HONORING OUR 2020 JUBILARIANS

 

Milestones 2020*

75 Years

Sister Carmel Livolsi, OP, a graduate of Caldwell University, received her master’s in religious studies from Providence College, Providence, RI. Currently, Sister resides at Saint Catherine Healthcare Center and is known as a very prayerful and joyful preacher of God’s Word. She lives with a grateful and happy heart, always ending her conversation with the words “I’ve had a good life, thank God.” For many years Sister Carmel served the Archdiocese of Newark as missions coordinator for the Propagation of the Faith and also as associate director of vocations. Sister Carmel also worked in campus ministry at Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. Her mission discipleship brought her to teach at Saint Paul, Irvington; Saint Aedan, Jersey City; Saint Philomena, Livingston; Saint Catherine, Elizabeth; as well as other assignments in New Jersey.

 

 

Sister Ines Marie Bonaventura, OP, earned her first degree from Caldwell University and her master’s in administration in religious education from LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA. A kind and amiable person, Sister served in two parishes as pastoral associate: Holy Rosary, Edgewater, and Saint Mary, Rutherford. At St. Mary High School, Rutherford, she ministered as a teacher as well as vice principal. She also taught at Saint Brigid, North Bergen, and Sacred Heart, Dover; and was principal at Saint Catherine of Siena, Cedar Grove. Her beautiful singing voice and her love of music called her to work with the school choir. Currently, she resides at Saint Catherine Healthcare Center, Caldwell, and enjoys reading and music. Her joyful  spirit and lovely voice have graced many lives.

 

 

Sister Elizabeth Michael Boyle, OP, a graduate of Caldwell University received her master’s in English from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, and her doctorate of philosophy and literature from Drew University, Madison, NJ. For more than half her lifetime, Sister was an English professor at Caldwell University where her brilliant teaching inspired generations of learners. A published author and poet, Sister Elizabeth Michael today shares her unique poetry with the Tower Poets, a group of women and men who meet monthly to share and critique each other‘s creations. She has served on the leadership team for the community and acted as communications director. Her other teaching assignments brought her to Union Catholic High School, Scotch Plains; St. John the Evangelist, Jersey City; St. Mary High School, Rutherford; and Saint Michael, Union. In her earlier years, she wrote and directed plays for elementary school children, delighting audiences every time. Sister Elizabeth Michael has also been a very active member of the Dominican Institute for the Arts and has been honored with the Fra Angelico award for one of her books of poetry.

 

 

70 Years

Sister Rita Calabrese, OP, earned her first degree from Caldwell University and her master’s in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, Indiana. Her astute business and financial skills brought her to many places. Her last assignment was volunteering at Saint Dominic Academy, Jersey City. She served as financial consultant and business manager at Saint Joseph School for the Blind in Jersey City. She was treasurer of the New Community Corporation in Newark and worked in the Archdiocesan Schools Office as assistant superintendent of secondary school for finance. Previously, she served as a business officer and assistant to the treasurer at Caldwell University and served as treasurer at Mount Saint Dominic Academy, Caldwell. No one knows how many pencils she has worn out in her lifetime working with finances or how many board members learned from her to interpret financial reports. In her early years as a Dominican, Sister Rita taught at Saint Mary School in Rutherford. A faithful visitor of those who are sick, she always brings her smile and her willingness to help in anyway needed.

 

 

65 Years

Sister Joan SpIngler, OP, received her first degree from Caldwell University and her master’s in administration from Fairfield University, Fairfield, CT. She ministered with a loving heart in the areas of social service at Cusack Care Center, Jersey City; Villa Marie Claire, Saddle River; Siena Village, Wayne; and Saint Catherine Healthcare Center, Caldwell. At Saint Joseph Home, Jersey City, she was resident supervisor and at New Community Corporation, Newark, purchasing agent and social services. She taught at a number of schools including Saint Dominic Academy, Jersey City, where she also served as director of students and was vice principal. In addition she served as a teacher in the following schools: St. John the Apostle, Clark;  Saint Theresa, Kenilworth; Saint Catharine, Elizabeth; Nativity, Midland Park; and Saint Mary, Rutherford. In addition, she used her administrative skills as principal at both Saint Brigid, North Bergen and Christ the King, Hillside.

 

 

Sister Elise Redmerski, OP, received her bachelor’s degree from Caldwell University and her master’s in religious studies from Villanova University, PA. She is a brilliant pastoral associate at Our Lady of Sorrows, Jersey City, a culturally diverse inner city parish, where it is her joy and privilege to serve. Sister Elise is a gifted preacher proclaiming the good news online and in the parish. Previously, she ministered as councilor on the leadership team for the Congregation. Her other ministries include principal at her alma mater, St. John the Baptist, Jersey City, and teacher at Saint Mary, Rutherford; Saint Ann, Newark; Saint Mary, Rahway; Our Lady of the Lake, Verona; and many other assignments. An inspirational   liturgist, Sister Elise has generously shared her exceptional gifts with the parish, the community, and beyond. Her fragile health never impedes the time spent on administration, liturgical planning, and integrating prayer services to the moment at hand.

