Alumni / Archives / Summer 2011

Five Sisters of Mercy celebrate 310 years of combined service

Five Sisters of Mercy celebrated jubilees this year: Sister Veronica Gorman JC’31; Sister Philomena Husak ’70; Sister Bernice Kurt ’67; Sister Mary Cephas Wichman JC’51; and Sister Kathy Thornton ’66. A mass honoring their combined total of 310 years of service was held at the Chapel of Mercy on June 12.

Sister Veronica, celebrating 80 years as a Sister of Mercy, is Mount Mercy’s oldest living alumna, graduating from Mount Mercy Junior College in 1931. She entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1931 and took her final vows in 1935. She focused her ministry on education, and has served as a volunteer at Sacred Heart Convent since leaving active ministry in 1986.

Sister Philomena entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1951 and made her final vows in 1956. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Mount Mercy College in 1970 and began a teaching career in 1955 that spanned nearly 30 years.

Sister Bernice, celebrating her 60th jubilee, attended Mount Mercy Academy and entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1950. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Mount Mercy in 1967, and upon her retirement, tutored at the Catherine McAuley Center.

Sister Mary Cephas professed perpetual vows in 1956. She graduated from Mount Mercy Junior College in 1951 and earned a bachelor’s degree in history in 1961. Her education ministry spanned 18 years, and she spent the next 25 years at Mount Mercy. Sister Kathy, celebrating her 50th jubilee, entered the Sisters of Mercy in 1961. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Mount Mercy in 1966. In 2008, she was elected as a member of the leadership team of the Sisters of Mercy West Midwest Community. She currently serves on the Mount Mercy Board of Trustees.