January 1, 2018: Congratulations to our 2018 Jubilarians

Sister Christine Elias, a native of Cedar Rapids, Iowa celebrated seventy years as a Notre Dame Sister on June 10, 2018 with family, friends and her religious community at a Eucharistic Liturgy and reception.

The daughter of the late Joseph and Katerina Elias, Sister made her profession of vows in 1948.  She attended the College of St. Mary where she earned a bachelor of education degree, and Creighton University where she earned a master’s in education.  She served as teacher and/or principal in Iowa at St. Ludmilla School, Cedar Rapids and St. Joseph in Chelsea; in Nebraska at Assumption in Dwight, St. Theresa’s and Assumption in Omaha; and in Kansas at Sacred Heart in Atwood.  In 1980 Sister Christine became parish associate in St. Ludmilla in Cedar Rapids with a focus on the needs of the elderly and the ill.  She volunteered at the St. Vincent de Paul Society Store and spent many years as docent for the Czech and Slovak Museum in Cedar Rapids.

Sister Christine served as a member of the Notre Dame leadership team and as a delegate to the congregations’ International Chapter held in the Czech Republic.

Currently Sr. Christine resides at Immanuel Fontenelle where she ministers through her prayer and by her presence to other residents.

Sr. Karen Rolenc, daughter of the late Joseph and Agnes Polak Rolenc, will celebrate sixty years of vows as a Notre Dame Sister on June 10 at 2 p.m. at the Notre Dame Chapel in Omaha.  Born in Brainard, Nebraska, Sister attended Holy Trinity School until eighth grade, and graduated from Notre Dame Academy in Omaha.  She attended Omaha Technical College and Metropolitan Community College, both in Omaha, where she earned an Associate degree in Applied Science/Early Childhood/Head Teacher/Director.

After professing vows in 1958, Sister performed housekeeping duties at the motherhouse and at Assumption Convent in Omaha; St. Ludmilla Convent in Cedar Rapids, Iowa; and St. Wenceslaus Convent in Wahoo.  She spent seven years as sale room supervisor at Our Lady of Lourdes in Porcupine, South Dakota.  From 1973 to 2009 her ministry was in child care as supervisor at St. James Day Care, teacher at Child Saving Institute, supervisor of teachers at Creche Child Care, and coordinator of St. Richard’s Day care, all in Omaha.  Currently Sister Karen is personal care coordinator for the Notre Dame Sisters living at Immanuel Fontenelle and Courtyard.

Celebrating 50 years of religious profession is Sister Rita Ostry, daughter of the deceased Joseph and Marie (Matulka) Ostry.  Born in Surprise, Nebraska she received a Bachelor of Science Degree in elementary education and a Master’s Degree in social work, both from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.

In her elementary education ministry she served in Nebraska at Howells Community Catholic School (1970-71), St. Adalbert’s in Omaha (1971-1977) and St. Mary’s School in David City (1977-1978).  In South Dakota she worked on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Porcupine  (1978-84; 1989-2002; and 2010-2017) and at Red Cloud Indian School in Pine Ridge (1987-1989).

Sr. Rita served on the Notre Dame Provincial Council from 2002-2009 and currently serves on the Leadership Team for the community.  Her commitment to peace and justice has impacted the lives of students and colleagues.

A native of Chelsea, Iowa, Sister Veronica Jo Posekany, has been a Notre Dame Sister for 50 years.  The daughter of the late John and Mayme Posekany, Sr. Veronica Jo has served in the Omaha Archdiocese her entire career in the nursing field.  She served at St. Vincent’s Home for the Aged and for over 45 years gave excellent care to patients at University Hospital and Nebraska Medicine as a registered nurse.  She is known for her compassion and personal attention.

Currently serving as Health Care Coordinator for the Notre Dame Sisters, Sr. Veronica Jo continues her healing ministry.  A celebration of her Golden Jubilee will take place on June 10, 2018 at the Notre Dame Chapel in Omaha.