HONORING OUR 2019 JUBILARIANS
CELEBRATING 50 YEARS
Sister Patricia Stringer, OP, graduated from Caldwell University. She holds a master’s degree in mathematics and industrial education from Ball State University, Muncie, IN, and a master’s in telecommunications from Barry University, Miami Shores, FL. Always enthusiastic, she serves as promoter of Dominican life for the congregation. Previously Sister Patricia served on the congregational leadership team and as vocation director. For eleven years as principal of Fey Alegria Espiritu Santo School, El Cruce de Arroyo Hondo, Dominican Republic, Sister Pat brought her creative skills and cheerful missionary spirit to that local community. She served in many capacities at Caldwell University: assistant dean of student life, mathematics instructor, and manager of the television studio. In the Diocese of Trenton she directed the Office of Hispanic Concerns and in the Diocese of Puyo, Puyo, Ecuador, Sister ministered as the director of communications. In addition she has taught at a number of schools in New Jersey, St. Francis de Sales, Abaco, Bahamas, and the Working Boys Center, Quito, Ecuador.
CELEBRATING 60 YEARS
Sister Arlene Antczak, OP, graduated from Caldwell University and earned a master’s degree in counseling from the University of Dayton, Dayton, OH. Tender to human needs, today Sister preaches the Gospel in a variety of areas including spiritual direction, facilitation, workshops and consultation. Sister Arlene ministered in many ways for the Sisters of St. Dominic serving as postulant director, vocation director, councilor for personal development, and from 2005-2015 as prioress. Sister Arlene, who knows the wisdom of deep listening, served in various other capacities in New Jersey. She taught at St. Dominic Academy, Jersey City, and was also director of guidance. While there, she graciously left her guidance ministry, which she truly loved, to answer the call to serve as interim principal. Later she served in the position of student assistance and family counselor. In addition, she ministered as principal of Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair. Sister also taught at Mount St. Dominic Grade School; the lower school of Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair, and St. Joseph School, Union City.
Sister Anne Halpin, OP, graduated from Caldwell University, and received a master’s degree in reading from Kean University, Union, NJ. With a generous heart and cheerful spirit, Sister currently works with the RCIA and the homeless and neighborhood ministry in the parish of St. Anastasia, St. Augustine, FL, and is coordinator for the Wildflower Clinic. Also in St. Augustine, she taught at the parish school of the Cathedral. All of her other ministries were in New Jersey. At Sacred Heart School, Dover, she was principal and at St. Virgil School, Morris Plains, she served as vice-principal. She also taught at the following schools: Our Lady of the Lake, Verona; Marylawn of the Oranges, South Orange; Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair; St. Michael, Union; St. Peter the Apostle, Parsippany; and Aquinas Academy, Livingston. Wherever she has ministered, Sister Anne has planted seeds for many good deeds in the community.
Sister Patricia Hogan, OP, graduated from Caldwell University and earned her master’s in elementary administration and supervision from Villanova University, Villanova, PA. Sister Patricia has used her gift of ministry in New Jersey, primarily at Our Lady Help of Christians, East Orange, where she has lovingly served as principal for the last 40 years. This unique Catholic school is home to multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-religious immigrants and refugees from Africa, Haiti, the islands, and lately from the Mid-East. Sister Pat’s dedicated ministry takes her far beyond the classroom and office into homes and neighborhoods, where her kindness is a light and support to others. Earlier in her ministry Sister Pat’s creative leadership was also widely recognized when she taught and served as principal of St. Ann School, Newark, and St. Aedan School, Jersey City.
