HONORING OUR 2017 JUBILARIANS
CELEBRATING 75 YEARS
Sister Genevieve Marie Long, OP, served in education and pastoral care ministries. She spent twenty-seven years in the classrooms of St. Elizabeth, Linden; St. Catherine, Mobile, Alabama; St. Paul the Apostle, Irvington; St. Catherine, Cedar Grove; Holy Spirit, Union; St. John the Apostle, Clark; and St. Catherine, Spring Lake. Sister Genevieve also served as the Congregation’s Postulant Director and as a nurse’s aide at St. Catherine Healthcare Center in Caldwell. For a number of years, she was a pastoral associate at St. Vincent Hospital in Montclair, Beth Israel Hospital and Passaic General Hospital, both in Passaic. Most recently, Sister Genevieve volunteered as a receptionist at Marian Manor.
CELEBRATING 60 YEARS
Sister Lois Kikkert, OP, (Sister Anne Claire) spent twenty years teaching at the following schools: St. Boniface, Jersey City; Blessed Sacrament, Bridgeport, Connecticut; St. Ann, Newark; Mount Saint Dominic Academy, Caldwell; St. Margaret, Bayou LaBatre, Alabama. She then became a pastoral associate at St. Raphael Parish in Livingston. Sister Lois was an editor and author at the Archdiocese of Newark’s RENEW program before returning the pastoral ministry in West Virginia, New Jersey, and Illinois. Sister Lois is currently in pastoral care ministry at Siena Village in Wayne.
Sister Barbara C. Krug, OP, (Sister Mary Victorine) was a teacher at St. Elizabeth, Linden; St. Boniface and Saint Dominic Academy, Jersey City; St. Joseph, Union City; Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair; St. Mary, Rutherford before serving as Director of Religious Education at St. Cassian in Upper Montclair. She then joined the Admissions and Development departments at Caldwell University. From 1992 until her retirement in 2016, Sister Barbara was a professor of Theology and served as the Theology and Philosophy Department’s chair.
Sister Miriam Therese MacGillis, OP, taught for twelve years at St. Joseph in West Orange, St. Dominic Academy in Jersey City, and Lacordaire Academy in Upper Montclair. She then became Coordinator of Education for the Archdiocese of Newark’s Institute of Social Justice. Sister Miriam was also Coordinator of Educational Services for Global Education Associates and Art Editor for Whole Earth Papers. In 1980, in order to focus on the New Cosmology and Earth ethics, Sister Miriam co-founded Genesis Farm in Blairstown and has served as Staff Director for 36 years.
Sister Patricia Mahoney, OP, (Sister Mary William) taught at Ascension in New Milford and St. Mary in Rahway before becoming principal at St. Cassian in Upper Montclair. After a few years as a guidance counselor at Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell, Sister Pat was elected to the Caldwell Dominican Leadership Team as Councilor for Formation and then as Vicaress. She returned to the Leadership Team as Councilor for Personal Development after teaching in Marsh Harbour, Abaco, serving as pastoral associate at St. Aedan Parish in Jersey City, and as guidance counselor at St. Catherine in Spring Lake. Sister Pat served as youth/family counselor at St. Peter the Apostle in Parsippany and returned to Mount St. Dominic Academy as a guidance counselor. She currently serves as pastoral care minister at St. Catherine Health Care Center in Caldwell.
Sister Patricia O’Donnell, OP, (Sister Ann Manus) initially taught at the primary level at St. Paul in Irvington before working with middle schoolers at Mt. Carmel in Boonton, St. Joseph in West Orange, and St. Mary in Wharton. Sister Patricia then became the English Department chair at St. Dominic Academy in Jersey City. She also taught at Union Catholic in Scotch Plains and Our Lady of Peace in New Providence before becoming principal of St. Denis in Manasquan. After twenty-two years in education, Sister Patricia served as pastoral minister at Visitation Parish in Brick and then, for fifteen years, as the adult education coordinator at St. Catherine Parish in Spring Lake.