 

 

Sister Ann O’Rourke, OP, graduated from Saint Peter‘s University, Jersey City, and received her master’s in theology from Providence College, Providence, RI. She received a second master’s in social work and counseling from Fordham University, Bronx, NY. Sister Ann was a counselor at Mount Saint Dominic Academy, Caldwell, and was a social worker at Our Lady of Sorrows parish in Jersey City. She served as pastor associate at Saint Elizabeth, Linden, and at Saint Mary, Rahway, where she also was director of religious education. At Saint Theresa, Kenilworth, she was coordinator of religious education as well as a  teacher there. She also taught at Saint Joseph, West Orange; Mount Saint Dominic Grade School, Caldwell; Saint Elizabeth, Linden; Saint Philomena, Livingston; as well as other assignments in Connecticut. Sister Ann’s dedicated care of her sister over the years often overflowed to other residents of Marian Manor.

 

 

Sister Thomas Marie, OP, received her first degree from Caldwell University and her master’s in religious studies from Providence College, Providence, RI. Sister currently ministers as pastoral associate at Saint Cecilia Parish, Englewood, where she is beloved by parishioners for her fidelity, dedication, and prayerfulness. She served as administrative assistant in both Saint Mary School, Dumont, and at the Hope Pregnancy Resource Center in Paramus. At Caldwell University she brought business skills to the office of the treasurer. Her expert teaching brought her to Saint Cecelia High School, Englewood; Mount Saint Dominic Academy, Caldwell; Saint Dominic Academy, Jersey City; and Saint Aloysius, Caldwell. Sister is a sports enthusiast and, unknown to many, she is an avid runner and has participated in many marathons.

 

 

Sister Barbara Moore, OP, a graduate of Caldwell University, received a master’s in library science from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC, and a master’s in pastoral ministry from Aquinas Institute, St. Louis, MO. She also holds a doctor of ministry from Drew University, Madison, NJ. She was a professor of theology at Caldwell University and held the position of acting dean of students as well as coordinator for graduate pastoral ministry. Previously, she served as chaplain at Rutgers University, Newark, and as principal at Mount Saint Dominic Academy Caldwell and at Saint Aedan School, Jersey City. Among her other assignments were librarian and teacher at St. Mary High School, Rutherford and teacher at Saint Mary, Rahway; Blessed Sacrament, Roseland; and other assignments in New Jersey. A very creative photographer and dabbler in watercolors, Sister Barbara has graciously offered her works to be displayed at Sacred Heart Convent, as well as at Saint Catherine of Siena Healthcare Center.

 

 

Sister Mary Immaculate, OP, a graduate of Caldwell University, received her master’s in music from Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. For many years, Sister’s joy was in teaching music to the little ones at Small Blessings School, Lyndhurst. She was also a teacher at Sacred Heart, Lyndhurst. For the Congregation, Sister Mary Immaculate served as director of novices and also did patient care at Saint Catherine Healthcare Center. She often directed the music at congregational celebrations. And at her alma mater, Caldwell University, she was an instructor in music. Additionally, she taught at the following schools: Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair; Saint Dominic Academy, Jersey City; Union Catholic High School, Scotch Plains; Saint Aloysius, Caldwell; and at St. John the Apostle, Clark. Wherever Sister Mary Immaculate was assigned or lived or went, she brought her joyful spirit, willing heart, and smiling face.

 

 

Sister Mary Ann Brezina, OP, received her bachelor’s degree from Caldwell University. She earned two masters, one in science from Montclair State University, Montclair, and the second in botany from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, NB. Her many talents brought her to a variety of positions and places. At Saint Dominic Academy, Jersey City she served as plant manager as well as teacher. At Saint Catherine Healthcare Center, Caldwell, she served as administrative assistant. At her alma mater, Caldwell University, Sister Mary Ann was director of food services and also an instructor. At Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Newark, she was an urban garden teacher. Her other teaching experiences brought her to Mount Saint Dominic Academy Caldwell; Union Catholic High School, Scotch Plains; Saint Peter and Paul, Hoboken; and many other assignments. Traveling with family has always been a delight for Sister Mary Ann. A lover of trees and plants, Sister Mary Ann is a member of the Arbor Day Foundation and is currently a gardener at Sacred Heart Convent, Caldwell, and a healer of house plants.

