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December 20, 2013

Four celebrate 75, 80 years as Sisters

TERRE HAUTE — This year two Sisters of Providence of St. Mary-of-the-Woods will celebrate 75 years in the congregation, and two will mark 80-year anniversaries.

In addition to other ministries, all four sisters ministered in the Wabash Valley, giving 96 years of service in the places listed below.

75-year anniversaries:

• Sister Rita (formerly Edward Clare) Lerner ministered at St. Mary-of-the-Woods in residential and health services (1983-2006). Her current ministry is prayer.

• Sister Alexa Suelzer taught in Terre Haute at St. Patrick High School (1941-1946) and ministered at St. Mary-of-the-Woods in several capacities, including as a teacher and professor at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1962-1965 and 1982-2002), at Providence Juniorate High School (1965-1968), as a member of the Sister of Providence General Council (1972-1976) and in residential services (2002-2012). She currently has a special prayer ministry at the motherhouse.

80-year anniversaries:

• Sister Mary Esther (formerly Francis Gertrude) Lane taught at St. Joseph School, Terre Haute (1952-1957). Currently she has a special prayer ministry at the motherhouse.

• Sister Marceline Mattingly ministered with the retirement community at St. Mary-of-the-Woods (1989-1991) and at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (1966-1968, 1991-1993 and 1994-2001). Since 2001 she has continued ministry in health care services.


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