Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, February 17, 2018

ascj jubilarians webJubilarian Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus are, from left, Sister Lisa Ann Retort, 25 years; and Sister Mary Shawn Lyons, Sister Susan Emmerich and Sister Estelle Barelli, 50 years. (Photos submitted)

HAMDEN – The Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus honored their sisters celebrating 60 and 70 years of vowed life and 25 and 50 years of vowed life in two separate Masses of Thanksgiving in June.

On June 25, a Mass of Thanksgiving to honor the silver and golden jubilarians was celebrated in the chapel at the provincial house. Sister Lisa Ann Retort celebrated 25 years of vowed life.  Celebrating 50 years of vowed life were Sisters Estelle Barelli, Susan Emmerich and Mary Shawn Lyons.

Father Lawrence Symolon was the principal celebrant and homilist.

Sister Lisa, the daughter of Michelina Retort and the late Alfred E. Retort, received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, in political science from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. She also has a law degree from the University of Akron School of Law in Ohio.

Sister Lisa has taught at Sacred Heart Academy in Hamden as well as in St. Louis, Mo.; Washington Township, N.J.; and Tallahassee, Fla. She also has been the secretary for the United States Province of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus since 2010. In August, Sister Lisa will begin teaching again at Sacred Heart Academy.

Sister Estelle received a Bachelor of Science degree in English from Fordham University in New York City and has a diploma in spirituality from St. Thomas Aquinas University in Rome.

She has taught in New York City; New Castle, Pa.; Sacramento, Calif.; Middlesex, N.J.; and St. Louis. She also has been a tutor and school assistant at Clelian Heights, a facility for children and adults with developmental disabilities, in Greensburg, Pa.

Sister Estelle currently assists the retired sisters at Sacred Heart Manor in Hamden.

Sister Susan received a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Loyola University in Chicago and a Master of Arts degree in English from Fordham University, a Master of Library Science degree from Southern Connecticut State University in New Haven and a diploma in spiritual theology from the Institute of Spiritual Theology (Teresianum) in Rome.

Sister Susan has taught in elementary and secondary schools as well as at the college level in Melrose Park, Ill.; the Bronx; St. Louis; Hamden and Tallahassee. She has been the provincial secretary and a local superior in community assignments.

Since 2010, Sister Susan has ministered to the retired sisters at Sacred Heart Manor as assistant to the director there. In 2015, she also became the director of the Homework Assistance Program ministry of the Apostle Immigrant Services in New Haven.

Sister Mary Shawn received a Bachelor of Arts degree in biology from St. Louis University and a Master of Science degree in gerontology counseling from Southern Connecticut State University. She also holds a Licensed Practical Nursing degree from the Eli Whitney Technical School in New Haven.

Sister Shawn has ministered in teaching and health care in St. Louis; Pittsburgh; Connellsville, Pa.; and at Blessed Sacrament Junior High School in Hamden.

She was also in parish ministry in Johnston, R.I., and was the provincial councilor. She was one of the three founding sisters of and the first director of the Clelian Adult Day Center in Hamden.

Since 2004, Sister Shawn has directed the Adult Workshop at Clelian Heights.

3 sisters ascj webFrom left, Sister Stephanie Termini, Sister Rosemary Zaffuto and Sister John Catherine Coleman

At a eucharistic liturgy for the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus on June 3, celebrated at the Sacred Heart Manor Chapel, sisters observing 60 and 70 years of vowed life were honored and renewed their vows.

Sister Stephanie Termini and Sister Rosemary Zaffuto celebrated 70 years of religious profession, and Sister John Catherine Coleman celebrated 60 years of religious profession.

The main celebrant was Father Jeff Gubbiotti, vocations director for the Archdiocese of Hartford.