Seven members and one associate of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary will be honored June 26 for their years of service.
The Jubilee Celebrate includes a special Mass at 2 p.m. that day at Christ the King Chapel on the St. Ambrose University campus in Davenport. The Rev. Chuck Adams and Monsignor Frank Henricksen will preside.
A second celebration will be held at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 24, at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center, Our Lady of Peace Chapel, in Johnston, Iowa.
• Sister Miriam Elizabath Anstey, 70 years.
A native of Cumberland, Iowa, Anstey entered the congregation in 1946 and made her first vows in 1949.
Anstey received a bachelor’s degree in music education from Marycrest College, Davenport, and a master’s degree in music from the University of Notre Dame. She received a master’s degree in counseling from St. Louis University and a doctorate from Southern Illinois University in administration and higher education.
Anstey used her ministry in music education in the Iowa schools of St. Alphonsus in Davenport, as well as in Des Moines, LeMars and Fort Madison. She also taught at St. Austin’s in Minneapolis.
She was the vice president of student affairs at Marycrest, director of Idyllwild at the University of Southern California, and the dean of continuing education and later the vice president of student services at Emerson College in Boston. Anstey was director at the Humility of Mary Center and was the music director of St. Anthony Parish in Davenport. She is retired and lives in Davenport where she volunteers in the Central City Ministry and is active in a ministry of prayer and witness.
• Sister Ann Therese Collins, 75 years.
Collins was born in 1920 in Des Moines and entered the congregation in 1942, making her first vows in 1944.
She earned an associate's degree in liberal arts from Ottumwa Heights College in Ottumwa, Iowa, a bachelor's degree from Marycrest College and an master's degree in education from Creighton University, Omaha.
Her ministry in education was at Iowa schools including Dunlap, Ottumwa, Fort Madison, Neola and Council Bluffs. She also was at Assumption High School, Davenport, and taught in Lewiston and Great Falls, Montana.
She was the first woman in Davenport to hold the position of Diocesan Superintendent of Schools, 1968-70. She served as the congregation's vice president from 1970-1976 and president from 1976-1984. Collins was also interim president of Marycrest College.
She has volunteered at the Center for Active Seniors, Listen to Me Read and high-school equivalency programs in Davenport. She lives at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston and is active in a ministry of prayer and witness.
Sister Marie Vittetoe (Mary Bernard), 70 years.
Vittetoe was born in Keota, Iowa and entered the congregation in 1946. Her first vows were pronounced in 1949.
Vittetoe received a bachelor’s degree in medical technology from Marycrest College, a master’s in medical technology education and a doctorate in higher education administration from West Virginia University in Morgantown. She worked as a medical technologist in St. Joseph Hospital in Ottumwa and also taught in the St. Joseph School of Nursing and in the Ottumwa School of Medical Technology.
She was assistant professor and division chair of the health occupations teacher education program at the University of Illinois from 1973-78. She was department chair and professor of clinical laboratory sciences at the University of Kentucky, 1978-94. She was a Project HOPE volunteer consultant for the University of Haiti Medical Technology Program in Port au Prince, and later to many Haitian and other Caribbean labs, especially in Milot, Haiti. Vittetoe lives in Iowa City where she is active in a communications ministry and Haitian advocacy.
• Sister Marilyn Jean Hagedorn, 60 years.
Born in Des Moines, Hagedorn entered the congregation 1956 with first vows professed in 1959.
She received a bachelor’s degree in education from Marycrest College and a master’s in religious education from Seattle University. Her ministry of teaching in Iowa took her to Lourdes Memorial School in Bettendorf as well as St. Pius X, Rock Island. Others in Iowa were in Ottumwa, Marshalltown, Urbandale and Des Moines.
Hagedorn ministered in Des Moines in religious education administration for the diocese. In addition, she taught English as a Second Language at Des Moines Area Community College and served as the congregation's Peace and Justice coordinator. She is a member of the Leadership Team, is active in the Peace & Justice Ministry and the Des Moines Sisters Council. She lives in Des Moines.
• Sister Ramona Kaalberg, 60 years.
Born in Iowa City, Kaalberg entered the congregation in 1956 and made her first vows in 1959.
She received her associate’s degree from Ottumwa Heights College, a bachelor’s in social science from Marycrest College and a master’s and a doctorate in education, with the concentration in psychology from George Peabody College in Nashville, Tennessee. She used her education ministry to teach at Iowa schools: St. Alphonsus and at Marycrest in Davenport, as well as in Neola, Des Moines and Ottumwa.
She worked at Project Renewal in Davenport, was congregation president for four years, served in the Des Moines Diocese at St. Joseph Educational Center in adult religious education and spiritual formation, and as a pastoral minister for St. Anthony’s Parish. As a member of the New Hope Community, she served as a Good Neighbor to people in the Riverbend Neighborhood of Des Moines. She lives at Bishop Drumm Retirement Center in Johnston and is active in a ministry of prayer and witness.
• Sister Irene Muñoz (Mary Dona Rose), 60 years.
Irene Muñoz was born in Des Moines and entered the congregation in 1957, making her first vows in 1959.
She received a degree in nursing from the St. Joseph School of Nursing in Ottumwa, a master’s degree in pastoral ministry from St. Thomas Theological Seminary in Denver, Colorado, and is a graduate of the Catholic Biblical School of the Archdiocese of Denver. She received her certification in Clinical Pastoral Education from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics. Her ministry of nursing in Iowa saw her serve in Ottumwa, Des Moines and at the Migrant Worker Center in Muscatine. Muñoz also worked in Hispanic ministry in the Archdiocese of Denver. She was an appointed member by the Governor of Iowa to the Spanish-Speaking Commission of Iowa, was a member of the American-Health Delegation to China in 1973 and attended the International Women’s Year Conference in Nairobi, Africa, as part of an NGO group in 1989. She is a lay preacher in the Davenport Diocese and a multicultural minister at St. Mary of the Visitation in Ottumwa, where she resides.
Sister María Luisa Muñoz (Mary Timothy), 60 years.
A native of West Des Moines, María Luisa (Molly) Muñoz entered the congregation in 1956 and made her first vows in 1959.
Muñoz was a student of education at Ottumwa Heights College and received her nursing degree from Scott Community College. In Iowa, she was a nurse in Ottumwa and at the Migrant Worker Center in Muscatine. Her nursing ministry also found her at a clinic in Tehuacan, Puebla, Mexico (where she served as a certified midwife) and St. John Hospice in Denver, Colorado. She also worked as a teacher and in pastoral care at San Agustin Palmar de Bravo in Tehuacan, Puebla. Muñoz lives in Westminster, Colorado, and works in Hispanic pastoral ministry with migrant workers. Known as the “Mother Teresa of the Mexicanos” she serves a migrant population of more than 3,000 people.
Muñoz has been highly recognized for her efforts: In 2005, she was honored with the Leadership Service Award from the City of Denver Cesar Chavez Peace and Justice Committee; awarded for outstanding service from the State Monitor Advocate for Workforce Programs in Colorado in 2007. Muñoz received the Mary Ciancio Memorial Distinguished Service Award in 2015.
CHM Associate Diane Schlachter, 25 years.
Schlachter has been an associate of the congregation since 1991. She makes her home in Marietta, Georgia, and is an organizational development/management consultant. Prior to becoming an associate Schlachter conducted her doctoral research within the congregation. She often helps now as an organizational consultant.
Associates of the community are women and men, young and old, married or single who carry the congregation's spirit into their personal and professional lives and who enrich the community through their own gifts and talents. Associates are not vowed but are rooted in relationship to the community through bonds of friendship, service, prayer and mutual support.