Junior High School, Galveston, Texas, 1980-82

Prioress, Ursuline Convent, Springfield, Ill., 1991-97

About Sister Margaret Mary (Peggy) Moore: She is currently in the 10th year of her second time around teaching theology at Ursuline Academy, St. Louis. She enjoys both outdoor activities: biking, hiking and camping; and indoor activities: baking, knitting and reading. She is deeply grateful for 50 years of Ursuline life and for the abundant grace given by God throughout those years.


60th First Profession

Sister Ann Mangelsdorf

Birthplace: Dallas

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1959

Final profession: 1965

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

Master’s in counseling psychology, Lindenwood College, 1979

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Corpus Christi District School, Jennings, 1975-77

Ministry to the elderly, Cardinal Ritter Institute, St. Louis, 1979-84

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, Ursuline Academy, New Orleans, 1962-65

Teacher, St. Angela Merici School, New Orleans, 1965-67

Teacher, Sacred Heart School, Dallas, 1967-68

Teacher, Ursuline Academy, Dallas, 1969-74

Counselor to the elderly, St. Anthony’s Hospital, Alton, Ill., 1986-88

Counselor, Blessing Place, a personal growth community, Lacombe, La., 1988-90

Senior center coordinator, St. John’s Community Center, New Orleans, 1990-93

Teacher, St. Francis of Assisi Middle School, New Orleans, 1993-94

Teacher, Our Lady of Lourdes School, New Orleans, 1994-96

Religious coordinator, Our Lady of Lourdes School, New Orleans, 1996-2001

Case manager, St. Vincent de Paul Society, Dallas, 2006-16

About Sister Ann Mangelsdorf: She is retired and living in Dallas, Texas, where she has a ministry of community service.


Sister Mary Ellen Neeves

Birthplace: Bloomington, Ill.

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1959

Final profession: 1964

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

Master’s in religious studies, Providence College, 1975

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Peter School, Kirkwood, 1962-65

Teacher and assistant principal, St. Joseph School, Clayton, 1965-68

Teacher, St. Rose of Lima School, De Soto, 1975-76

Provincial prioress, Ursuline Provincialate, Crystal City, 1978-84

Novice directress, Ursuline Center, Crystal City, 1988-90

Teacher, St. Mary Magdalen School, St. Louis, 1990-92

Director, Learning Club, St. Vincent De Paul School, St. Louis, 1999-2000

Provincial councilor, Ursuline Provincialate, Crystal City, 2002-08

Service outside the archdiocese: Principal, St. Ambrose School, Alton, Ill., 1968-71

Principal, St. Angela School, New Orleans, 1971-74

Spiritual director, Cape Girardeau, Mo., 2008-09

Principal, St. Aloysius School, Springfield, Ill., 1985-88

Tertian directress, Ursuline Generalate, Rome, Italy, 1996-2002

Volunteer and retreat director, St. Vincent’s Parish Outreach Center, 2009-16

About Sister Mary Ellen Neeves: She is retired from active ministry but continues to serve God’s people through volunteer work. She helps at the TEAM Food Pantry in Florissant as well as serving as a teacher’s aide at Most Holy Trinity School in north St. Louis. She finds great joy in and appreciation for her Ursuline community and her wonderful family. She is grateful for the time and space to live a more contemplative life.


Sister Ann Marie (Charles Marie) Owen

Birthplace: Chicago

Entrance: 1956

First profession: 1959

Final profession: 1964

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

Master’s in religious studies, Webster College, 1969

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Corpus Christi Grade School, Jennings, 1965-72

Teacher, St. Rose of Lima, De Soto, 1981-83

Teacher, St. Peter School, Kirkwood, 1983-84

Director of religion, St. Peter School, Kirkwood, 1984-85

Pastoral associate, Notre Dame de Lourdes, Wellston, 1985-92

Coordinator of services to homeless, St. Patrick’s Center, St. Louis, 1992-94

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Patrick School, Alton, Ill., 1962-65

Principal, Blessed Sacrament School, Springfield, Ill., 1972-78

Religious education coordinator, St. Thomas Parish, Decatur, Ill., 1979-81

Case manager, The Kitchen, Inc., a family shelter for homeless women and children in Springfield, Mo., 1996-2001

Community support worker, Burrell Behavioral Health, Springfield, Mo., 2001-15

About Sister Ann Marie (Charles Marie) Owen: She is retired and living in Springfield, Mo., where she maintains a “ministry of love.”


