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Contact: Amy H. Smessaert
Communications Director
Congregation of the
Sisters of the Holy Cross
Telephone: (574) 284-5728
Date:August 24, 2009 

Holy Cross Sisters to Install
New Leadership Team

Notre Dame, Ind. — The Sisters of the Holy Cross will install its newly elected congregational Leadership Team on September 27, 2009, in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana.

Elected to the Leadership Team this past July at the congregation’s Twenty-fourth General Chapter were Sister Joan Marie Steadman, CSC, president; and Sisters Geraldine Hoyler, CSC; Mary Louise Full, CSC; Philomena Quiah, CSC; and Sharlet Ann Wagner, CSC. Sister Mary Louise will serve as first councilor, Sister Geraldine as general treasurer, Sister Sharlet as general secretary and Sister Philomena as councilor.

Sister Joan Marie served on the Leadership Team for 10 years (from 1994 to 2004). She has been involved in both education and health care, and has served as the associate director of health care ethics at Santa Clara University in California. A San Jose, California, native, Sister Joan Marie entered the congregation in 1962.

Sister Mary Louise, from Washington, D.C., is serving on the current Leadership Team as general secretary. A high school teacher and principal, she also has been involved in retreat, pastoral and parish ministry. She entered the congregation in 1960.

A native of Evergreen Park, Illinois, Sister Geraldine, who entered the congregation in 1963, also is serving on the current Leadership Team as general treasurer. She has ministered in various health care financial and treasury positions throughout her career.

Sister Sharlet, a native of Omaha, Nebraska, entered the congregation in 1988. An immigration lawyer, she has been the director of the immigration department for Holy Cross Ministries in Salt Lake City, Utah, for the past several years.

Sister Philomena is from Noakhali, Bangladesh. She entered the congregation in 1980. Sister Philomena has served as the congregation’s area coordinator for the Area of Asia and has been headmistress and teacher at Holy Cross High School for Girls in Dhaka, Bangladesh, for almost 20 years. 

About the Sisters of the Holy Cross
Founded in 1841 in Le Mans, France, the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross is an international community of women religious whose generalate is located in Notre Dame, Ind. The congregation numbers approximately 450 members worldwide who serve in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, India, Mexico, Peru, Uganda and the United States. Sisters of the Holy Cross are called to participate in the prophetic mission of Jesus to witness God’s love for all creation. Their ministries focus on providing education and health care services, eradicating material poverty, ending gender discrimination, and promoting just, mutual relationships among people, countries and the entire Earth community.

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