Four Sisters Celebrate 50th Jubilee Next Month

The four Sisters who will celebrate their 50th jubilee on August 23rd are (from left) Sisters Jeannine Kavanaugh, Ida Otto, Rebecca Abel,  and Karlene Sensmeier. Photo: Sisters of St. Benedict

The four Sisters who will celebrate their 50th jubilee on August 23rd are (from left) Sisters Jeannine Kavanaugh, Ida Otto, Rebecca Abel,
and Karlene Sensmeier.
By LaPhoto: Sisters of St. Benedict

By Laura Reckelhoff / Sisters of St. Benedict
 

FERDINAND, In – Four Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand, Indiana, will celebrate the 50th anniversary of their profession of monastic vows on August 23 at Monastery Immaculate Conception in Ferdinand. The jubilee Mass will be at 1 p.m. EDT in the monastery church. A reception for family and friends will follow in St. Gertrude Hall in the monastery.

The jubilarians, Sisters Karlene Sensmeier, Jeannine Kavanaugh, Ida Otto, and Rebecca Abel, professed their monastic vows in 1964. They entered the Ferdinand monastery in 1962.

Sister Karlene is a native of Haubstadt, Indiana. She served as associate director of development at the monastery and director of Kordes Center. She was administrator at the Institute for Spiritual Leadership in Chicago. She has been an elementary teacher in Mount Vernon, Indiana; Apple Valley, California; and at St. Benedict School in Evansville, where she is beginning her 32nd year as principal.

Sister Jeannine is from Lawrenceville, Illinois. She was a teacher at St. Theresa and St. Benedict schools in Evansville, and Mother of Sorrows in Tucson, Arizona. At the monastery she was director of activities for senior sisters, library assistant, and proctor at Marian Heights Academy. She also worked in graphic design and technology services and is currently working in housekeeping.

Sister Ida is a native of Evansville, Indiana. She worked in the monastery kitchen for many years. She also served in the missions in Peru, South America, and in parish ministry at Apache Junction, Arizona. She was a pre-school teacher at Williams Air Force Base in Mesa, Arizona, Precious Blood School in Jasper, St. Vincent Day Care in Evansville, and is currently working in the pre-school and daycare program at St. Bernard School in Rockport.

Sister Rebecca is from Owensboro, Kentucky. Her ministry history began with teaching in Fort Branch, Poseyville, and Holy Redeemer School in Evansville. She taught religious education in Schnellville and was director of religious education in Siberia, Indiana. She was librarian and director of media for schools in the Southeast Dubois School Corporation and also served as librarian at North American College in Rome, Italy. She currently is a library consultant for monasteries and other institutions throughout the United States.

Founded in 1867, the Sisters of St. Benedict of Ferdinand currently number 156 and serve in areas of education, parish work, health care, retreat and spirituality work, social services, counseling, and mission work in Indiana, Kentucky, and Peru.

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