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Sister Joan Delaplane, OP
Sister Joan Delaplane is Professor Emerita of Homiletics at Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, where she was on the faculty for some twenty-five years. In 2001, she received the school’s Great Preacher Award for the ways her words and actions had made an outstanding contribution to the building-up of the Catholic community.
She was honored in 2013 by having The Delaplane Initiative for Preaching Excellence at Aquinas endowed and named for her. Among other things, the $500,000 grant from Lilly Endowment, Inc., will help the initiative strengthen preaching among Catholic clergy at all levels.
Today, Sister Joan is a spiritual director and retreat leader.
Sister Magdalena Ezoe, OP
Music runs in the family for Sister Magdalena. She was born in Tokyo, Japan, where her uncle directed a music conservatory, and came to the United States not long after World War II. A trained musician and published composer, she has written sacred and liturgical music and other instrumental and choral works. She has also performed around the United States and in Tokyo.
She taught music on the high school and college level and is now a Professor Emerita at Siena Heights University, Adrian, where she taught applied piano, music theory, and music history and literature for many years.
Sister Nadine Sheehan, OP
Caring for the medical needs of the poor has formed the basis of much of Sister Nadine’s ministry as a nurse practitioner. Her work took her to Kentucky, focusing on helping the rural poor get proper medical attention. Among her efforts was to help start the Carter Health Awareness Program in Carter County to assist the elderly and working poor who needed medical services.
More recently, she served at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital (now Henry Ford Hospital) in Macomb County, Michigan, where she helped develop, manage and serve in the Neighbors Caring for Neighbors Clinic to provide free health care to poor persons who were under-served, under-insured and uninsured.