Meet Our Sisters
The SSC Administrative Team
The current SSC Leadership Team is shown here at their July, 2013 installation liturgy. From left: Sr. Margaret Zalot, Councilor/General Secretary; Sr. M. Immacula Wendt, Assistant General Superior/General Treasurer; Sister Regina Marie Dubickas, General Superior, and Sr. Theresa Dabulis, Councilor for On-Going Formation and Spirituality.
OUR LEADERSHIP TEAM
~ Reflections Upon Their Installation
Sister Regina Marie Dubickas was a teacher and a Vocation and Formation Director before receiving a doctorate in Psychology in 1995 and beginning her work in a hospital setting and later in private practice. She always found it a privilege to come to know people at a deeper level, help them discover their inner richness and strength, and accompany them during some of the more difficult parts of their life journey. The words of Mother Maria that are a particular inspiration to her are “God is here.” Sister Regina Marie enjoys reading and poetry, pinochle and Sudoku. “Our Chapter theme, ‘Behold, I am doing something new! Do you not perceive it?’ (Is 43,19) continues to resonate in my heart as we embrace the mystery of God’s call and all that is part of the unfolding of our community’s charism and mission. ‘Led by God’s Spirit and companioned by one another, we embrace our time as holy, our leadership as gift, and our challenges as blessing.’ (LCWR).”
Sister Immacula Wendt ministered for many years as a teacher and principal in elementary schools and as General Treasurer for the Congregation. As a loyal White Sox fan, Sister Immacula follows their games throughout the season. She also enjoys music and old movies.
“Behold, I am doing something new!” These words of the Prophet Isaiah perfectly express the core of my life as a Sister of St. Casimir. Throughout all the years, I have been blessed with the ‘new’ that the Lord has unfolded before me. A person cannot help but be in awe of the working of the Spirit – marvel at God’s love and goodness that go beyond one’s dreams or imagination. The ‘new’ blessed my life during 11 years in New Mexico, my ‘Land of Enchantment’ as teacher of so many little ones, preparing hundreds each year for their First Holy Communion, especially the children in the nearby mission parishes and airbases. The ‘new’ continued during my years as principal/teacher in Darien before returning to the Motherhouse to experience the ‘new’ as plant manager, renovator, General Treasurer, and General Superior. The ‘new’ of the past five years has led us down roads that only now we can see ‘have been so in sync with the plan of God’ as we strengthened the Sisterly bonds between the Sisters of St. Casimir and the Sister Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Scranton, Pa and formally promulgated this covenant relationship, as we sold our 100 year old Maria High School to Catalyst Maria Charter School where today over 800 children are now receiving an excellent education following in the spirit of Mother Maria and using her words as their motto: “Always more, always better, always with love, as we transferred our Holy Cross Hospital to Sinai Health System, where it remains a vital Catholic Hospital, now scaring for the health needs of over one million people.
And it is the ‘new’ today, that leads me to carry out God’s plan in the life of my Sisters in Community, in the health care mission of Holy Cross/Sinai especially through the Catholic Monitoring Committee and Sinai Board membership, in the education mission of Catalyst Maria and the new Maria Kaupas Catholic Center, our VJM High School, and in the work of the Southwest Organizing Project (SWOP). God’s plan is always perfect! We need to let it happen!”
Sister Margaret Zalot has spent most of her years as a Sister of St. Casimir ministering at Maria High School, first as a chemistry/physics teacher and then as Maria’s first President, and she loves to re-connect with Maria alumnae. As a board member of Villa Joseph Marie (Holland, PA), her alma mater, she continues to bring her ministry experience and her love for Villa to the board table as the board makes plans for a strong future for the Villa. She has also served as the Congregation’s Vocation and Formation Director, in Congregation leadership, and is actively involved in the Southwest Organizing Project. She continues to be inspired by Mother Maria Kaupas who wrote “May you give God the gift of an undivided love, a love faithful in all circumstances.” Sister Margaret noted: “As each new day unfolds there is a certain newness that is truly gift on both the personal and community level and that connects perfectly with our theme for the next five years that are captured in the words of Isaiah: ‘Behold, I am doing something new. Can you not perceive it?’” In her spare time, Sister Margaret likes to learn new things, read, write, sketch, and be creative, always finding new ways to share that creativity with others.
