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SUBMITTED BY SISTER JAN VILLEMURE Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I ded- icated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you. This psalm verse from Jer. 1:5 states well the journey of the 50 years of Jubilee which began 70 years ago in Newberry, where I was the first born of Mary and Philip Villemure. Before that moment in time, God was preparing a strong Catholic family for me and my four siblings. My mother was adopted at the age of six, her new parents raised her Catholic. My grandmother was such a good example of ded- ication to the church, praying for some Villemures to become priests or sisters. I truly feel this was all in Gods plan for my journey and call. After moving to Manistique at the age of three, I first met the Franciscan Sis- ters of Christian Charity. Sister Felicia Villemure, my dad's aunt, was stationed at St. Frances De Sales (SFDS) that year. I attended SFDS through eighth grade. During the 8th grade year, Father Bill Richards and our teacher, Sister Anita, took four of us to Manitowoc, Wis. to visit the convent. That same year some of the girls made a retreat at Marygrove. Following those events, I contacted Sister Una at Holy Family Convent. I entered Holy Family Academy as an aspirant in the fall of 1961. Here I met up with my great aunt again. My high school and college years in the 60s were a time of much change. Vatican Council II took place, the Beatles arrived, Kennedy was assassinated, the USA reached the moon, the Viet- nam war was waged, and the Civil Rights Movement was front and center. The religious community changed also at this time, not only habits and religious names but also rules. We were exposed to a new view of church, scripture, hu- man rights, social justice and psychology. During this time of change, my call as a Franciscan Sister and as a teacher remained very stable. I began teaching in 1969; from that time until now I have been a science teacher. I also taught religion classes at many of the schools and parishes. The call took me to Michigan, Wisconsin, Hawaii, California and Arizona. Involvement in the Silver Lake College teacher education department today allows me the opportunity to give back what I was given at SLC and HFC: a love for the church, for our faith and a passion for teach- ing. I caught it from our Franciscan Sisters and my teachers and hopefully I am passing this love to a new generation, 50 years later. www.upcatholic.org THE U.P. CATHOLIC GOLDEN AGE October 6, 2017 17 Serving both sides of the river! Funeral Home "Serving the Area Since 1927" 549 Tenth Avenue Menominee, MI 49858 906-863-3227 cadieufh@att.net Jim Dellisse - Manager Gary Cadieu Holy Cross Cemetery Escanaba & Marquette Fall Notification Each year, in order to beautify our cemetery, our grounds and maintenance crews perform the final cleaning of the year and make preparations for the winter. All decorations, tributes, flowers (natural and artificial), pots, baskets and wreaths should be removed by families by October 15th. Articles not removed by this time will be disposed of by Cemetery personnel. Families may leave a shepherd's hook but should remove the arrangement. Christmas Wreaths may be placed after November 15th. We appreciate your assistance. If you need assistance or have questions, contact Neil at (906) 225-0191 Tom at (906) 786-4685 Autumn is a great time to stop in to discuss our available Plot and Columbarium Niches. Also available are our decorating and planting regulations. Sisters with diocesan ties mark special jubilees 75 YEARS Sister Carol Louise Hiller, OP, a native of Detroit, entered the Adrian Dominican Sisters in 1941. She pro- fessed her first vows in 1943 and final profession in 1948. She taught in Chicago and the Dio- cese of Buffalo, New York. As well as St. Agnes in Iron River, from 1959 to 1961. She later became a high school librarian, serving in Illinois, Flori- da, Nevada, and Alaska. After a sabbatical year, Sister Carol Louise served as the school secretary at All Saints in Hayward, Calif. She has been a resident at the Dominican Life Center in Adrian since 2007. 60 YEARS Sister Noella Marie McLeod, OP, born in Detroit, graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Adrian in 1957 as an Adrian Dominican Postulant. Her first assignment took her to Sa- cred Heart School in Munising, where she taught from 1958 to 1962. She also taught in Chicago and other locations in Michigan.After studying nursing at the Detroit Practical Nursing Center, Sister Noella Marie served as a staffnurse at Maria Health Care Center. She then served at the retire- ment center for Adrian Dominican Sisters, Do- minican Hospital in Santa Cruz, Calif. and Detroit Memorial Hospital. Sister Noella Marie has been a volunteer in music ministry at Holy Cross Parish, Santa Cruz. Sister Judith Ann (James Charles) Seefeld, OP, is a native of Pontiac, Mich. and a 1958 graduate of St. Joseph Academy in Adrian. She taught at Sacred Heart in Munis- ing from 1964-66, as well as in St. Clair, Mich., and various locations in Chica- go, Florida and California. She also served as a volun- teer in private residence in California until she moved to the Dominican Life Cen- ter in 2007. She is current- ly engaged in the ministry of prayer and presence. Sister Jude (Jude Marie) Van Baalen, OP, a native of Detroit, she graduated from Dominican High School in Detroit in 1957. Sister Jude began her years of teaching in the Diocese of Marquette, first at Sacred Heart School in Munis- ing from 1959 to 1962 and then at St. Patrick School in Escanaba from 1962 to 1963. In addition, she taught in Chicago and North Dakota. She served in parish ministry in North Dakota, Minnesota and Michi- gan. She also spent time serving the Archdiocese of Detroit and various congregational positions at the Motherhouse in Adrian. She spent the remainder of her formal ministerial years as a pastoral minister in the Diocese of Prince George, British Co- lumbia, until 2015. Sr. Carol Louise Hiller, OP c A I 1 a s d S C lL i Sr. Noella Marie McLeod, OP N a H t m D m Sr. Judith Ann Seefeld, OP a v g S t C t Sr. Jude Van Baalen, OP M g s o c a A r S J d V Adrian Dominican Sisters celebrate 75 and 60 year jubilees Franciscan sister reflects on 50 years of service Sister Jan Villemure

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