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50 years in 2017

Margaret Jankowiak, CDP

Sister Margie entered religious life from St. Basil in Carrick, Pennsylvania. She credits her parents and grandparents, who were deeply religious and always involved in church activities and events, as who influenced her decision to enter religious life. She says, "I had a maternal uncle who was a priest in Missouri and visited with us annually. Both sides of my family were close to several Felician Sisters and I grew up going to their motherhouse for festivals, jubilees and visiting the sisters that the family knew. When I went to school at St.

Patricia Baker, CDP

Sister Patricia Baker confirms with joy, “Imagine, I have consciously been lured by Providence since my youth! What a precious and unexpected journey! How wonderful to be able to really know that deep within!”  

Alexine Cockerham, CDP

Sister Alexine Cockerham is the oldest of six children of John and Kathleen. While attending grade school at St. Mary's in Beaver Falls, Pennsylvania, Sister Alexine remembers her first-grade teacher, Sister Mary Carol Aieling, telling the students that if they were good, they could become sisters or priests one day. She says, “I found the idea of being a Sister an appealing challenge. By the time I was in fifth grade, I wanted to enter the convent and first thought of joining the Maryknoll community. In sixth grade, I was going to be the first nun on the moon.”

Barbara McMullen, CDP

Sister Barbara McMullen entered religious life from St. Mary's parish in Madison, Illinois. She credits the Sisters of Divine Providence who taught her in grade school, especially Sr. Leona Zimmerman and Sr. Mary Ann Haug, for influencing her decision to enter religious life. Both these women demonstrated happiness, peace, a loving and caring spirit and a giving nature of service to others. Sister Barbara liked what she saw and wanted to give her life to God, as they did.

Michele Bisbey, CDP

Sister Michele entered religious life from St. Norbert parish in Overbrook, Pennsylvania. She credits the women who taught her in grade school through college for influencing her decision to enter religious life. She says, "They were dedicated, enthusiastic, passionate and happy."

Maura Anne Dunn, CDP

Sister Maura Anne entered religious life from St. Anselm parish. She credits life-saving, emergency surgery and a three-month period of recuperation as what most influenced her decision to enter religious life. She says, "An overwhelming call to religious life manifested itself."