Meet Our Sisters

2018 SSC congregational leadership

With joy, we announce the election of 
these Sisters who have accepted the call
to serve in congregational leadership
2018 – 2023. 
Sister Regina Marie Dubickas
General Superior
Sister M. Immacula Wendt
Assistant General Superior
General Treasurer
Sister Elizabeth Ann Yocius 
Councilor
Sister Margaret Zalot 
Councilor/General Secretary

 

 

 

SSC Administrative Team

The current 2018 SSC Leadership Team is shown here.  From left: Sr. Elizabeth Ann Yocius, General Councilor; Sr. M. Immacula Wendt, Assistant General Superior/General Treasurer; Sister Regina Marie Dubickas, General Superior; and Sr. Margaret Zalot, General Councilor/General Secretary.

 

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 1,100 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 caring for the health needs of over one and a half 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 Villa Joseph Marie 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.

 

 

 

Our 2018 Jubilarians

Sister Mary Philip Ramoska

Diamond Jubilee (75 Years)

Sister Philip M. Ramoska was born in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Sister has served in various ministries throughout her religious life.  First, Sister Philip worked in the dietary departments of Holy Cross and Loretto Hospitals, both in Chicago, Illinois. At Holy Family Villa in Palos Park, Illinois, she provided personal patient care.  In several parishes she prepared meals for the Sisters:  at Sacred Heart in Emerson, Nebraska; St. Rita’s in Carrizozo, New Mexico; St. Casimir’s in Worcester, Massachusetts; and St. George’s in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania.  She assisted in the dietary department of St. Joseph Hospital in Osmond, Nebraska.  At the request of Sr. M. Adorata Savilionis, Sr. Philip began and completed LPN training.  This began her nursing career, whereby for 21 years she worked at Villa Joseph Marie Home in Holland, Pennsylvania, followed by21 years of providing care at the Motherhouse infirmary, Chicago, Illinois.  At the age of 82 Sister began her retirement years, assuming the ministry of prayer and presence, which she continues at Franciscan Village in Lemont, Illinois, where she currently resides.  

                                             

 Sister M. Concetta Petrauskas

Diamond Jubilee (75 years)

Sister M. Concetta Petrauskas was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania. Her ministry has been in Education and Guidance.  Sister Concetta’s ministry began in Chicago, Illinois, teaching primary grades at Providence of God (Pilsen).  She then taught first grade at St. Joseph in Scranton, Pennsylvania, with one year at All Saints (Roseland) in Chicago.  After teaching business education at Maria High School, Chicago, Illinois, from 1956 to 1962, Sister Concetta returned to St. Joseph in Scranton to teach grades 1 and 2.  She also taught business education at Sacred Heart High School in Emerson, Nebraska, and grades 7 and 8 at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Cleveland, Ohio.  Sister Concetta was an administrator at St. Bede the Venerable in Holland, Pennsylvania, from 1971 to 1973. Finally, until 2007, she was a guidance counselor and teacher at Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland, Pennsylvania.  Sister Concetta currently serves in prayer and presence at Franciscan Village in Lemont, Illinois.

      

                  

 Sister Marilyn Karpovich

Diamond Jubilee (60 years)

Sister Marilyn Karpovich was born in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania.  Her ministry has been in Education, Young Adult Ministry, Medical Records Coding, and the Directing of SSC Associate Relationships.  Sister Marilyn primarily taught in elementary schools between 1958 and 1984, which included – in the Chicago Archdiocese – Holy Cross (Back of the Yards), Nativity B.V.M. (Chicago Lawn), St. Norbert (Northbrook), Ss. Peter and Paul (West Pullman), and Immaculate Conception (Brighton Park).  She also taught at the following elementary schools:   St. Joan of Arc in Aberdeen, Maryland, where she was also principal; St. Casimir in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; and St. George-Annunciation in Shenandoah, Pennsylvania.  Sister Marilyn’s secondary school assignments included Villa Joseph Marie High School in Holland, Pennsylvania (1977-1978), and Maria High School in Chicago, Illinois (1981-1982).  She was Administrator of the Youth Retreat Center and Director of Young Adult Ministry and Young Adult Volunteers for the Archdiocese of Washington D.C. (1984-1994).  She ministered in the health field as a medical records coder (1995-2003) and assisted at Villa Joseph Marie (2004-2009).  Sister Marilyn was Director of SSC Associate Relationships (2009-2017).  She currently serves in prayer and presence at Franciscan village in Lemont, Illinois.

 

 

 Sister M. June Puishys

Diamond Jubilee (60 years)

Sister June Puishys was born in Worcester, Massachusetts. Health care has been her main area of ministry. Almost all of Sister June’s assignments have been as a Registered Nurse, working in health care at Holy Cross Hospital, Chicago, Illinois.  Later, Sister June began to serve in the Financial Department of the Motherhouse, Chicago, lllinois, which she continued doing until 2010.  She currently serves in prayer and presence ministry at Franciscan Village in Lemont, Ilinois.