Tipton Jubilarians – 2021 – Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph

Tipton Jubilarians – 2021

Sister Karen Van De Walle, CSJ

(Sister Miriam)

60 Years

Sister Karen Van De Walle entered religious life with the founding community of Tipton on September 7, 1961, from St. Matthew Parish in South Bend, Indiana. She taught in Indiana parochial schools for several years before focusing her teaching ministry on art. She taught art at St. Patrick in Kokomo and St. Joseph Academy in Tipton. She went on to teach at St.-Mary-of-the-Woods in Terre Haute as well as at Cathedral High School and the Indianapolis Art League. In 1981, Sister Karen blended her love of clay work with spiritual direction when she began The Potter’s House in Indianapolis. During this time, also served two terms on the Leadership Team for the founding community of Tipton, and offered her gifts by serving on the Chapel Renovation Committee.

Sister Karen still maintains her humble studio, The Potter’s House, in Indianapolis where she meets people from all over the world who share her passion for the spirituality of art.


Sister Wanda Wetli, CSJ

(Sister Frances)

60 Years

Sister Wanda Wetli entered religious life with the founding community of Tipton on September 7, 1961, from St. Mary’s Parish in Dunnington, Indiana. She began her teaching ministry in 1964, and for almost 20 years shared her gifts between three parochial schools in Indiana: St. Matthew in South Bend, St. John the Baptist in Tipton, and St. Patrick in Kokomo. For several years, she served as campus minister at Indiana University/Purdue University in Indianapolis. Sister Wanda then completed studies in Chicago and spent two years in spiritual direction/retreat ministry at Noddfa in North Wales. Upon her return to Tipton, she continued her spirituality ministry by establishing Little Noddfa, a retreat center on the Tipton motherhouse grounds. She also served as a member of the training team for spiritual directors at Benedict Inn in Beech Grove, Indiana. While dedicating her time and energy to this ministry, she also served on the Leadership Team for the founding community of  Tipton, and also as Formation Director.

Sister Wanda currently resides at our Nazareth center in Kalamazoo, Michigan, where she continues to offer spiritual direction.

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