July 27, 2007

Four Benedictine sisters profess perpetual vows

Benedictine Sisters Pamela Kay Doyle, Anne Louise Frederick, Susan Marie Lindstrom and Marie Therese Racine made their perpetual monastic profession with the Sisters of St. Benedict during a June 17 ceremony at Our Lady of Grace Monastery Chapel in Beech Grove.

Their profession of perpetual vows is a promise of a life of stability in the monastery, fidelity to the monastic way of life and obedience according to the Rule of Benedict.

Several hundred family members, friends and community members were present for the celebration.

Benedictine Sister Pamela Kay Doyle graduated from Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon, Ind., then earned a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in elementary education at Indiana University Purdue University in Indianapolis.

She began her teaching career at St. Margaret School in Bayou La Batre, Ala., then taught at Weston Elementary School in Greenfield. She also taught and served as principal at the former All Saints School in Indianapolis.

Sister Pamela Kay serves as the ­principal at the 21st Century Charter School in Indianapolis.

Benedictine Sister Anne Louise Frederick was born in Royal Oak, Mich., and grew up in Columbus. She graduated from Columbus East High School then earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial engineering at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind.

She began her career at Cummins Engine Company in Columbus and later worked as a research assistant at Indiana University in Bloomington while earning a certification in high school mathematics and a master’s degree in secondary ­education.

For two years, she taught at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis.

Sister Anne Louise teaches at Roncalli High School in Indianapolis.

She has been recognized for excellence in teaching with an Indiana Academic All-Star Award, given by the Indiana Department of Education and The Indianapolis Star, and was also honored with recognition in Who’s Who Among ­American High School Teachers.

Benedictine Sister Susan Marie ­Lindstrom, a native of Brooklyn, N.Y., ­graduated from Archbishop Wood High School for Girls in Warminster, Pa. She earned a bachelor’s degree in religious studies at Our Lady of Angels College in Aston, Pa., and a master’s degree in ­pastoral ministry at the University of Dayton in Dayton, Ohio.

She taught at SS. Peter and Paul School in Easton, Md.; Mount St. Joseph Boys High School in Baltimore; Holy Rosary School, Holy Cross High School for Boys, Central Catholic Boys High School and Providence High School for Girls, all in San Antonio; and Chaminade-Julienne High School in Dayton, Ohio.

Sister Susan Marie teaches religion classes at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis.

She has won several writing awards for her prose and poetry from the Beech Grove Public Library. Her poetry has been published in the National Catholic Reporter and The Criterion.

Benedictine Sister Marie Therese Racine, a native of New Bedford, Mass., graduated from Bishop Stang High School in North Darthmouth, Mass., then earned a bachelor’s degree in special ­education with a minor in computer ­science at Fitchburg State College in Fitchburg, Mass., in 1983.

Before entering the monastery, she served as a software engineer for Honeywell Bull and Siemens Medical Systems in Danvers, Mass.

Sister Marie Therese recently completed requirements for her teacher’s ­certification in music education from the University of Indianapolis, where she earned the Mary Ann Dalton Music ­Education Award, Outstanding Future Teacher Award and was on the Academic Dean’s List.

Sister Marie Therese will begin a new ministry as a music teacher at St. Malachy School in Brownsburg in August. †


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