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Ursuline Sisters Celebrate Service, Love and Devotion to Religious Life

Posted 7/24/2018

Sister Margaret Ann Babione, Sister Mary Angela Gaietto, Sister Nancy Mathias, and Sister Kenwyn Steger, and Sister Eileen Marie Vogel will observe their milestone anniversaries of religious life with a Mass on August 20, 2018 at the Ursuline Center Chapel.

 

75 Years – Sister Margaret Ann Babione, OSU (formerly Sister Mary Roberta), entered the Ursuline Convent in 1943. Sister Margaret Ann taught in several parochial schools of the diocese and was principal of St. Rose School, Perrysburg. She became a pastoral minister and served in Oklahoma, Tennessee and Michigan in campus and outreach programs. Sister Margaret Ann says, “I have a great appreciation of being an Ursuline and serving God all these years.”

 

 

 

65 Years – Sister Eileen Marie Vogel, OSU entered the Ursuline Convent in 1953. She taught in several schools in the diocese. Her longest tenure was at St. John the Baptist parish where she taught then served as Religious Education Coordinator. She ministered there for a total of 34 years. She presently resides at the Ursuline Center.

 

 

 

60 Years – Sister Mary Angela Gaietto, OSU entered the Ursuline Convent in 1958, following in the footsteps of her older sister, Sister Merici. Sister Mary Angela taught primary grades in many diocesan schools. Sister Mary Angela then worked in the Development Office at St. Ursula Academy and currently serves as receptionist at the Ursuline Convent Offices. Sister Mary Angela says,“Even though I had received positive influence from family, Sisters at St. Mary Elementary and Calvert High School, I was undecided about my future. After working for two years at General Electric Company, it ‘dawned’ on me that I wanted to teach. Entering the Ursuline Convent was the natural thing to do. Why not? With God’s grace, I have reached 60 years in the Community. Quite a milestone!”

 

 

60 Years – Sister Nancy Mathias, OSU served as Delegate for Consecrated Life, Coordinator for Clergy, Consecrated Life and Vocations, and Coordinator for Mission Appeals for the Diocese of Toledo. In the past Sister Nancy has served as a principal, as major superior of the Ursulines, as a member of the Diocesan Schools Office and as president of the National Conference of Vicars for Religious. Sister Nancy received the Benemerenti Award from Pope Benedict in 2011. Sister Nancy’s vast past and present ministerial experiences and involvements span locally, regionally and nationally. Sister Nancy reflects: “These 60 years of being an Ursuline Sister demonstrates for me the great love Christ has for me and His continuing call to be consecrated to Him. He has filled my life with many wonder people to serve and love in His name. How blessed I am!”

 

60 Years – Sister Mary Kenwyn Steger, OSU entered the Ursuline Convent in 1959. After teaching in diocesan schools, Sister Kenwyn assumed duties in the library of St. Angela Hall, St. Patrick of Heatherdowns and St. Ursula Academy. Sister Kenwyn currently enjoys volunteering at Mercy Health St. Anne Hospital. Sister Kenwyn says, “I feel really blest after 60 years in the Convent. There are so many experiences and wonderful things that I was able to do. My main focus was to attend Mass every day. I also have done all that I really wanted to do.”