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August 10, 2001 Issue
Local News

Five Dominicans with links to diocese celebrate

Jubiliarians mark anniversaries at the Siena Center in Racine


Five Racine Dominican Sisters who have ties to the Green Bay Diocese are among 24 members of that community who on Aug. 5 celebrated their Jubilees of final profession as members of the order.

Sisters with ties to the Green Bay Diocese who took part in the celebration at Siena Center Chapel are:

-- Sr. Maryjo Van Der Loop, 70 years, who was born in Little Chute, and now is retired at Siena Center in Racine. She received a bachelor's degree in education and history at St. Norbert College, De Pere, in 1948 and a master's degree in guidance and counseling from the University of Detroit in 1968. She ministered in grade schools and high schools throughout Wisconsin and Michigan. From 1986 to 1992, she tutored inmates in the Racine County Jail.

-- Sr. Renee Van Himbergen, 60 years, a native of Kimberly. She received a bachelor's degree in education from the former Dominican College in 1954 and a certificate in theology from the College of St. Theresa in Winona, Minn. She taught in various grade schools in Wisconsin, New Mexico and Michigan. She also ministered at the Plantation Education Program in New Iberia, La., from 1980 to 1983, and was a tutor at St. Leo Parish in Milwaukee from 1989 to 1991. She is retired at Siena Center in Racine.

-- Sr. Rita Vander Velden, 60 years, a native of Kimberly, resides at Siena Center, Racine. She has a bachelor's degree in science from St. Norbert College in De Pere in 1954. She also received a theology certificate from Mount Mary College in Milwaukee in 1961 and a reading specialist certificate from Marquette University in 1971. She ministered in various elementary schools in Wisconsin, New Mexico and Alaska. She also taught at St. Catherine High School for many years and continues to be an active volunteer at the school.

-- Sr. Evelyn (Claretta) Antoine, 50 years, pastoral associate at Sacred Heart Parish in Shawano, was born in Belgium, Wis. She received a bachelor's degree in education from Dominican College in Racine in 1960 and a master's degree in history from the University of Detroit in 1967. She also has a master of pastoral studies in ecclesial ministry from Loyola University in New Orleans. She has taught at various elementary schools in Wisconsin and Michigan., and has been a pastoral associate at Our Lady Queen of the Universe in Woodruff, and St. Francis Xavier Cathedral in Green Bay.

-- Sr. Germaine Hietpas, 40 years, was born in Little Chute, and works in spiritual ministry in Kenosha. She received a bachelor's degree in education from Dominican College in 1963 and completed clinical pastoral education for chaplaincy through St. Luke's Hospital in Milwaukee in 1985. She earned a master's degree in theology from Sacred Heart School of Theology in 1991 and a master's degree in pastoral studies from Loyola University in Chicago in 1995. She taught at various elementary schools in Wisconsin and ministered as a chaplain at St. Catherine's Hospital in Kenosha from 1985 to 1994. From 1995 to 2000, she was coordinator of life transitions for her community at Siena Center.



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