Sister Michael Maurice Leahy, OP, graduated from Caldwell University, and earned her master’s degree in special education from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. Currently, Sister serves the Sisters of St. Dominic as director of transportation. She is also a willing, faithful driver, especially in emergencies. Informally she preaches the beauty of God through her artistic creations at every community celebration or meeting. At Caldwell University, Sister ministered in various ways as senior academic advisor, assistant registrar, director of continuing education, dean of students, and education department instructor. Sister was principal and teacher in many schools in New Jersey. She served as principal of St. Catharine, Spring Lake; St. Aedan, Jersey City; Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair; St. Ann, Newark; and St. Boniface, Jersey City. Likewise, she taught at Aquinas Academy, Livingston; Our Lady of the Lake, Verona; and St. Elizabeth, Linden.
Sister Eleanor Uhl, OP, graduated from Caldwell University, and earned her master’s in education and reading from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. With exuberance and a joyful spirit, Sister Eleanor radiates that energy wherever she ministers. Presently Sister is director of peace education at Our Lady Help of Christians School, East Orange, NJ, and also serves as pastoral care minister at St. Aloysius Parish, Caldwell, NJ. Previously she brought loving care to the residents as she ministered as a nurse’s aide at St. Catherine of Siena Healthcare Center, Caldwell. In New Jersey, Sister Eleanor taught at St. Joseph School, Jersey City and St. Mary School, Rahway; served on the administrative team for Resurrection parish, Jersey City; was principal at St. Mary School, Jersey City; and taught and was principal at St. Ann School, Newark. Out of state, Sister Eleanor taught at St. Catherine, Mobile, AL, and ministered as both principal and teacher at St. Francis de Sales, Abaco, Bahamas. Her missionary spirit continues as she serves on the Dominican Haitian Mission Team and has ministered in Haiti during summer months.
CELEBRATING 65 YEARS
Sister deMontfort Kinchellagh, OP, graduated from Caldwell University, and holds a master’s in administration and supervision from Seton Hall University. For many years Sister deMontfort has been very much involved in First Friends, which offers compassion and advocacy for those held in detention centers. Previously she served as chairperson and justice promoter of the congregation’s Commission of Global Issues. Elected to the congregational leadership team, Sister deMontfort served as councilor for ministry. Although a native of Utica, New York, her various ministries kept her in New Jersey. At Mount Saint Dominic Academy, she was director of alumnae and public relations. At the lower school of Lacordaire Academy, she both taught and was principal, while at the upper school she had a variety of roles: dean of students, recruitment, and alumnae relations. For the Archdiocese of Newark, Sister was assistant superintendent for Hudson County schools. She also served as principal of St. Philip the Apostle in Clifton and taught at the following schools: St. Mary, Rutherford; St. Brigid, North Bergen; and St. Mary, Rahway. In all ways she has lived a life of service and compassion combined with her quick Irish wit.
Sister Danelle McCarthy, OP, graduated from Caldwell University, and received a master’s degree in American history from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, and a second master’s in pastoral ministry from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. Always ready to answer a call, Sister Danelle, in her retired years, was graciously willing to serve in two areas: first, as coordinator for St. Catherine of Siena Convent for two years, and, second, to be the justice promoter for the Sisters of St. Dominic of Caldwell. Strongly committed to the ministry of Catholic education, Sister Danelle ministered at St. Dominic Academy, Jersey City, NJ. Here she brought her administrative expertise to the secondary level as registrar, teacher, and assistant development director. Sister served as principal at St. Francis de Sales School, Marsh Harbor, Abaco; and at three grade schools in New Jersey: St. Aedan, Jersey City; St. John the Baptist, Jersey City; and St. Raphael, Livingston. In addition, Sister taught at St. Catherine School, Mobile, AL; Blessed Sacrament School, Bridgeport, CT, and in four New Jersey grade schools: Holy Spirit, Asbury Park; Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair; St. Mary, Wharton; and Christ the King, Hillside.
