Sister Antonia Cvetan, formerly Sister Brendan, entered religious life from St. Joseph parish in Braddock, Pa. She credits her fifth-grade teacher, Ligouri Burkhardt, CDP, with influencing her decision to become a Sister. She says, “Her religion classes held me spellbound.”
Sister Antonia earned bachelor’s degrees in language arts and elementary education from Duquesne University. She taught throughout the Diocese of Pittsburgh and Archdiocese of Detroit, Mi., including St. Mary in Beaver Falls (1942-44), St. Basil in Carrick (1944-45; 65-67), St. Mary in Ford City (1950-52), St. Mary in McKeesport (1952-53), St. Cecilia in Glassport (1953-55), St. Mary in McKees Rocks (1955-57; 68-69), St. John the Baptist in Monaca (1957-60; 67-68), Queen of Peace in Detroit (1960-61), St. Mary in Glenshaw (1961-62; 73-75), St. Joseph in Duquesne (1962-64), St. Bonaventure in Glenshaw (1964-65; 75-76), St. Norbert in Overbrook (1969-72), St. Martin in Pittsburgh’s West End (1972-73), St. Mary in Sharpsburg (1976-78; 87-89), and St. Sylvester in Brentwood (1979-81; 84-87).
She was certified in religious education in the Diocese of Pittsburgh in 1988. Sister Antonia is most proud that under her direction and guidance, a number of her students produced award-winning posters for Buhl Planetarium and National School Traffic Safety contests. In 2003, she retired from active ministry and is presently in prayer ministry at Providence Heights.