Sister Marion Sitkiewitz Celebrates 60 Years as Springfield Dominican

Sister Marion Sitkiewitz, O.P.

Sister Marion Sitkiewitz, O.P. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Chicago Heights, IL–(ENEWSPF)–Sister Marion Sitkiewitz, O.P., the Marian Catholic High School archivist and the Forensic Fine Arts Program’s cheerleader was inspired by the Dominican Sisters in the first grade at Our Lady of Grace grade school in Logan Square, Chicago.  The Sister’s life-style of prayer, community, study and preaching the Word of God influenced her then and to this day.  Like St. Dominic, the Springfield, IL Dominicans live a life centered in the Jesus’ message of God’s love for His Son and all humanity.

Sister’s parents did not find the idea of her joining this “unknown” community in Springfield something to celebrate.  Sister had no trouble with the vow of poverty because every member of the family contributed their pay check and hers would be missed when she left home in 1949.

On April 9, 2011, Sr. Marion celebrated sixty years since her profession of vows in January, 1951 with Rev. William O’Mara’s liturgy of Thanksgiving in the School Chapel.  After Mass, the celebrating continued with a reception of MCHS Dominicans, Sister’s family and friends.

Two degrees and many workshops qualified Sister to teach grade school students for many years until she went on to be a Director of Religious Education in several parishes.

In the late 1970’s, Sister left the classroom to minister as a DRE at St. Lawrence O’Toole, Matteson, IL.  Her seven years were filled with new joyous experiences.  She went on as a DRE to other parishes in Illinois.  In the late 1990’s, Sister Marion, previously known as Sister Peter Claver, returned to East St. Louis.  This time, not as a teachers as she did in her young Dominican teaching days, but as Librarian for “Sr. Thea Bowman,” the only Catholic grade school in the city.

Sister Marion Sitkiewitz, O.P.
In the MCHS Student Chapel, and as the Blessed Mother looks on, Sister Marion Sitkiewitz relates her experience as a Springfield Dominican to all attending the celebration of her 60th Anniversary. (PHOTO SUPPLIED)

Seven blessed years later and always finding the Dominican way of life helping her learn the intimacy of God’s loving presence, Sister Marion was welcomed by the Dominicans and Faculty of MCHS.  While helping with hall supervision and department mailings, Sister found the earnest efforts of the Speech students working with Mr. Tom Sweeney and now Mr. Mark Donaway inspiring and exciting.  After attending a few tournaments, a delighted Sister Marion was named the “Official Speech Sister,” a title she treasures.  Sister is grateful for the simple role she plays in this successful Fine Arts MCHS program.

Her second MCHS ministry is the challenge of an organized archives, especially for the Marian Megaphone.  Past copies of the Megaphone encourage the adults at reunions to be “young again” as classmates read about life as it was at MCHS when they were students.