(EFFINGHAM, IL) – National Catholic Sisters Week, a component of Women’s History Month, is celebrated annually from March 8-14 as a dedicated celebration of Catholic Sisters intended to raise awareness of their vital, remarkable contributions, both past and present.  Often the devoted lives and ministries of Catholic Sisters remain behind the scenes, going unnoticed, but whose legacies are an inspiration to all they have impacted through their ministry.
 
To recognize their contributions, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital recently honored local Sisters on March 8 during the hospital’s 10:30 a.m. Mass in their Chapel, followed by a luncheon in the hospital Board Room. The Sisters were given an update on the hospital’s present and future activities by Theresa Rutherford, President and CEO.  They were also presented with note cards signed by hospital leadership as a “thank you” to the Sisters for their continuous ministries.
 
Photo Caption: To recognize their contributions, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital recently honored local Sisters on March 8 during the hospital’s daily Mass in their Chapel, followed by a luncheon in the hospital Board Room. Those who participated in the celebration included (standing, left to right) Sister Jane Marie Hotze, SSND – Presence and Prayer, Volunteer Service to Effingham Parishes; Sister Sandra Sudkamp, OSF – Food Coordinator, Effingham Catholic Charities; Sister Pat Thies, SSND – Presence and Prayer, Volunteer Service to St. Michael the Archangel Church in Sigel, St. Mary Help of Christian's Church in Green Creek, Sacred Heart Church in Lillyville, and St. Mary's Church in Neoga; Sister Rene Simonelic, OSF – Liturgist, Sacred Heart Parish, Effingham; Sister Ann Pierre Wilken, OSF – Faith Formation Director, St. Francis Parish, Teutopolis; Sister Carol Beckermann, OSF – Director of Effingham Catholic Charities; Sister Ann Vincent Siemer, SSND – Elementary Faith Formation Coordinator, St. Francis Parish, Teutopolis; Sister Jane Boos, SSND – Pastoral Care, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital; Theresa Rutherford – President and CEO, HSHS St. Anthony’s Memorial Hospital; and (seated) Sister Kathleen Bushur, OSF – Prescription Medicine, Effingham Catholic Charities.

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