Feb 192009

Sister Theresa Ann Spitz, wearing a corsage, celebrated 60 years as a Sister of Mercy this month.

Sister Theresa Ann Spitz, RSM, has been a part of St. Joseph School and Parish longer than many can remember. This month, she celebrated her 60th anniversary as a Sister of Mercy. More than 28 of those years have been at St. Joe’s. 

Sr. Spitz was first sent to the school in 1980 to teach. In 1985, her community’s Sisters were given the option to go where they wanted. Sr. Spitz chose to stay in DeWitt and has been ministering in various ways ever since. 

She has moved from teaching full time to part time and now is pastoral minister for the parish. She still is visible in the school as she prepares and leads prayer services and oversees all projects to raise money for Holy Childhood Association. 

The students honored Sr. Spitz during Catholic Schools Week in January by raising money in a “penny challenge” competition. The money collected was given to her to donate to her favorite charity. There was little question what that charity would be — and a check for $1,270.14 was sent to Holy Childhood Association. 

St. Joseph School is blessed to have such a wonderful model of service with Sr. Spitz, who says, “I believe God still has work for me to do.” St. Joe’s really has an angel and pennies from heaven. 

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