Davenport — The Congregation of the Humility of Mary will celebrate the jubilees of nine vowed sisters at a special Mass in Christ the King Chapel at St. Ambrose University on June 28 at 2 p.m. Father Chuck Adam will be the celebrant.
This year’s jubilarians are:
Sister Ursula Keough — 75 years
Sr. Keough was born in 1922 in Opheim, Montana, and entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1940. She pronounced first vows in 1943. She studied education at Great Falls College in Great Falls, Montana, and received a BA in education and home economics from Marycrest College in Davenport. She later studied theology at St. Mary in Maroga, California, received a basic certificate in clinical pastoral education from St. Luke Hospital in Milwaukee and took graduate courses in theology at Seattle University in Seattle.
Her ministry in education in Montana took her to St. Mary School in Great Falls, St. Leo School in Lewistown (1947-1949; 1953-1956) and Sacred Heart School in Glendive. She was teacher and principal at St. Agnes School in Red Lodge, St. Matthew School in Sidney and St. Joseph School in Great Falls.
She also taught in Iowa at Cosgrove Consolidated School in Oxford and was teacher and principal at St. Mary School in Oskaloosa.
Also in Montana, she taught religious education at St. Joseph Parish in Libby and served in pastoral ministry in St. Olaf Parish in Eu Claire and St. Anthony Parish in Missoula. She was pastoral associate at St. James Parish in Plains and St. Williams Parish in Thompson Falls and St. William Parish in Dutton. She was pastoral administrator at St. William in Dutton and pastoral associate at St. Michael Parish in Conrad. Sr. Keough was the director of religious education at Holy Family Parish in Missoula at which point she retired and aided her older sister, Pauline, until 2002.
Sr. Keough was a volunteer in the CHM New Hope Experimental Community in Des Moines. She currently lives at Humility of Mary Center in Davenport, where she is active in a ministry of prayer and witness.
Sister Rosalia Riedel (Mary Andrew) — 70 Years
Sr. Riedel was born in 1923 in Milford, Ohio. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1945 and made her first profession in 1948. Sr. Riedel received a BA in elementary education from Marycrest College and 40 years later received a Certified Nurse’s Aide degree from Scott Community College in Davenport.
Sr. Riedel served as an elementary school teacher in Iowa at St. Mary School in Centerville, Lourdes Memorial School in Bettendorf, St. Mary School in Albia, St. Theresa in Des Moines, St. Mary in Oskaloosa and St. Patrick and Sacred Heart schools in Ottumwa. She also taught at St. Leo Grade School in Lewistown, Montana, and at St. Pius X School in Rock Island, Illinois.
After teaching, she worked in Davenport at the Center for Active Seniors, Inc., as a program assistant, a program facilitator and finally as a volunteer.
Sr. Riedel resides at Bishop Drumm retirement center in Johnston where she is active in a ministry of prayer and witness.
Sister Dorothy Ann Chevalier (Mary St. Monica) — 60 years
Sr. Chevalier was born in 1936 in Newton and entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1955. She pronounced first vows in 1958.
Sr. Chevalier studied education at Ottumwa Heights College, received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Marycrest College and a master’s degree in elementary administration from Drake University in Des Moines. She completed the interpreter training program at St. Paul Technical College in St. Paul, Minnesota; received a certificate in clinical pastoral education from Iowa Methodist Medical Center in Des Moines; and an NACC chaplain certificate from St. John/Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
She taught in Iowa at St. Joseph in Fort Madison, St. Alphonsus in Davenport, St. Mary in Centerville, St. Joseph in Dunlap, St. Mary in Albia and St. Cecilia in Ames. She was principal at St. Pius X in Urbandale, St. Patrick in Missouri Valley and St. John and St. Paul in Burlington.
Sr. Chevalier also taught at St. Austin School in Minneapolis, Minnesota; at Sacred Heart School in Glendive and St. Agnes School in Red Lodge in Montana and St. Stephen the Martyr in Omaha. She was principal at St. Edward School in Spring, Texas, and at St. Mathias in Hampton, Minnesota.
She ministered in pastoral care and chaplaincy in Oklahoma where she worked at St. John Medical Center in Tulsa and Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville. Sr. Chevalier is in a ministry of prayer and witness and active as a volunteer in Johnston.
Sister Mary Lucille Feehan (Mary Robert) — 60 years
Sr. Feehan was born in 1937 in Melrose and entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1955. She pronounced first vows in 1958.
Sr. Feehan received her certificate from the American Institute of Business in Davenport. Her ministry in Iowa included cooking and domestic work at Ottumwa Heights College, Our Lady of Lourdes convent in Bettendorf, St. Patrick Parish in Imogene and St. Anthony in Des Moines. In addition, she took care of 14- to 18-year-old girls at St. Vincent’s Home in Davenport, and was secretary at St. Pius in West Des Moines and St. Albert in Council Bluffs. Sr. Feehan was a dietary/galley technician at Mercy Hospital in Des Moines prior to retiring to care for her mother in Melrose. Sr. Feehan currently is in a ministry of prayer and witness in Melrose.
