DAVENPORT — The Congregation of the Humility of Mary will celebrate the jubilees of seven vowed sisters and one CHM associate during Mass at Christ the King Chapel on the St. Ambrose University campus at 2 p.m. June 26. Father Chuck Adam and Msgr. Francis Henricksen will preside at the Mass. A celebration also will be held at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center, Our Lady of Peace Chapel, in Johnston at 9:30 a.m. on Sept. 24.
Sister Ann Therese Collins – 75 years
Sr. Collins was born in 1920 in Des Moines and entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1942, making her first vows in 1944. She received an AA in liberal arts from Ottumwa Heights College in Ottumwa, a BA from Marycrest College in Davenport and an MA in education from Creighton University in Omaha.
Her ministry in education took her to the Iowa schools of St. Joseph High School in Dunlap, Catholic Central High School in Ottumwa, St. Joseph in Fort Madison, St. Joseph High School in Neola, St. Albert High School in Council Bluffs and Assumption High School in Davenport. She also taught at St. Leo High School in Lewistown and Central Catholic in Great Falls, Mont. From 1968-1970 she was the first woman in Davenport to hold the position of diocesan superintendent of schools. She served as CHM vice president from 1970-76 and CHM president from 1976-84. Sr. Collins was also interim president of Marycrest College. She has volunteered at the Center for Active Seniors Inc., Listen to Me Read, and GED programs in Davenport. She lives at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston.
Sister Miriam Anstey (Miriam Elizabeth) – 70 Years
A native of Cumberland, Sr. Anstey entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1946 and made her first profession in 1949. She received a bachelor’s in music education from Marycrest College in Davenport and a master’s in music from the University of Notre Dame. She received a master’s in counseling from the University of St. Louis and a doctorate from Southern Illinois University in administration and higher education. Sr. Anstey’s ministry in music education took her to the Iowa schools of St. Alphonsus in Davenport, St. Theresa in Des Moines, Gehlen in Le Mars and St. Joseph in Fort Madison. In Minnesota she taught at St. Austin in Minneapolis. She was the vice president of student affairs at Marycrest College, director of Idyllwild at the University of Southern California and dean of continuing education and later the vice president of student services at Emerson College in Boston. Sr. Anstey served as director at the Humility of Mary Center and was the music director of St. Anthony Parish in Davenport. She is retired and lives in Davenport where she volunteers in the Central City Ministry.
Sister Marie Vittetoe (Mary Bernard) – 70 Years
Sr. Vittetoe was born in Keota and entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1946. She pronounced first vows in 1949. She received a bachelor’s in medical technology from Marycrest College, a master’s in medical technology education and a doctorate in higher education administration from West Virginia University in Morgantown. She worked as a medical technologist in St. Joseph Hospital in Ottumwa and also taught in St. Joseph School of Nursing and Ottumwa School of Medical Technology. Sr. Vittetoe was assistant professor and division chair of the health occupations teacher education program in the College of Education at the University of Illinois from 1973-78. She was department chair and professor of clinical laboratory sciences at the University of Kentucky College of Allied Health Professions from 1978-94. She was a Project HOPE volunteer consultant for the University of Haiti Medical Technology Program in Port au Prince and later a consultant to many Haitian and other Caribbean labs, especially Hopital Sacre Coeur in Milot, Haiti. Sr. Vittetoe calls Iowa City her home where she is active in a communications ministry and Haiti Advocacy.
Sister Marilyn Jean Hagedorn – 60 years
Born in Des Moines, Sr. Hagedorn entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1956. She professed first vows in 1959. She received a bachelor’s in education from Marycrest College and a master’s in religious education from Seattle University. Her ministry of teaching in Iowa took her to St. Patrick School in Ottumwa, Lourdes Memorial School in Bettendorf, St. Mary in Marshalltown, St. Anthony in Des Moines and St. Pius X in Urbandale. She also taught at St. Pius X in Rock Island, Ill. She ministered in Des Moines in religious education administration in the Diocesan Religious Education Office, and in St. Peter’s and Visitation parishes. She taught English as a Second Language for Des Moines Area Community College and served as CHM Peace and Justice coordinator. Sr. Hagedorn, a member of the CHM Leadership Team, is active in peace and justice ministry and in the Des Moines Sisters Council. She resides in Des Moines.