65th First Profession

Sister Mary Denis Lessard

Birth name: Mary Louise Lessard

Birthplace: Glendale

Entrance: 1951

First profession: 1954

Final profession: 1958

Education: Bachelor’s in English, College of New Rochelle, 1957

Master’s in education, Saint Louis University, 1969

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, Sacred Heart School, Festus, 1962-65

Teacher, Corpus Christi Grade School, Jennings, 1969-72

Teacher, Sacred Heart School, Festus, 1972-74

Teacher, Holy Child School, Arnold, 1990-93

Teacher, St. Clare of Assisi, Ellisville, 1994-2000

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Patrick School, Galveston, Texas, 1957-60

Teacher, St. Bernard School, Alton, Ill., 1960-62

Teacher, Ascension School, Oak Park, Ill., 1965-69

Teacher, St. Thomas School, Decatur, Ill., 1974-75

Teacher, public school, Arcadia, Mo., 1981-90

Teacher, St. Eustachius School, Portageville, Mo., 2000-04

About Sister Mary Denis Lessard: Her Ursuline ministry was education, primarily to children in grades kindergarten through third. While she loved all of the students, kindergarten was the most enjoyable because the children were new to school, so innocent and eager to learn and ready to take on any activity.


70th First Profession

Sister Rosemary Meiman

Birth name: Mary Elizabeth Meiman

Birthplace: Covington, Ky.

Entrance: 1946

First profession: 1949

Final profession: 1952

Education: Bachelor’s in English, College of New Rochelle, 1952

Master’s in education, Saint Louis University, 1962

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Peter School, Kirkwood, 1954-58

Teacher, St. Joseph School, Clayton, 1958-59

Teacher, Eugene Coyle High School, Kirkwood, 1959-60

Teacher, Ursuline Academy, Kirkwood, 1960-65

Provincial councilor, Ursuline Provincialate, Crystal City, 1974-78

Teacher, Immaculate Conception School, Arnold, 1978-81

Principal, St. Rose of Lima School, De Soto, 1981-97

Provincial archivist, Ursuline Provincialate, Crystal City/Kirkwood, 1997-2014

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Thomas School, Decatur, Ill., 1952-54

Teacher and principal, Villa Maria Academy, Frontenac, Minn., 1966-69

Principal, Ursuline Academy, Arcadia, Mo., 1969-71

Tutor, Ursuline Academy Learning Center, Arcadia, Mo., 1971-74

About Sister Rosemary Meiman: Sister Rosemary died suddenly on July 11, 2019, while leading a group through the Ursuline Missions in Montana, as she did each summer. A longtime teacher and principal, Sister Rosemary “retired” from her second career as the Central Province’s archivist in 2014 and moved to New Orleans, where she promptly undertook new responsibilities in the Ursuline archives and museum there. At age 90, and having celebrated her 70th jubilee in January, she died “with her boots on,” which is exactly how she would have wanted it.


Sister Will Ann (James Marie) Smith

Birthplace: Springfield, Ill.

Entrance: 1946

First profession: 1949

Final profession: 1952

Education: Bachelor’s in math, College of New Rochelle, 1952

Master’s in education, Saint Louis University, 1965

Service in the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Joseph School, Clayton, 1966-67

Teacher, St. Peter School, Kirkwood, 1967-74

Service outside the archdiocese: Teacher, St. Aloysius School, Springfield, Ill., 1952-57

Teacher, Ursuline Academy, Dallas, 1957-58

Teacher, Christ the King School, Dallas, 1958-61

Teacher, Sacred Heart School, Dallas, 1961-62

Teacher, Ascension School, Oak Park, Ill., 1962-65

Teacher, Blessed Sacrament School, Springfield, Ill., 1974-87

Teacher, Sylvan Learning Center, Springfield, Ill., 1987-90

Tutor, Springfield community, Springfield, Ill., 1990-2018

Teacher (part time), St. Joseph School, Springfield, Ill., 1992-2018

About Sister Will Ann (James Marie) Smith: Sister Ann died peacefully July 31 at St. Clare’s Hospital in Fenton. During her decades-long ministry as a teacher, she especially enjoyed teaching reading and math to small groups of high-risk students, using special methods and motivation. She continued tutoring up to age 90, only retiring fully in 2018.

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