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Mother Joseph Province Sisters of Providence mark jubilees of Religious life

the Inland Register

(From the June 19, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)

Fourteen Sisters of Providence will celebrate 25, 50, 60, 70 and 75 years of Religious life on Saturday, July 26, during Mass at Our Lady of Guadalupe Parish, Seattle. Father John R. Walmesley will be the celebrant for the liturgy, which will be followed by a reception in Guadalupe Hall.

Six of the Sisters celebrating jubilees this year have direct ties to the Spokane Diocese:

70 years

Sister Dorothy Byrne (Sister Dolores): Sister Dorothy Byrne was born Nov. 17, 1923, in northern Montana, and grew up in Kevin, Mont., with her parents and brother, retired Father Joseph Byrne of the Diocese of Helena. She entered the novitiate in Seattle in 1943.

Sister Dorothy was a teacher and/or principal for 25 years at St. Joseph Academy, Sprague, Wash.; St. Francis Xavier School, Missoula, Mont.; St. Raphael School, Glasgow, Mont.; DeSales High School, Walla Walla, Wash.; and Marycliff High School, Spokane. She also was a pastoral associate for two years at Assumption Parish, Spokane, and for 18 years at Sacred Heart Parish, Spokane, where she continues her association today.

Sister Dorothy is retired and lives at Emilie Court in Spokane.

60 years

Sister Chloe Keitges (Sister Matthew Marie, Sisters of St. Mary of Oregon): Sister Chloe Keitges was born May 1, 1937, in Portland, Ore., and entered the Sisters of Providence as a transfer after 20 years as a Sister of St. Mary of Oregon. Her ministries included pioneering the role of “play lady” at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center, Spokane, providing pastoral care to children with cancer or in long-term care. She recreated that role as a pastoral minister in pediatrics at Providence Hospital in Everett, Wash.

Sister Chloe also served in pastoral care with the elderly at Providence Mount St. Vincent, Seattle, and was director of pastoral care at St. Joseph Hospital in Aberdeen, Wash. She helped start the healing ministry at Still Point House of Prayer, in Seattle, and took healing teams into prison and jail to pray with inmates. In Yakima, Wash., she taught English as a Second Language, opened a clothes closet for the needy, served as church sacristan and provided outreach to the elderly.

For the past decade she has lived at Emilie Court, Spokane, and volunteers at St. Anne’s Children and Family Center, Spokane.

Sister Charlotte Van Dyke (Sister Paulette): Sister Charlotte Van Dyke was born Sept. 21, 1933, in Olympia, Wash., and entered the Sisters of Providence in 1954 after two years as a student nurse at Seattle University. She has flourished in four very different careers: teaching, nursing, hospital administration, and law.

She taught in Walla Walla and Yakima, Wash., and in Burbank, Calif. She was a nurse at St. Joseph Hospital, Burbank, and then served for 20 years in administrative positions with Providence Health System, including at Providence Hospital in Seattle and at St. Joseph Hospital in Aberdeen. At age 55 she enrolled in law school at the University of Puget Sound. After earning her law degree and passing the bar exam, she shared a practice in Pioneer Square, Seattle, specializing in family law for low-income clients.

Sister Charlotte also served on the Mother Joseph Province Leadership Team and continues to serve in a host of volunteer board positions. She resides in Seattle.

50 years

Sister Felma Cerezo (Given name: Fely Meneses Cerezo): Sister Felma Cerezo was born June 9, 1941, in Binmaley, Pangasinan, on the island of Luzon in the Philippines. She entered the Sisters of Providence in September 1963 and attended the College of Sister Formation in Providence Heights, Issaquah. She took a semester of nursing at Bellevue Community College and then earned an associate degree in arts and sciences. During the summers she was a nurses’ aide at Providence Hospital, Everett, Wash., and later went to Mount St. Vincent, Seattle, where she began in occupational therapy and created an arts and crafts program. She also taught in evening YWCA programs in West and North Seattle.

For 26 years, Sister Felma taught all manner of art classes at Providence High School, Burbank, Calif. Today, she resides in Seattle, is the official photographer for Mother Joseph Province, and is involved in many volunteer projects for the religious community.

Sister Eleanor Goligoski (Sister Mary Eleanor): Sister Eleanor Goligoski was born May 25, 1945, in Havre, Mont., and entered the Sisters of Providence in 1963 at Providence Heights, Issaquah, Wash. She made first profession in 1966 and final profession in 1971 at St. Jude Church in Havre. Her first mission was three years teaching fourth graders at St. Raphael Grade School in Glasgow, Mont., followed by Assumption School in Walla Walla, Wash., teaching grades four and six from 1971 to 1979. She took business courses with an emphasis on accounting at Spokane Community College and then began a ministry in finance as the Sisters’ Fund bookkeeper for the Provincial Administration. For three years she served as the registrar and treasurer at the Providence Renewal Centre in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, followed by appointment as the assistant administrator/bookkeeper of Mount St. Joseph in Spokane.

Sister Eleanor, who has served on various Religious community committees, lives in Spokane and currently is a member of the Emilie Gamelin Mission Fund Committee.

25 years

Sister Elizabeth Cole: Sister Elizabeth (Liz) Cole was born Sept. 4, 1948, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and entered the Sisters of Providence in 1989 after 14 years teaching undergraduate psychology courses at Gonzaga University, Spokane. She returned to Canada for her novitiate in Edmonton, Alberta. During her apostolic year she taught English as a Second Language (ESL) to inmates in the penitentiary in Walla Walla, Wash. She professed final vows in 1995. A year of study in formation ministry at St. Louis University prepared her to work in formation ministry in Spokane, followed by a job in campus ministry at Gonzaga.

Sister Liz lives in Spokane, where she is intake coordinator for St. Joseph Family Center and is on the board of the Transitions intercommunity ministry.


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