Associate Commissioning


We praise God for the commitment and re-commitment you are about to make and we welcome you warmly into our lives, for on this Magnificat day for each of you, we too are inspired to re-dedicate ourselves to the mission we hold dear as daughters of Theresa Maxis.
-Sr. Mary Persico, IHM

Sister Jean Louise Bachetti's reflection

New IHM Associates Commissioned

Vestal Commissioning - April 11 2018.

Six women were commissioned in the chapel of Our Lady of Sorrows Parish Center in Vestal, NY on April 11, 2018. The members of the Circle of Grace, facilitated by Sister Robert Mary Murphy, IHM, began their journey a little more than two years ago. During their introductory period, the Circle visited the IHM Center on several occasions and in December 2017 they made their retreat in preparation for the writing of their covenants. Following the commissioning ceremony, the associates, families and friends enjoyed refreshments in the parish center café. We welcome our new associates and we promise our prayer, support, and friendship as we continue together on the journey. Pictured above L-R: Sister Robert Mary Murphy, IHM, Jane O’Neill, Director of IHM Associates, Janet Higham, Andrea Hatzinger, Deborah Fitzgerald, Sheri Congdon, Peg Logalbo, Karen Pomeroy, and Sister Ellen Maroney, IHM

Commissioning-Jan 10 2018

On the evening of January 10, 2018 four women were commissioned as IHM Associates in Gainesville, Florida. Pictured L-R: Jane O’Neill, Director of IHM Associates, Beatrice Caulson, IHM, Kristina Tomlinson, Joan Van Vorst, Ellen Maroney, IHM, Shanell Weems, Marian Dailey and Nancy Elder, IHM

Renee Matillano- Commissioning Nov 2017
During the annual Founders' Day dinner and prayer on November 15, 2017 at the IHM Center, Renee Matillano was commissioned an IHM Associate.   Pictured Above L-R: Sister Ellen Maroney, Renee Matillano, Jane O'Neill, and Sister Jane Snyder.

Pittsburgh - commissioning Oct 2017

Our newest associate from St. Mary of the Mount in Pittsburgh was commissioned on October 24, 2017. Honora (Bonnie) McCarthy has been in her Circle of Grace for four years. Pictured above are the members of Bonnie's Circle of Grace at her commissioning ceremony. L-R front: Bonnie McCarthy. L-R middle: Debbie Pirring, Grace Harding, Peggy Testa. L-R back: Joan Kuzel, Jane O'Neill, Director of IHM Associates, Maureen Kitner, and Madonna Smith


The IHM Congregation and IHM Associates welcomed four new associates on August 2, 2016. They were commissioned in the chapel at the IHM Center. Sisters Susan Hadzima and Kathy Kurdziel facilitated their Circle of Grace. Pictured right are Jane O'Neill, Sister Susan Hadzima, Carolyn Flannery, Maggie Germano, Megan Knight, Diane Featherall, Sister Kathy Kurdziel and Sister Ellen Maroney.


On Sunday, July 17, three employees from Marywood University's Houekeeping De-partment were commissioned in the chapel at OLP. Sister St. Kenneth Polley, a resident of OLP, and Sister Mary Denise Thomas facilitated the Circle of Grace over the course of 18 months. Pictured L-R are: Sister Ellen Maroney, Jane O'Neill, Pamela Chairge, Karen Rossmell, Sister Mary Denise Thomas, Sister St. Kenneth Polley and Cheryl Kosydar.


Sister Betty Bullen, Sister Kieran Williams, and Jane O'Neill travelled to Williamston and New Bern, NC on the weekend of February 5 -7, 2016 for the commissioning of two associates in Williamston, Maggie Simpiney-Mensah and Rose Linsangan. Both Sisters Betty and Kieran served as parish administrators for many years and facilitated Circles of Grace in Williamston. The people of Holy Trinity Parish celebrated with the sisters and the newly commissioned associates.

