Leadership Team 2014-2019 
The Leadership Team, left to right: Sisters Angela Golapi Palma, Suzanne Brennan, M. Veronique (Wiedower), Brenda Cousins and Sharlet Ann Wagner

Sisters of the Holy Cross Leadership Team

The Leadership Team was elected in June 2014 during the congregation’s Twenty-fifth General Chapter in Entebbe, Uganda, and officially installed on September 7, 2014, in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary's, Notre Dame, Indiana.

Sister M. Veronique (Wiedower), President

A native of San Diego, California, Sister Veronique entered the congregation in 1965. She previously worked for five years serving as campus minister and then as vice president for mission at Saint Mary’s College, a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of the Holy Cross located in Notre Dame, Indiana. Her prior ministries include teaching music to high school students and ministering at St. Joseph Seminary in Palo Alto, California, where she helped with liturgy and music. In addition, she was director for women religious for the Archdiocese of San Diego. Sister Veronique also worked in initial formation for the Sisters of the Holy Cross and served on the congregation’s Leadership Team from 1994 to 2004.

Sister Sharlet Ann Wagner, First Councilor

Sister Sharlet served on the previous Leadership Team as general secretary. An immigration attorney, she practiced in California and at Holy Cross Ministries, a nonprofit organization sponsored by the Sisters of the Holy Cross in Salt Lake City, Utah. She entered the congregation in 1988 from Santa Ana, California.

Sister Angela Golapi Palma, Councilor

Sister Golapi was elected to serve as councilor on the Leadership Team in December 2012 to fill a vacancy following the death of Sister Philomena Quiah. While serving as councilor she also assisted at Brother Andre High School in Noakhali, Bangladesh. Over the years she served as teacher and parish minister in Bangladesh, Uganda and Ghana. She also ministered in vocations and initial formation. Sister Golapi entered the congregation from Kharbaria, Bangladesh, in 1987.

Sister Brenda Cousins, General Secretary

Prior to her election to the Leadership Team, Sister Brenda worked in mission integration at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. She previously taught school in Virginia, served in parish ministry in Peru and Utah, directed novices in California and Uganda, and was the first novice director of the International Novitiate at Saint Mary’s from 2008 to 2012. Sister Brenda entered the congregation in 1977 from Alexandria, Virginia.

Sister Suzanne Brennan, General Treasurer

A native of Chicago, Illinois, Sister Suzanne entered the congregation in 1965. She served as a social worker, was in administration in various hospitals, served in governance roles, and ministered for the last 16 years as executive director of Holy Cross Ministries, which serve low-income and at-risk families throughout Utah.

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