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Kathleen Sullivan, RSCJ

2015 Jubilarian, Celebrating 60 Years as a Religious of the Sacred Heart

Kathleen Sullivan, RSCJ was destined to be an educator. As a child, she would come home from school, line up her dolls, and teach them everything she had learned in class that day. From her home classroom to grade schools to universities, Sister Sullivan has shared her love for learning and mathematics with countless students of all ages. 

Reyna Gonzalez, RSCJ

Reyna Gonzalez, RSCJ, developed an appreciation for being a member of a large and welcoming community at a young age. One of six children, she was born and raised by her grandparents and mother in LaBarca, Jalisco, a small town outside of Guadalajara in Mexico. Each Sunday, her entire family gathered at her grandparents’ house for a weekly get-together, at which there would be upwards of fifty family members in attendance.

Marianna Torrano, RSCJ

Marianna Torrano, RSCJ was born into a tight-knit, Italian family on December 2, 1931 in Oakland, California. The second of six children, Sister Torrano remembers a happy childhood. Praying the rosary regularly and attending Sunday mass together were of high importance to her family. Both of her parents were in the medical field, her father a surgeon and mother a nurse, which may have played a role in Sister Torrano’s decision to become a nurse.

Patricia Munch, RSCJ

2015 Jubilarian, Celebrating 60 Years as a Religious of the Sacred Heart

By Pat Munch, RSCJ

The fifth of nine children I was born in Omaha, Nebraska on December 21, 1933. I was blessed to have devoted parents who worked hard and made many sacrifices to provide for us. They were strong in their faith and taught us about God, helped us learn our prayers and made certain that we learned to take responsibility for our actions. They also made sure that and were instructed in our Catholic faith.

Peggy McDonnell, RSCJ: Ends of the Earth

By Holly Marihugh

Sister Peggy McDonnell would go to the ends of the earth for a sick person. And she’s spent decades at the bedside, patiently waiting for a person’s life to unfold. “I have a deep respect for sick people,” the Catholic nun says. “I’m almost in awe of the beauty of the human person. I’ve gotten up at night and during the weekend to be with someone who is dying.”

Carol Burk, RSCJ

A native of New Orleans, Carol Burk has been around the Society of the Sacred Heart her entire life. She was born into a large, close-knit family on Christmas Day 1942. Growing up, she, her five sisters, and many cousins attended Sacred Heart schools in New Orleans, just as her grandmother and great-grandmother did.

Rosemary Bearss, RSCJ

Born in Portland, Oregon, Rosemary Bearss, RSCJ, entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in 1951. She made her first vows May 5, 1954 and her final profession July 21, 1960. Her time in the Society has been divided between the classroom and provincial administration. From 1994 to 2014, she served at Coconut Grove Cares, a community center in a low-income part of Miami. She recently moved to Atherton, California, where she works in pastoral ministry with our retired sisters at Oakwood.