Catholic New World: Newspaper for the Archdiocese of Chicago


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  • Sr. Salvator Falardeau


    Dominican Sister Salvator Falardeau, 93, died Feb. 20 at St. Dominic Villa in Sinsinawa, Wis. Sister Salvator made her final profession of vows in 1946. She served as a high school and elementary school teacher for 31 years and a pastoral associate for four years. She served in Nebraska, Wisconsin, South Dakota, Montana, Alabama, Illinois, Texas, Missouri, Minnesota and Iowa. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at Visitation High School from 1960-66.

  • Fr. Chester Nowicki


    A funeral Mass was held March 31 for Divine Word Father Chester Nowicki, who died at the age of 87. A native of Chicago, Father Nowicki attended Peck and St. Ann Grammar School. He began training with the Society of the Divine Word in 1934 and was ordained in 1946. After ordination, he was appointed dean at Divine Word Seminary in East Troy, Wis.

    He served as a rector in Techny, Ill. He also served as assistant to the Provincial Treasurer in the Chicago Province office from 1970-96. At the same time he took over responsibilities for SVD Catholic Universities and the Province’s Polish department.

    Father Nowicki also served at several parishes in the archdiocese on the weekends and holidays. In addition, Father Nowicki assisted several seminaries in Poland.

  • Sr. Petronita Hegdahl


    Dominican Sister Petronita Hegdahl, 87, died March 5 at the Motherhouse in Sinsinawa, Wis. Sister Petronita made her final profession of vows in 1941. She served as an elementary school teacher and principal for 46 years in Illinois, Oklahoma, Wi s c o n s i n , California and Minnesota. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she taught at St. Philip Benizi, 1938-48; Epiphany, 1959- 63, where she was also principal; and St. Giles in Oak Park, 1978- 79.

  • Sr. Joseph Miriam Sheehan


    Providence Sister Joseph Miriam (Mary Elizabeth) Sheehan, 88, died March 29 in St. Mary of the Woods, Ind. Sister Joseph Miriam professed final vows in 1945. She served as a teacher and principal in Maryland, District of Columbia, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and North Carolina. In the Archdiocese of Chicago, she served at St. Mel (1941-43), St. Mel-Holy Ghost (1943-44 and 1945-46), St. Leo (1950-52) and Our Lady of Sorrows (1952-54).

  • Br. Anthony H. Schander


    Augustinian Brother Anthony H. Schander, 76, died March 24. He was received into the Augustinian Novitiate in 1951 and he professed permanent vows in 1955. Brother Anthony was assigned to St. Rita High School in Chicago in 1952, where he served as a sacristan and helped with maintenance work. He studied nursing at Alexian Brothers Hospital and became a registered nurse in 1955.

    He returned to St. Rita High School in 1962 and served as manager of the school cafeteria. From 1968-1993, Brother Anthony served as director of the Augustinian Center House in Lima, Peru. On one occasion, he was kidnapped in Lima by a group of terrorists.

    After returning to the United States in 1993, he lived at St. Nicholas of Tolentine Monastery in Olympia Fields.