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Sr. Cordia Wilczewska 

Entered Feb. 9, 1989 Warsaw, Poland Katarzyna Wilczewska, a native of Szczecin, Poland, transferred to the U.S. in 2009. She is a recent master’s graduate in counseling psychology from Holy Family University, Philadelphia. Sr. Cordia recently was interviewed by Sr. Celine Warnilo for one of the ministry profiles that we publish in the Province’s internal newsletter, with abridged versions running in Nazareth Connections. … Continue Reading

Sr. Angela Szczawinska

Entered Feb. 5, 1989 Warsaw, Poland Lidia Maria Szczawinska joined the CSFN community in Warsaw, Poland, out of high school “after extensive struggles.”  She wanted a family, “but in my heart I knew [this] was what God wanted me to do and it was the only way to be happy in my life. … Continue Reading

Sr. Michele Vincent Fisher

Entered  June 7, 1989 Philadelphia, PA Sr. Michele Vincent Fisher first encountered a single CSFN in high school.  Sr. Angela Cresswell was Sr. Michele’s Spanish teacher at Nativity BVM High School in Pottsville, PA — “and the only CSFN in our school. … Continue Reading

Sr. Maureen McGarrity

Entered Sept. 8, 1964 Philadelphia, PA A Philadelphia native, Sr. Maureen McGarrity is the new president of Holy Family University, where she has spent much of her academic career after teaching stings at St. Katherine of Siena Parish School and Nazareth Academy High School.… Continue Reading

Sr. Marcella Binkowski

Entered Sept. 8, 1964 Philadelphia, PA Lorraine Ann Binkowski joined the CSFNs while a student at Nazareth Academy, Philadelphia.  She had first encountered them in her parish school, St. John Cantius, also in Philadelphia. Sr. Marcella has taught in elementary schools and at Holy Family College, now University. … Continue Reading

Sr. Catherine Marie Kawa

Entered Sept. 8, 1964 Des Plaines, IL Though a Chicago native, Sr. Catherine Marie Kawa spent most of her ministerial life in Texas, serving as a principal, teacher, librarian and archivist at various schools and at the former Southwest Provincialate.  She also worked in a hospital records department and served on the provincial leadership team for the former Southwest Province.… Continue Reading

Sr. Bernice Stobierski

Entered Sept. 8, 1964 Philadelphia, PA A native New Englander who spent much of her ministerial life in the Northeast, Sr. Bernice Stobierski now finds herself in Grand Prairie, TX, where she is the director of the new Nazareth Retreat Center.… Continue Reading

Sr. Rita Ashwell  

Entered Sept. 6, 1964 Philadelphia, PA Young Rita Ashwell first met the CSFNs while a student at Our Lady of the Rosary Parish School in Springfield, MA.  “I was attracted to their way of life as kind and selfless people, their love of God and the example they set for us,” Sr.… Continue Reading

Sr. Leona Mitra

Entered June 16, 1939 Des Plaines, IL Sr. Leona Mitra grew up on the near northwest side of Chicago, attending St. Hedwig School where she encountered the CSFNs in her classrooms.  She graduated from Villa Nazareth in Des Plaines in 1940 and later attended Alverno College in Milwaukee, WI. … Continue Reading

Sr. Jolanta Polak

Entered Feb. 2, 1940 Des Plaines, IL Love of art and love of the Lord have been the hallmarks of Sr. Jolanta’s 75 years as a Sister of the Holy Family of Nazareth.  (She celebrates her anniversary with sisters who entered in the fall of 1939.… Continue Reading