Sampling of newer entrants to religious life: Women

Sampling of newer entrants to religious life: Women

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Photos and contact information for a sampling of newer entrants (more to come). Photo credit: Courtesy of [Religious Institute].

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Women religious

Dominican Sisters, Adrian, MI

Center, Sister Katherine Frazier, O.P. at vows ceremony

Sr. Katherine Frazier OP


Details and contact:

Sister Katherine Frazier, O.P.
Profile in "Meet Dominicans"
Director of Mission Integration, Regina Dominican High School
Made first profession August 2018
From Fort Wayne, Indiana

Sister Marilín Llanes, O.P. right 

Additional photos available 

Details and contact:

Sister Marilín Llanes, O.P. 
Profile in "Meet Dominicans"
School Psychologist, Joliet, Illinois, School District
Made final vows August 2019
From La Habana, Cuba; grew up in Miami, FL area


Sister Xiomara Méndez-Hernández, O.P. 

Video and Additional photos available 

Details and contact:

Sister Xiomara Méndez-Hernández, O.P. 
Profile of Sister Xiomara in "Meet Dominican"
Profile of Sister Xiomara in VISION
Hospital Chaplain, Loyola University Medical Center
Made final vows December 2017
From Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic


Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

Novice Elizabeth Wavra (center) is preparing for religious life and is the youngest member of the Clyde, Missouri community of the  Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration.

Sister Maria Victoria Cutaia, O.S.B. 

Details and contact:

Kelley Baldwin, Director of Communications
Facebook and Twitter
Sister Maria Victoria profile in VISION


Dominican Sisters of Peace

Details and contact:

Dee Holleran
Manager, Public Relations and Communications
Dominican Sisters of Peace
Video montage of these sisters available


Sister Ana Gonzalez, O.P., left, made First Profession in 2018, and is shown here during that ceremony with Prioress Pat Twohill.

Details and contact:

Sister Ana Gonzalez, O.P.
Coordinator of International Admissions
at Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, CT.;


Sister Annie Killian, O.P.

Details and contact:

Sister Annie Killian, O.P.
Associate Professor of English at Ohio Dominican University
Entered the Dominican Sisters of Peace as a candidate in July 2019
Received her Ph.D. from Yale

Sister Bea Tiboldi, O.P., right

Details and contact:

Sister Bea Tiboldi, O.P. 
Vocation Outreach Minister
Lives in the Congregation’s House of Welcome, Columbus, OH
Made her final vows in April, 2019


Sister Ellen Coates, O.P., left

Details and contact:

 Sister Ellen Coates, O.P.
Entered the Collaborative Dominican Novitiate in the fall of 2019.

Sister Margaret Uche, O.P., left, is shown here during her initial vows ceremony in 2018 with Prioress Sister Pat Twohill, O.P.

Details and contact:

Sister Margaret Uche, O.P.
Professed her Initial Vows in 2018.
She is currently ministering in health care in New Orleans, LA.

Sister Vuong Vu, O.P. is shown here as she is welcomed to the Novitiate in 2018 by Prioress Sister Pat Twohill, O.P.

Details and contact:

Sister Phuong Vu, O.P.
Currently in the second year of her novitiate
Ministering as a guidance assistant at St. Mary’s Dominican High School;


Franciscan Sisters of Perpetual Adoration

Sister Michele Pettit, F.S.P.A.

Details and contact:

Contact  Jane Comeau, communications director

Sister Michele Pettit, F.S.P.A.
Living and ministering at FSPA novitiate in Chicago 
Native of Edina, Missouri
Joined FSPA in 2017.
Holds a doctorate in health education from Southern Illinois University
Master’s degree in public health from the University of Illinois
Bachelor’s degree in health science from Truman State University 


Sister Laura Nettles, F.S.P.A.

Details and contact:

Sister Laura Nettles, F.S.P.A. 
professed final vows with FSPA in 2013.
urrently serves as an assistant professor in religious studies at Viterbo University
Holds M.A. from both St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, New York
and the Catholic Theological Union, Chicago, Illinois.
Earned a B.A. in music education from the University of Wyoming
Show me a sign video: Sister Laura, “How do I navigate the changing role of daughter?”


Sister Sarah Hennessey, F.S.P.A.

Details and contact:

Sister Sarah Hennessey, F.S.P.A.
Professed final vows in 2011
Ministers as a spiritual director at Franciscan Spirituality Center in La Crosse, WI
Sister Sarah Hennessey Videos: Called: Sister Sarah discerns the religious habit
Show me a sign: Sister Sarah, “What if my family isn’t Catholic?”


Sister Meg Earsley, F.S.P.A.

Details and contact:

Sister Meg Earsley, F.S.P.A.
Entered novitiate in 2019
Resides in Chicago as she enters more fully into the FSPA novitiate program
Lived as an FSPA associate in La Crosse, Wisconsin, and ministered at St. Rose Convent in the liturgy office
Earned a diploma in interior design from the Waukesha Area Technical College,
Prior to entrance, served as a software director of training and support and as director of engagement services at Pethealth Inc., a company focused on assisting animal welfare organizations with their software needs.


