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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters mark 50th jubilee of Religious life

the Inland Register

(From the Feb. 28, 2008 edition of the Inland Register)

Four Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa with ties to Eastern Washington will mark special jubilees of Religious life this year.

Sisters Alice Ann (Roisin) Byrne, Sharon Stangler, Mary Toeckes, and Ruth Wallin will celebrate their 50th jubilee in July.

A Mass will be held in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Mound, Wis., on Sunday, July 20, for the four and 24 other Golden Jubilarians.

Sister Alice Ann’s home parish is St. Peter in the Helena Diocese. Sister Alice Ann’s ministry has been dedicated to spiritual growth. She has been a spiritual director and retreat leader in the Spokane Diocese since 2000.

In the Diocese of Helena, she served as a pastoral minister at Christ the King, Missoula; Anaconda Catholic Community, Holy Family, Anaconda; and Pope John XXIII Catholic Community, Missoula. She has also ministered in Wisconsin, Montana, Illinois and Texas.

Sister Sharon Stangler also came to Religious life from the Helena Diocese, where she is a native of Conrad, Mont.

She made her religious profession as a Poor School Sister of St. Dominic of Speyer, Germany, at Kettle Falls, Wash., in 1958. The congregation members at Kettle Falls became the Dominican Sisters of Spokane in 1986 and merged with the Sinsinawa Dominicans in 1995.

Sister Sharon’s ministry has been dedicated to social and health services.

In the Diocese of Spokane, she has ministered as a registered nurse at St. Martin’s Hospital (now North Valley Hospital), Tonasket; Mount Carmel Hospital, Colville; and as a public health nurse at the Spokane County Health District, Spokane. From 1978 to 1980, she served as associate professor at Intercollegiate School of Nursing, Spokane. She served in congregation leadership, 1978-1984, and spent 1984-1988 as vice president of mission services for Holy Family Hospital, Spokane; St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chewelah; and Mount Carmel Hospital, Colville.

Since 1989, Sister Sharon has ministered as executive director of DominiCare In-Home Services for the Northeast Tri-County region.

In the Diocese of Raleigh, N.C., Sister Sharon ministered as an associate professor at the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, Chapel Hill.

She also co-wrote a textbook on child development, titled Screening Growth and Development of Preschool Children: A Guide for Test Selection, published by McGraw-Hill.

Sister Mary (Matthias) Toeckes’s home parish is St. Mary of the Rosary, Chewelah, Wash. Much of her life as a Dominican has been dedicated to nursing and pastoral ministry.

Like Sister Sharon, Sister Mary made her religious profession as a Poor School Sister of St. Dominic of Speyer, Germany, at Kettle Falls, Wash., in 1958.

In the Diocese of Spokane, she has ministered as a registered nurse at Holy Family Hospital, Spokane; Mount Carmel Hospital, Colville; and St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chewelah. She served as a chaplain at Mount Carmel Hospital, Colville, and St. Joseph’s Hospital, Chewelah. She also has ministered in Montana.

Sister Mary is now retired and lives in community at St. Joseph Convent in Chewelah.

Sister Ruth (Christella) Wallin is originally from the Diocese of Madison, Wis. Her ministry has been dedicated to wholeness health care.

In the Diocese of Madison, Sr. Ruth taught at Edgewood Campus School, Madison, and has served as a massage therapist at the Motherhouse, Sinsi-nawa, since 2001.

In the Diocese of Spokane, Sister Ruth was Director of Religious Education for St. John Vianney Parish, Spokane.

She also has ministered in New Mexico, Illinois, Montana, California, and Texas.

To honor the Jubilarians, visit the Sinsinawa Dominicans’ Web site at www.sinsinawa.org/news/news.html and click on “2008 Jubilarians.”


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