Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut
Friday, August 18, 2017

jubilee domThe Congregation of Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception marked 175 years of combined fidelity and service of three of its sisters in the motherhouse chapel in New Britain recently.

From left, they are Mother Mary Jennifer Carroll, superior general, celebrating 50 years; Sister Mary Cyril Sudol, 75 years; and Sister Mary Esther Nowell, 50 years.

All three sisters have worked in ministries sponsored by the Daughters of Mary.

Sister Mary Cyril worked in education. Her book, A Christian's Food for Thought, was published recently. Mother Mary Jennifer also ministered in education as well as in the care of the elderly. Sister Mary Esther served in the child care and hospitality ministries.

Sister Mary GemmaSister Mary Gemma Spoldi, a member of the Parish Visitors of Mary Immaculate, celebrated the 60th anniversary of her final profession of vows on July 2.

A native of West Haven, she graduated from West Haven High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in human services, thology and religious studies from Scranton University.

Over her many years of ministry, Sister Mary Gemma fulfilled three assignments to West Haven: from 1963 to 1968 as local treasurer and a catechetical instructor for a  training course for the Archdiocese of Hartford; from 1969 to 1972 at St. Paul Parish as local superior of the convent and director of religious education; and from 1983 to 1984 at St. Paul's as a catechist.

She currently is the assistant procurator for Marycrest Convent (the order's motherhouse), in Monroe, N.Y. will serving in religious education at Holy Family Church in Greenwood Lake, N.Y.

She also has ministered in Delmar and Rome, N.Y., Raritan, N.J.; and Scranton, Pa.


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