Category Archives: Vocation Awareness Week

Witnesses to Christ, Witnesses for Justice: Sister Joanne Gross, O.S.U., J.D.

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Sr. Joanne Gross was awarded the Ursuline~St. John College Association’s Amadeus Rappe Award at the 2013 Reunion.

Written by Sr. Elaine Berkopec, O.S.U., Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences

Sister Joanne Gross, O.S.U., holds a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from CWRU’s Mandel Center. She currently serves as President of Catholic Community Connection, which promotes collaboration among the Catholic health care, senior living, social service and higher education ministries in the diocese of Cleveland. She also worked with Cuyahoga County as coordinator of domestic violence programming and funding, and served as legal services coordinator for a children’s mental health initiative.

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Witnesses to Christ, Witnesses for Justice: Sister Diane Therese Pinchot, O.S.U., M.F.A.

131010133236Sister Diane Therese Pinchot, O.S.U., M.F.A. is the artist behind the Bishop Pilla Learning Center’s stained glass window, overlooking Ursuline’s campus.

Written by Sr. Elaine Berkopec, O.S.U., Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences

Sister Diane Therese Pinchot, O.S.U., M.F.A., has served as Professor in the Art Department at Ursuline College, where she has fostered and supported works of justice among students; she not only advocates for justice in Latin America by attending the annual commemoration of the martyrdom in El Salvador of the North American churchwomen, Dorothy Kazel, Maura Clarke, Ita Ford, and Jean Donovan.

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Witnesses to Christ, Witnesses for Justice: Sister Erin Zubal, O.S.U., M.A.

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Sister Erin Zubal attending the School of the Americas Protest 

Written by Sr. Elaine Berkopec, O.S.U., Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences

Sister Erin Zubal, O.S.U., M.A., graduated from Ursuline with a B.A. in Social Work and M.A. in Education Administration. Her work has included serving as social worker to women in Cuyahoga County Jail, theology teacher and campus minister at Beaumont High School.

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Witnesses to Christ, Witnesses for Justice: Sister Mary Eileen Boyle, O.S.U.

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Sister Mary Eileen (right) teaches a new group every six weeks how to manufacture clothing and other items. All of the women pictured in the photo have been hired at area sewing companies.

Written by Sr. Elaine Berkopec, O.S.U., Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences

Sister Mary Eileen Boyle, O.S.U., served as missionary to the Native American Assinaboine Nation in Montana for several years before returning to Cleveland. Her desire to work as a missionary followed a new path in Cleveland when she established Esperanza Threads in 2000, a non-profit enterprise that employs and teaches low-income individuals, including under-employed and migrant workers, to manufacture quality clothing and other items.

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Witnesses to Christ, Witnesses for Justice: Sister Dorothy Kazel, O.S.U., M.A.

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In 1979, Sister Martha Owen, Kazel’s companion missioner, took the above photo of Kazel on the motorcycle she used to travel to villages along the southeast coast of El Salvador.

Written by Sr. Elaine Berkopec, O.S.U., Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences

Ursuline Alumna, Sister Dorothy Kazel, O.S.U., M.A., served on the Cleveland Diocesan Mission Team in El Salvador, where she gave her life for the Salvadoran people. Before her work in El Salvador, she was a teacher, mentor, and counselor for high school girls for seven years.

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