On Monday November 8, 2021, Sister Mary Ann Schmitz passed away at SMP Health, St. Catherine North (formerly Rosewood on Broadway) at the age of 93. Sister Mary Ann was born on May 18, 1926 on her family farm near Harvey, ND. She professed Vows of obedience, poverty and consecrated chastity in 1946 with the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation. In 1966 she completed a master’s degree in education. From 1946 to 1963 she taught at elementary and high schools in Willow City, Oakes, and Oakwood, ND. From 1963 to 2003 she served as a teacher and the principal of St. Patrick School in Washington, IL. Sister Mary Ann dedicated herself to serving others, pouring her efforts into being a light for her students. She spoke of her students as being “full of life, energy, and goodness.” In “retirement” she served as a Chaplain to the elderly, bringing comfort and steadfast prayer to all who knew her. Her repeated prayer was to be present in the moment serving God, as she said, “This is God’s show, not ours.”
This week the Sisters have been virtually participating in the Council of Congregation during which the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation in six countries, on three continents, meet about issues relating to the international congregation in preparation for General Chapter. Sisters of Mary of the Presentation has convents and ministries in the United States, Canada, France, Belgium, Cameroon, and, as of this last year, the Democratic Republic of Congo
Sister Eloise Marie (Agnes) Pulskamp passed away at Maryvale Convent on May 18, 2021 at 100 years of age. Sister Eloise Marie was born February 28, 1921 at home near the town of Cummings, North Dakota to Jacob and Bertha (Mufler) Pulskamp. On March 25, 1941 she professed her vows as a Sister of Mary of the Presentation. While in France for Religious Life Formation, World War II broke out and she was a prisoner of war in Vittel, France from 1942 to 1944. In 1948 she earned a Bachelors of Elementary Education from Catholic University, Washington, D.C. During her 56 years of ministry she taught elementary children at six schools in North Dakota and then two schools in Illinois. Sister Eloise was very devoted in her relationship with Jesus. She loved children and was incredibly patient with her students. When she wasn’t working, Sister Eloise was often crocheting; making dolls, blankets, doilies, and baby outfits. A kind and gentle soul, she will be deeply missed.
Sisters of Mary of the Presentation have been assembling International Hygiene Kits. The kits will be distributed by World Vision to areas where they are most needed, often this is to places where people are trying to recover from a natural disaster. For more information about this ministry of World Vision visit: https://kits.worldvision.org/
Sister Rose Therese Sevigny passed away at Maryvale Convent December 24, 2020 at the age of 88. Sister Rose Therese Sevigny was born November 5, 1932 at home near the town of Oakwood, North Dakota to Simeon and Clara (Demers) Sevigny. She professed her vows as a Sister of Mary of the Presentation August 22, 1956. She earned a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Education. Of her 64 years of ministry she taught elementary school for 40 years at eight schools. Sister Rose Therese loved children and teaching. She was always eager to speak of her students and her family, who were dear to her heart. Of her relationship with the Lord she wrote, “I have a long way to go yet. I hope that I can accept God’s plan for me with greater acceptance and joy, always knowing that God is with me.” She will be greatly missed.
This last Saturday, October 10, the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation held a signing ceremony for new Associates. The Sisters are pleased to announce five new Associates: Amanda Kunze, Kory Kunze, Dori Picard, Jim Picard, and Viola Hoelmer. Welcome!
Sister Frances Marie Voigt passed away at Maryvale Convent August 23, 2020 at the age of 87.
Sister Frances Marie (Beverly Anne) was born November 24, 1932 at home near the town of Elbowoods, North Dakota to ranchers John and Frances (Gondringer) Voigt. She professed her vows as a Sister of Mary of the Presentation September 4, 1951. She earned a Bachelors degree in Education and a Masters degree in Ministry. During her 59 years of ministry she taught elementary, junior high, art, was a principal, and for the last 23 of these years she ministered to Native American communities in North Dakota.
Sister Frances Marie saw the goodness in people, emphasizing their abilities and minimizing their limitations. She loved children and was pleased whenever she could teach any child. She found solace in the chapel communing with God, her Comforter and Strength. She will be greatly missed.
Sister Giustina (Angelica) Zanin passed away at Maryvale Convent in Valley City, North Dakota, July 6, 2020 at the age of 96.
Sister Giustina was born November 26, 1923 to Natale and Giustina Zanin in Vintondale, PA. In 1945, she made Vows of consecrated chastity, obedience and poverty to God with the Sisters of Mary of the Presentation. She worked with the Sisters as a sacristan, seamstress, and cook. Sister Giustina lived and served in convents in Spring Valley, IL, Peoria, IL, Washington, IL, Willow City, ND, Bottineau, ND, and Valley City, ND.
Independent and accomplished, she did not let her deafness limit her. Sister Giustina was an artist – she painted, drew, made her own clothing patterns, and sewed teddy bears from old coats. She loved to visit with people and was especially fond of children. Sister Giustina lived boldly and with a joyful heart. She will be greatly missed.