After teaching for many years, Sister Theresa Dabulis, began a new ministry as Director of Religious Education in Silver Spring, Maryland. She enjoyed working at the parish particularly with RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults.) Later, as a clinical social worker, she advocated for the poor and marginalized at the Department of Social Services in Prince George’s County, Maryland. She continues seeking opportunities advocating for the poor attending weekly prayer sessions at the Detention Center in Broadview, Illinois praying for the families that are being ripped apart by deportation. Sister Theresa loves listening to music and is usually the first on the floor for a polka with others soon joining in. She enjoys taking walks in nature and if she could she would be at the ocean. Upon her 2013 installation Sister Theresa reflects, “What excites me now is that God is doing something new as our eyes and hearts are being open to perceive the newness of God in everything around us. It’s being AWAKENED to the HOLY. I believe we will implement the directives of the 2013 General Chapter with a newness that we could never imagine. Praise God. “
Our 2016 Jubilarians
Sister Rosalinda Grigonis
Diamond Jubilee (75 Years)
Sister Rosalinda Grigonis was born in Gary, Indiana. She has ministered in the areas of elementary and high school education and administration. In the Chicago Archdiocese, she was a mathematics teacher and assistant principal at Maria High School and a teacher and principal at St. Peter and Paul School (West Pullman). She also taught at Immaculate Conception School (Brighton Park), St. George School (Bridgeport), and Nativity BVM School. Outside of the Chicago Archdiocese, Sister Rosalinda taught in the Joliet Diocese in Illinois and in New Mexico, Nebraska, and Pennsylvania. She also served as assistant to the General Treasurer of the Congregation for many years. In addition, Sister Rosalinda served in the ministry of care at Holy Family Villa (Palos Park). She currently serves in prayer ministry at Our Lady of Victory Convent in Lemont, Illinois.
Sister Delphine Grigas
Diamond Jubilee (75 years)
Sister Delphine Grigas is a native of Nanticoke, Pennsylvania. Her major areas of ministry have been in elementary education and pastoral care. Sister Delphine taught in the Chicago Archdiocese at Immaculate Conception School (Brighton Park), St. Anthony School (Cicero), St. Norbert School (Northbrook), and St. Pius X School (Stickney). She was a secretary at St. Bartholomew School (Waukegan). Sister Delphine also taught and was a principal in Volo, Illinois. In Holland, Pennsylvania, she was a teacher at St. Bede School, and she volunteered at the school with the Director of Religious Education. Other states where Sister taught were Massachusetts, Maryland, Florida, California, and Rhode Island. She also served in pastoral care at Holy Cross Hospital in Chicago and in pastoral ministry at the St. Joseph Nursing Home in Holland, Pennsylvania. She currently serves in prayer ministry at Our Lady of Victory Convent in Lemont, Illinois.
Sister M. Immacula Wendt
Diamond Jubilee (60 years)
Sister M. Immacula Wendt was born in Sioux City, Iowa. She has ministered in education as a teacher and administrator, and in congregational leadership/community service. Her assignments in education were at St. George School (Bridgeport) and in the Joliet Diocese and New Mexico. Sister Immacula has also served as General Superior, General Treasurer, and Motherhouse Maintenance Supervisor and Treasurer. She currently serves as Assistant General Superior and General Treasurer.
Sister Virginia Gapsis
Golden Jubilee (50 years)
Sister Virginia Gapsis is a native of Chicago, Illinois. Her area of ministry has been elementary education as a teacher and administrator. In the Chicago Archdiocese, she was a teacher at St. Peter and Paul School, St. Norbert School (Northbrook), Providence of God School, and St. Paul-Our Lady of Vilna School. She also served as principal at Immaculate Conception School (Brighton Park), assistant principal at St. Clement School, and principal at Our lady of Perpetual Help School in Cleveland, Ohio. Sister also taught in the Joliet Diocese in Illinois and in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and New Mexico. Currently, Sister Virginia serves as a compliance coordinator at St. Clement School in Chicago, Illinois.
Sister Estela Marina Risso
Golden Jubilee (50 years)
Sister Estela Marina Risso is a native of Buenos Aires, Argentina. She has ministered in Argentina as a grade school and junior high school teacher, primarily in Avellaneda/Buenos Aires, Rosario/Santa Fe, and Cordoba. She has also ministered in various pastoral activities, especially in teaching religious education. Sister Estela visited the United States in 1990 and assisted kindergarten classes at Nativity BVM School while staying at the Sisters of St. Casimir motherhouse. During her visit to the U.S., she also travelled to several SSC mission locations. Sister Estela currently ministers in Cordoba, Argentina.