Sisters Who Are Natives of the Diocese of Rockford
June 18, 2020
SPRINGFIELD DOMINICANS
 
60 years
Sister Mary Harold Herrmann, OP
Sister Mary Harold celebrates 60 years of profession in the Springfield Dominican Congregation.
 
She was born in Hampshire and baptized Carolyn Dorothea at St. Charles Borromeo Parish.
 
Her education includes:  a B.S. degree in chemistry, St. Ambrose College; grades 6-12 teaching certificate; M.Ed. degree in secondary education (science) from the University of Illinois.
 
She gave the first 25 years of her religious profession to elementary education, teaching and administering schools—sometimes at the same time. In Granite City, she undertook the task of helping to merge two parochial elementary schools. 
 
Her next 11 years of ministry were dedicated to older students, teaching math and science at Sacred Heart-Griffin in Springfield.
 
In 1995, she was among the congregational pioneers who choose to accompany people in impoverished neighborhoods and spent five years walking with people who resided on Springfield’s east side and in Venice, Ill. In 2000, she moved to Sacred Heart Convent, providing valuable assistance in the finance office and supporting other administrative needs. She now serves in a ministry of prayer.
 
60 years
Sister Colette Barker, OP
Sister Colette celebrates her 60th jubilee as a Springfield Dominican.
 
Her education includes: B.S. degree in education from Quincy College; certificates in K-9 teaching and administration; and an M.Ed. administration degree from the University of Illinois.
 
For most of her religious life she taught either primary grades or junior high, and she was principal of St. Joseph School, Bradley, and Holy Ghost, Jerseyville. She also served as subprioress at Sacred Heart Convent for six years, attending to the varied and changing needs of the retired sisters who lived there.
 
Sister Colette’s hometown is Aurora, and her longest mission by far was there, at Rosary High School, where for 28 years she was executive assistant to the school’s administrators, from 1989-2017. She also served in the Diocese of Rockford at St. Charles Borromeo School, Hampshire, from 1979-1980, teaching grades 1-2.
 
In 2017 she returned to the motherhouse and since then has served as secretary to the prioress of the house, using her clerical skills and her easy-going personality to best advantage by assisting with communications and other tasks. She also plays a pretty good tambourine at festive liturgical celebrations.
 
SINSINAWA DOMINICANS
 
70 years
Sister Jean Tranel
Sister Jean Tranel, OP, will mark her 70th jubilee in 2020, with the Sinsinawa Dominicans.
 
Her religious name was Sister Margarida. Her home parish is St. Mary, East Dubuque, in the Rockford Diocese. She is the daughter of the late Edward and Lucille (Kieffer) Tranel. 
 
Her ministry has been dedicated to teaching, pastoral ministry and religious formation. 
 
In the Diocese of Rockford, Sister Jean served as director of pastoral ministry at St. James Parish, Rockford, 1977-1985.  
 
In the Archdiocese of Dubuque, she was director of adult faith formation for the archdiocese, 1985-1992. In the Diocese of Phoenix, she served at Church of the Holy Spirit, Tempe, 1997-2002. In the Archdiocese of Port of Spain, Trinidad, she was director of candidates at the House of Discernment, St. Joseph, 2002-2008. In the Diocese of Venice, she served in adult faith formation at Epiphany Cathedral Parish, Venice, 2008-2010, and St. William Parish, Naples, 2010-2015. She also ministered in Wisconsin, New York, South Dakota, Minnesota and Washington. 
 
Sister Jean now is living in community at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. 
 
60 years
Sister Mary Therese Dolan, OP
Sister Mary Therese Dolan, OP, will mark her 60th jubilee in 2020, with the Sinsinawa Dominicans. 
 
Her religious name was Sister Mary Coletta. Her home parish is St. Mary, Durand, in the Rockford Diocese. She is the daughter of the late Laurence and Ellen (Kenucane) Dolan. 
 
Sister Mary Therese’s ministry has been dedicated to teaching and parish ministry. In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Mary Therese taught at St. Mary, Portage, 1969-1973; Madison Catholic Schools, Madison, 1999-2000; and Edgewood Campus School, Madison, 2003-2005. She served as the director of religious education at St. James Parish (now Good Shepherd), Madison, 1997-1999, and St. Mary Parish, Portage, 2000-2002. She served as director of faith formation at St. Dennis Parish, Madison, 2005-2018. 
 
In the Diocese of Peoria, she ministered as principal at St. Clare (now Holy Trinity), Bloomington, 1973-1977; as teacher at St. Mark, Peoria, 1977-1978; and as director of religious education at St. Patrick of Merna Parish, Bloomington, 1991-1997. She also ministered in New York, Vermont, and New Jersey.
 
Sister Mary Therese now is living in community at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa. 
 
FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF THE SACRED HEART
 
80 years
Sister Innocence Mills, OSF
Sister Innocence entered the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart congregation 80 years ago.
 
Born in Sublette, she served in the area of food service.
 
In the Diocese of Rockford, Sister Innocence served at St. Francis Hospital, Freeport. in food service (1943-1947).
 
She is now retired and living at St. Francis Wood in Frankfort.
 
60 years
Sister Jeanette Pierce, OSF
Sister Jeanette entered the Franciscan Sisters of the Sacred Heart 60 years ago
 
Born in Aurora, her education included becoming an LPN, RN, and earning a Pastoral Care Certification. Her ministry included nursing and pastoral care.
 
In the Diocese of Rockford, Sister Jeanette served at St. Vincent Orphanage, Freeport — Houseparent (1964-1971); at St. Joseph Hospital, Elgin — LPN (1976-1979); and at Presence Cor Mariae Center, Rockford — Pastoral Care (2004-2007).
 
She is now retired and living at St. Francis Woods in Frankfort.
 
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