Sister Laurie Sullivan, F.S.P.A.

Details and contact:

Sister Laurie Sullivan, F.S.P.A.
Entered FSPA in 2011
Made her first profession in 2014
Lives and ministers in La Crosse, Wisconsin
Serves as a finance assistant for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of La Crosse. Prior to joining FSPA, attended Lake Superior State College in Sault Ste. Marie Was an active member in St. Joseph Parish, Perkins, Michigan
Holds a Bachelor of Science in business administration


IHM Sisters of Scranton, PA


Fran Fasolka, IHM
Director of Communications
IHM Congregation
2300 Adams Avenue
Scranton, PA 18509


Sister Liz McGill, I.H.M. (center)


Sister Liz McGill, I.H.M. 
Profile of Sister Liz on IHM website


Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto (Ontario, Canada)

Details and contact:

Lisa Tabachnick
Director of Communications
Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto
101 Thorncliffe Park Drive
Toronto, ON M4H 1M2
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Sister Kristine Fernandes, C.S.J.

Details and contact:

Sister Kristine Fernandes, C.S.J. 
Ministers with Fontbonne Ministries
Kristine first met the Sisters at a Faith Connections (Fontbonne Ministries) event Professed her vows on May 1, 2019
Master’s degree in Commerce from Mumbai University
Studying theology at Regis College, Toronto.
Worked on the business operrations side of the media industry
Long-time volunteerwith the differently-abled, people


Dominican Sisters Sinsinawa, WI

Sister Christin Tomy, O.P.

Details and contact:

Sinsinawa, WI
Temporary professed
Currently ministers as Care for Creation Coordinator
Lives in community with four other sisters
Native of Iowa, and I spent time in Latin America prior to entering the community
video on greenhouse from spring 2019



Sister Quincy Howard, O.P.


Sister Quincy Howard, O.P.
Temporary professed entered in 2014
Ministers in Washington, DC.
Advocates for Catholic Social Justice
Volunteers at the Father McKenna Center
Part of the Nuns & Nones initiative in Washington, DC. 
Lives in community with a diverse group of religious and laypeope
Recent article in Global Sisters Report

Sister Nicole Reich, O.P.

Details and contact:

Sr. Nicole Reich O.P., BCC
2011 Jefferson St. 
Madison, WI 53711 

Third year of temporary profession
Board certified chaplain ministering as a Spiritual Care Coordinator for Heartland Hospice in Madison, WI.
Lives in community with two Sinsinawans and one of our sisters from Vietnam
Sing with parishes Sunday choir and sacred music schola. 


Sister Kathy Flynn, O.P.

Details and contact:

Sister Kathy Flynn, O.P.
Attends Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) training through Aurora Health System
Ministers as Spiritual and Emotional Care Intern at Sojourner Family Peace Center/Sojourner Truth House, Milwaukee.
Accepted into an extended internship CPE program through Aurora Health System.


Sisters of Providence, St. Mary-of-the-Woods, IN 


Amy Miranda
Publication Manager/Marketing Associate
Mission Advancement
Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods


Sister Corbin Hannah, S.P.

Details and contact:

Sister Corbin Hannah, S.P. entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, in 2009 at age 25. Today she ministers with homeless young adults at Safe Place Services day shelter in Louisville, Kentucky. Sister Corbin is currently in her final year of formation, called tertian year, preparing to make her final vows as a Sister of Providence in the summer of 2020.
​Video footage available for all except Sister Corbin Hannah


Sister Emily TeKolste, S.P.


Details and contact:

Sister Emily TeKolste, S.P., entered the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, in 2016 at age 28. Sister Emily professed her first vows as a Sister of Providence in June 2019. Sister Emily currently ministers as a community organizer with NETWORK, a Catholic social justice lobby in Washington, D.C., where she lives in community with two other Sisters of Providence. 
Video footage available and candid shots


Sister Jessica Vitente, S.P.

Details and contact:

Sister Jessica Vitente, S.P., entered in the Sisters of Providence of Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Indiana, in 2018 at age 34. Originally from Ponoma, California, Sister Jessica is currently a canonical novice with the Sisters of Providence. She is participating in an intercommunity novitiate program with more than 20 communities of women and men religious from all over the world.
Video footage available and additional candids



Sister (and Dr.) Arrianne Whittaker, S.P.


Details and contact:

Sister Arrianne Whittaker, S.P.,
Temporarily professed; entered in 2012
Graduated from medical school in May 2019
Currently ministers as a resident doctor at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis.


Additional photos available for the following women’s communities

Patrice Tuohy

Benedictine Sisters, Beech Grove, IN

Carmelite Sisters, Baltimore, MD

Religious of the Assumption

Felician Sisters of North America


U.S. Catholic Conference of Bishops
images and short quotes of religious men and women

Giving Voice (sisters under age 50)

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