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Benedictine Sisters step into new roles

Benedictine Sisters step into new roles - (14-08-2014)

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The Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration have chosen who will fulfill appointed roles for the congregation after the election of the general council in June.

Sister Pat Nyquist, OSB has been named formation director. Having recently completed her term as prioress general, Sister Pat will oversee women in the postulancy and novice levels. She will begin her new duties in September.

Sister Lynn Marie D'Souza, OSB has been named manager of the altar bread department. Sister Lynn Marie, who was instrumental in developing the Benedictine Sisters' low-gluten altar bread recipe, has served as assistant manager in the past. She was most recently the director of formation for postulants and novices.

Sister Nancy Rose Gucwa, OSB has been promoted to director of development. She replaces Sister Dawn Annette Mills, OSB who was elected prioress general in June. Sister Nancy Rose, who began working in the development office in 2008, will manage donor relations and other development duties. She will also manage duties in the correspondence department. 

Sister Ruth Elaine Starman, OSB, who was recently elected to a second consecutive term on the general council, has been re-appointed as congregational director of vocations. She will help women discerning a call to religious life and attend conferences related to vocations.

Sister Dawn Vercellino, OSB has been chosen as subprioress of the Tucson, Arizona monastery. She replaces Sister Joan Ridley, OSB who recently moved to the Clyde, Missouri, community after her election to the general council.

Sister Colleen Maura McGrane, OSB has been named congregational archivist.

Sister Cathleen Marie Timberlake, OSB has been appointed director of Our Lady of Rickenbach, the Benedictine Sisters’ healthcare facility.

“We are deeply thankful for the years of outstanding and faithful service shown by our Sisters, including archivist Sister Marietta (Crahan) and OLR director Sister Virginia Anne (Argenziano),” Prioress General Dawn Annette Mills, OSB said. “They left big shoes for the new appointments to fill. However, by changing duties, it gives each of us an avenue to share our gifts in new ways.”