Jubilarians

June 5, 2003
Jubilarians
By Luke Eggleston/ SUN staff writer
Sister Mary Casilda Puchalska, CSFN, a native of Scranton, Pa., celebrates her 75th year as a Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth. In her years of ministering, she has taught in New York and Pennsylvania and worked with young immigrants from Poland, teaching them English. In 1988, Sister Casilda retired from full-time teaching, but she is active at Holy Trinity Parish in Utica, where she serves as part-time religion teacher, promotes mission awareness and visits elderly parishioners. She resides at the Holy Trinity Parish Convent in Utica.

Sister M. Bernadette Bolin, OP, a native of New York City, is celebrating 65 years as a Sister of the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill, N.Y. She taught at St. Mary’s in Fulton, St. Paul’s in Norwich, Sacred Heart in Suffern, St. Martin in the Bronx, St. Catherine of Siena and Aquinas High School, both in New York City, and Stella Maris High School in Rockaway. She also served in child care at Holy Rosary in New York City and Cardinal McCloskey Home in New York and also as a volunteer at the Community Thrift Store in Rockaway, New York. She is currently retired.

Sister Perpetua Deane, OP, a native of New York City, is celebrating 65 years as a Sister of the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill, N.Y. She taught at St. Mary’s in Fulton, St. Joseph’s in the Bronx, Cardinal McCloskey in New York, St. John Chrys in the Bronx, Mary Queen of Heaven in Brooklyn, St. Edmund School in Brooklyn, and Msgr. Scanlon High School. Sister Perpetua was also a professor at St. Thomas Aquinas College in New York City. She currently serves as bilingual volunteer at the United Hospice of Rockland County.

Sister Mary Peter Farrelly, OP, a native of Jersey City, N.J., is celebrating 60 years as a Sister of the Dominican Congregation of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill, N.Y. She taught at St. Paul’s in Norwich, St. Agnes in Sparkill, Sacred Heart in Suffern, St. Edmund High School in Brooklyn and Albertus Magnus High School in New York City. She also served in child care at St. Ignatius Day Nursery in New York City and Venture Day Care in New York City and aide at Letchworth Villege in New York. She is currently retired.

Sister M. Aquiline Berberwyck, OSF,a native of Nassau, celebrates 75 years as a Sister of St. Francis. She taught at Convent School/Franciscan Academy, St. Joseph’s School in Utica and Our Lady of Angels in Albany. She also performed pastoral care at Loretto. Presently, Sister M. Aquiline resides at Wilson Convent in Syracuse.

Sister Helen Marie Brown, OSF, is a Camden, N.J. native celebrating 60 years as a Sister of St. Francis of the Third Franciscan Order. She spent 52 of her 60 years as a teacher and principal at schools in Ohio, Florida, New York and New Jersey. In the Syracuse Diocese, she ministered at Holy Cross in Dewitt and the former Assumption School in Syracuse and taught at St. Joseph/St. Patrick School in Utica. A resident of St. Anthony’s Motherhouse, Sister Helen still tutors children at Pen and Pages and works in finances at the Wilson Center.

Sister Helaine Bultmann, OSF, is a Syracuse native celebrating 60 years as a Sister of St. Francis. She taught at Convent School in Syracuse, St. Anthony’s in Lorain, Ohio, St. Joseph’s in Utica and Holy Family in Fairmount. Sister Helaine also served as mathematics supervisor for Franciscan community, principal of St. Matthew’s in East Syracuse, instructor at Maria Regina College and ministered at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. Presently, she resides at Wilson Convent in Syracuse and still is active as a community minister.

Sister Patricia McLoughlin, a native of New York, is celebrating 50 years as a Sister of Our Lady of the Rosary in Sparkill. She taught at St. Ann’s in the Bronx, St. James in Carmel, Holy Redeemer in St. Louis, St. Mary’s in Fulton, St. Mary Magdalen in Queens and Rosary Academy in New York. Sister Patricia also served as a nurse in the Dominican Convent in New York. She currently teaches at Most Precious Blood School in Walden.

Sister Rose Marie Colasurdo, OSF, a native of Syracuse, is celebrating 50 years as a Sister of St. Francis of the Third Franciscan Order. In her 46 years in education in the Syracuse Diocese, Sister Rose Marie has taught at St. Matthew’s, St. James, Holy Trinity, St. Therese, St. Rose of Lima, all in Syracuse, and at St. Mary’s in Baldwinsville. She also spent five months ministering at University Hospital in Syracuse. A resident of St. Margaret’s Convent in Mattydale, Sister Rose Marie presently serves in the Development Office of the Sisters of St. Francis.

