Three Dominicans celebrating Jubilees in 2018

Three Dominican sisters who served in the Archdiocese of Dubuque are celebrating the anniversary of making vows as concecrated religious sisters. This article is part of our 2018 coverage of jubiliees for priests and religious. More articles will be published in the coming months.

Sister Rosalinda Soria, OP,

celebrates 50th jubilee

Sister Rosalinda Soria, OP, will celebrate her 50th jubilee in July 2018. A Mass will be held in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Mound on Sunday, July 15, for her and 13 other Sinsinawa Dominican sisters celebrating 50 years.

Sister Rosalinda’s home parish is Little Flower, Billings, in the Great Falls-Billings Diocese. She is the daughter of the late Gilbert and Guadalupe (Alvarado) Soria. Sister Rosalinda’s ministry has been dedicated to nursing and social work.

In the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Sister Rosalinda ministered as a nurse at St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, for the majority of the time from 1968 to 1990.

In the Diocese of Great Falls-Billings, Sister Rosalinda served as a nurse in Billings at Valley Nursing Home, another nursing home and with a home nursing company, all 1985-1986.

In the Archdiocese of Newark, Sister Rosalinda ministered as a nurse and counselor at St. Francis Home, Hoboken, 1990-1991.

In the Archdiocese of New York, Sister Rosalinda served as counselor and administrator at Good Counsel-Paraclete, Staten Island, 1991-1993.

In the Diocese of Brownsville, Sister Rosalinda ministered as a nurse, counselor and administrator at Holy Family Service, Weslaco, 1993-1998.

In the Diocese of Gallup, Sister Rosalinda ministered as a counselor at Casa San Jose Catholic Charities, Grants, 1998-2012.

Sister Rosalinda is living in community at the motherhouse, Sinsinawa.

Sister Ann Willits, OP,

celebrates 60th jubilee

Sister Ann Willits, OP, will celebrate her 60th jubilee in June 2018. A Mass will be held in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Mound on Sunday, June 3, for her and 25 other Sinsinawa Dominican sisters celebrating 60 years. Her religious name was Sister Caitlin.

Sister Ann’s home parish is Nativity, Dubuque, in the Dubuque Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Dr. ­Henry M. and Kathleen (Tracy) Willits. Sister Ann’s ministry has been dedicated to teaching and preaching.     

She has ministered in Minnesota, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Illinois, as well as led retreats and parish missions all over the United States and abroad. She served on the General Council of the Sinsinawa Dominican Congregation, 1973-1982.

Sister Ann is currently ministering as an itinerant preacher.

Sister Marielle Schmitt, OP,

celebrates 80th jubilee

Sister Marielle Schmitt, OP, will celebrate her 80th jubilee in June 2018. A Mass will be held in the chapel at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, Wisconsin, on Sunday, June 3, for her and one other Sinsinawa Dominican sister celebrating 80 years.

Sister Marielle’s home parishes are St. Bernard and St. John Cathedral, both Milwaukee, in the Milwaukee Archdiocese. She is the daughter of the late Hugo and Roberta (Miller) Schmitt. Sister Marielle’s ministry has been dedicated to teaching, library work and pastoral ministry.

In the Archdiocese of Washington, Sister Marielle taught at St. Dominic, Washington, D.C., 1938-1939.

In the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, Sister Marielle taught at Annunciation, Minneapolis, 1939-1944, and served in pastoral care at Holy Rosary Parish, Minneapolis, 1990-1999.

In the Archdiocese of Chicago, Sister Marielle taught at St. Luke, River Forest, 1945-1951, and ministered as a librarian at St. Giles, Oak Park, 1973-1979.

In the Archdiocese of New York, Sister Marielle taught at Our Lady of Mercy, Bronx, 1951-1956.

In the Archdiocese of Dubuque, Sister Marielle taught at St. Joseph the Worker, Dubuque, 1956-1962, and served in pastoral care at St. Dominic Villa, Dubuque, 1999-2000.

In the Diocese of Sioux City, Sister Marielle taught at Blessed Sacrament, Sioux City, 1962-1965.

In the Diocese of Kansas City-St. Joseph, Sister Marielle taught at Holy Name, Kansas City, 1965-1966.

In the Diocese of Rockford, Sister Marielle taught at St. Mary, Dixon, 1966-1973.

In the Diocese of Madison, Sister Marielle served as a librarian at Edgewood Cam­pus School, Madison, 1979-1989.

Sister Marielle is living in community at St. Dominic Villa, Hazel Green, Wisconsin.

If you would like to honor these sisters on their jubilee days, go to the Sinsinawa Dominicans’ website at www.sinsinawa.org/jubilee.

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