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Sisters Celebrate Golden Jubilee
The following information appeared as part of an article in the OND – the diocesan paper in Crooskton, MN – and is used with permission from the Editor.
|From left, Sister Geraldine Riendeau, CSJ, Sister Mary Ellen Proulx, CSJ, Bishop Michael Heoppner, and Sister Rosemarie Brouillard, CSJ.|
Three Sisters of St. Joseph celebrated their Golden Jubilee among family and friends at the Crookston Cathedral Sunday, August 12. Bishop Michael Hoeppner presided at the 9:00 a.m. Mass celebrating the Sisters’ 50th anniversary of their profession of vows. “As we celebrate the Golden Jubilee of Sister Rosemarie Brouillard, Sister Mary Ellen Proulx and Sister Geraldine Riendeau, all Sisters of the Congregation of St. Joseph, we delight to celebrate the unique and special witness that consecrated religious women bring to our world,” Bishop said. “Golden Jubilees celebrate 50 years of consecrated life. What a gift this is for the Church and for the world.”
Sister Pat Murphy, one of the jubilee coordinators said, “These Sisters are faithful and loved members of our community. All three grew up in the Diocese of Crookston, and all three attended St. Joseph’s Academy here.”
Sister Rosemarie Brouillard devoted her life to the care of the sick and the elderly. She served in two hospitals of the Sisters of St. Joseph - Trinity Hospital in Baudette, and St. Joseph’s Hospital in Park Rapids. For a number of years Sister Rosemarie was part of Sister Share, a ministry of outreach to the elderly homebound in St. Paul, before she returned to Park Rapids where she brought health care to the homebound and frail elderly of the area. Since her recent retirement to Crookston Sister Rosemarie continues to use her gifts as a healthcare aide to retired St. Joseph Sisters, and as a volunteer several days a week at the Sunrise Center for children.
Sister Mary Ellen Proulx has for more than 50 years offered to the St. Joseph community and to all those she ministered to, the gift of music. An accomplished pianist, she has served in St. Joseph elementary and high schools, teaching music, directing choirs, and working with musicals. She directed the choirs of parishes in the Twin Cities and, for some years, at the Crookston Cathedral. Sister Mary Ellen served on the leadership team of the St. Joseph province and was a part of the initial formation team. For a number of years, she provided musical entertainment for the retired, in a full time position at Health East Marian in St. Paul. Along with her gift of music, Sister Mary Ellen has always had a keen sense of justice and has worked to bring to others this same urgency to heal the wounds of our world, according to Sister Pat Murphy.
Sister Geraldine Riendeau began her ministry in food service both within her religious community and overseeing the food service at the local St. Joseph Catholic schools. Having “worked herself out of a job” by enabling the laywomen who worked with her to take charge, Sister Geraldine served at Trinity Hospital as supervisor of the dietary, housekeeping and laundry departments and the purchasing of supplies for the hospital. As part of her degree in Business Administration from Concordia College, Moorhead, Sister Geraldine did her internship at Riverview Hospital, then served as materials manager at the provincial house in Crookston. Having been asked to serve as Congregational treasurer she moved to Cincinnati, the headquarters of the congregation at the time. She continues to serve, now in Baton Rouge, LA, as finance manager at St. Joseph’s Sisters’ residence and as the congregation’s technology training coordinator.
Please join with us in congratulating these sisters as they celebrate this special year.