Community Ministry

Community Ministry

Sisters are called to serve in various roles of leadership within the community, sometimes requiring them to manage two ministries. These community ministry roles offer the opportunity for sisters to give of their gifts and talents in a unique way. Their ministry of administration, advocacy, service and hospitality to others and to one another never ceases.

Cecelia Marie Auterman

Sister Cecelia Marie Auterman’s on duty at the switchboard six days a week. Sister takes a serious approach to her regular Scrabble games. She also enjoys walking, word puzzles, Sudoku, cards and baking.

Jessi Beck

Sister Jessi Beck ministers as vocation director for the Sisters of the Presentation. She also teaches part-time at Our Lady of Tepeyac Grade School in Chicago, Illinois. Sister Jessi is dedicated to accompanying women as they discern God’s call in their life and to enriching the learning experiences of her students.

Marilyn Breen

Sister Marilyn Breen currently lives in the Pilsen neighborhood in Chicago. She earned a certificate in spiritual direction from Claret Center in Hyde Park and enjoys walking with others as they discover God in the ordinary experiences of life. She has served as parish director of faith formation for 27 years, most recently at St. Joseph the Worker Parish in Dubuque, Iowa. She has also worked in Iowa schools and parishes in Algona, Farley, Peosta, Cedar Falls and Dubuque. Her educational experience includes a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Clarke College and a master’s degree in theology from Notre Dame University.

Joan Brincks

Presently she is co-director for the Associate Partnership. She also is on the pastoral care team at Mt. St. Francis Center in Dubuque, Iowa. She loves to learn and grow, expanding herself in what is evolving. She enjoys being in nature and beauty, surrounding herself with God’s presence. She loves dance movement that opens her to the Divine within and around her.

Lynn Marie Fangman

Sister Lynn Marie Fangman ministers as general treasurer for the Presentation community. Sharing her finance background, Sister Lynn is a member of a number of boards and committees for nonprofit organizations. Her personal sparkle adds cheer to non-finance groups, too.

Suzanne Gallagher

Sister Suzanne Gallagher recently retired after ministering to persons in the company of dementia in the Waukon, Iowa, area for the Good Samaritan Society. She also served as facilitator for the Harpers Ferry, Iowa, Vision for the Future Grant Project. She has served for 13 years as teacher and 29 years as principal in Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Dubuque and Archdiocese of Chicago, most recently at St. Mary Immaculate Conception School in Guttenberg, Iowa. She currently serves as librarian in the community library.

Carmen Hernandez

Sister Carmen serves as congregational leader for the Presentation community. Previously she initiated and served as executive director of La Luz Hispana in Hampton, Iowa, after having served as Hispanic outreach coordinator of Mercy Medical Center North Iowa in Mason City. She served as a team member of Caminando Juntos with the Aberdeen Presentation Sisters in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. As vocation director for the Dubuque Presentation congregation she visited Bolivia several times and studied Spanish in Cochabamba. Sister Carmen was an elementary school counselor for the Archdiocese of Dubuque while serving as vocation director for the congregation and as chaplain for the Dubuque Police Department. Prior to that, Sister Carmen was an elementary teacher in Osage, Key West, Storm Lake and Dubuque, Iowa.

Elena Hoye

Sister Elena Hoye loves to watch the stars, play cards and travel. Education has been the unifying thread that wove through her different ministries and offered her the opportunity to work with and learn from people of many ages and backgrounds. During retirement, Sister Elena serves on several community committees and offers small group facilitation.

Rita Menart

Sister Rita serves as a member of the congregational leadership team for the Presentation community. Previously she served as a mental health counselor with Catholic Charities for six years (four years full-time and two years part-time). She was the part-time director of Hispanic ministry for the Archdiocese of Dubuque for two years and coordinator of Spanish Speakers Retreats for several more years. From 2009 to 2011, Sister Rita was a missionary in Bolivia. Previously, she worked as an in-home family counselor for Mid-Iowa Family Therapy Clinic in Ames, Iowa. Missionary experience of 10 years took Sister Rita to Chupol, Guatemala, from 1990 to 2000. Other positions include high school science teacher in Storm Lake, Iowa and junior high teacher at St. Columbkille in Dubuque, Iowa. Sister Rita has a bachelor’s degree in chemistry and a master’s in clinical psychology.

Joy Peterson

Sister Joy is a member of the congregational leadership team for the Sisters of the Presentation. She also serves as the promoter of justice for the Sisters of the Presentation. Prior to that she was the promoter of peace and justice for the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, for eight years. Sister Joy has been formation director, vocation director and congregational leader for the Presentation congregation. She holds a master’s degree in teaching elementary social studies from Clarke College, as well as a pastoral ministry degree from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. In addition to her ministries within the community, she taught middle school and high school. From 1989-1997, she was a pastoral minister at St. Mary Church in Spirit Lake, Iowa. She also spent a year working in the NGO office of the International Presentation Association at the United Nations.

Hermann Platt

If you need to uncover some aspect of community history, Sister Hermann Platt will gladly assist you in your search, as she ministers in the community archives. In her spare time she enjoys knitting, reading and music.

Joellen Price

Sister Joellen Price is the liturgy and music coordinator for the Presentation community. As a spiritual director, Sister Joellen enjoys accompanying people on their spiritual journey, helping them grow closer to God. Her talents span a broad range including facility in needlework and is a dedicated quilter.

Lynn Mary Wagner

Sister Lynn Mary Wagner ministers an assistant in the Partners in Mission office at the motherhouse as well as in the food service department. She provides homemade bread and dessert treats for the sisters. Previously she was the manager of the Dubuque Food Pantry and co-director of the Presentation Associate Partnership.

Julia Wingert

Sister Julia Wingert’s gifts, talents and skills span a wide circle; she wears two large hats. Her major ministry is spiritual direction and her second ministry is finance assistant at Mount Loretto. While these are very different skills, Sister Julia performs both ministries with competency and grace.