Sister Ann Monica Seemann, OP, began her ministry as a teacher at St. John in Clark before teaching in Mobile, AL, St. Mary in Wharton, Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell, and St. Agnes in Clark. After ten years in education, Sister Ann Monica became a nurse’s aide at St. Catherine’s Health Care Center before pursuing studies for her Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and Registered Nurse (RN) licenses. After serving at St. Catherine’s for thirteen years, she became a Registered Nurse and Homecare Coordinator at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck. Today, Sister Ann Monica continues her work in the Congregation’s Development Office.
Sister Anne Sullivan, OP, (Sister Anne Brendan) spent fifteen years teaching at St. Aloysius in Caldwell, Lacordaire Academy in Upper Montclair, and Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell before becoming a professor of Religion and Theology at Caldwell University. Sister Anne also taught for fourteen years at Seton Hall University in South Orange as a professor of Scripture and Theology. She then spent twelve years presenting on Sacred Scripture as part of the Adult Education Series offered by the Archdiocese of Newark and New York.
Sister Alice Uhl, OP, (Sister Daniel Marie) served as both teacher and principal at a number of schools, including St. Ann in Newark, St. Theresa in Kenilworth, and Project Link in Newark. Sister Alice also served the Congregation as a Councilor on the Leadership Team for four years, as Postulant and Novice Director, and then as Councilor and Vicaress again for another ten years. After ministering as Director of Religious Education at St. Catherine in Spring Lake, Sister Alice began her current ministry as pastoral associate at St. Aloysius in Caldwell.
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
Sister Donna L. Ciangio, OP, is the director of Church Leadership Consultation and works internationally and nationally in promoting parish vitality and pastoral direction, congregational and leadership development, faith formation, Small Christian Communities, consulting with parishes and dioceses, and in many other areas. She served as the International coordinator for Renew and the Director of Pastoral Services of the National Pastoral Life Center and as parish consultant for the Jesuit Conference USA. Sister Donna serves as the Director of Adult Faith Formation at St. Rose of Lima Church in Short Hills, New Jersey; an adjunct professor in Drew University’s Doctor of Ministry program; and a consultant for RCL Benziger Publishing Company.
Sister Patricia Tavis, OP, taught at St. Joseph in West Orange and St. Catherine in Elizabeth before joining the faculty of Lacordaire Academy in Upper Montclair. After serving as principal at Lacordaire, Sister Pat taught at St. Michael in Union. She then spent nineteen years as principal of Aquinas Academy in Livingston. After 38 years in education, during which time she also lectured in the Education Department at Caldwell University, Sister Pat became Director of Sponsored Institutions for the Congregation. Sister Pat is currently serving as a member of the Congregation’s Leadership Team.
CELEBRATING 40 YEARS
Sister Lena Picillo, OP, began her ministry as a teacher at Our Lady of the Lake in Verona. She then taught at Mount Saint Dominic Academy in Caldwell until she joined the faculty at St. Philomena, now Aquinas Academy, in Livingston. There, she served as a teacher, vice principal and principal before becoming principal of St. Catharine in Spring Lake. Sister Lena then became the Early Childhood director and vice principal at Trinity Academy in Roseland and Caldwell. Before serving as pastoral associate for social concerns at St. Aloysius Parish and as a guidance counselor at Trinity, Sister Lena was principal of St. Virgil in Morris Plains. She then was principal at St. Peter’s in Parsippany and at Aquinas Academy in Livingston for a second time. Currently, Sister Lena is working in campus ministry at Mount Saint Dominic Academy.
CELEBRATING 25 YEARS
Sister Uchenna Okereke, OP, began her ministry teaching at both St. Mary’s High School and St. Dominic Academy in Jersey City and at Benedictine Academy in Elizabeth. After attending medical school, she completed a residency program at St. Joseph Regional Medical Center in Paterson. Recently, Sister Uchenna began an Infectious Disease Fellowship at Rutgers New Jersey Medical School at University Hospital in Newark.