Four Sisters of Mercy, RSM, with ties to the Diocese of Davenport are celebrating jubilees this year. They are among 22 Sisters of Mercy celebrating 50, 60, 70 or 75-year jubilees; they will be recognized April 30 during a celebration at Mercy Circle in Chicago.
Sister Ludmilla Benda is celebrating her 70th jubilee. She currently serves the hungry at Father Conroy’s Vineyard of Hope in Davenport. She began her early years on a farm in Iowa attending a one-room school. She received her master’s degree in hospital administration from George Washington University following her residency at Nassau County Hospital in Long Island, N.Y. In addition to her work with Vineyard of Hope, she has served in nursing, health care administration and parish ministry, including Mercy Hospital in Davenport, Our Lady of the River Parish in LeClaire and St. Anthony Parish in Davenport.
Sister Marcian Deisenroth is celebrating her 70th jubilee. A native of Des Plaines, Ill., Sr. Deisenroth was an administrator at Mercy Hospital (now Genesis Medical Center) in Davenport from 1981 to 1984. In Illinois and Wisconsin, she served as a teacher, dietician, administrator and a domestic violence volunteer. She is retired at Mercy Circle in Chicago.
Sister Margaret Mary Hinz is celebrating her 50th jubilee. A native of Chicago, she served in the finance department at Mercy Hospital in Davenport. In Illinois, she served in teaching, finance and administrative roles. She has served as a member of the Leadership Team of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community since 2013.
Sister Nancy Swanson is celebrating her 50th jubilee. She served as a staff nurse at Mercy Hospital in Davenport. In Illinois, she served in nursing, social work, healthcare and education roles. She also directed a program for single moms in Oak Lawn, Ill. and is currently a volunteer.