Sister Anthony Marie Eddo, OSF, is a Utica native celebrating 50 years as a Sister of St. Francis of the Third Franciscan Order. She taught in different areas of Riverside, N.J., Immaculate Conception in Fayetteville, St. Rose of Lima in North Syracuse and Bishop Ludden High School in Syracuse. For 20 years, Sister Anthony Marie taught religion and English as a missionary in Peru, after which she returned to the U.S. and taught a GED Program in Roswell, N.M. Sister Anthony Marie resides at St. Elizabeth Convent in Utica where she works at St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica as a chaplain.

Sister James Denis Herold, OSF, a native of Syracuse, celebrates 50 years as a Sister of St. Francis. She was an educator for 17 years and also served at Catholic Charities, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse and the Motherhouse as appointment coordinator. Presently, Sister James Denis resides at St. Anthony’s Convent in Syracuse and works as the receptionist-secretary of basic needs at Catholic Charities on West Onondaga Street.

Sister Anna Walter Mossdorf, OSF, a native of Syracuse, marks her 50th year as a Sister of the Third Franciscan Order. She taught at St. Daniel’s School in Syracuse, St. James’ School in Syracuse, St. Mary’s School in Baldwinsville, St. Margaret’s School in Mattydale and Maria Regina College. Sister Anna Walter also served as principal of St. James’ School in Syracuse and Immaculate Conception in Fayetteville. Presently, she serves as a canonical advocate in marriage for the diocese and is a member of the diocesan school board and offers presentations on the annulment process in conjunction with the Family Life Office.

Sister Paul Michael Palladino, OSF, a native of Pompey, is celebrating 50 years as a Sister of the Third Franciscan Order. She taught at St. Mary’s in Skaneateles, St. Matthew’s in East Syracuse, Holy Family in Fairmount, St. James’ in Syracuse, St. Daniel’s in Syracuse as well as schools in Camden, N.J., Clayton, N.J. and Puerto Rico. Presently, Sister Paul Michael resides at St. Francis Convent in Syracuse and serves as an administrative assistant in the finance office.

Sister Mary Bernard Sabel, OSF, a native of Syracuse, is celebrating 50 years as a Sister of the Third Franciscan Order. She is a graduate of Assumption School in Syracuse and received her bachelor’s degree from Le Moyne College in Syracuse and her master’s degree from the University of Scranton in Pennsylvania. Her years of service include teaching at the Convent School in Syracuse, St. Mary’s in Baldwinsville, St. John the Baptist in New Brunswick, N.J. and Holy Cross in Dewitt. Currently, Sister Mary Bernard teaches at St. Matthew’s in East Syracuse.

Sister Jacqueline Spiridilozzi, OSF, is a Utica native, marks her 50th year as a Sister of St. Francis. She has taught at schools in Utica, New Jersey and Ohio. In addition, Sister Jacqueline served as director of volunteer services at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse. Presently, she resides at St. Joseph Convent in Syracuse and is director of spiritual care services at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse.

Sister Elizabeth John Timson, OSF, is a Syracuse native celebrating 50 years as a Sister of the Third Franciscan Order. She has taught at St. Matthew’s in East Syracuse and St. Margaret’s in Syracuse and was principal of Assumption Elementary and St. James, both in Syracuse, Immaculate Conception in Fayetteville and St. Peter’s in Riverside, N.J. Sister Elizabeth John also served as area superintendent for the Western Region. She currently serves as director of development for the Sisters of St. Francis.

Sister Mary Louise Williams, OSF, a native of Utica, is celebrating 50 years as a Sister of the Third Franciscan Order. She has taught in Syracuse, Utica and Albany and has also served in New Jersey and Florida. Presently, Sister Mary Louise resides at St. Joseph Convent and serves as chaplain at St. Joseph Hospital Health Center in Syracuse.

Sister Eleanore Therese Vargas, OSF, a native of Santa Ana, Calif., is celebrating 25 years as a Sister of the Third Franciscan Order. She has taught at Holy Family School in Fairmount, Gingerbread House Preschool in Syracuse, Our Lady of Good Counsel in Pearl City, Hawaii and Sacred Heart School in Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii. Her years of service also include ministry at St. Francis Hospital in Honolulu, Hawaii and Dorn Day Care Center in Syracuse. Presently, Sister Eleanore Therese works in special education in the Jamesville-Dewitt School District.

