A Summer of Celebration – Celebrating our Jubilarians

Sisters of the Precious Blood were blessed with a joyous summer! We honored our Sister Jubilarians, welcomed and affirmed the commitment of our newest Sisters, and looked to the future with hope and faith as we elected and installed a new leadership team. Celebrate with us!

This summer, we honored eight Sisters marking milestone anniversaries of entrance into the Community. All the Jubilarians were recognized at a Mass and banquet June 25 at Salem Heights, the Congregation’s central house in Dayton. Congratulations, Sisters!

Sister Berenice Janszen80 years
A Cincinnati native, Sister Berenice (M. Edward) grew up in the former St. Mark Parish and attended Regina High School. Sister Berenice has enjoyed a varied life of ministry: She taught high school English and drama and produced 19 high school musicals, and also served in pastoral administration, chaplaincy and service to the Congregation.

Sister Dorothy Koenig80 years
Originally from Wapakoneta, Ohio, Sister Dorothy (M. Angelista) was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, attended the parish school and graduated from Precious Blood High School, the Congregation’s former school in Dayton. For nearly three decades, she ministered as a supervisor, purchaser and cook, coordinating all phases of dietary services, and serving three meals daily for large groups of people.

Sister Genevieve Volk75 years
Originally from rural Linton, North Dakota, Sister Genny (M. Adelaide) grew up in St. Bernard Church and, for most of her elementary years, attended a one-room schoolhouse. She then left North Dakota for Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from Precious Blood High School. Sister Genny taught elementary and intermediate students for over 40 years and then went on to minister as a spiritual director.

Sister Joanne Belloli60 years
Sister Joanne grew up in the former Guardian Angels Church in Detroit, attended St. Anthony High School in Detroit for two years, and then graduated from Precious Blood High School. Sister Joanne currently ministers as a mental health and substance abuse therapist at Livingston County Catholic Charities in Howell, Michigan. She is a member of the National Association of Social Workers and the NASW Academy of Certified Social Workers.

Sister Patricia Gist60 years
Originally from Akron, Ohio, Sister Pat grew up as a member of St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church and attended the parish school through high school. She first served as a teacher and then moved into ministry as a pastoral associate, pastoral team member, director of religious education and adult education coordinator. She also served as a diocesan catechetical consultant and was administrator of the Maria Stein Center in Maria Stein, Ohio.

Sister Joyce Langhals60 years
Sister Joyce (M. Andrice) grew up in St. Barbara Catholic Church in Cloverdale, Putnam County, Ohio, and graduated from Precious Blood High School. Sister Joyce currently serves as the Congregation’s director of initial formation. At various periods throughout her ministry, she has also served as a teacher, attorney, executive director of senior housing for St. Mary Development Corporation, and eight years as president of the Congregation, among other roles.

Sister Rita Rogier60 years
A daughter of St. Boniface Catholic Church (now All Saints) in New Riegel, Ohio, Sister Rita (M. Rose Annette) attended the elementary and high school in New Riegel. She currently ministers as a volunteer for St. Rita Parish in Dayton and for Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley, working in the food pantry and at the front desk. She served in education for 30 years, and then moved into pastoral ministry.

Sister Nancy Wolf60 years
Sister Nancy grew up as a member of St. Joseph Parish in Wapakoneta, Ohio. She attended the parish school and graduated from Precious Blood High School. Most recently, Sister Nancy served as Coordinator of Sisters at Salem Heights from 2014 until her retirement in 2022. Prior to that experience, she enjoyed a ministry in elementary education, including 30 years at Immaculate Conception School in Celina, Ohio.

— Story by Mary Knapke

On the cover, Sister Joyce Langhals shares a reading at the Jubilee Mass; Michelle Bodine photo. Top, 2023 Jubilee logo. Second, Sister Berenice Janszen; third, Sister Dorothy Koenig; fourth, Sister Genny Volk; fifth, Sister Joanne Belloli; sixth, Sister Pat Gist; seventh, Sister Nancy Wolf; eighth, Sister Rita Rogier; ninth, Sister Joyce Langhals; Michelle Bodine photos.

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