Chili Cook-off

If you're ever invited to Pinky Harmon's for chili, don't pass up the experience since she was the top winner of the Chili Cook-off on Thursday evening benefiting the Beaver Island Sports Boosters. The Lighthouse School's chef, Kris Klukowski, easily illustrated that the students there eat well when he came in second. Lynn Cary's wonderful chili placed third in the contest. Judges were: Nancy Sommer, Dawn Kuligoski, Steve West, Greg Cary, and Mike Sowa. Fifteen varieties of chili were judged with two arriving too late to enter the cook-off. Although the numbers were down, a good crowd attended and enjoyed all the eats. Thanks go to all those who were involved, especially to Diane McDonough who is the organizer of this annual event.

Sister Mary Sullivan 1925 - 2005

Sister Mary Sullivan, OP entered eternal life on February 12, 2005 at the age of 79 after sixty years of religious life.

"Dominican life today calls us to an understanding of ordinary daily life as the arena of the Spiritual." So wrote Sister Mary Sullivan at the time of her Golden Jubilee in 1995. Her own life in the Congregation exemplifies this insight.

Mary was born in Grand Rapids, October 29, 1925 to John Westbrook Sullivan and Helen Vida DeGraw Sullivan. Her father, originally from Keene, NH, had come to Battle Creek, MI as Chief Engineer for Michigan Bell Telephone Company. There he met and married Helen, who was a telephone operator. Mary had an older sister, Helen, and a younger brother, John. The family had moved to Grand Rapids before Mary's birth.

For the first ten years of her education Mary attended St. Francis Xavier School. She went to Catholic Central High for her junior and senior years and was impressed by the Grand Rapids Dominicans who taught there. For two years after graduating she worked in the millinery department of the Boston Store.

On April 14, 1944 Mary entered the Dominican Congregation and was received as a novice January 23, 1945. Mother Euphrasia Sullivan (formerly Mary Elizabeth sullivan) gave her the name Euphrosine, which she endured until after Vatican II. (Before returning to her baptismal name she consulted Mother Euphrasia, who gave her approval.) During novitiate years she and her classmates embraced the Dominican ideals expressed in glorious phrases: "Veritas," "Laudare, Benedicere, Praedicare," and "Contemplare et contemplata Aliis Tradere." They also performed in serious and humorous playlets on every conceivable occasion.

Sister Euphrosine's first assignment, in 1947, was to Saginaw, where she taught religion at Mary's School, Carrollton in the morning and at Zilwaukee in the afternoon. After that she taught on the elementary level in Saginaw, Dearborn, Maple Grove, albuquerque, Penasco, and Ranchos de Taos. Meanwhile she completed her undergraduate work through Aquinas College and St. Joseph College in Albuquerque. In 1960 she was assigned for six "wonderful years" to high school teaching on Beaver Island. She gained a certificate from the Aquinas Institute of Theology in 1965 and also worked toward a master's in secondary education at Central Michigan University. These years gave Mary stories for years to come.

In the 1960's the vision of religious life expanded and called Sisters to "a spirituality that includes the relationship between the Church and the World." Sister Mary's ministry changed in 1966 when she was elected to the General Council of the Congregation. During her six-year term and for two years after she was Formation Director, helping new members through the often confusing changes brought about after Vatican II. She also served as the Midwest Region Secretary of the Sister Formation Conference from 1969 to 1973. She was Chairperson of the Organizational Committee for the Diocesan Council of Religious and was one of the original members of the Grand Rapids Area Center for Ecumenism (GRACE).

After two years at Boston Theological Institute, studying for an MA in Theology, she cared for her semi-invalid mother in Willow Grove, PA and took courses at LaSalle College, Philadelphia. She was a gracious hostess and tour guide of the city to visitors.

In 1978, Bishop Paul V. Donovan of Kalamazoo appointed Sister Mary as the new Director of Pastoral Programs in the diocese. Her overall responsibilities were to assist in promoting and encouraging the practice of shared responsibility at all levels of church life. She developed the Diocesan Pastoral Council with a member from every parish in the diocese, which was recognized as one of the best in the country. She was instrumental in the Diocesan Goals process and evangelization efforts. One challenge she met head-on was restoring the diocesan offices after a tornado Mary 13, 1980.

