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Sister Therese Mary Foote, OP, RPh
After 25 years as a math and science teacher, including three years on the high school faculty at St. Joseph Academy in Adrian, Sister Therese Mary’s professional life took a very different path.
Already the holder of a master of science degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame, she went back to school and earned a degree in pharmacy from the University of Michigan. She then spent the next three decades as a registered pharmacist, first at the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ on-campus pharmacy, Dominican Pharmacy, and then in drug stores in the Detroit metropolitan area. For the last sixteen years of her active ministry, she was a pharmacist at the Cherry Hill Pharmacy in Dearborn, Michigan.
Sister Mary Ellen Leciejewski, OP
Sister Mary Ellen is the Director of Ecology for Dignity Health, the largest hospital system in California and the fifth largest in the nation. Based in San Francisco, Dignity Health has facilities in seventeen states.
Among many other recent efforts, Sister Mary Ellen served on the eco-team that helped create the hospitals’ ecology/sustainability program, developed tools to measure the system’s waste stream, developed a chemical reduction program, and established a hospital vegetable garden. Dignity Health recently became the first health care system in the country to switch to dye-free plastics, considerably reducing its environmental impact.
Sister Barbara Cervenka, OP
Sister Barbara Cervenka is a painter, primarily in watercolor, whose work has been exhibited around the country and abroad. For the past thirty years she has taught at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and at Siena Heights University in Adrian.
She co-founded Con/Vida, a non-profit organization that helps foster cultural understanding through promoting the popular arts of Peru and Brazil.
As a member of the History Committee for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious, she helped organize the traveling exhibit “Women & Spirit: Catholic Sisters in America.”