Sister Mary McGuinness, OP, graduated from Caldwell University and earned a master’s degree in library science from Villanova University, Villanova, PA, and a second master’s in theology from St. John’s University, Collegeville, MN. Using her gift of love for the scriptures of the Bible and the scriptures of Earth, she spent many years ministering at RENEW International, Plainfield, NJ. There Sister Mary worked with the development of small Christian communities and served as presenter, editor, and coordinator of publications. In the Archdiocese of Newark, she was coordinator of the Department of Shared Responsibility and simultaneously served as staff member to the Archdiocesan Pastoral Council. Sister ministered as pastoral associate for adult education and ministry to those who were sick at St. Philomena Parish, Livingston, NJ. For the congregation she was involved in patient care at St. Catherine of Siena Healthcare Center and served as director of scholastics. She served at Mount Saint Dominic Academy as chairperson of the Religious Studies Department and religious studies teacher and at Caldwell University was instructor in library science; At Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair, NJ, she ministered as teacher and librarian. Sister also taught at St. Margaret, Bayou La Batre, AL, and many other grade schools in New Jersey.
Sister Margaret Mary Meyer, OP, graduated from Caldwell University, and received a master’s degree in religion education from Fordham University, Bronx, NY. She was administrative assistant for the congregation and served as bookkeeper for Caldwell University. For most of her life, Sister Margaret Mary was very much involved in the religious education of both children and adults, always creatively involving parents in the religious education of their children. At St. Margaret, Bayou La Batre, AL, Sister ministered as pastoral associate for catechetics. She was a consultant in catechetics for the Office of Religious Education in the Diocese of San Diego, San Diego, CA. Sister served as director of religious education at the following parishes: Our Lady of Nazareth Roanoke, VA; St. Barnabas, North Haven, CT; St. Jane Frances de Chantal, North Hollywood, CA. St. Joseph, East Rutherford, NJ and as religion coordinator assistant at St. Philomena Parish, Livingston, NJ. Her teaching experiences were at the following schools: St. Francis de Sales, Marsh Harbor, Abaco; St. Virgil, Morris Plains, NJ; and Sacred Heart School, Lyndhurst, NJ.
Sister Gerarda Panek, OP, graduated from Caldwell University, and earned a master’s degree in art from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN. She currently serves as graphic artist for the Sisters of St. Dominic, Caldwell, NJ, for all community events and, in a particular way, for the Development Office. Steeped in the Dominican tradition, she clearly preaches through every aspect of her creative renditions and in her generosity to help others. Previously, Sister Gerarda ministered to the Sisters of St. Dominic as public relations and assistant communications director. Sister also served the Archdiocese of Newark, as graphic artist, working eleven years at Catholic Community Services. She was graphic designer for Caldwell University and Mount Saint Dominic Academy, both in Caldwell, NJ, and also taught at the Academy. In addition she also taught art at the following schools in New Jersey: St. Dominic Academy, Jersey City; Union Catholic High School, Scotch Plains; St. John the Apostle, Clark; and St. John the Baptist, Jersey City.
Sister Veritas Picardi, OP, graduated from Caldwell University, and received her master’s degree from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN and her Ph.D. in administration and supervision from Fordham University, Bronx, NY. For the congregation, she graciously served as councilor for fiscal planning and stewardship and also kept careful watch over our community funds when she was treasurer. For a number of years she cheerfully ministered as resident manager at Marian Manor, Caldwell, NJ. Sister Veritas was an excellent philosophy instructor at both Caldwell University and Essex County College, Newark, NJ. She ministered as principal at Blessed Sacrament-St. Mary School, Bridgeport, CT and at Our Lady of Sorrows School, Garfield, NJ and taught at the following New Jersey schools: St. Ann School, Newark; Link Community, Newark; Our Lady of Lourdes, Mountainside; Ascension, New Milford; and Our Lady of the Lake Verona. For a brief time Sister used her clerical skills at Genesis Farm, Blairstown, NJ.
