Sister Leona Ulewicz, formerly Sister Sara, entered religious life from St. Mary parish in Sharpsburg, Pa. She credits the Sisters of Divine Providence and Holy Ghost (Spiritans) who ministered at St. Mary with influencing her decision to become a Sister, as she admired their happiness and dedication to the Church.
For almost 65 years, she has served the Community in various and numerous ways. In the early part of her ministry, she was an educator, having taught in the Diocese of Pittsburgh at SS Peter & Paul in East Liberty, (1959-62), St. Basil in Carrick (1962-63), St. Sylvester in Brentwood (1963-67), St. Mary in McKees Rocks (1967-69), St. Bonaventure in Glenshaw (1979-80), St. Margaret in Greentree (1980-81), and St. Mary in Glenshaw (1991-93).
Sister Leona served as client coordinator for La Posada Providencia in San Benito, Tx. (1997-98), and as coordinator of Hispanic ministry at SS Peter & Paul Church in Warren, Mn. (1998-2000) and Sacred Heart Church in Crookston (2000-07). She was the director in the pastoral office of Christian Service for the Diocese of Crookston (2007-09). Since 2009, she has served as the assistant director at Providence Villa.
Describing herself as a self-starter, organized, and persevering, Sister Leona enjoys her present ministry, and says, “I welcome all our guests as I would Jesus.” In her spare time she listens to classical music, reads, and bakes.