Sister Betty Sundry, formerly Sister Maliya, entered religious life from St. John the Baptist Church in Monaca, Pa. She was taught catechism by the Sisters of Divine Providence in Monaca, and from that experience, her vocation to religious life grew and fostered.
65 years in 2018
Sister Doris Kretzler entered religious life form St. Joseph (now Holy Family) parish in New Brighton, PA. She credits her mother with influencing her decision to become a Sister. "My dad died very early in my life, and my mother, who had a deep Irish faith, felt responsible for passing this faith on to her children. Keeping the Commandments, attending Sunday Mass, showing love for others, and being with family were top priorities."
Sister Marise Hrabosky entered religious life from Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary (now Holy Redeemer) parish in Ellwood City, PA. She credits her parents’ prayerfulness and faithfulness to God for influencing her decision to become a Sister. She says, “God was always a priority in our family living. My parents, Bill and Mary, taught that and lived it. ... I recall that my dad would get up early so that he could attend Mass before going to work, and my mom always relied on God in her daily living. ... For three years I attended Catholic School, educated by the Sisters of St.
Sister Rita Burns, formerly Sister Mary Timothy, entered religious life from St. Mary Help of Christians parish in Pittsburgh's McKees Rocks neighborhood. She credits her parents with influencing her decision to become a Sister, as they put God first. Through them, she experienced their lives of faith.
Sister Margaret Mertens, formerly Sister Mary, entered religious life in 1953 from St. Stanislaus parish in Wardsville, MO. She credits the Sisters who taught her in school—particularly Sister Mary William Haug, CDP and Sister Mary Ann Haug, CDP (her 7th and 8th grade teachers)—with influencing her decision to enter religious life.
Sister Sandra DeNardis, formerly Sister Mary Jonathan, entered religious life in 1953 from St. Walburga parish in Pittsburgh’s East End neighborhood. She cites her mother’s prayerfulness as one of the influences that led her to becoming a Sister. Her blood sister, Sister Roseann DeNardis, is also a Sister of Divine Providence, having entered the community several years before her.
Since 2016, Sister Myra has been the president of Sacred Heart School in Kingston, MA.
Sister Catherine Frost, formerly Sister Ann Joachim, entered religious life from St. Mary parish in Freeport, Pa. Her father was her greatest influence in deciding to become a Sister. She says, “He loved life and challenged me to find my way, love what I do, and look forward to new challenges—to be surprised at every turn.”