Sister Patrice Werner, OP, graduated from Caldwell University and received her master’s degree in French from McGill University, Montreal, Canada, and her Ph.D. in French from New York University, New York, NY. Currently Sister Patrice serves as prioress for the Sisters of St. Dominic, Caldwell, leading the community with her expert leadership skills during a time of difficult decision making. She has also served on the congregation’s mission effectiveness committee and on the sponsorship committee. An experienced executive, Sister Patrice served as president of Caldwell University from 1994-2009. Previously, her administrative roles at Caldwell University included: academic dean; chair of the foreign languages department; French professor; and director of concurrent curriculum. In earlier years, she taught at Mount Saint Dominic Academy, Caldwell, NJ; St. Dominic Academy, Jersey City, NJ; St. Margaret School, Bayou La Batre, AL; St. Aloysius School, Caldwell, NJ; and St. John the Apostle School, Clark, NJ. She has a wonderful way with words, often preaching through story telling.
CELEBRATING 70 YEARS
Sister Christine Coakley, OP, graduated from Caldwell University and received her master’s degree in administration and supervision from Villanova University, Villanova, PA. In her retirement she is eager and available to reach out to those in need, exemplified by her volunteer work with the Visiting Nurses Association, Manasquan, NJ. New Jersey has been blessed for all of Sister Christine’s ministries took place in State. Sister Christine first began teaching at St. Michael School, Union, and later at St. Cassian School, Montclair, and St. Thomas the Apostle School, Bloomfield. A wonderfully gifted grade school teacher, Sister Christine became a wonderfully gifted school principal. She served in that capacity at St. Denis, Manasquan, St. Catherine of Siena, Cedar Grove, and St. Theresa, Paterson. Always there for others, Sister served as guidance counselor at Immaculate Conception High School, Montclair, and for the Essex County Educational Services, she volunteered as an ESL home school teacher. Recognized for her excellent educational skills, she was also assistant superintendent in the Archdiocese of Newark School Office.
Sister Mary John Kearney, OP, graduated from Caldwell University, She received her master’s degree in elementary education and guidance from Catholic University, Washington, D.C., and a second master’s in curriculum and instruction from Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, NY. Among the first to volunteer for new endeavors and projects, Sister Mary John serves as chair of the congregation’s Commission on Global Issues and is a driving force in the commission’s many studies and accomplishments. A gifted teacher and leader, Sister used those skills at Caldwell University, where she served in a variety of ways: as supervisor for the Education Division; chair of the Education Department, professor emerita, associate professor, director of field experience and certification officer. She also ministered in a number of New Jersey schools: as principal of Aquinas Academy Livingston; as principal and teacher at Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair; and as principal and teacher at St. Cassian, Montclair. Her teaching and education career started when she first taught at St. Mary, Rutherford.
Sister Bettyanne Schultz, OP, earned a bachelor’s degree from Caldwell University and a master’s in American history with a political science minor from Marquette University, Milwaukee, WI. Sister Bettyanne was a master teacher of history for many years and then became principal in the school she loved, Saint Dominic Academy, Jersey City, NJ. In addition, she taught at the following schools in New Jersey: Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair; St. John the Baptist, Jersey City; St. Philip the Apostle, Clifton; St. Mary, Wharton; St. Virgil, Morris Plains; and St. Mary, Rutherford. She served as principal at St. Brigid, North Bergen, NJ. While at St. Catherine, Mobile, AL, Sister Bettyanne graciously ministered as both principal and teacher. In her retirement, she remains a prayerful woman of God, interested, active, and involved in community matters and current events. Her generous spirit permeates everything she is involved in.
CELEBRATING 75 YEARS
Sister Elizabeth Francis Brisson, OP, received a bachelor’s degree in English with an education minor from Caldwell University. Today in retirement, she is a lector at St. Catherine of Siena Convent and Healthcare Center and is very helpful to those in need. Amazingly, she still moves and acts with the enthusiasm of youth. Previously, she cheerfully proclaimed the Word of God at Siena Village, a senior citizen housing project located in Wayne, NJ, where she served as social service director and was dearly loved by the residents. Her previous ministries were involved in teaching and administration in grade schools also located in New Jersey. At St. John the Baptist, Jersey City, Sister Elizabeth Francis both taught and served as vice principal. She was principal at St. Mary, Rutherford and Our Lady of Peace, New Providence. In addition she taught at the following schools: St. Elizabeth, Linden; Holy Spirit, Asbury Park; St. Paul, Irvington; St. Venantius, Orange; and St. Michael, Union.