After the commissioning ceremony and parish reception, Sisters Betty and Kieran, Jane and the Williamston associates went to New Bern, NC for prayer and a reception with Sister Monique Dissen, IHM, Pastoral Associate at St. Paul Catholic Church in New Bern, and the New Bern associates. Sister Monique and the New Bern associates welcomed the Williamston contingent. Pictured L-R are: Sister Kieran Williams, IHM; Rose Linsangan, newly commissioned associate; Sister Betty Bullen, IHM; Jane O'Neill, Director of IHM Sister-Associate Relationship; Joy Marie Harsen; Maggie Simpiney-Mensah, newly commissioned associate; Sister Monique Dissen, IHM; Dot Dove; and Debbie Hardison.

Scranton Nov 11 Commissioning

The IHMs welcomed four new associates during their commissioning ceremony at the annual Founders' Day celebration at the IHM Center on November 11, 2015. Sister Jackie Donohue facilitated the orientation process for these new associates. Pictured in the IHM Center Chapel after the ceremony are left to right: Ellen Eiden, Jane O’Neill, Chris Fryer, Rose Opshinsky, Frank Opshinsky, Sister Mary Helen Slavinskas and Sister Ellen Maroney.

Ptsburg Nov 8 2015 Commissioning
Six new associates were commissioned at St. Mary of the Mount Parish in Pittsburgh on Sunday, November 8, 2015. Pictured above around the statue of Our Lady in the church garden are from left to right are: Joan Kuzel, Sister Delia Marie McNeirney, facilita- tor of the Circle of Grace, Madonna Smith, Sister Ellen Maroney, IHM President, Paul Wilt, head of the alumni association who presented the plaque, Jane O'Neill, Director of Associates, Peggy Testa, Maureen Kitner and Sister Joanne Madden. Absent from the photo is Debbie Pirring who was also commissioned.

OLP Commissioning-May 31 2015
Three women who faithfully volunteer at Our Lady of Peace Residence were commissioned as IHM Associates on Sunday, May 31, 2015. Pictured are Ann Marie Sutkowsky, Patricia Sheehan and Gale Jaeger. Our new associates serve as Eucharistic ministers and companions to individual Sisters. Ann Marie, Pat and Gale were delighted to make their commitment to the IHM charism and core values in the presence their beloved Sisters at OLP.

StJohnEvangelist Commissiong May 17 2015
A commissioning of new IHM Associates took place in the chapel of St. John the Evangelist Convent in Silver Spring, MD, on May 17, 2015. Pictured L-R: Jane O’Neill, Beth Johnson, Sister Kay Lannak, Carla Haywood, Peg Daly, Annemarie Bruckwick and Sister Ellen Maroney.

Associate Commissioned March 1 2015

Four new IHM Associates were commissioned at a ceremony held at the Our Lady of Peace Chapel on Sunday, March 1, 2015. Pictured L-R are: Jane O’Neill, Director of IHM Associates, Joe McCarthy, Barbara McCarthy, Mary Kay Jordan, and Andrea Cortese, newly commissioned associates, Sister Jean Louise Bachetti, Councilor for Spiritual Development, and, Sister Linda Anne Greenberg, who facilitated the associates’ Circle of Grace.

IHM Associate Mary Monahan w/ Husband Bill

Mary was commissioned as an IHM Associate in Gainesville, Florida, on November 20, 2014. Above, Mary Monahan with her husband, Bill.

IHM Associates, Cresco, PA November 2014

Above, six IHM Associates were commissioned in Cresco, on November 23, 2014. Pictured L-R front: Eileen O’Donnell, Kate Woehrle, Lynn John, Paulette Gallo, Judy Nye. L-R back: Jane O’Neill, Ellen Bader, Sister Ellen Maroney, and Sister Gloria Frank.

Gainesville, Florida, Associates Nov 2014

Three women were commissioned in Gainesville, Florida, on November 19, 2014. Pictured L-R: Sister Nancy Elder, Stephanie Bokowy, Regina Mallini, Sister Beatrice Caulson, Sister Ellen Maroney, Jane O’Neill, and Jennifer Jones.

September 8 2012 commissioning

On Saturday, September 8, 2012, four were commissioned as IHM Associates in Our Lady of Sorrows Church, Vestal, NY. Pictured back L-R: Sisters Therese O’Rourke, president of the IHM Congregation and Robert Mary Murphy, IHM, director of Catechumenate and Evangelization in Our Lady of Sorrows Parish. Front L-R: Jacqueline Adams, Marcia Eckerson, Ann Kane (standing in for her mother, Barbara Kane) and Yvonne Kay.

