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Deacon Eric Meisfjord, Editor
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Sisters of Providence with Eastern Washington ties mark jubilees

the Inland Register

(From the June 21, 2012 edition of the Inland Register)

Sisters of Providence will celebrate 50 to 75 years of Religious life at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, 7000 35th Avenue SW, Seattle.

Archbishop J. Peter Sartain, Archbishop of Seattle, will preside at the liturgy, which will be followed by a reception in Guadalupe Hall.

The Jubilarians and their current residences are:

75 Years

Sister Ann Dolores (Catherine) Ybarrola was born in Havre, Mont. Sister Ann Dolores first met the Sisters of Providence as her teachers at St. Thomas School in Great Falls, Mont. She entered the novitiate at Mount St. Vincent, Seattle, in 1936. She earned a bachelorís degree through summer studies at the College of Great Falls and a masterís degree through summer studies at Gonzaga University in Spokane. Her ministries have been in education, including at the elementary school level in Montana, Idaho, Washington and Illinois. In high schools, she served as a teacher, principal and office manager at Sacred Heart Academy in Missoula, Mont., and at Central Catholic High School in Great Falls. She also spent 19 years at the now-University of Great Falls, in institutional research, the registrarís office and financial aid.

70 years

Sister Naomi (Agnes Elizabeth) Hurd was born in Cle Elum, Wash. Her love of books and her vocation were nurtured by Sister Helen Ann, librarian at St. Joseph Academy in Yakima, Wash. After graduation she entered the novitiate at Mount St. Vincent, Seattle and made profession in 1943. She earned a bachelor of arts degree at Seattle University and at Portland University, and masterís degrees in theology and library science. In Washington, Sister Naomi taught in Tacoma, Seattle, Yakima, Vancouver, Walla Walla, and Olympia, and also in Des Plaines, Ill., and in Burbank, Calif. She was librarian in high schools in Walla Walla and Burbank before taking on the task of planning and opening the new medical library for St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank.

60 years

Sister Claire (Elaine Frances) Bouffard is a native of Winooski, Vt. She entered the novitiate in Montreal in 1952. Six months later she was on a train to the West to finish her novitiate at Mount St. Vincent, Seattle. She professed first vows in 1953 and was assigned to the former St. Ignatius Province, in Eastern Washington and Montana. Her ministry assignments have been in the business and finance offices of small, rural hospitals in Fort Benton, St. Ignatius and Missoula, Mont.; Wallace, Idaho; and Walla Walla, Wash. Her longest ministry assignment was as director of finance at St. Joseph Care Center, Spokane, from 1976-1993. After retiring, she volunteered in the Provincial Administration archives for six years.

Sister Dorothy (Mary Borgia) Klingele is a native of Yakima, Wash. She graduated from St. Joseph Academy and received a scholarship to study medical technology at the College of Great Falls. She earned a bachelorís degree in 1947. She interned at the former Providence Hospital in Seattle, and then worked for two years as the only medical technologist in a small Yakima clinic before entering the Sisters of Providence. One of her first ministries, as well as her last and favorite, was in Everett, Wash. She was a lab supervisor at Providence Hospital in Everett before returning to college and returned there as Sister representative at Providence Everett Medical Center. She holds a masterís degree in biochemistry and a Ph.D. in developmental biology at the University of Notre Dame. She continued with post-doctoral work in human genetics at Sacred Heart Hospital (now Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center) in Spokane and at Childrenís Hospital in Philadelphia. She also worked at the University of Oregon Health Sciences Center in Portland, Ore., with Down syndrome children, and taught genetics and biochemistry at Fort Wright College in Spokane until it closed.

50 years

Sister Fidela (Rosario Fideles) Adriano was born at Malalos, Bulacan, Philippines. She graduated from nursing school in Manila and became a registered nurse at Quezon Institute, Quezon City. After converting to Catholicism, she decided a year later that she wanted to become a Sister. She arrived in Spokane in 1961 as a Sister of Providence and was taken to Providence Hospital in Wallace, Idaho, to await her entrance to Providence Heights College in Issaquah, Wash. She made final vows in 1968 and received reciprocity as a registered nurse in the State of Washington. Her first mission was at St. Joseph Nursing Home in Spokane. She also served in Missoula, Mont., and Walla Walla, Wash., before completing clinical pastoral education training at St. Joseph Hospital in Albuquerque, N.M. She returned to Walla Walla to work in pastoral care at St. Mary Hospital, and then became a chaplain at Sacred Heart Hospital (now Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center) in Spokane. In 1989 she was one of five Sisters selected to start a community in the Philippines, where she volunteered doing pastoral visitation. In 2002 she returned to Spokane to retire, and then returned to the Philippines for six months in 2009 before returning to Mount St. Joseph in Spokane.

Sister Rosalie (Angelica) Locati was born in St. Mary Hospital in Walla Walla, Wash., and was educated in Catholic schools staffed by the Sisters of Providence. She entered the Religious community in 1961 at Providence Heights, Issaquah, Wash., after high school graduation. Graduating from Seattle University in 1966, she began a teaching ministry, serving in Missoula and Great Falls, Mont. Following her teaching years she served on the Formation Team from 1975-1980, and from 1980-1984 she was co-director of vocations and secretariat for ministries formation for the Diocese of Spokane. In 1984 she moved to campus ministry at the St. Thomas More Catholic New-man Center (now St. Thomas More Catholic Student Center) at Washington State University, remaining for 15 years. Today, Sister Rosalie is director of mission and values for the Providence hospitals in Spokane, Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center and Providence Holy Family Hospital.

Sister Barbara (Barbara Rose) Schamber was born in Chicago. After graduation from Providence High School in Burbank, Calif., she became part of the first postulant class to enter the Sisters of Providence at the newly opened College of Sister Formation at Providence Heights in Issaquah, Wash. She served in ministry as a teacher, first at Holy Family School in White Center, Wash., followed by St. Joseph School, Vancouver, Wash., and St. Finbar School, Burbank. She also was principal of Providence Montessori School in Portland, Ore., before becoming provincial superior of the former Sacred Heart Province in 1986. After her term ended, Sister Barbara became principal of St. Elisabeth School, Van Nuys, Calif., and then was selected as provincial superior of the new Mother Joseph Province in 2000. Since 2010, she has been a sponsor of the Providence Ministries, a Catholic Church entity of religious and lay people that charged with assuring the Catholic identity of the ministries of Providence Health & Services.

Sister AnnMary (AnnMary Guong) Vu, transferred into the Sisters of Providence from the Adorers of the Holy Cross in her native country of Vietnam in October 2003. In 1954, when the Geneva Treaty divided the country into North and South Vietnam, her family was among the nearly one million Catholics who moved from the North to the South to be able to continue practicing their faith. In the summer of 1957 she was sent to a boarding house in Saigon that offered special training for children who wanted to be nuns. She entered the novitiate of the Adorers of the Holy Cross in 1962. After Saigon fell in 1975 and Catholic nuns were prohibited from teaching, Sister AnnMary worked for six years in a bamboo curtain factory, taught piano and tutored children. She and her family escaped from Vietnam in a small sailboat in 1981 and were saved by a German ship and taken to a Philippines refugee camp. She suffered two strokes in 2000, shortly before beginning her transfer process to the Sisters of Providence in Seattle, and later moved to Spokane, where she was a volunteer at Catholic Charities. Until her recent move to Seattle she resided at Mount St. Joseph, Spokane.


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