Sister Rita Adams, formerly Sister Ann Christopher, entered religious life from the Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament parish in Altoona, Pa. She credits her parents for giving her a strong foundation for her religious development. Attending a Catholic grade school and high school and being taught by Sisters (Sisters of Charity in grade school and Divine Providence in high school) offered continuing support in her decision to become a Sister.
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Sister Barbara Horenkamp, formerly Sister Mary Louis, entered religious life in 1963. She credits the Sisters of Divine Providence who taught her in grade school with influencing her decision to become a Sister.
Sister Marilyn McMillin, formerly Sister Jacqueline, entered religious life from St. Sylvester Parish in Brentwood, Pa. Her vocation was influenced by several women religious. Sister Immaculate Strauss, a Sister of Divine Providence, was her piano teacher for many years. She exemplified everything Sister Marilyn admired in someone who served God. Another influence, Sister Raphael Gallagher, CSA, a cousin, would visit from Ohio and is remembered as “delightful and full of life.” To Sister Marilyn, both women possessed a spirit that could not be contained.
Sister Sharon Nolte, formerly Sister Perpetua, was born in 1947 in Golden Eagle, Ill., and entered the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963. She professed her final vows in 1971, and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Harris Stowe Teacher’s College and a master’s degree in education in 1982 from Dayton University.
Sister Francesca entered religious life from St. Frances Xavier Cabrini parish in North Scitvate, Ma. She credits the grace of God and the influence of some of her grade school teachers, the Sisters of Notre Dame, with inspiring her vocation to religious life. She graduated from Leland Powers School of Theatre and Radio and worked as a radio announcer for the MidSouth Network. She later worked as a secretary for a Massachusetts State Judge for nine years.
Sister Lisa, formerly Sister Margaret Mary, entered the Community from Blessed Sacrament Church in Natrona Heights, Pa. She describes her family as one that was fiercely faithful to gospel values for many generations, with grandparents, parents, and more, who incarnated these values and were models to follow. “My parents and siblings generated religious values in our family that permeated our home with the Divine Presence. My Grandmother Paffrath and Aunt Elizabeth, for whom I took my religious name, spent time with me, talked to me, listened to me, and taught me.
Sister Judith, formerly Sister George Ann, entered religious life from Our Lady Help of Christians parish in Pittsburgh, PA. She credits her parents, who gave her a love for religion, and the Sisters who taught her in grade school and high school, who inspired her by the simplicity of their lives, as influencing her decision to enter religious life. Sister Judith earned a bachelor’s degree from La Roche College and a master of science in education from Duquesne University. She began her ministry in education, which included St. Alphonsus in Springdale, PA (1966–70; principal 1977-81), St.
Sister Janet Schaffran, formerly Sister Helen Anthony, entered religious life from St. Theresa’s parish in Parma, Oh. She credits the Sisters who taught her in grade school with influencing her decision to enter religious life, as they were happy, committed women who knew how to bring out the best in her. She is inspired by the Community’s co-founders, Mother Marie de la Roche and Bishop Wilhelm Emmanuel von Ketteler.
Sister Stephanie Turck, formerly Sister Martha, was born in 1947 in Granite City, Ill., and entered the Sisters of Divine Providence in 1963. She professed her final vows in 1971, and earned a bachelor of art in English in 1975 and a master’s degree in communication disorders in 1981 from Fontbonne College. She also earned a master’s degree in health administration in 1997 and a master’s degree in health care ethics in 2000 from Saint Louis University.
Sister Margaret, formerly Sister Marie Consolata, entered the Community from Most Blessed Sacrament parish in Natrona Heights, Pa. She was raised in a home that reverenced the Catholic faith, and the example of her family, especially her mother, inspired her vocation. She attended Catholic schools and was impressed by the kindnesses and service of the Sisters. She remembers always wanting to be a teacher and helping others to learn about themselves and the world.