IOWA CITY — Sister Theresa Kruml, OSU, will celebrate 60 years in religious life July 10 at 8 a.m. Mass in St. Wenceslaus Church.
Sr. Kruml entered the Ursuline convent Sept. 8, 1950, and pronounced perpetual vows July 4, 1956. A graduate of Ursuline College, Creighton University and Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, she earned master’s degrees in education and pastoral theology.
She taught for 33 years in schools in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Nebraska. After retiring from teaching, she studied clinical pastoral education at Humana, University County General Hospital in Louisville, Ky. She earned certification as a Catholic hospital chaplain and began ministry at Methodist Medical Center in Peoria, Ill. She remained there for six-and-a-half years before beginning ministry at Mercy Iowa City, where she has been employed since 1994.
Through the JOHNSON Institute, Sr. Kruml received professional certification as a senior-adult counselor.
Daily Mass and devotion to the Eucharist are key motivators in her daily life, she said. She teaches children preparing to receive the sacrament of reconciliation and first Communion and is involved in Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults classes. “It is a rich, joyful and rewarding life,” she said.