The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth announced the new provincial leadership team-elect in April 2018. The members will officially take their positions on August 5 and will serve for six years.
Sr. Mary Ellen Gemmell, provincial secretary/councilor-elect, entered the community in 1970. She currently serves as an adjunct Spanish instructor at Holy Family University and as a Spanish teacher at St. Katherine of Siena School.
“I truly love teaching our students at Holy Family University,” Sr. Mary Ellen said. “I have enjoyed the classes and the opportunities to participate in liturgies as well as service activities. At this time, I respond to the call to be the provincial secretary with the same spirit of joy and gratitude, living by the words of St. Peter, ‘Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God's grace in its various forms.’ (1 Peter 4:10) I am edified and enriched by our Sisters and all the wonderful people who work side-by-side with them to prepare students for their future in the spirit of the Holy Family of Nazareth.”
Sr. Kathleen Maciej, a former member of the Board of Trustees at Holy Family (2000-2017), was chosen as the provincial superior-elect. She entered the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in 1973 and currently serves as principal at St. Adalbert Catholic Academy in Elmhurst, NY.
Sr. Michele Collins, who recently retired from the Board of Trustees (2014-2018), was named assistant provincial superior/councilor-elect. She entered the community in 1959. Her current ministries include executive director of Nazareth Global Missions and assistant executive director of the Nazareth Family Foundation. Sr. Michele lives in Altoona, PA.
Sr. Maria Magdalena Rybak, councilor-elect, entered the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth in 1995. She currently ministers as a charge nurse in the intensive care unit at AMITA Holy Family Medical Center in Des Plaines, IL.
Sr. Teresa Mika, the current provincial treasurer and a former Trustee member (2010-2013), was elected to serve another term as treasurer. She entered the community in 1985.
The Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (CSFN), are an international Roman Catholic congregation of vowed religious women dedicated to spreading the Kingdom of God’s love, particularly within families. We do this by serving families through active ministry in schools, hospitals, parishes, prisons and social service agencies. We also spread the Kingdom through our daily living in a community of prayer and commitment to God and the Holy Family. Today, this vision of Nazareth is being lived by some 1,200 sisters serving in 13 countries; we are joined by 700 lay associates.
Holy Family Province, the U.S. province of the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth, has some 230 sisters serving in Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The Provincialate is located in Des Plaines, IL, a Chicago suburb.