Eleven School Sisters of Notre Dame celebrate jubilees

Three School Sisters of Notre Dame who are Iowa natives and eight who were missioned in Iowa are celebrating milestone anniversaries as women religious this year.

75  years

• Sister Mary Daneel Davinroy, SSND. In the Davenport Diocese, Sr. Davinroy was principal and teacher at St. John the Baptist School in Burlington from 1964-67. She retired in 2000 and serves a ministry of prayer and presence at The Sarah Community in Bridgeton, Mo.

• Sister Teresa Marquardt, SSND, (formerly known as Sister John de Rossi). In the Davenport Diocese, Sr. Marquardt taught at St. Mary School in Fort Madison from 1934-49. She retired in 2001 and serves a ministry of prayer and presence at The Sarah Community.

70  years

• Sister Carla Koestner, SSND, was born in Burlington. She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1936 from St. John the Baptist Parish in Burlington and made her religious profession in 1939. She earned a bachelor’s degree in applied music from Quincy College in Quincy, Ill. in 1953.

In the Diocese of Davenport, Sr. Koestner was a principal and teacher at St. Anthony School in Knoxville from 1961-67 and a teacher at Sacred Heart School in Fort Madison from 1968-77 and Aquinas-West in Fort Madison from 1977-82. She served as clerical staff at St. Paul Parish in Burlington from 1982-94 and as a child-care worker at St. John Extended Day Care in Burlington from 1994-97. She also was a teacher in Missouri, Texas, Illinois and Mississippi. She retired in 2005 and serves a ministry of prayer and presence at The Sarah Community.

60 years

• Sister Rose Ann Boyle, SSND, (formerly known as Sister Kenneth Marie), was born in Burlington. She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1946 from St. John the Baptist Parish in Burlington and made her religious profession in 1949. She earned a master’s degree in elementary education from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 1974.

In the Davenport Diocese Sr. Boyle was a child-care worker at St. John Extended Day Care in Burlington from 1994-97 and worked on staff at St. Francis Nursing Home in Burlington from 1997-2000. She also taught in Missouri, Illinois and Nebraska. Since 2003, she has volunteered at St. John the Baptist food pantry in Burlington and is actively involved as a parish volunteer.

• Sister Maureen Brinker, SSND. In the Davenport Diocese, Sr. Brinker taught at Notre Dame High School in Burlington from 1966-70. Since 2005 she has served in the St. Louis Province motherhouse finance office.

• Sister Marie Xavier Padberg, SSND. In the Davenport Diocese, Sr. Padberg taught at St. Mary School in Fort Madison from 1969-71. She retired in 2003 and currently serves a ministry of prayer and presence at The Sarah Community.

• Sister Marie Vianney Pottebaum, SSND. In the Davenport Diocese, Sr. Pottebaum was a teacher and music teacher at St. John the Baptist School in Burlington from 1951-52, 1967-69 and 1974-78. She also taught at Sacred Heart School in Fort Madison from 1962-65. Since 2002, she has assisted with congregational ministry at the St. Louis Province motherhouse and is a part-time musician in a parish and The Sarah Community.

• Sister Rita Reisch, SSND, (formerly known as Sister Marie Jerome). In the Davenport Diocese, Sr. Reisch taught at Sacred Heart School in Fort Madison from 1964-66. Since 2003, she has been a parish visitor at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish in Sun City, Ariz.

50  years

• Sister Phyllis Ann Price, SSND, (formerly known as Sister Lester Marie), was born in Fort Madison. She entered the School Sisters of Notre Dame in 1957 from Sacred Heart Parish and made her religious profession in 1959. She earned a master’s degree in elementary education from Southern Illinois University in 1975.

In the Davenport Diocese, Sr. Price taught at St. Mary School in Keokuk from 1961-67; St. Anthony School in Knoxville from 1967-71; and St. John the Baptist School in Burlington from 1971-73. She was an educational consultant for elementary and secondary schools in the Davenport Diocese from 1973-78. Sr. Price also taught in Missouri and worked at schools in St. Louis.

For many years, she volunteered to care for premature babies in the neonatal intensive care unit at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Hospital in St. Louis. Since 2006, Sr. Price has been a pastoral associate at St. John Mercy Medical Center in St. Louis.

• Sister Nancy Marie Becker, SSND, (formerly known as Sister Joachim). In the Davenport Diocese, Sr. Becker served as principal and teacher at St. John the Baptist School in Burlington from 1972-74. Since 2008, she has served as coordinator of Maria Center at the St. Louis Province motherhouse.

• Sister Josephine Niemann, SSND. In the Davenport Diocese, Sr. Niemann taught at Notre Dame High School in Burlington from 1980-82. Since 1985 she has been the main designer in the Liturgical Fabric Arts department at the St. Louis Province motherhouse, where vestments and banners are made for churches and religious events throughout the United States. (They made banners for the St. Louis visit of Pope John Paul II in 1999.)

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