Sister Ramona Kaalberg – 60 years
Born in Iowa City, Sr. Kaalberg entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1956, making her first vows in 1959. She received her associate’s degree from Ottumwa Heights College, a bachelor’s in social science from Marycrest College, and a master’s and a doctorate in education with concentration in psychology from George Peabody College in Nashville, Tenn. Her ministry in education took her to the Iowa schools of St. Joseph in Neola, St. Alphonsus and Marycrest College in Davenport, St. Anthony in Des Moines and Sacred Heart School in Ottumwa. Sr. Kaalberg worked on staff at Project Renewal in Davenport, was president of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary for four years, served in the Des Moines Diocese at St. Joseph Educational Center in adult religious education and spiritual formation and as a pastoral minister for St. Anthony Parish. As a member of the New Hope Community, she served as a “good neighbor” to people in the Riverbend Neighborhood of Des Moines. She lives at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston.
Sister Irene Muñoz (Mary Dona Rose) – 60 years
Sr. Muñoz was born in Des Moines. She entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1957 and made her first vows in 1959.She received a nursing degree from St. Joseph School of Nursing in Ottumwa, a master’s in pastoral ministry from St. Thomas Theological Seminary in Denver, Colo., and is a graduate of the Catholic Biblical School of the Archdiocese of Denver. She received her CPE in Clinical Pastoral Education from University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Her ministry of nursing in Iowa took her to St. Joseph Hospital in Ottumwa, Christ Child Home in Des Moines, Ottumwa Heights in Ottumwa and the Migrant Worker Center in Muscatine. Sr. Munoz also worked in Hispanic ministry in the Archdiocese of Denver. She was a governor-appointed member of the Spanish-Speaking Commission of Iowa, a member of the American-Health Delegation to “Red China” in 1973 and attended the International Women’s Year Conference in Nairobi, Africa, as part of an NGO group in 1989. Sr. Munoz is a lay preacher for the Davenport Diocese and a multicultural minister at St. Mary of the Visitation Parish in Ottumwa where she resides.
Sister María Luisa (Molly) Muñoz (Mary Timothy) – 60 years
A native of West Des Moines, Sr. Muñoz entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1956. She pronounced first vows in 1959. She was an education student at Ottumwa Heights College and received her nursing degree from Scott Community College. In Iowa she was a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital in Ottumwa and the Migrant Worker Center in Muscatine. Her nursing ministry also took her to a clinic in Tehuacan, Puebla, Mexico (where she served as a certified midwife) and St. John Hospice in Denver, Colo. She also worked as a teacher and in pastoral care at San Augustin Palmar de Bravo in Tehuacan, Puebla. Sr. Munoz lives in Westminster, Colo., and works in Hispanic pastoral ministry with migrant workers. Known as the “Mother Teresa of the Mexicanos,” she serves a migrant population of over 3,000 people.
Her community recognition awards include: Leadership Service Award (2005) from the City of Denver Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Committee; outstanding service award from the State Monitor Advocate for Workforce Programs at the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment 2007); the Mary Ciancio Memorial Distinguished Service Award (2015).
CHM Associate Diane Schlachter – 25 Years
Schlachter, a CHM associate since 1991, resides in Marietta, Georgia, and is an organizational development/management consultant. Prior to becoming a CHM associate, Schlachter conducted her doctoral research within the CHM community. She often helps the community as an organizational consultant.
CHM associates are women and men of all ages, married or single, who carry the CHM spirit into their personal and professional lives and who enrich the community through their gifts and talents. Associates are not vowed but are rooted in relationship to the community through bonds of friendship, service, prayer and mutual support.
To contact a sister, call Humility of Mary Center at (563) 323-9466 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.