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Humility of Mary nuns elect leaders



Published: Sat, August 31, 2013 @ 12:00 a.m.

Staff report

VILLA MARIA, Pa.

The Sisters of the Humility of Mary elected new leadership for a term of four years during Chapter of Elections in May with the transfer of leadership taking place Aug. 3 during private ceremonies at Villa Maria Community Center’s Magnificat Chapel.

It was part of August Community Days.

The new leadership team is Sister Toby Lardie, pastoral leader; and councilors Sisters Mary Pat Cook, Karen Bernhardt, Carole Anne Griswold and Barbara Wincik.

Sisters Toby, Carole Anne and Barbara are all graduates of St. John High School in Ashtabula.

Sister Toby, who has served on the leadership team for the past four years, began her ministry in elementary education, where she served as a teacher and principal. She was part of the Cleveland Mission Team in El Salvador for nine years, and was with the Mexican American Cultural Center in San Antonio for 11 years. Most recently, Sister Toby has been a part of the HM Membership and Affiliation Team.

Sister Mary Pat’s ministry was in secondary education at Villa Maria High School, Villa Maria, Pa., and Magnificat High School, Rocky River, Ohio, where she served as principal for 12 years.

Sister Karen began her ministry in elementary and religious education, engaged in Hispanic ministry in Florida, Chicago and northwest Ohio. She is the national director for the Catholic Migrant Farmworker Network.

Sisters Toby, Mary Pat and Karen have all been active in the Collaborative Initiative to End Human Trafficking.

Sister Carole Anne’s ministry in health care began in nursing. She became involved with mission integration with Humility of Mary Health Partners. She has served as vice president of mission integration for Mercy Health Partners in Lorain, Ohio, since 2001.

Sister Barbara has served as a counselor and psychiatric nurse since 1990. She is a clinical nurse specialist and on the adjunct faculty for the school of nursing at Xavier University in Cincinnati.

August Community Days are an annual event when the HM Sisters gather for two days to hear speakers, receive committee reports and to engage in discussion on pertinent topics related to the life of the congregation.

The days end with the annual missioning of the Sisters to their ministries for the coming year.

The Sisters of the Humility of Mary is a community of women religious, whose motherhouse is Villa Maria Community Center. Ministries are Villa Maria Education and Spirituality Center and Villa Maria Residential Services, both Villa Maria, Pa.; Magnificat High School, Rocky River, Ohio; Villa Montessori Center, Slavic Village, Cleveland; and Humility of Mary Housing Inc., Akron.


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