Seven Sisters of Mercy celebrating jubilees

Mount Mercy University is celebrating the jubilees of seven Sisters of Mercy, representing a combined total of 425 years of service. A reception will be held in their honor on Sunday, June 10, from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. at Sacred Heart Convent on Mount Mercy University’s campus.

Sisters celebrating jubilees include: Sister Roseline Kos JC’48; Sister Mary Wilma Wolf JC ’43; Sister Genevieve Birchard JC ’40; Sister Mary Alice Ernst JC ’48; Sister Roxanne Dolak JC ’66; Sister Rose Marie Martensen JC ’67; and Sister Anne Healy.

Sister Roseline Kos
Sister Roseline Kos is celebrating her 75th jubilee this year. She was born on March 11, 1917, to Frank and Rose Kos, the second daughter of the four children, in Charles City, Iowa. Sister Roseline received her first educational experience from the Sisters of Mercy. In 1937, she entered the Sisters of Mercy in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. She has served in various educational positions in Minnesota and Iowa, and was a faculty member at Mount Mercy College for 10 years. She is grateful for so many enriching teaching experiences in her life. Sister Roseline is retired at Sacred Heart Convent in Cedar Rapids where she continues her volunteer work and prayer ministry.

Sister Mary Wilma Wolf
Sister Mary Wilma Wolf is celebrating her jubilee of 75 years as a Sister of Mercy. A native of Little Cedar, Iowa, Sister Mary Wilma graduated from Mount Mercy Junior College in 1943, and obtained a bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Iowa. She taught at Mount Mercy for over 40 years and retired in 1988. She enjoys volunteering at Mercy Medical Center in Cedar Rapids, crocheting baby blankets and prayer shawls, and sharing her crocheting talents with special friends.

Sister Genevieve Birchard
Sister Genevieve (Mary Innocentia) Birchard is celebrating her 70th jubilee. She was born in 1920 in Hazleton, Iowa. Sister Genevieve entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1941 in Cedar Rapids. She began her ministry as a high school teacher in various Iowa schools. She also spent 12 years serving as the business manager and an assistant professor at Mount Mercy College. She retired to Sacred Heart Covent in Cedar Rapids in 2000 and enjoys knitting and prayer ministries.

Sister Mary Alice Ernst
Sister Mary Alice Ernst is celebrating her 70th jubilee. Sister Mary Alice joined the Sisters of Mercy in 1942 at Sacred Heart Convent in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Sister Mary Alice spent over 30 years working in education in Iowa schools. She has also ministered at The Benedictine School in Ridgley, Md. In 2009, she relocated to Omaha, where she is engaged in prayer ministry, while also developing her artistic talents and living with the Sisters Mercy at the West Midwest Villa in Omaha, Neb.

Sister Roxanne Dolak
Sister Roxanne Dolak celebrates her 60th jubilee. She is a 1966 Mount Mercy graduate with a degree in music education and taught music her first 15 years as a Sister of Mercy. She continued her education, earning a nursing degree from College of St. Catherine in St. Paul, Minn., in 1972. For the past 37 years, Sister Roxanne has served at Kalispell Regional Medical Center in Kalispell, Mont., a hospital started by her religious community in 1910.

Sister Rose Marie Martensen
Sister Rose Marie Martensen is celebrating her 50th jubilee as a Sister of Mercy. She was first introduced to the Sisters of Mercy when she attended St. Patrick’s School in Garryowen, Iowa, in 1948. Sister Rose Marie entered the Sisters of Mercy in Cedar Rapids in 1961, and received her bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Mount Mercy College in 1967. She spent time as a teacher in parochial schools and then transitioned to parish work throughout Iowa.

Sister Anne Marie Healy
Sister Anne Marie Healy is celebrating her 25th Jubilee. She was born in Dubuque, Iowa, to Lawrence and Florence (Griffin) Healy. Sister Anne joined the Sisters of Mercy in Detroit, Mich., in 1962, and remained affiliated with them through 1977. She re-entered the Mercy community in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, in 2002. Sister Anne received her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Mercy College of Detroit in Mich., earned a master’s degree from the University of Colorado, and a Ph.D. from the University of Iowa. In ministry, Sister Anne has served as a staff nurse at Mercy hospitals in Michigan and Iowa. She has also served as a teacher in nursing programs for various schools, including Mount Mercy.

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