Five Sisters of the Humility of Mary will celebrate their golden anniversaries and another her silver jubilee May 16, with a Liturgy of Thanksgiving in Magnificat Chapel at Villa Maria Community Center, Villa Maria, Pa.
The jubilarians’ families and friends will join with HM Sisters and Associates as they honor the golden jubilarians for their 50 years of religious life commitment. The golden jubilarians are Sister Mary Therese Berry, Sister Carolyn Marshall, Sister Helen Jean Novy, Sister Stella Schmid and Sister Linda Valasik. Sister Colleen Ungashick is celebrating her 25th jubilee as a Sister of the Humility of Mary.
Father Joseph Fata, pastor of Boardman St. Luke Parish, will be the presider for the liturgy. A reception will follow.
Sister Mary Therese Berry, formerly Sister M. Teresa, volunteers as a Contemplative Outreach presenter, in music ministry and in ministry to the elderly in Cleveland. Her ministry in the Youngstown Diocese includes seven years as a teacher at Central Catholic High School, Canton, and one year as a pastoral minister at the former St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown.
Sister Mary Therese received her bachelor of arts from Notre Dame College, Cleveland; her master of arts from Middlebury College, Middlebury, Vt., and her doctorate from The Ohio State University, Columbus. A graduate of Lourdes Academy, Cleveland, she entered religious life from St. Leo Parish, Cleveland. Her parents are the late Thomas F. and Florence (Reichel) Berry.
Sister Carolyn Marshall serves on the leadership team of the Sisters of the Humility of Mary and is the canonical treasurer for the congregation. For 12 years she taught on the faculty of Villa Maria High School, Villa Maria, Pa.
Sister Caro-lyn graduated from St. Peter High School, Mansfield, and earned her bachelor of arts from Notre Dame College, Cleveland, and her master’s in education from Westminster College, New Wilmington, Pa. The daughter of the late William H. and Catherine (Matz) Marshall, she entered religious life from St. Peter Parish, Mansfield, Ohio.
Sister Helen Jean Novy, formerly Sister John Mark, is director of Faculty Development and Mission at Magnificat High School, Rocky River, Ohio, and a member of the administrative leadership team. In the Youngstown Diocese she taught for six years at St. John High School, Ashtabula, and for four years at Central Catholic High School, Canton.
Sister Helen Jean received her bachelor of arts from Notre Dame College, Cleveland, and her master of arts in Liberal Studies from Wesleyan University, Middletown, Conn. A graduate of Villa Maria High School, Villa Maria, Pa., she entered the HM community from Blessed Sacrament Parish, Cleveland. She is the daughter of the late Frank E. and Helen D. (Mueller) Novy.
Sister Stella Schmid, the former Margaret Schmid, has served in the Health Care Ministry in various areas of Nursing/Administration for the past 45 years. A registered nurse, she has served as a nurse clinician in Rehabilitation at the former St. Elizabeth Hospital, Youngstown, as director of nursing at St. Joseph Riverside Hospital and as director of parish nursing at St. Joseph Health Center in Warren. She continues to serve on boards of the HMHP Development Foundation and Someplace Safe, Inc., domestic violence agency, and volunteers at Villa Maria Community Center creating floral arrangements and herbal crafts from the Villa gardens.
Sister Stella received her bachelor of science in nursing from St. John College, Cleveland and her master’s of science in nursing from Wayne State University, Detroit. A graduate of Salem High School, she entered the HM community from St. Paul Parish, Salem. She is the daughter of the late Frank A. and Stella (Kleinman) Schmid.
Sister Linda Valasik, formerly Sister Mary Stephanie, is the coordinator of the Religion Division for The Center for Learning, an educational publisher, Villa Maria, Pa. Her ministries in the Youngstown Diocese include teaching for one year at St. Paul, Canton, and serving as a pastoral minister at St. Joseph, Mantua, and St. Joan of Arc, Streetsboro. Sister Linda was a part-time member of the Membership and Affiliation Team for the Sisters of the Humility of Mary; taught in the Portage County Adult Basic Education Program; and was an ABLE and ESL instructor for the Kent City Schools, Kent.
Sister Linda earned her bachelor of science in education from St. John College, Cleveland; her master of religious education from Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, Mich., and her MM (ministry) from Seattle University, Seattle, Wash. She graduated from Lourdes Academy, Cleveland, and entered the HM community from St. Francis de Sales Parish, Parma. She is the daughter of the late Stephen and Catherine (Lukcso) Valasik.
Sister Colleen Ungashick teaches Spanish in grades K-8 at St. Francis of Assisi School, Gates Mills, Ohio. In the Youngstown Diocese she taught for nine years at Central Catholic High School, Canton.
Sister Colleen received her bachelor of arts from Walsh College, Canton; her master of arts from Ohio University, Athens; her master of arts in Art Therapy from Ursuline College, Cleveland; and her certification in spiritual direction from the Center for Spirituality and Lay Ministry, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Conn. A graduate of Central Catholic High School, Canton, she entered the HM community from St. Michael the Archangel Parish, Canton. She is the daughter of William E. and Eleanor (Nypaver) Ungashick of Canton.