The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown will welcome seven new Associates today at a 5 p.m. ceremony/mass at the Motherhouse Chapel, 4250 Shields Road, Canfield. A reception will follow. The new associates are:
• Monique Smith, Youngstown, is a 4-6 grade teacher at Summit Academy Community School in Warren. In addition to her volunteer work with the Ursuline Sisters at the Dorothy Day House in Youngstown, she is active with Habitat for Humanity Restore.
• Scott R. Schulick is a Vice President, Senior Trust Investment Officer and Treasurer with Farmers Trust Co., Canfield. The Youngstown native is involved with numerous community organizations and serves on the Youngstown State University board of trustees. He has worked with the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown since his days at Ursuline High School. Currently Schulick serves on the Ursuline Center Board.
• Nicole McElroy, a Fulbright Scholar, is a graduate assistant at the University of Akron. She is a Cleveland native who became acquainted with the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown while volunteering at Beatitude House when studying for her undergraduate degree at Youngstown State University.
• Lindy Kubic, Boardman, is a Histotechnician with St. Elizabeth Health Center, Youngstown. In addition to her work with the Ursuline Sisters, she has volunteered with projects to build housing in New Orleans and Belize. She is has been on the renewal team of St. Michael Parish in Canfield.
• Jackie Fyock, Boardman, is married to Sean Fyock (below). She is a gardener and home health aide. She is active at St. Charles Parish and has traveled to El Salvador on missionary trips to visit their “Sister Parish” many times.
• Sean Fyock, Boardman, is married to Jackie Fyock. He is a Construction Manager for Habitat for Humanity of Mahoning County and the Youth Minister at St. Edward Parish, Youngstown. Sean and Jackie are involved in Retrouvaille of Youngstown. He has made the pilgrimage to El Salvador with his parish several times.
• Alma Ciriello, Youngstown, is a Youngstown State University student with a double major in Spanish and Gerontology. She’s employed part time with Humility of Mary Health Partners in the area of Hispanic Outreach. She also volunteers at the Ursuline Motherhouse and at the Potter’s Wheel. She is a native of Mexico.
The Associate program forges a deeper relationship between the Ursuline Sisters and Catholic adults who share the Sisters’ values and mission.
“They join us in our prayer. They are volunteers in many of our ministries. They’re here at our funerals and our celebrations, and we support them in what their ministries are,” states Sister Norma Raupple, Director of the Associate Program. “It’s a mutually enriching experience for both the Sisters and the Associates.”
Associates “maintain their own lifestyle, and participate in the Ursuline Sisters’ ministries as their interests, talents and time allow,” notes Sister Nancy Dawson, General Superior. There are no financial or legal obligations, she adds.
That program is also a way the Ursuline Sisters further the mission of St. Angela Merici, a 16th century Italian woman who founded the Ursuline Order, in our community and world.
The Ursuline Sisters Associate program is in its 10th year. The other 38 active Associates will attend the Jan. 27 ceremony. Jan. 27 is the Catholic feast day of St. Angela Merici.