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Three Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters celebrate jubilees; ministered in Spokane Diocese

the Inland Register

(From the April 21, 2016 edition of the Inland Register)

Three women of the Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters with ties to the Spokane Diocese will be marking significant jubilees of Religious profession in June of this year.

Sister Rita Rae Burger OP (60 years)

Sister Rita Rae (Raffaello) Burger and Sister Margaret “Peggy” (Dominice) Haimerl will celebrate their 60th jubilee.

Sister Julianne (M. Leonard) Josten will celebrate her 70th jubilee.

Mass will be celebrated at Sinsinawa Mound, Sinsinawa, Wisc., on Sunday, June 5, honoring them and two dozen other Sinsinawa Dominican Sisters celebrating jubilees.

Sister Rita Rae’s home parish is St. Bernard, Middleton, in the Diocese of Madison, Wis. Sister Rita Rae’s ministry has been dedicated to teaching in several Catholic schools throughout the country, including St. John Vianney, Spokane Valley, from 1981-85.

She also taught in Chicago; Anaconda, Mont.; Cheyenne, Wyo.; Los Angeles; and in Minnesota. Since 2007 she has served as a volunteer in Madison.

Sister Margaret “Peggy” Haimerl OP – 60 years

Sister Margaret “Peggy” Haimerl’s home parish is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes, Spokane.

Her ministry has been focused on teaching, the culinary arts, family care, and finance.

She taught at Assumption, St. Francis Xavier, and St. Patrick schools in Spokane, and later ministered in culinary arts and family care at Immaculate Heart Retreat Center, Spokane.

She served as finance officer at Dominican Center, Spokane, from 2004-2010, and has been a Eucharistic minister at Cathedral Plaza, Spokane, since 2010.

She also spent time as a teacher in the Diocese of Helena, Mont., at schools at Cut Bank and Shelby.

Sister Julianne Josten OP - 70 years

Sister Julianne Josten’s home parish is St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls, S.D.

She, too, has been a dedicated teacher in Catholic schools: in Chicago and River Forest, Ill.; Shorewood, Wis.; Dubuque, Iowa; Los Angeles and Oakland, Calif.; Minneapolis, Minn.; and in the Spokane Diocese as principal of St. John Vianney School, Spokane Valley, from 1979-84.

She also spent about 15 years as assistant finance officer at the Sisters’ Motherhouse in Sinsinawa.

Sister Julianne is now living in community at St. Dominic Villa.

To honor any of the Sisters upon their jubilee, visit the community’s web site: www.sinsinawa.org/jubilarians


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