Sister Johnelle Howanach — 60 years
Sr. Howanach was born in 1934 in Great Falls, Montana, and entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1955. She pronounced first vows in 1958.
Sr. Howanach received a bachelor’s degree in music from Marycrest College, studied music and choral instrumental at Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington; was certified at Notre Dame University in South Bend, Indiana; to teach liturgical music, and studied theology at College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, Minnesota; and Moraga in Oakland, California.
She ministered in music education at St. Austin in Minneapolis, Minnesota; Lourdes Memorial School in Bettendorf; and St. Mary in Great Falls, Montana. She also taught religious education in various parishes in Chinook and Glendive, Montana. From 1974-84 she cared for her parents in Belt, Montana.
After her parents passed away, Sr. Howanach provided foster care for a 5-year-old Native American girl, Melissa, who was one of the first children to be diagnosed with fetal alcohol syndrome in Montana. Sr. Howanach’s proudest moment came years later, when the girl who wasn’t supposed to be able to learn received her high school diploma. Since then Sr. Howanach helped Melissa start her own company (www.lissiesluvyums.com) making gourmet dog biscuits with some of the proceeds funding lectures they present on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS). Of special significance was the Plenary Presentation at the Third Annual Illinois Statewide Transition Conference in 2007 and participation in the Native American Tribal Leaders Conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in 2011.
From 1994-2002 she was director of Citizen’s Advocacy in Great Falls. Since 2002 she has ministered in Great Falls as a self-employed job support specialist and an educator and speaker on FAS/FAE. In 2007 Sr. Howanach received the Advocacy Award from the Montana Advocacy Program, Montana Council on Developmental Disabilities and University of Montana Rural Institute for furthering the rights and dignities of individuals with disabilities through educating and marketing a successful Montana business model. Sr. Howanach has received a distinguished service award from the Great Falls YWCA for dedicating her life to serving as an advocate for developmentally disabled and underprivileged people. Since 2013 Sr. Howanach has been active in supporting efforts to improve the legal system, especially those wrongly incarcerated.
Sister Patricia Miller (Mary Alma) — 60 years
Born in Albion, Nebraska, Sr. Miller entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1955, making her first vows in 1958.
Miller received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska; her master’s degree in nursing from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.; and a doctorate in psychology from the University of Iowa.
She practiced and taught nursing in Iowa at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Ottumwa and Marycrest College. She was associate dean of the master’s nursing program and conducted research with cardiac patients at the University of Nebraska in Omaha and served as chair of the baccalaureate nursing program at Briar Cliff College in Sioux City. She was a volunteer parish nurse in Fremont, Nebraska, and a hospice volunteer at Our Lady of Victory Parish in Davenport.
Sr. Miller was the vice president of the Sisters of Humility from 2004-08. She lives in Davenport and is active as a volunteer and advocate in church and health care projects.
Sister Mary Rehmann (Marilyn Therese) — 60 years
Sr. Rehmann was born in 1936 in Davenport and entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1955. She pronounced first vows in 1958.
She received an AA degree in education from Ottumwa Heights College and a BA in natural science from Marycrest College. She received an MS in zoology from the University of Iowa and a JD from DePaul College of Law in Chicago.
She ministered in education in Iowa at St. Anthony School in Des Moines, Gehlen High School in LeMars and St. Alphonsus School, Assumption High School and Marycrest College in Davenport.
After receiving her law degree, she worked as an attorney for the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency in Springfield, Illinois, and then as a volunteer for the Massachusetts Correctional Women’s Prison. From there she moved to West Virginia where she continued her law ministry as a staff attorney for the Appalachia Research & Defense Fund, Inc. in Williamson. She served as an attorney for the North Central West Virginia Legal Aid Society in Morgantown and later established a private practice in Morgantown.
Sr. Rehmann served as the CHM President from 2008-2012 and now works as the assistant archivist for the congregation in Davenport.
Sister Joan Sheil (Michael Maureen) — 60 years
A native of Mount Ayr, Sr. Sheil entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1955. She pronounced first vows in 1958.
She received her bachelor’s degree in library science from Marycrest College and her master’s degree in library science from the University of Minnesota. She took advanced courses in her field at Michigan State University and the University of Iowa.
At Marycrest College/ Teikyo/Marycrest International she was instructor of library science, dean of students and then served as library director. She lives in Davenport and is the archivist for the congregation.
Sister Mary Hilary Veith — 60 years
Sr. Veith was born in Keokuk and entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1955 and made her first vows in 1958.
Her life ministry was spent in Ottumwa visiting and counseling shut-ins in nursing homes, the home-bound, persons in jail and writing letters to those in prison. She currently lives in Johnston, Iowa, where she is in a ministry of prayer and witness.