Four Sisters with SLC ties celebrate Jubilee years

Posted On July 13, 2018

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MANITOWOC, Wis. — Four Sisters — familiar faces in the halls of Silver Lake College of the Holy Family — are celebrating their Jubilees this year.

Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora, Sister Ritarose Stahl, Sister Margaret Ann Wallander and Sister Adrianna Schouten will be among more than 30 Sisters who will be honored at a Mass with Bishop David Ricken at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 26 at St. Bernard Catholic Church in Green Bay.

They are members of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity, the religious community that founded and continues to sponsor the college.

In Catholic tradition, the word “Jubilee” is used to designate the anniversary years: 25, 50, 60, 70, 75 or 80 years. 

Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora

Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora, assistant professor and department chair of theology and ministry, celebrates 25 years.

She holds a doctorate in dogmatic theology from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome, Italy and is passionate about the New Evangelization. She joined Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in 2011 as its theology program director.

The Texas native felt the first inklings of her calling as early as sixth grade at St. Pius V Catholic School in Pasadena. It wasn’t until 1986, as a first-year student at the University of St. Thomas in Houston, that she met the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.

“By the time I was preparing to graduate from college, it became clear that the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity was God’s answer to my prayer to ‘send me a community,’” she said.

“As I look back over these 25 years, my heart is full of gratitude for what amounts to the most beautiful ‘trust walk’ ever,” said Sister Zamora, who counts among her gifts from God “my family from whom I receive(d) the gift of faith, in my Sisters whose patience with me on the way has changed my life, in my students whose responses to the Lord inspire me continually, and in friends who are like family to me.”

Sister Ritarose Stahl

Sister Ritarose Stahl, volunteer archivist at Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, is celebrating 60 years.

She is descended a group of German immigrants who founded St. Nazianz in 1854, under the direction of Father Ambrose Oschwald. It was while she was attending St. Gregory Catholic School in St. Nazianz that she decided to become a Sister. She attended grades four through eight at St. Peter and Paul school in Kiel, where she met the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity.

Sister Stahl entered Holy Family College in 1957 as a postulant and graduated in 1969 with a bachelor’s degree in history and theology, with Summa Cum Laude honors. She earned her Master of Arts in library and information science from Rosary College (now Dominican University) in River Forest, IL in 1996.

She returned to Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in 1989, after serving as community director of the Franciscan Sisters of Christian Charity for 12 years. She served in the college’s library for 25 years — 15 of them as library director — until her retirement in 2015. During her tenure, she took on the Rare Book Room as her special project.

In 2015, she was awarded the Our Lady of Guadalupe Award, conferred on individuals who have made significant contributions in advancing the college’s mission.

Sister Margaret Ann Wallander 

Sister Margaret Ann Wallander, who celebrates 60 years, volunteers in the computer lab and library as needed. She also has been serving as the college’s representative for the teaching license and professional development plan process.

A native of Cato, Sister Wallander always wanted to become a teacher. She attended St. Francis High School in Sacramento, California, where she was taught by Franciscan Fathers and Sisters. Upon graduation in June 1956, she received her letter of acceptance to the postulancy at Holy Family Convent.

Sister Wallander graduated from Holy Family College in 1964 with majors in biology and mathematics. She earned her master’s degree in physical science in 1969 from the University of Notre Dame, her master’s degree in earth science in 1972 and her master’s degree in administration from the University of San Francisco in 1984.

“Some of the most memorable events in my science graduate work were hiking the northern rim of the Grand Canyon, climbing mountains … experiencing 24 hours of continuous daylight in my summer in Fairbanks, walking on glaciers in the Arctic circle, flying over the North Pole, viewing the sky using the Hubble telescope, and exploring landforms in all the states from the west coast to the east coast,” she said.

Sister Wallander joined Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in 1992 as director of the nursing program and faculty member in the science and education departments. She served as director of professional studies, on the president’s cabinet and as chair of the education department.

Sister Adrianna Schouten

Sister Adrianna Schouten, who celebrates 60 years, graduated from Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in 1965 with a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics and a minor in chemistry.

She received her master’s degree in mathematics from Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey and her master’s degree in educational administration at the University of San Francisco.

Sister Schouten has taught mathematics and science at schools in Michigan, California, Arizona and Wisconsin. “I was able to use the education I received in administration to serve at Rosecrans High School, Ohio, Roncalli High School and Silver Lake College of the Holy Family in Wisconsin, and at Yuma Catholic High School in Arizona,” she said.

At Silver Lake College of the Holy Family, she was academic dean from 1997- 2004 and served as interim president for a portion of 2013. Sister Schouten currently serves as secretary to the Silver Lake College of the Holy Family Board of Trustees.

She also was elected to the general administration of her religious community. “In addition to the work involved … I was able to attend meetings in Rome and Assisi, to make the pilgrimage to Assisi, (and) attend conventions in education and health care in many different cities,” Sister Schouten said, calling the experience a “surprise, challenge and blessing.”   

PHOTO: Clockwise from top left,  Sister Marie Kolbe Zamora, Sister Ritarose Stahl, Sister Margaret Ann Wallander and Sister Adrianna Schouten.