Local sisters celebrate jubilees

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Five local sisters will celebrate the anniversary of their commitment to the religious life.
Arlington Bishop Paul S. Loverde will celebrate a Mass May 20 at Marymount University in honor of the sisters, who have given a combined 290 years of service to the church.

70 years
Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary Sister Irene Cody was born Jan. 5, 1926, in New York City.
One of four daughters of James and Irene Cody, she graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart of Mary. She earned her bachelor's from Marymount College (now Marymount University) in Arlington, her master's in Latin and classics from Fordham University in New York, and a doctorate in educational psychology and counseling from Fordham.
She professed her first vows at the convent in Tarrytown, N.Y., April 11, 1945.
Sister Irene taught in several Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary-run high schools in New York and Rome and served as principal in a school in Medellin, Colombia. In 1978, she returned to Marymount to serve as director of financial aid. She also served in admissions and was in charge of recruiting and counseling international students.
In March, Sister Irene retired to her order's provincial center in Tarrytown.

60 years
Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Helen Gilroy was born Sept. 23, 1934, in Philadelphia.
The only child of William and Helen Benn Gilroy, she graduated from John W. Hallahan Catholic High School in Philadelphia. She earned her bachelor's in elementary education from Immaculata College in Pennsylvania and her master's in moral and pastoral theology from St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa.
She professed her first vows Aug. 15, 1955, and began her teaching career at Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary School in West Grove, Pa.
From 1955 to 2012, Sister Helen taught elementary and middle school in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and in the dioceses of Harrisburg, Pa., Miami, Atlanta and Richmond. She served as principal during three of her assignments - St. Cecilia School in Coatesville, Pa.; St. Joseph School in Athens, Ga.; and Star of the Sea School in Virginia Beach.
Sister Helen moved to St. James School in Falls Church in 2012 and lives there currently.

Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary Sister Jacqueline (Jackie) Murphy was born April 11, 1934, in New York.
The eldest of four children of John and Gertrude Murphy, she graduated from Archbishop Hughes Memorial High School (now known as Cathedral High School) in New York. She earned her bachelor's from Marymount College, N.Y., and a master's in classics and linguistics from Catholic University in Washington.
She professed her first vows April 10, 1955. Sister Jackie began her teaching career at the Academy of the Sacred Heart of Mary in New York and went on to teach in other high schools in New York, Canada and Zimbabwe. She came to the Arlington Diocese in 1967 to teach elementary school at Marymount Junior School in Arlington.
In the 1970s, Sister Jackie returned to Catholic U. to earn a second master's in nursing. For 20 years she worked at Washington Hospital Center, followed by assignments as a hospice nurse in Washington.
Sister Jackie currently serves as a hospice nurse with Montgomery Hospice in Rockville, Md.

50 years
Benedictine Sister Cecilia Dwyer was born July 4, 1945, in Olympia, Wash. She was the only daughter of Rowland and Anne Dwyer, who also had two sons.
After her family relocated to the Richmond, Sister Cecilia attended St. Elizabeth's Catholic Primary School and St. Gertrude High School. She earned her bachelor's in music education from Marywood University in Scranton, Pa., and a master's in liturgical theology from Catholic University in Washington.
She made her first monastic profession April 10, 1965. Sister Cecilia was assigned to St. Benedict School in Richmond and Linton Hall School in Bristow and then served as liturgy director for Holy Family Church in Dale City.
With the Benedictine Sisters of Virginia, she served as liturgist, organist, formation director and vocation director before being elected prioress for the first time in 1987. She served as prioress for three consecutive four-year terms - the maximum allowed under canon law - before stepping down in 1999.
Sister Cecilia was re-elected prioress in 2003. She also serves on the board of directors of Transitional Housing BARN (Benedictine Aid and Relief to Neighbors), a housing assistance organization in Bristow.

Sister, Servant of the Immaculate Heart of Mary Elizabeth Ann Goltman was born Nov. 24, 1943, in Louisville, Ky., to John and Elizabeth Goltman. She has a brother and a sister.
A graduate of Bishop O'Connell High School in Arlington, Sister Elizabeth earned her bachelor's in theology from Immaculata College in Pennsylvania and two master's degrees from Villanova University in Pennsylvania - one in history and one in guidance and counseling.
She professed her first vows June 27, 1965, and began as a second-grade teacher at St. Michael School in Annandale. Sister Elizabeth taught in elementary and secondary schools in the Philadelphia Archdiocese and the dioceses of Miami and Harrisburg, Pa. She returned to the Arlington Diocese in 1988 to teach seventh- and eighth-graders at St. James School in Falls Church, where she remained until 2000.
Sister Elizabeth currently teaches at her alma mater, O'Connell.

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