 

 

Sister Carol Van Billiard, OP, received her bachelor’s degree from Caldwell University and her master’s in French from Assumption University, Worcester, Massachusetts. In her earlier years, Sister taught first grade at three different grade schools and then French at her alma mater, Saint Dominic Academy. Since 1988, she has served as director of volunteers at Hudson Hospice, Jersey City, where she recruits, trains, and supervises volunteers who visit terminally ill patients throughout Hudson County. An excellent writer and preacher, she enjoys being part of Our Lady of Sorrows church family. For many years she also served as co-coordinator of our associates and later as sister advisor. Other teaching assignments brought her to Mount Saint Dominic Academy, Caldwell; Saint Catherine, Elizabeth; Our Lady of the Lake, Verona; and Saint Mary, Rahway. Sister Carol’s loving heart is open to all people and all creation, especially, dogs and cats.

 

 

60 Years

Sister Catherine Waters, OP, graduated from Caldwell University, received a master’s and a doctorate of philosophy in counseling education from Fordham University, Bronx, NY. A true community woman, Sister Catherine has graciously served as a wellness coordinator for Saint Catherine Healthcare Center for the last two years. At Caldwell University, she brought her counseling skills as she served as director of counseling services and also taught graduate programs in counseling psychology. At St. Vincent Academy, Newark, she was consulting psychologist and at Seton Hall University, South Orange, she served as director of counseling services. Sister Catherine taught at the followIng schools: Saint John the Evangelist, Jersey City; Nativity, Midland Park; and Union Catholic High School, Scotch Plains, where she also was a counselor. Sister is a longtime and active member of the Universe and Creation committee. She also traveled to Iraq to offer support and to learn from our Dominican sisters there. She brings her kindness, generosity, and quick wit to every situation.

 

 

Sister Ann Marie Rimmer, OP, a graduate of Caldwell University, received a master’s in systemic theology from Immaculate Conception Seminary, South Orange. For the Congregation, she was councilor, then major superior. For 13 years, Sister Ann Marie was an innovative program director at Stella Maris Retreat Center in Long Branch, NJ. A pastoral minister at Saint Philomena , she also taught in the parish school. She was both principal and financial director at Link School, Newark. In addition, she brought her creative teaching skills to the following schools: Mount Saint Dominic Academy, Caldwell;  Saint Mary, Rutherford; Holy Spirit, Union; Saints Peter and Paul, Hoboken; as well as other assignments. Expanding her vision of a worldwide church, in 1989, Sister traveled to Ngara, Tanzania, ministering to Rwandan refugees. This led to working for the main headquarters of the Jesuit refugee team in Rome. With a team of women religious, she also visited Iraq and the Czech Republic to support the emerging underground Church. An avid reader and spiritual seeker, Sister Ann Marie also offers spiritual direction and leads workshops at our Lumen Center.

 

 

Sister Mary Patricia Reid, OP, earned a bachelor’s degree from Caldwell University and a master’s in art- ceramics from Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, MI. Her life has been made visible on an artist’s canvas, at a potter’s wheel, in a bustling classroom. She brought her creative energy to many schools in New Jersey including Aquinas Academy, Livingston; Marylawn of the Oranges, South Orange; Saint Mary, Rutherford; Saint Matthew, Ridgefield; Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair; Saint Theresa, Kenilworth; and to Genesis Farm. An active member of the Dominican Institute for the Arts, she has graciously served the board of directors and the gathering planning commissions. Her history of volunteer work includes New York City soup kitchens, summer camps in three different states, farm labor, catering, migrant ministry with Haitians and Mexicans in the Carolinas and most recently with those seeking asylum in Arizona. Sister Mary Pat is also an active member of the Universe and Creation committee and its study group.

 

 

Sister Elaine Keenan, OP, a graduate of Caldwell University, received a master’s degree in counselor of education from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. She currently serves as archivist for the Congregation, graciously preserving our life histories. She also gladly serves as the community formation representative to the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate and, previously, served as the assistant vocation director for the Congregation. Her various ministries brought her to Caldwell University where she served as vice president and dean of student life and to the Academy of Saint Elizabeth, Convent Station, as library/service program director. In Sacred Heart Parish, Jersey City, she ministered with a pastoral and caring heart as pastoral associate and served on the evangelization team. At Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair, Sister Elaine both taught and ministered as guidance counselor. Her dedicated teaching skills brought her to many other ministries including Saint Thomas More, Fairfield; Mount Saint Dominic Grade School, Caldwell; Saint Joseph, Union City; Saint Aloysius, Caldwell; and other assignments in New York.