Father Regis Rodda, OFM Conv., born in New Jersey, celebrates 50 years as a Conventual Franciscan Friar. His ministry has taken him to many different assignments in various dioceses of the U.S. and in Toronto, Canada. In the Syracuse Diocese, Father Rodda has served at Assumption Church and in Minoa. He has spent 30 years in the healing ministry and he is presently the Bishop’s Liaison to the Charismatic Renewal.

Brother James Doyle, OFM Conv., a Conventual Franciscan Friar, celebrates his 25th anniversary of religious profession. A native of New Haven, Conn., he entered the Conventual Franciscan Friars of Immaculate Conception Province in Rensselaer on Aug. 22, 1976, and professed his first vows at St. Francis Novitiate in Staten Island on Aug. 5, 1978. He professed solemn vows on Aug. 14, 1981, in Rensselaer. Brother James has a bachelor’s degree in European History and a MLS degree in Library and Information Science from SUNY Albany. He also holds a master’s degree in Theology from Catholic Theological Union in Chicago, Ill. He has served in a variety of ministries including special education teacher and seminary librarian. In 1997 he joined the L’Arche community of Syracuse as an assistant. In 2000 he assumed the role of pastoral minister. He resides with the Conventual Franciscan community at The Friary of Francis, Brother of Peace in Syracuse.

Sister Agnes Shaw, IHM, a native of Sayre, Pa., is celebrating 50 years as a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She has taught at St. John the Evangelist in Binghamton, St. Peter of Alcantara in Port Washington, St. John’s in Susquehanna, Pa., St. Mary’s in Hollidaysburg, Pa., St. Stephen’s and St. Alphonsus, both in New York City and St. Mary’s School in LaPlata, Md. Currently, Sister Agnes serves as coordinator of administrative services at Our Lady of Sorrows in Endwell.

Sister Mary Frances Ambs, IHM, a native of Dushore, Pa., is celebrating 50 years as a Sister of the Immaculate Heart of Mary. She has taught at St. Mary’s in Manhassel, St. Rosalia in Pittsburgh, Pa., Nativity School in Scranton, Pa. and St. Agnes in Baltimore, Md. Her years of service also include ministry at St. Agnes in Lock Haven, Pa. and Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Altoona, Pa. Currently, Sister Mary Frances teaches mathematics at St. John the Evangelist School in Binghamton.

Sister Margaret Miller, CSJ, is a Utica native celebrating 60 years as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She served for many years as a teacher in the Albany and Syracuse Dioceses, ministering at St. Augustine’s in North Troy, St. John’s in Oswego, St. Laurence’s in Troy, St. Lucy’s in Syracuse, St. Francis in Herkimer, St. Mary’s in Little Falls, St. Patrick’s in Syracuse, Cathedral in Albany and St. Anthony’s in Troy. Presently, Sister Margaret resides at St. Lucy’s Convent in Syracuse, where she works ministering to the elderly.

Sister Germaine Hilston, CSJ, a native of Albany, is celebrating 60 years as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She has taught in schools in the Syracuse and Albany Dioceses for over 20 years. Her years of ministry also include regional director of religious education for Columbia County, pastoral associate at St. Francis de Sales Parish in Troy and director of religious education at St. Joseph’s in Troy. Presently, Sister Germaine serves as the Northern Region director of religious education.

Sister Marie Wilson, CSJ, a native of Glens Falls, celebrates 60 years as a Sister of St. Joseph. She has taught at St. John the Baptist in Syracuse and St. Peter’s in Saratoga and served as director of religious education at St. Paul’s in Rome for 24 years. Sister Marie’s years of service also include principal of St. Mary’s in Oswego, Sacred Heart in Troy, Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Amsterdam and St. Joseph’s in Ft. Edward. Currently, she serves at St. Paul’s in Rome with parish ministry to the homebound.

Sister Marionella Graham, CSJ, a native of Syracuse, is celebrating 50 years as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She has taught kindergarten through fifth grade in schools in Utica, Rome, Oswego, Binghamton and Syracuse. Presently, Sister Marionella serves as librarian at Blessed Sacrament School in Syracuse.

