In the United States, there are currently 14 Sisters of the Redeemer.
Meet the Sisters
Sr. Ana Dura
Sr. Ana Dura, a native of Northern California, is carrying on the legacy of the Sisters who first came to Meadowbrook, PA when the area was primarily farm land. Sr. Ana manages a school garden for 2nd grade students, and also oversees the Redeemer Valley Garden, which provides individual plots to local gardeners of all skill levels to grow healthy food. She is also talented at “growing” relationships and has connected many people of diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds with our community through the garden. Sr. Ana cares for a variety of animals including chickens, ducks, rabbits, goats and sheep, helping to provide us with fresh eggs, goat soap and cheese. Produce from the garden provides our Holy Redeemer Food Pantry with fresh vegetables. She also serves on the Province Leadership team as Vice Province Leader. Sr. Ana is a gifted artist as well as an inspiring liturgical dancer.
Sr. Anita Bolton
Sr. Anita Bolton hails from the Pennsylvania farm country of southern Lancaster County. Sr. Anita began her relationship with the Sisters as a member of the Redeemer Ministry Corps in the early 1980s, and currently serves on the Province Leadership Team as Province Assistant. She also serves as Mission Leader in Holy Redeemer Health System. Not unexpectedly for someone raised on a Quarryville, PA dairy farm, Sr. Anita loves the outdoors and enjoys walking, gardening, swimming, and nature study. She is a gentle leader who tends the earth with great care.
Sr. Anne Dolan
Sr. Anne Dolan is a native of Philadelphia, and is one of four current Sisters who graduated from St. Hubert’s High School for Girls. (The other “Bambis” are Sr. Anne Marie Haas, Sr. Kathy Rose and Sr. Maryanne King.) As a Certified Nurse’s Aide, Sr. Ann’s ministry focuses on home care for the sick and infirm. Her tender touch and gentle smile have been a source of healing to homebound patients and their families for decades. Sr. Anne also serves as the Sacristan of the Provincialate Chapel. She is extremely proud of her Irish Heritage!
Sr. Anne Marie Haas
Sr. Anne Marie Haas currently serving on the General Council – an international leadership team of the Congregation. A native Philadelphian, Sr. Anne Marie has worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse, and has served the Community in vocation and formation ministry. She has completed studies in music performance and enjoys being our organist. A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, her graduate studies were in bioethics. Sr. Anne Marie is a lover of animals and nature, and enjoys walking in the woods.
Sr. Dorothy Rose Prahinski
Sr. Dorothy Rose Prahinski is a native of Washington, D.C. Her ministry during her many years of religious life has literally spanned the “ages” from helping to care for Seniors at St. Joseph’s Manor, to working with young children at the Drueding Center. While she cherishes all of the people who have been part of her ministry, Sr. Dorothy will tell you that children are her most cherished! Eyes that radiate joy and a grateful heart are her hallmark.
Sr. Ellen Marvel
Sr. Ellen Marvel the Province Leader. A native of Philadelphia, she is a graduate of Archbishop Prendergast High School. She served as Assistant Food Service Director at Holy Redeemer Hospital and as the Director of Food Service at St. Joseph’s Manor. As a registered dietician, hospitality and serving the nutritional needs of others have been a major part of her life’s work. Attention to detail and upholding beloved traditions of the Congregation are Sr. Ellen’s hallmark. Sr. Ellen served as Executive Director of Drueding Center, an organization founded by the Sisters, now serving homeless women and their children. As the Director of Formation, she guides young women who enter the Congregation during their time of discernment. Sr. Ellen loves her volunteer ministry at St. Francis Inn, serving the needs of homeless persons in Philadelphia.
Sr. Janet Wingert
Sr. Janet Wingert was born and raised in Philadelphia. She is a graduate of Gwynedd Mercy College where she majored in nursing. Sister is currently a Sponsor Liaison for residents, families and staff at the Redeemer Lafayette as well as for our homebound friends. In this ministry, her focus is on being a gentle and healing presence to all those she encounters. Sr. Janet’s ministry has also included service as a Certified Chaplain. Sr. Janet enjoys experiencing nature on local trails, photography, music, calligraphy and aquatics.
Sr. Katharina Pies
Sr. Katharina Pies, a native of Cologne, Germany, entered the Congregation following two years of service with the Redeemer Ministry Corps. She currently serves as a Chaplain with the Pastoral Care team in the Holy Redeemer Health System, and is a certified nurses’ assistant. In addition to her ministry, Sr. Katharina is an avid hiker and photographer who enjoys sharing her inspiring nature photography and poetry with friends and family. Additionally, she is a gifted flute player. A special passion of Sr. Katharina’s is companioning persons with intellectual disabilities.