 

 

Sister Marge Jaros, OP, earned a bachelor’s degree from Caldwell University and a master’s in elementary childhood education from Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, CT. For the past two years, Sister Marge was a wellness coordinator at Saint Catherine Healthcare Center, Caldwell. Previously, she had served as vocation director and counselor for the Congregation. For many years, she was director of social services at Marian Manor, Caldwell, a senior residents where she delighted the residents with parties and celebrations at every imaginable holiday. She also became known as the queen of field trips and never missed taking the residents to shows at the Papermill Playhouse in Millburn and on bus rides to various out-of-state destinations.  At Saint Philomena, Livingston, she was a pastoral associate and at Saint Ann, Newark, she worked in pastoral ministry and administration. She had a spent a number of years at the House of Prayer in Convent Station as a staff member. In her earlier years she taught at Saint Barnabas, Jersey City; Nativity, Midland Park; and St. John the Apostle, Clark. Sister Marge serves on the Universe and Creation committee and is also a member of its study group. Wherever she is in life, she brings kindness, love, and joy to all.

 

 

Sister Jeanne Goyette, OP, holds a bachelor’s degree from Caldwell University and a master’s in biological science from Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI. She currently serves as director of earth ministry for the Congregation as well as coordinator of the Universe and Creation Committee.  Sister Jeanne loves cooking and often offers her services as coordinator of barbecues and holiday celebrations at Sacred Heart Convent. Previously Sister Jeanne ministered as vocation director for the community and also did patient care at Saint Catherine of Siena Healthcare Center. She used her love for science by teaching at Mount Saint Dominic Academy, Caldwell; Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair; Christ the King, Hillside; Our Lady of the Lake, Verona; Saint Aloysius, Caldwell; and other assignments in New Jersey and Alabama. She used her spiritual gifts as a chaplain at Rutgers University, New Brunswick; as pastoral associate at Saint Aedan and Saint Mary, Jersey City. For several years, she was the director of the Wellspring Reflection Center in Newark. A lover of Earth, Sister Jeanne is the master gardener at Sacred Heart Convent and also serves on the town’s environmental committee.

 

 

Sister Mary Fallon, OP, graduated from Caldwell University; received a master’s in general professional education at Seton Hall University, South Orange; and a master’s in religion from Saint Michael’s College, Colchester, VT. In preparation for her last ministry, she retooled herself and studied Spanish in order to be able to serve the people at the Saint Joseph Social Service Center, Elizabeth. Previously, she taught religion, served as campus minister, and department chair at Saint Dominic Academy, Jersey City. She taught at Union Catholic High School, Scotch Plains; Our Lady of  Lourdes, Mountainside; Our Lady of the Lake, Verona; Saint Mary, Rutherford; and at Lacordaire, Upper Montclair, where she served as department chair and teacher. Sister Mary is a member of the Commission on Global Issues and chairs the committee on immigration. She has a caring heart, which reaches out to those living on the margins. She has traveled widely, is an avid reader, and a movie lover.

 

 

50 Years

Sister Frances Sullivan, OP, received her first degree in education from Caldwell University and earned a master’s in religious studies from LaSalle University, Philadelphia, PA. Interestingly, Sister Fran has spent thirty-seven years at Mount Saint Dominic Academy: 4 years as a student, 15 years as a teacher and director of student activities, and 22 years as head of school. Steadfast in her dedication and with the help of the board of trustees and donors, Sister Fran has moved Mount Saint Dominic forward in many areas including technology, transforming the gym into a beautiful theater, and building a new athletic center. Most importantly, perhaps, is the high standard of education she holds for students and teachers alike. For a time she was director of postulants and affiliates for the Congregation. At Saint Philomena in Livingston, she not only taught religion, but was religion coordinator, and also served as vice principal. In addition, Sister taught at Mount Saint Dominic Grade School in Caldwell and Saint Venantius in Orange. She continues the legacy of Mother Catherine Muth and graciously meets every challenge during these times of pandemic and change.

 

 

Sister Patricia Tully, OP, earned a bachelor of science from Caldwell University and received a master’s in early childhood education from Marywood University, Scranton, PA. She received a second master’s in administration and supervision from Saint Peter’s University in Jersey City. Sister Patricia’s nurturing spirit was evidenced in her work with the very young and in giving of her spare time to do patient care in Saint Catherine Healthcare Center. She currently teaches religious studies at Mount Saint Dominic Academy and serves as moderator of  Kind Hearts, a service  that reaches out to spread joy, for example, creating decorations for nursing homes and making sandwiches for soup kitchens. Sister Pat has also taught at Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair; Saint Matthew, Ridgefield; Saint Elizabeth, Linden; and Saint Aedan, Jersey City. In addition, she served as vice principal at Notre Dame Interparochial School in Ridgefield. Her creativity shines through in her various creations using needlepoint.

*States are only indicated when assignments are outside of New Jersey.

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