After 17 years of service for the diocese, Sister Mary planned her retirement for July 1, 1996. In April, however, she fractured two leg bones and conducted business by cell phone from Aquinata Hall. After recovering she returned to a part-time position as coordinator of planning for the 25th anniversary of the diocese in 1996. The after officially retiring in 1997 she remained in the Kalamazoo area performing volunteer ministries.

During much of her life after 1974 Mary lived away from others in the Congregation, but she always maintained associations through work on various committees and projects, such as the Retreat Committee and Continuum of Life Committee. She helped plan support, including a retreat, for those who were caregivers. As a member of the Marywood Health Center Steering Committee, she was faithful in driving 60 miles to the frequent meetings, where her suggestions were always for what was for the good of the Sisters.

Tall and elegant, Mary had the ability to "life you up." She was interested in everybody, just, understanding, and compassionate. Her love for all was returned by all. Her hobbies and interests included reading, walking, movies, making rosaries, visiting with friends, painting and, recently, making icons. She enjoyed cooking and driving and admitted that she was good in both. She traveled throughout the United States, to Canada and Mexico and with Sister Ann Frederick Heiskell to Italy and Ireland.

On February 12, 2005, Sister Mary heard the voice of her Savior say, "Well done, good and faithful servant! Come home!" and Mary was enfolded under the cloak of our Blessed Mother where all the Dominican Saints gather in heaven.

Sister Mary is survived by her brother John Sullivan, Jr. of Kingsford, MI nieces, nephews, many friends and a loving Community.

Was That Spring?

We had a beautiful weekend with Sunday being the warmest. All that caused some muddy roads and made trying to snowmobile rather challenging but it also gave everyone a little taste of spring weather which certainly was needed as we'd begun to think that we were beginning to have winter over and over, sort of like the movie Groundhog Day. Instead of repeating one day, we were repeating day after day of cold weather so folks were out enjoying the sunshine this weekend. One could see quite a contrast from snowmobiles to rollerbladers to bicyclists. Reality set in on March 7th when out of the blue we spent several hours in a complete whiteout. This has slowed down the rollerblading and bicycling but those snowmobilers are out enjoying every bit of the white stuff especially those kids home for spring break from their colleges.

That spring weather was also a reminder to finish up those winter projects quickly while things are slow. Once that ferry starts running again there won't be time for those "extra" projects. It also made folks start thinking about gardening as the mailboxes are over-flowing with catalogues selling every plant imaginable. Heidi Connor has loads of baby plants that she's nursing along to sell shortly.

2nd ANNUAL SOCK HOP

SATURDAY, APRIL 30

Got your poodle skirts ordered, saddle shoes polished and cardigan sweaters ready?

The AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary will hold their 2nd Annual Sock Hop at 7:00 PM on Saturday, April 30, 2005 at Holy Cross Hall.  50's and 60's favorites will again be provided by Joe Nagabra.  Admission:  $10.00.  Cash Bar - Snacks, 50/50 Raffle, Door Prizes, and Contests.  Must be 18 to attend and 21 to be served.

Yarn Wanted

Donna Stambaugh's 5th and 6th graders have been knitting up a storm making scarves for themselves or to give as gifts. However, despite a generous donation, they have now run out of yarns. If you're a knitting or you crochet, check out your stash and see if you have any skeins that you're not ever going to use and give it to the kids or contact Donna Stambaugh.

Chili Cook-Off

It's almost down to the wire. The Sports Booster's will be holding their 4th Annual Chili Cook-Off on Thursday, March 10th beginning at 5:00 p.m. at the Peaine Township Hall. This is a free-will donation the proceeds of which go to helping the Beaver Island Community School's sports program.

19th Annual Talent Show

March 11th, will mark the 19th Annual Talent Show at the Parish Hall. It's certainly grown since that first one that Pat McGinnity organized. This year organizer Sheri Timsak says the show will be about two hours long and will begin at 7:30 p.m. Come watch the island talent from singing, playing instruments, tapping and chimes.