June 10 2012 Commissioning

Eight Associates were commissioned on June 10, 2012, at Our Lady of Peace Residence. Pictured above Front L-R: Sister St. Monica Costello, Tina Freda, Sandra Childress, Carolyn Brazill, Judy Battle, Sister Jean Louise Bachetti. Back L-R: Sister Therese O’Rourke, Ann Williams, Lisa Kirby, Chuck Wallinger, Janice Richardson, and Sister Jane Snyder.


In the newly renovated Holy Family Church, St. Petersburg, Florida, four associates committed to IHM Associate Relationship on January 29, 2012. Pictured L-R front are: Jeannine Storer, New Associates: Beverly Capanna, Grace Harding, Joan Morey, Linda Speare-Gonitski. Middle: Sisters Florence Ann Marino, Terry O’Rourke, and Jean Louise Bachetti. Back: Father Paul Mangiafico, Deacon Mike Columbus, and Father John Tapp, pastor.

Gainesville Fl

IHM Associates commissioned in Gainesville, FL on January 30, 2011. Pictured L to R: Vickey Jasinski, Sr. Nancy Elder, Sondra Moorhead, Elizabeth Cole Patton, Mary Welch, Marilyn Orzech, Sr. Beatrice Caulson, Faye Coorpender, Sr. Jean Louise Bachetti, Sr. Therese O'Rourke, Alisa Hanson and Sr. Franziska Laudascher.

Sept 20 2009 commissioning

Members of two Circles of Grace from Williamsport, PA and Vestal, NY gathered at the IHM Center on September 20, 2009. Pictured above L-R: Sr. Jean Louise Bachetti, Sr. Robert Mary Murphy, Patricia O’Connor- Allen, Else-Marie Griffin, Lilly Pedroza, Jude Byrne, Elizabeth Becker, Diane Rigotti, Sr. Agnes Shaw and Sr. Mary Persico.

Sept 20 2009 commissioning

Pictured above L-R: Sr. Rita Ann Naughton, Jane Roche, Phyllis Zarzyczny and Ann Williams.

August 2009 commissioning

On a warm Sunday, August 9, 2009, eight IHM Associates were commissioned in the historic church of St. Ignatius, Chapel Point, Maryland. Pictured above L-R: Sister Ann Parker, Sheila Nelson, Teresa Comstock, Barbara Costa, Nancy Sisson, Donna Hebb, Maggie Schlereth, Judy LeSage, and Margaret Howard.

Associates May 13 2009

Five IHM Associates were commissioned on May 13, 2009 at the IHM Center Chapel. Pictured above are (L-R) Maryann Siddons, Mary Hanley, Helen Findlay, Amy Fotta and Arlene Calemmo.

Associates Commissioned Feb 19 2009
On Thursday, February 19, 2009, IHM Sisters and Associates came together in Gainesville, Florida to witness the commissioning of six IHM Associates. Gathered in Queen of Peace Chapel under the Immaculate Heart of Mary stained glass window, Christin Harwick, Claudette O’Toole, Mary D. Delzell, Patricia Rohs and April Funston of Gainesville and Jeannine Storer of St. Petersburg, in the presence of Sr. Mary Persico, made their commitment to live and witness to the IHM Core Values. Father Kazimierz Ligeza, parochial vicar offered Mass following the commissioning. Also present were family members and friends along with coworkers from Queen of Peace School. Srs. Beatrice Caulson, Nancy Elder, Franziska Laudascher, and Florence Ann Marino will continue to share in a Circle of Grace with the associates.

Feb 8 2009 Associates
On February 8, 2009, in the chapel of the Pascucci Family Our Lady of Peace Residence, Sister Mary Persico commissioned three IHM Associates. Pictured L-R: Sr. Jean Louise Bachetti, IHM, Francis X. Walsh, Sr. Mary Persico, IHM, Mary Louise Searing, Joanne Ligorio and Sr. Linda Anne Greenberg, IHM.


Jane O'Neill  Director of IHM Associates
  Jane O'Neill
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