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Three Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa mark jubilees of profession

the Inland Register

(From the March 19, 2009 edition of the Inland Register)

Three Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa with ties to the Diocese of Spokane will be celebrating jubilees of profession later this year.

Sister Mary Esther Becker will celebrate her 70th Jubilee in June 2009. A Mass will be celebrated in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Mound, Sinsinawa, Wis., on Sunday, June 7, for her and eight other Sinsi-nawa Dominican Sisters celebrating 70 years, including Sister Fidelis Weber.

Sister Mary Esther is the daughter of the late Alois and the late Elisabetha (Graf) Becker. She entered the Dominican Sisters in Speyer, Germany, in 1933, and immigrated to the United States in 1937 with 21 other young women. She made her Religious profession as a Poor School Sister of St. Dominic of Speyer, Germany, at Kettle Falls, Wash., in 1939. The congregation members at Kettle Falls became the Dominican Sisters of Spokane in 1986 and merged with the Sinsinawa Dominicans in 1995.

Sister Mary Estherís ministry has been dedicated to health care. She helped establish hospitals in Tonasket, Chewelah, and Colville, Wash., and in Conrad, Mont.

In the Diocese of Spokane, Sr. Mary Esther ministered at St. Martin Hospital, Tonasket; at St. Joseph Hospital, Chewelah; and Mt. Carmel Hospital, Colville.

She is currently living in community in Spokane.

Sister Fidelis Weber will celebrate her 70th Jubilee in June 2009. Sister Fidelis will celebrate at the Dominican Center, Spokane.

Her home parish is in Kinds-bach, Speyer, Germany. She is the daughter of the late Joseph and the late Maria (Deppert) Weber.

She entered the Dominican Sisters in Speyer, Germany, in 1934 and immigrated to the United States in 1937 with 21 other young women. She made her Religious profession as a Poor School Sister of St. Dominic of Speyer, Germany, at Kettle Falls, Wash., in 1939.

Sister Fidelisís ministry has been dedicated to teaching and pastoral care, including years teaching at Immaculate Conception, Oro-ville; St. Mary Mission, Omak; St. Thomas More, Spokane.

She served both as principal and as a teacher at Assumption, Spokane.

Sister Fidelis ministered as a health and pastoral visitor at St. Joseph Hospital, Chewelah, and served as a cook at a group home in Spokane.

She now lives in community at the Dominican Center in Spokane.

Sister Sheila Fitzgerald will celebrate her 50th Jubilee in July 2009. A Mass will be celebrated in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Mound on Sunday, July 12, for her and 16 other Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters celebrating 50 years. Her Religious name was Sister Brigidan.

Sister Sheilaís home parish is St. John the Baptist, Fort Calhoun, in the Omaha Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late John and the late Anna (Cunningham) Fitzgerald.

Much of her ministry has been dedicated to social service work, as well as years ministering at Gonzaga University, Spokane, as the religious studies representative and as the sabbatical program director. She also served as the prioress at the Dominican Center, Spokane, 2003-2006, and has been working at Transitions, Spokane, since 2006.

To honor any of the Sisters on the occasion of their jubilees, visit the Sinsinawa Dominicansí web site: www.sinsinawa.org/jubilarians.htm.


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