July 18, 2014

Ten Sisters of Providence celebrate golden jubilees

Criterion staff report

In 2014, 10 Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods are celebrating 50 years in the congregation.

In addition to other ministries, all 10 sisters ministered in the Archdiocese of Indianapolis at some time, giving more than 200 years of service within the Church in central and southern Indiana.
 

Sister Carole Ann Fedders (formerly Sister Joseph Marie), a native of New Albany, is currently a minister of care at Providence Health Care at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

She entered the congregation on Sept. 12, 1964, and professed perpetual vows on Oct. 29, 1972.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College in St. Mary-of-the-Woods with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education, and earned a master’s degree in education from Indiana University.

At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Motherhouse, Sister Carole Ann served as director of Christian development (1975-76), assistant to the director of pastoral care (1991-97), and coordinator of pastoral care (1997-2002).

She also taught elsewhere in Indiana, and ministered in Michigan and Missouri.
 

Sister Mary Beth Klingel (formerly Sister Mary Hope), a native of Jasper, Ind., is currently a member of the General Council for the Sisters of Providence at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

She entered the congregation on Sept. 12, 1964, and professed perpetual vows on Sept. 6, 1970.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education and earned a master’s degree in liturgical studies from the University of Notre Dame.

In the archdiocese, Sister Mary Beth taught at the former St. Margaret Mary School in Terre Haute (1968-80), and served as pastoral associate and parish life coordinator at St. Margaret Mary Parish in Terre Haute (1976-2005).

At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Motherhouse, she has served on the corporate renewal team (1972-76), with the Preparation for Formation Ministry and Congregation Service (2006-07), and as director of novices (2007-11).

She also taught elsewhere in Indiana.
 

Sister Constance Kramer (formerly Sister Marita), a native of Dayton, Ohio, currently ministers as an independent retreat/spiritual director/grief specialist in Indianapolis and as pastoral facilitator for Connected in the Spirit.

She entered the congregation on Sept. 12, 1964, and professed perpetual vows on Oct. 4, 1970.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics, earned a master’s degrees in mathematics from Indiana State University in Terre Haute, and received a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from Trinity College in Washington, D.C.

In the archdiocese, Sister Constance taught in Clarksville at Our Lady of Providence Jr./Sr. High School (1970-73).

In Indianapolis, she served in several roles at the former Ladywood-St. Agnes High School (1973-75); in clinical pastoral education and as pastoral minister at Indiana University Medical Center (1978-79); as director of religious education at St. Simon the Apostle Parish (1980-81); as director of religious education at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish (1981-83); as an independent group consultant/facilitator (1983-84); as pastoral associate at Holy Spirit Parish (1984-89); and as consultant and pastoral minister at the sisters’ convent at Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ Parish (1989-91).

In Terre Haute, she served as associate administrator, director of religious education and parish life coordinator at the former St. Ann Parish (1991-2012), and as administrator for dental services at the Sisters of Providence’s Wabash Valley Health Center (2012).

Sister Constance has also ministered elsewhere in Indiana and Illinois.
 

Sister Mary Mundy (formerly Sister Jolene), a native of Huntingburg, Ind., currently ministers as a pastoral associate at Holy Rosary Parish in the Evansville, Ind., Diocese.

She entered the congregation on Sept. 12, 1964, and professed perpetual vows on Oct. 7, 1973.

Sister Mary graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She earned master’s degrees in education from Indiana University and in pastoral studies from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Mo.

In the archdiocese, she served as a teacher at the former Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Village School (1968-69), the former All Saints School (1971-81) in Indianapolis and as provincial councilor at the St. Gabriel Province Center (1990-91).

At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, she served as director of novices (2000-07).

She also served elsewhere in Indiana.
 

Sister Rosemary Nudd (formerly Sister Elizabeth Mary), a native of Chicago, Ill., is associate professor of English at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

She entered the congregation on Sept. 12, 1964, and professed perpetual vows on Aug. 25, 1973.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in English and earned a master’s degree and doctorate in English from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn.

She was associate professor of English at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1981-96).
 

Sister Loretta Picucci, a native of Chicago, serves in Hispanic ministry at Providence in the Desert in Coachella, Calif.

She entered the congregation on Sept. 12, 1964, and professed perpetual vows on April 24, 1976.

She graduated from Loyola University with a bachelor’s degree in Latin.

In the archdiocese, she taught in Indianapolis at Holy Cross Central School (1977-1981), and served in New Albany as a cook at the Providence Retirement Home (1991-92).

She also taught at the former Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Village School (1967-68).

Sister Loretta has also ministered in Washington, D.C., Illinois, Mississippi and California.
 

Sister Barbara Reder (formerly Sister Alexa Marie), a native of Cincinnati, Ohio, currently ministers as a pastoral associate at St. Malachy Parish in Brownsburg.

She entered the congregation on Sept. 12, 1964, and professed perpetual vows on Dec. 27, 1975.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in home economics. She earned master’s degrees in public health from the University of California-Los Angeles and in pastoral ministry from Seattle University.

In the archdiocese, Sister Barbara served as pastoral associate at St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Indianapolis (2005-07).

She has also ministered in California and Washington.
 

Sister Joan Slobig (formerly Sister Denis Mary), a native of Homewood, Ill., currently ministers as a parish life coordinator at St. Mary-of-the-Woods Parish in St. Mary-of-the-Woods.

She entered the congregation on Sept. 12, 1964, and professed perpetual vows on May 3, 1975.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and earned a master’s degrees in English from Indiana State University and in theology at Washington Theological Union in Washington, D.C. She also earned a degree in clinical psychology from Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome.

In the archdiocese, Sister Joan served in Indianapolis as director of formation at St. Joan of Arc School (1986-90), and in Terre Haute as administrator of the St. Ann Clinic (2002-05).

At Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, she served as admissions councilor/coordinator and dean of admissions for Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1971-75); as director of novices and assistant professor of psychology at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1980-86); as director of formation for the Sisters of Providence in Indianapolis (1990-91); and as general councilor (1996-2001).

Sister Joan has also ministered in Illinois and Washington, D.C.
 

Sister Marsha Speth (formerly Sister Marcia Ann), a native of Vincennes, Ind., currently ministers as the director of postulants in the United States and as spiritual director at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Motherhouse.

She entered the congregation on Sept. 12, 1964 and professed perpetual vows on Nov. 9, 1974.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education and earned a master’s degree in religious education from Seattle University.

In the archdiocese, Sister Marsha taught in Indianapolis at St. Thomas Aquinas School (1972-77) and at Central Catholic School (1977-79); as provincial councilor and provincial of the former St. Gabriel Province Center (1986-91); and as assistant manager of the resource center for the Office of Catholic Education (1992).

She also served as pastoral associate for St. Agnes Parish in Nashville (1979-86), and taught at the former Saint Mary-of-the-Woods Village School (1969). Within the congregation, she served on its General Council (2001-06); and as vicar and general councilor (2006-11).

Sister Marsha has also ministered elsewhere in Indiana and Illinois.
 

Sister Ann Sullivan (formerly Sister John Margaret), a native of Galesburg, Ill., currently ministers as an assistant professor in psychology/theology at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College.

She entered the congregation on Sept. 12, 1964, and professed perpetual vows on Oct. 13, 1973.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education and earned a master’s degree in counseling and psychology from Illinois State University in Normal, Ill.

Sister Ann served as department chair in psychology at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1984-88). Within the congregation, she ministered as provincial councilor (1988-92) and as director of the White Violet Center for Eco-Justice (1995-2008).

Sister Ann has also ministered in Oklahoma and Illinois. †

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