Sister Kathleen Eiffe, CSJ, a native of Utica, celebrates 25 years as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet. She received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education/social studies from SUNY Oswego and her master’s degree in Theology from St. Michael’s College in Vermont as well as NYS Certification in Physical Education from SUNY Cortland. She served on the faculty of Fulton Junior High School, Rome Catholic High School, Bishop Scully High School in Amsterdam, Catholic Central High School in Troy and Notre Dame High School in Utica. Sister Kathleen’s years of ministry also include novitiate, pastoral associate at Holy Family Parish in Fulton, Northern Region director of religious education, Eastern Region director of religious education and associate diocesan director of religious education. Currently, she serves as diocesan director of religious education.

Sister Caritas Barajingitwa, Isosf, a native of Burundi, Africa marks her 25th anniversary as a Little Sister of St. Francis. Prior to coming to Syracuse in June of 2001, Sister Caritas was a teacher in Burundi. For the past two years she has served at St. Mary of Assumption Church in Binghamton as pastoral minister. While at St. Mary’s, she worked to start the Holy Family Vocational Orphanage for 30 children in Uganda.

Sister Evelyn McCarte, DC, celebrates 50 years as a Daughter of Charity. Her ministry includes 14 years in education, with six years teaching at St. James’ in Johnson City. Sister Evelyn also served in parish ministry, as a provincial leader and at Catholic Charities. Currently, she is director of social services at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse.

Sister Joan Curran, DC, a native of Melrose, Mass., celebrates 50 years as a Daughter of Charity. Her years of ministry include teaching, health care services and community outreach work. Currently, Sister Joan resides at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Syracuse and works providing outreach services to those in need.

Sister Mary Jane Wilcox, DC, a native of Syracuse, marks her 50th anniversary as a Daughter of Charity. She taught in Utica, Endicott, Youngstown, Ohio, Bladensburg, Md. and Philadelphia, Pa. and served as principal of Cathedral School in Syracuse for 10 years. A certified social worker, Sister Mary Jane’s service also includes work with Catholic Charities for the Dioceses of Syracuse, Buffalo and Brooklyn as well as the Archdiocese of New York. Currently, she serves as vicar for religious in Syracuse.

Sister Mary Rose De Donato, DC, is a native of Boston, Mass. who is celebrating 50 years as a Daughter of Charity. She taught at schools in Baltimore, Md. and Harrisburg, Pa. and was principal of St. James’ in Johnson City. Sister Mary Rose’s service also includes provincial secretary in Albany and parish ministry work at St. James’ Parish in Johnson City and St. Vincent de Paul Parish in Philadelphia, Pa. Currently, she serves as pastoral assistant at St. Paul’s Parish in Binghamton.

Medical Mission Sister Shirley Wing, a native of Rochester, N.Y. and a graduate of East Syracuse High School, will celebrate her 50th anniversary on June 1 at a special Mass at her Community’s North American Headquarters in Philadelphia, Pa. Prior to entering the Medical Mission Sisters in 1950, Sister Shirley received her R.N. from St. Joseph’s Hospital in Syracuse and her bachelor’s degree in nursing education from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. For nearly 30 years she was in mission work in India in a variety of administrative positions. She served as director of nursing education and coordinator or nursing education at her Community’s Holy Family Hospital in Patna and as assistant director of nursing education at the Medical Mission Sister’s Holy Family Hospital in New Delhi. Her years of service also include assistant recreation director at a geriatric center in Philadelphia, Pa., and ministering to elderly Medical Mission Sisters.

Sister Mary Carolyne of Jesus Among the five founding members of the Carmelite order to bring the sisters to the Diocese of Ft. Worth, Texas, Sister Mary Carolyne of Jesus is celebrating 50 years of religious life. The former Carolyne Patricia Neveldine of Manlius, Sister Mary Carolyne celebrated her jubilee with a special liturgy on Feb. 1 at the Carmel of the Most Holy Trinity in Arlington, Texas. All of her siblings were there to help Sister Mary Carolyne celebrate. Her brother, Burnie Neveldine, still lives in the Syracuse area, her brother Peter and sisters Joan Jones and Marjorie Stebbins also made the trip to Texas for the reunion. Sister Mary Carolyne’s vocation came early, but she continued her education and upon her mother’s death when Sister Mary Carolyne was 21, she stayed with her family and helped raise her siblings. She entered Carmel when she was 27 years old. Visiting and taking part in the jubilee liturgy from her order’s home diocese in Oklahoma were the Very Rev. Ralph Reyes, OCD, along with Father John Hennessy, chaplain for the Arlington Carmel and Father John Magdalene Suenram, OCD, of San Antonio.

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