HAMDEN – The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus honored their sisters celebrating 60, 65 and 70 years of vowed life and 25 and 50 years of vowed life in two separate Masses of Thanksgiving in June and July.
Father Thomas Kelly of New Haven, a priest of the Archdiocese of Hartford, was the principal celebrant of both Masses.
On July 18, a Mass to honor the silver and golden jubilarians was celebrated in the chapel at the provincial house.
Sister Patricia Kofron celebrated 50 years of vowed life. Those marking 25 years are Sister Sandra Krupp, Sister Mary Lee and Sister Maria Lourdes Maranan.
Sister Patricia received a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary education and English from Fordham University in New York. She also has a Master of Education degree in curriculum reading from Loyola University in Chicago and a Master of Arts degree in pastoral studies from Aquinas Institute in St. Louis, Mo. She has taught at the former Blessed Sacrament Junior High School in Hamden as well as in Bridgeport; Melrose Park, Ill.; Johnston, R.I.; and St. Louis. She has served as a pastoral associate and director of religious education in St. Louis and ministered in adult faith formation in Creve Coeur, Mo.
Sister Patricia will minister at a St. Louis parish as a pastoral associate this month.
Sister Sandra received a Bachelor of Arts degree in liberal studies from Southern Connecticut State University and a Master of Science degree in education from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pa. Sister Sandra has taught at schools in Pittsburgh, St. Louis and Bronx. She has served in pastoral ministry in St. Louis since 2008.
Sister Mary Lee earned a Bachelor of Science degree in computer science and physical education from Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacagdoches, Texas, and a Master of Arts degree in teaching English as a second language from Fairfield University. She also studied Mandarin Chinese at Fu-Jen University Language Center in Taipei, Taiwan. Sister Mary has taught at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden and in Chinatown, N.Y. With Sister Anne Walsh, she opened the first Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus mission in Asia in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. She has taught at an elementary and junior high school in Kaohsiung since 2000.
Sister Maria Lourdes Maranan, the daughter of Dr. Diosdado and Lourdes Maranan of St. Louis, received a Bachelor of Arts degree in history from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven and a Bachelor of Science degree in nursing from St. Louis University. She has also completed a graduate certificate in pastoral care for the second half of life from the College of St. Elizabeth in Morristown, N.J. Sister Maria Lourdes has taught in Bridgeport; Middlesex, N.J.; Johnston, R.I.; and St. Louis. She also has served as the supervisor of the assisted living service agency and director of nursing at Sacred Heart Manor in Hamden. She was scheduled to teach in New York in the fall.
At the eucharistic liturgy for the Feast of the Sacred Heart on June 12, celebrated in the Sacred Heart Manor chapel, sisters celebrating 60, 65 and 70 years of vowed life were honored and renewed their vows. Sister Carolyn Capobianco, Sister Clotilde Como and Sister Marcella Polizzi celebrated 70 years of religious profession.
Sister Rita Amarante and Sister Eugenia Sortino observed 65 years of religious profession. Sister Eleanor Pozzo celebrated 60 years of vowed life. A photo gallery and video of the events are available on the Apostles’ website at www.ascjus.org.
The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are actively engaged in the ministries of elementary and secondary education, special education, social and parish ministry, health care and immigration.