Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph celebrate jubilees

Fri, Aug 4th 2017 03:00 pm
Sister Benilda Nadolski, FSSJ; Sister Ann Marie Hudzina, FSSJ; and Sister Christine Songin, FSSJ, celebrated their jubilees at Immaculate Conception Convent. (Courtesy of Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph)
Sister Benilda Nadolski, FSSJ; Sister Ann Marie Hudzina, FSSJ; and Sister Christine Songin, FSSJ, celebrated their jubilees at Immaculate Conception Convent. (Courtesy of Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph)

HAMBURG — Sister Christine Songin, FSSJ, and Sister Benilda Nadolski, FSSJ, celebrated their 75th jubilee, and Sister Ann Marie Hudzina, FSSJ, celebrated her 50th jubilee on May 28 at Immaculate Conception Convent.


Sister Christine had two ministries in her 75 years as a Franciscan Sister of St. Joseph, teaching as well as nursing. The majority of her teaching ministry was at Immaculata Academy and Hilbert College, where she touched the students with her enthusiasm for serving God and caring for those who are in need.  At the age of 60, Sister Christine studied to become a registered nurse and served at St. Joseph Hospital in Cheektowaga as well as ministering to her infirmed sisters in Immaculate Conception Convent. Today, Sister Christine continues to invite people into conversation to share the goodness of God in their lives. She has a true attitude of gratitude for all the blessings that God has given her throughout her life.


Sister Benilda ministered for most of her 75 years in education as a teacher in Mater Dolorosa School in Holyoke, and elementary schools in Buffalo, Rochester, Milwaukee, Lawrence, Mass., and Danbury, Conn. She taught at St. Hedwig High School in Detroit and Immaculata Academy in Hamburg, where she was also an assistant principal. Sister Benilda is known for her gratitude and zest for life, her prayerful concern and care for others.


Sister Ann Marie Hudzina was taught by the Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph and attributes her desire to become a member of the community to the sisters who taught her. For almost 30 years, she ministered in the field of education as a teacher and principal in the elementary schools. As a teacher and principal, Sister Ann Marie was known for compassion and respect for all the students and families she served.


Sister Ann Marie has also served her sisters in leadership role in her congregation and is presently the general minister of the order. As general minister, Sister Ann Marie has worked with the leadership team and with all of the sisters to determine how best to currently live the FSSJ mission and charism, and determine how best to carry these into the future.  All of her efforts are for the good of the congregation and the good of God's people.

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