LaGrange Park Jubilarians – 2019 – Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph

LaGrange Park Jubilarians – 2019

Sister Ann Terese Reznicek, CSJ

70 years

Sister Ann Terese Reznicek entered the Congregation of St. Joseph on September 7, 1948, from Our Lady of the Mount parish in Cicero, IL, following graduation from Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park. During her early years in the Congregation she received a B.S. in English from Loyola University and a M.A. in Special Education from Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. She later received an M.A. in Educational Administration and Supervision from DePaul University in Chicago.

Sister Ann Terese spent the first half of her career in education, first as a 1st and 2nd grade teacher, then as reading consultant for the Archdiocese of Chicago, then principal at St. Barbara in Brookfield and St. John Fisher in Chicago. She then entered leadership within the Congregation of St. Joseph community, serving first on the Congregation Council and then as the President. She spent 30 years in ministry as the Pastoral Associate for St. Leonard in Berwyn, IL. She also served as the Coordinator of Sisters for the LaGrange Park center. She is known for her deep devotion to friends and her wisdom. She has touched many with her joy, especially her elderly mother, sister and brother-in-law, who she cared for through illnesses. Since her retirement from full time ministry, Sister Ann Terese has remained active visiting the sick and elderly and through volunteer service at the LaGrange Park center.

 Sister Mary Schaefer , CSJ

60 years

Sister Mary Schaefer attended Nazareth Academy before entered the Congregation of St. Joseph in LaGrange Park on September 7, 1958. She continued her education, earning her B.A. in History from Rosary College, and M. Ed from Marygrove College in Detroit. She spent most of her career in the ministry of education, teaching in elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Chicago, then on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, and St. Mary School in Mississippi. After a sabbatical, she became Director of Religious Education on the Wind River Indian Reservation in Wyoming for many years, working with the Arapaho Native peoples. Returning to the Midwest, she served as Director of Religious Education for three parishes in Milwaukee and several parishes in the Chicago area, while also serving on the Leadership Council of the LaGrange Park Sisters of St. Joseph.

Now retired from teaching, Mary works as an aide for the retired sisters in LaGrange Park where she cares for each one uniquely, tending to their personal needs. She is especially known for her gracefulness and tenderness towards people and love of the created world.

Sister Joellen Sbrissa, CSJ

60 Years

Sister Joellen Sbrissa entered the Congregation of St. Joseph on September 7, 1958, from St. Anthony parish in Chicago. She attended St. Willibrord High School, earned her B.A. in Mathematics from Rosary College, and her M.A.T.M. in Mathematics from the University of Detroit. She spent the first half of her career in the ministry of education, teaching at Our Lady of Bethlehem, St. John Fisher, St. Francis Xavier, Mt. Carmel. St. Joseph Military Academy, the Alexine Learning Center, and Nazareth Academy. Additionally, she spent several years as a teacher and a member of a pastoral team with the Maryknoll Sisters in Bolivia. Sister Joellen then shifted her career focus to issues of social justice, first as an advocate for women and children at Cook County Jail, then as a social worker and assistant at Genesis House, and later as Business Coordinator/Executive Assistant at the 8th Day Center for Justice. She has also served at Lutheran Social Services and Deborah’s Place in Chicago.

Since 2004, Joellen has served as a coordinator on the Congregation of St. Joseph Peace and Justice Committee, and she continues to be dedicated to social justice in the world, primarily coordinating the Congregation’s immigration initiative. In addition to her many ministries, Sister Joellen is also a gifted photographer and enjoys capturing nature as well as important moments and events throughout the Congregation.

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