Sr. Kathy Rose Miller
Sr. Kathy Rose Miller is a native of Philadelphia whose ministry focused mainly on seniors at St. Joseph’s Manor where she served as an Activities Assistant. For more than 20 years, Sr. Kathy shared the charism of hospitality as she greeted residents and visitors to the Manor as the receptionist at the front desk. She has served as a supportive presence to the Redeemer Associate program taking responsibility as a Sister for the on-going development of the program. Sr. Kathy enjoys singing, dancing, and “making a joyful noise unto the Lord.”
Sr. Kimberly Kessler
Sr. Kimberly Kessler grew up in Northeast Philadelphia. She is the Director of Vocations and enjoys accompanying others who are exploring their call. She also serves as a Eucharistic minister in Pastoral Care in Holy Redeemer Hospital and St. Joseph Manor. Sr. Kim loves spending time in the outdoors and is an accomplished nature photographer. Her photographs are visual prayers that reflect the grandeur of God’s creation. Sr. Kim took a lead in helping to establish the Green Light Food Pantry at Drueding Center in Philadelphia.
Sr. Linda Marie Arico
Sr. Linda Marie Arico, a native of Piscataway, N.J., brings her gifts to a number of the Community’s endeavors. She graduated from Glassboro State College (now Rowan University) with a bachelor’s degree in education. In our choir, Sr. Linda is a talented singer. At present, she teaches guitar and ukulele. She also manages our frame shop, Second to Nun Framery, as well as our art gallery, Art at Valley Lake Gallery. Proceeds from the Frame Shop and Gallery benefit the Dreuding Center and our Sisters in Tanzania. Sr. Linda has a particular interest in raising funds for our missions in Tanzania.
Sr. Martina Nicklaus
Sr. Martina Nicklaus came to America in 1963 after taking her final vows in Germany. In 1967, Sr. Martina was one of the first persons to study the emerging field of nuclear medicine, and was highly regarded by physicians for skill as an X-ray technician. She has served in congregational leadership for 24 years, and currently serves on the Holy Redeemer Sponsor Board and as a Sponsor Liaison at St. Joseph Manor and Holy Redeemer Hospital. Sr. Martina greets others with a welcoming smile and, quite often, with one of her signature floral bouquets, making her a warm and healing presence in our Community.
Sr. Maryanne King
Sr Maryanne King is a native of Philadelphia. She entered the Congregation for the first time in 1977, but left 7 years later and moved to Florida where she furthered her education in health care administration and elementary education. God had other plans and called her back to the Congregation in 2004. She professed perpetual vows in 2011. Maryanne completed post-graduate studies in Health Care Mission at Aquinas Institute in St. Louis, MO. Currently she ministers at Holy Redeemer Hospital as a supervisor in Central Sterile Supply. For several years, Maryanne served as Director of the Redeemer Associates and began a division of Associates in the Fort Myers area of Florida. Her talent for singing and guitar playing is a gift frequently shared at liturgical services. Her creativity, initiative and love for children prompted her to begin a successful, annual vacation bible school program.
Sr. Sophia Galm
Sr. Sophia Galm entered the Congregation in 1956 in Germany. She studied nursing, and she was assigned as an operating room nurse in a dental clinic in Wurzburg. After making her final vows in 1962, Sr. Sophia was transferred to America where she worked as an operating room nurse at Holy Redeemer Hospital. Sr. Sophia started the Associate Program in 1998. The Sisters have always enjoyed a strong friendship with the laity, and the Associate program was an affirmation of this abiding friendship. Under Sr. Sophia’s leadership, the Associate program became an integral part of the Sisters’ ministry. Presently, Sr. Sophia is a Sponsor Liaison at Holy Redeemer Hospital and St. Joseph Manor where she visits patients and residents. Sr. Sophia shares her love of the Redeemer with everyone she meets.
Sr. Ursulina Keller
Sr. Ursulina Keller is a native of Germany who has ministered in healthcare for many years as a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). Today, Sr. Ursulina serves as a Sponsor Liaison at St. Joseph Manor and Redeemer Village, visiting regularly with patients and residents. Sr. Ursulina is a skilled seamstress as well as a talented artist. Her beautiful handmade cards and water colors are prayerful expressions of her deep abiding faith.
Sr. Ursulina died on January 25, 2021. You can read about her life here.
May she rest in the loving embrace of our Redeemer.