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In Remembrance… Sister Dorothy Bertsch

On Monday June 22, 2020, Sister Dorothy Bertsch went home to be with the Lord at the age of 92.

Sister Dorothy was born July 29, 1927 in Harvey, ND to Martin and Catherine Bertsch. On August 22, 1946 she made Vows of consecrated chastity, obedience and poverty to God with the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation. She received her master’s degree in education administration going on to be an elementary teacher or principal at 9 schools from 1948 to 1998, she served as a Director of Religious Education at two parishes from 1998 to 2005, and then served as a volunteer at St. Margaret’s Hospital in Illinois from 2006 to 2018.

Sister Dorothy was a natural leader, founding St. Louis School in Princeton, IL. With tenacity and a heart for her mission she improved and grew the many schools under her care. Through tireless persistence she has bettered many lives, great is her legacy.

LCWR Resolution 2019-22

Sisters of Mary of the Presentation stand in support of The LCWR Assembly Resolution 2019-22:

“Reading the signs of the times from our desire to create communion, we, the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, affirm the interrelatedness of the justice concerns addressed by the LCWR Call for 2015-2022. We are heartbroken by the myriad ways our one human family and Earth, our common home, suffer from disconnection, indifference, violence, and fear in the face of racism, migration, and climate crisis. Responding to God who loves all of creation into being, we recommit ourselves to create communion and examine root causes of injustice. We particularly focus on the intersection of racism, migration, and climate crisis. We recognize a sense of urgency and pledge prayer, education, and advocacy. We will use our collective voice, resources, and power in collaboration with others to establish justice which reflects God’s creating love.”

Women’s Retreat

The theme of this year’s Women’s Retreat is “Knowing Our God Through The Psalms.”

This retreat is designed to guide participants who wish to enter into a deeper prayer based on the psalms. The different kind of psalms express a variety of subjects, moods and attitudes experienced by all of us. These ancient prayers have formed the spiritual life of people for centuries. 

Retreat dates:

July 24 – 26, 2020; Register by July 17

Suggested donation: $85

Sisters’ Jubilee

On July 1, 2018 Sister Marlyss Dionne and Sister Therese Celine Craven celebrated their 65th Jubilee.  A festive Mass, planned by Sister Marlyss and Sister Therese Celine, was held in the Maryvale Chapel with their Religious Community.  

In attendance was our Superior General, Sister Jacqueline Josse (pictured), and Sister Mary Jo Guivarch from France.  

After Mass, the celebration continued with a delicious brunch and a sharing of memories by their Sisters in religion.  Many cards, gifts, and good wishes were given to the celebrating Jubilarians.

Father Don Leiphon’s Golden Jubilee

On Friday June 8th Father Don Leiphon celebrated his 50th year of ordination into the priesthood. The celebration was held at Maryvale in the Sheyenne River Valley north of Valley City. where Father Leiphon serves as chaplain to the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation. The Mass was presided over by Most Rev. John T. Folda, Bishop, Diocese of Fargo.

Father Don Leiphon grew up on a farm near Devils Lake, ND. He graduated from Assumption Abby College in 1962 and St. John’s University in 1966. Father Leiphon was ordained June 8th 1968 at St. Joseph Church, Devils Lake, ND by Most Rev. Leo Dworschak. He received a Master’s Degree in Christian Spirituality from Creighton University in 1984.

 

Father Leiphon served at parishes in Oakes, Cogswell, Langdon, Nekoma, Milton, Osnabrock. In 1973 Father Leiphon was named pastor of both Sacred Heart Parish in Orrin and St. Anselm’s Parish of Fulda, and later also Our Lady of Mt. Carmel in Balta. In 1981, Father Leiphon was made Spiritual Director of Cardinal Muench Seminary in Fargo. In 1989, Father Leiphon took the position of Chaplin to the Carmelite Sisters at the Carmel of Mary Monastery, near Wahpeton, ND. In 2003 he became pastor St. Philip’s parish in Napoleon, ND. Today, Father Leiphon is Chaplain to the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation at Maryvale in Valley City, ND.

In attendance at the celebration was the Bishop of the Fargo Diocese, thirty priests, the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation, and a large gathering of friends and family.

 

At the reception following Mass, Sister Elaine Lange said, “We are so blessed to have Father Leiphon here at Sisters of Mary of the Presentation. His gentleness, green thumb, and homilies have greatly enriched our Community.”