WILTON – During a eucharistic celebration attended by more than 200 friends, family members and School Sisters of Notre Dame, Joan Frances Pikiell, a native and longtime resident of Bristol, made her first profession of religious vows on July 26, at the order’s chapel at Villa Notre Dame in Wilton.
Sister Joan, 50, has spent the past four years deepening her commitment to God in study and service with School Sisters in Connecticut, Maryland, New York, Illinois and Missouri.
She will teach middle school math and science in Timonium, Md.
Sister Joan taught science, technology and religious education at St. Joseph School in Bristol for seven years. Before that, she held graduate assistant and adjunct faculty positions while working on an advanced degree from the University of Connecticut. She also worked with college students as director of residential life at St. Anselm College in Manchester, N.H., for four years after earning her bachelor’s degree there.
She is the daughter of Mary Faith (Crowley) and the late Joseph Pikiell, both natives of Bristol, and former Catholic school educators. She graduated from St. Matthew School in Forestville and St. Paul Catholic High in Bristol. She earned a bachelor’s degree in natural science from St. Anselm and a master’s degree in educational studies from UConn.
NEW BRITAIN – Auxiliary Bishop Christie A. Macaluso poses with Mother Mary Jennifer Carroll, superior general of the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception, left, and Sister Mary Theresa Tinana on Aug. 15 at the sisters’ motherhouse in New Britain.
Family, friends, women religious and clergy gathered to share in Sister Mary Theresa’s joy as she professed her perpetual vows in the congregation. Bishop Macaluso presided over the ceremony as Mother Mary Jennifer accepted Sister Mary Theresa’s vows.
Sister Theresa is the daughter of Lucia Tinana and the late Geronimo Tinana. Originally from Quezon Province in the Philippines, she earned a nursing degree from the University of the Philippines and then came to the United States, where she resided in Jacksonville, Fla., for seven years before entering the religious community in 2005.
She most recently received a Master of Arts Degree in pastoral ministry from the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry.
She resides at Sancta Maria Nursing Facility in Cambridge, Mass., which is owned and operated by the Daughters of Mary of the Immaculate Conception.
WASHINGTON – The Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur re-elected Sister Teresita Weind, a member of the order’s Ohio Province, left, as the congregational leader for a term of six years. Delegates also elected a leadership team during the congregation’s general chapter from July 12 through Aug. 2 at Trinity University in Washington, D.C. The leadership team comprises, from left, Sisters Maureen White (USA), Masheti Wangoyi (Kenya), Patricia O’Brien (Britain) and Liliane Sweko, (Democratic Republic of Congo).
ELLICOTT CITY, Md. – The Franciscan Friars at St. Paul Parish in Kensington took part in a little history-making in May as their order merged two provinces, or territorial areas, into one Our Lady of the Angels Province.
The former Provinces of Immaculate Conception (founded in 1872) and St. Anthony of Padua (founded in 1906) merged into the new province during the provincial chapter (convention) of the Franciscan Friars Conventual of the eastern United States May 5-9 in Buffalo, N.Y. The chapter is held every four years,
Formally established on May 5, the territory of the new Our Lady of the Angels Province stretches from Ontario, Canada, to the eastern United States, from New England to Florida. The province also includes Costa Rica and custodies in Brazil, Great Britain and Ireland. The friars in Kensington are the only representatives of the order in the archdiocese.
Numbering more than 200 friars, Our Lady of the Angels Province will assemble again in the second session of the chapter Aug. 4-8, when the friars will chart the course of the order’s many ministries, celebrating the longevity and diversity of its Franciscan witness to the poor and marginalized in the United States. Following the exhortation of Pope Francis, the new Our Lady of the Angels Province will seek to “wake up the world” with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
The friars serving at St. Peter in Kensington are Father Robert Schlageter, pastor; Father Raymond Borkowski and Father Timothy Lyons, parochial vicars.
Information about the new province is available from Joseph Hamilton, director of communications, at email@example.com or at 410-531-9200.
ENFIELD – Ten local Felician Sisters are marking anniversaries ranging from 50 to 80 years this year. These members of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Canalice represent 610 years of ministry.
Sister Mary Cecilia Janiec is celebrating 80 years. She was born in Hartford and entered the order on July 26, 1934, at Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Convent in Lodi, N.J. She has taught at St. Bernard School and St. Martha School, Enfield; and St. Gabriel School, Windsor. She also served as an extraordinary minister of holy Communion and sacristan at Our Lady of the Angels Convent, Enfield, where she resides.