Sister Bernadette Michael Makely, OP, earned her bachelor’s degree from Caldwell University, where she majored in social studies with a minor in education. She served her entire ministry in New Jersey with dedication and love. Sister was a successful grade school teacher at the following schools: St. Joseph, Toms River; St. Denis, Manasquan; Sts. Peter and Paul, Hoboken; Our Lady of Peace, New Providence; St. Aloysius, Caldwell; St. Joseph, Union City; St. Therese, Paterson; Sacred Heart, Dover; St. Elizabeth; St. Brigid, North Bergen. She continued to reach out and teach God’s people as librarian at two high schools: St. Mary, Rutherford and Union Catholic, Scotch Plains, and as principal at Our Lady of the Lake, Verona. Today Sister Bernadette Michael ministers to all through her gentleness of spirit and prayerful presence.
CELEBRATING 80 YEARS
Sister Margaret Virginia Blum, OP, graduated from Caldwell University and holds a master’s degree in American history from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ. She devoted her work for God and the congregation in a variety of ways in New Jersey. Most recently at Mount Saint Dominic Academy, Caldwell, Sister served as grants director, treasurer, and maintenance director. At Caldwell University she served as director of corporate relations and special gifts, and as grants director; and at St. Dominic Academy, Jersey City, as development assistant. Sister Margaret Virginia loved history and was a tremendous teacher of social studies. She taught at two high schools: St. Mary, Rutherford, and Union Catholic, Scotch Plains, where she also served as chair of the history department. In addition she taught at the following grade schools: St. John the Apostle, Clark; St. Therese, Paterson; St. Aedan, Jersey City. During her many years of ministry, she also graciously served as local bursar in some of our convents.
Sister Mary Amelia Cetera, OP, graduated from Caldwell University, and earned a master’s degree from Seton Hall University, South Orange, NJ, in curriculum and teaching with elementary education. She did additional years of study in teacher education at Columbia University, Teachers College, New York, NY. Today in her retirement, Sister Amelia exhibits a serenity of spirit. Wherever she has lived and ministered she has done so with dignity and grace. Sister is revered as professor emerita of education at Caldwell University, where she spent many years as professor and adjunct professor. She served as the education department chair, residence hall dean, coordinating supervisor of schools, continuing education department assistant, and was involved in placement services. Previously, Sister ministered in the following schools in New Jersey: as principal at Our Lady of Lourdes, Mountainside; as director of Mount Saint Dominic Grade School, Caldwell; and as teacher in St. John the Baptist, Jersey City. She also taught at Blessed Sacrament, Bridgeport, CT. Sister Amelia has lived her life devoted to Dominican traditions and leaves a beautiful legacy of love and service.
Sister Gerardine Mueller, OP, graduated from Caldwell University, and holds two master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN, the first in art and the second in fine arts. Recently, she also received an honorary doctorate from Caldwell University. Today Sister Gerardine is studio artist in residence for the Sisters of St. Dominic where she still creates one of a kind works of art. She also served as director of postulants and affiliates for the congregation. She was professor of art and chaired the art department at Caldwell University for many years where she had great impact on the students and maintained close relationships with them. She holds the title of professor emerita and continues to be active at university affairs. For Sister Gerardine, art has always a part of her life and her preaching. Her intensive career as an artist, especially her contemplative works have inspired people and brought them closer to God. She is dearly loved and has received great praise for her masterpieces in sculpture, stained glass windows, lettering and illumination. Previously Sister Gerardine taught at St. Dominic Academy, Jersey City; St. John the Baptist, Jersey City; and Lacordaire Academy, Upper Montclair, all in New Jersey.