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 2015 Jubilarians
Sister M. Dolorine Lopez
Diamond Jubilee (60 Years)
Sister M. Dolorine Lopez, a native of Folsom, Texas, served as an educator. In the Chicago Archdiocese, she was a principal at Providence of God and Our Lady of Vilna-St. Paul, and was a teacher at Immaculate Conception (Brighton Park) and St. George (Bridgeport). She also served as a principal at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Clovis, New Mexico. Sister M. Dolorine currently serves in Hispanic ministry as an Emergency Room Receptionist at Holy Cross Hospital.
Sister Bernadette Marie Janus
Diamond Jubilee (60 years)
Sister Bernadette Marie Janus, a native of New York City, New York, worked as an educator in the Chicago Archdiocese as a principal at Our Lady of Vilna-St. Paul and as a teacher at Nativity BVM. Sister Bernadette Marie was a teacher in Massachusetts and Maryland and a principal at St. Bede the Venerable in Holland, Pennsylvania. She also served as SSC Motherhouse Superior. Sister Bernadette Marie is currently the Local Coordinator for Sisters of St. Casimir at Our Lady of Victory Convent in Lemont, Illinois.
Sister Rita Marie Kerdock
Diamond Jubilee (60 years)
Sister Rita Marie Kerdock, a native of Mt. Carmel, Pennsylvania, served as a teacher and principal in the Chicago Archdiocese at Our Lady of Vilna-St. Paul, St. George (Bridgeport), St. Pius X (Stickney), Holy Cross School, and Nativity BVM. Sister Rita Marie also served in education in the Joliet Archdiocese and in Indiana, Ohio, Wisconsin, and Pennsylvania. She currently tutors at Pope John Paul II School and Catalyst Maria Charter School in Chicago, Illinois.
Sister Wanda Marie Kamza
Diamond Jubilee (60 years)
Sister Wanda Marie Kamza, a native of Gary, Indiana, served as a teacher in the Chicago Archdiocese at St. George (Bridgeport), Immaculate Conception (Brighton Park), St. Joseph (South Chicago), St. Norbert (Northbrook), and St. Bartholomew (Waukegan). She also taught in the Rockford Diocese, and in Pennsylvania, Florida, Ohio, and Michigan. Sister Wanda Marie also had a role as Superior at the Maria High School Convent. She currently serves in the Ministry of Prayer and Presence.
Sister Grace Ann Kalafut
Diamond Jubilee (60 years)
Sister Grace Ann, a Chicago native from St. Rita Parish (St. Simon Parish), served in education as an elementary and high school teacher and principal in the Chicago Archdiocese at Immaculate Conception (Brighton Park), Our Lady of Vilna-St. Paul, Sts. Peter and Paul, and Maria High School. Other educator assignments took place in New Mexico, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. Sister Grace Ann also served in congregational leadership and as General Treasurer. She currently serves in Vocation Ministry and Ministry of Accompaniment.