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Monastery celebrates jubilarians


(L-R) Sister Barbara Ann Bielenberg, Sister Elisa Martinez, and Sister Margie Schmidt each celebrated 50 years of monastic life July 25.

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(L-R) Sister Barbara Ann Bielenberg, Sister Elisa Martinez, and Sister Margie Schmidt each celebrated 50 years of monastic life July 25.



COTTONWOOD — On Saturday, July 25, the Monastery of St. Gertrude, along with numerous family friends, celebrated the golden jubilees of Sister Barbara Ann Bielenberg, Sister Margie Schmidt, and Sister Elisa Martinez. The three sisters made their First Professions as women religious 50 years ago on Aug. 14, 1965.

Prioress Sister Mary Forman gave a welcome to the full chapel and guest presider Father Stan Bosch, ST, who works with Sister Elisa in Los Angeles, celebrated a bilingual Mass. Sister Betty Schumacher gave the reflection, honoring the spirit of the ministries of each sister.

Sister Barbara Ann is the director of mission integration at St. Mary’s Hospital and Clearwater Valley hospitals where she is able to integrate her 42 years of nursing with coordinating spiritual care in a hospital setting.

Sister Margie Schmidt is the director of pastoral care at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Lewiston where she visits patients and families regularly, leads prayer services, visits hospice patients in their homes, co-chairs the ethics committee, coordinates local minister visits and teaches community workshops on the dying process.

Sister Elisa Martinez is engaged with Soledad Enrichment Agency (SEA) in Los Angeles, whose mission is to provide high-risk youth and their families with alternatives to gangs, drugs and violence. Her transformational work with youth and the surrounding community has earned her the Heart of Gold Award and the St. Michael’s Parish Guardian Angel Award.

To learn more about the jubilarians and the rest of the community go to the Internet at www.StGertrudes.org.



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