Five Sisters of Charity, BVM, celebrating golden jubilees

Sr. Baum

Five Sisters of Charity, BVM, with ties to the Diocese of Davenport will celebrate 50 years in religious life this summer.

They are among 25 BVM golden jubilarians who will gather in the Mount Carmel Motherhouse Chapel in Dubuque on July 18 for a liturgy of thanksgiving.

Sister Carol Marie Baum, BVM (Joseph Louis), a native of Keokuk, has served as an educator and administrator. She was an elementary school teacher at St. Paul Elementary in Davenport in 1963 and also taught in Illinois and California. Sr. Baum was a coordinator, administrator and congregational employee in Des Moines and Dubuque. She has also been active in congregational service since 1997 and is currently on sabbatical.

Sister Judith Dewell, BVM (John Marie), a native of Clinton, has been an educator from 1965 to the present. In Chicago, she was music teacher at Mundelein College and associate professor of music at Loyola University. She also taught at St. Joseph Academy in Des Moines. Since 2007, Sr. Dewell has been an adjunct professor at Clarke College in Dubuque. She served on the congregation’s Higher Education Commission from 1973–75.


Sister C. Jean Hayen, BVM (Catherine Jean), has been an educator and administrator. In Davenport, she taught at St. Paul Elementary from 1969–79. She also taught in Cedar Falls and Dubuque, and in Illinios. Sr. Hayen has ministered in administration, pastoral care and volunteer services in Dubuque, and been a congregational employee at Mount Carmel since 1996.

Sister Nancy McCarthy, BVM (Josephine), a native of Clinton, has been an educator in Council Bluffs, Des Moines and West Des Moines. In Chicago she taught at Carmel High School, was a special education/deaf education teacher at Holy Trinity Elementary School and Children of Peace ministry, an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher at Malcolm X College, a substitute teacher at the Adult Learning Center; and served in parish ministry at Blessed Sacrament. Sr. McCarthy has also been active in congregational service since 1982.

Sister Linda Quinones, BVM (Frances Jean), was a housekeeper/sacristan for Our Lady of Angels in Clinton from 1963–66. She has ministered as sacristan, school secretary and in parish work in Washington and California. From 1980–2004 she served as bookkeeper in California. Since 2004, she has lived in Kilauea, Hawaii, and volunteers in hospice, parish and senior centers.

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