(ST. LOUIS) – Aquinas Institute of Theology is pleased to announce the formation of the St. Rose of Lima Society to recognize women who have made significant contributions to the life of the Catholic Church and the ministry of Jesus. Five women from the St. Louis and Metro East areas have been chosen for induction into the Society. Sister Carol Kopff, OP, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Mary Knollmeyer, Sister Grace Marie Mueller, SSND, Sister Antoinette Temporiti, CPPS, and Rosemarie Voelker will be honored as Pillars of Dominican Spirituality. Their induction will take place at the inaugural luncheon of the St. Rose of Lima Society on Thursday, March 31, 2011, at 11:30 am, at the Sheraton Clayton Plaza Hotel, 7730 Bonhomme Avenue, Clayton, Missouri.
This society is named for St. Rose of Lima, who entered the Order of Preachers (Dominicans) in 1602. St. Rose, noted for carrying her ministry into the wider community, was the first person born in the Americas to be canonized a saint. The St. Rose Society recognizes and honors those women who exemplify the pillars central to Dominican spirituality: preaching, prayer, study and community.
Sister Carol Kopff, OP, a member of the Dominican Sisters of Sparkhill, will be honored with the Lifetime Achievement Award for her longtime contributions and commitments in ministry. She has been active in prison ministry since 1980 in Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa, and has been at the Missouri Eastern Correctional center since 1992. In addition to prison ministry, Sister Carol has served for over nine years as Pastoral Administrator and Pastoral Associate in Ewing, Missouri and Monroe City, Missouri. She taught at the junior high level for nineteen years in Missouri and New York.
Mary Knollmeyer, of St. Louis, Missouri, will be honored as a Pillar of Dominican Spirituality. Mrs. Knollmeyer, married to George F. Knollmeyer, is a Third Order Carmelite. Mary is a consecrated Marian Catechist and teaches the basics of the Catholic faith and Marian spiritual practices. She is a leader in the Our Blessed Mother’s Rosary Program in St. Louis, the aim of which is to increase devotion to the Holy Rosary. Mrs. Knollmeyer visits many Catholic schools and other Catholic organizations. Mary is an active member of St. Anselm’s parish in west St. Louis County and has presented a radio series on the lives of the saints, airing through the Covenant Network.
Sister Grace Marie Mueller, SSND, working in the parish of St. Luke in Belleville, Illinois, will be honored as a Pillar of Dominican Spirituality. Sister Grace is a member of the School Sisters of Notre Dame and serves as the Parish Life Coordinator at St. Luke’s. She is being recognized for her ongoing commitment to ministry as an educator in the parish RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults), liturgical and prayer leadership, her service in the Vincent de Paul Society, and her leadership in the interfaith community of the Belleville diocese.
Sister Antoinette Temporiti, CPPS, of St. Louis, Missouri, will be honored as a Pillar of Dominican Spirituality, for her work to establish Microfinancing Partners in Africa (MPA). A member of the Sisters of the Most Precious Blood, Sister Toni has worked since 2003 to develop the MPA, whose purpose is to develop sustainable businesses and economically viable communities by creating funding systems that furnish small, collateral-free, low-interest business loans.
Rosemarie Voelker, of Clayton, Missouri, will be honored as a Pillar of Dominican Spirituality. Rosemarie and her husband John became members of St. Joseph’s parish in Clayton when they moved to the St. Louis area in 1956. She and her husband have seven children. Mrs. Voelker has long been active in the St. Vincent de Paul Society in her parish and is noted for the generosity of her ministry to the poor and struggling. Rosemarie also founded the Suzanna Conference to help battered and abused women.
For more information regarding the St. Rose of Lima Society or the inaugural luncheon, please contact Aquinas Institute of Theology at (314) 256-8858, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aquinas Institute of Theology is a St. Louis-based Roman Catholic graduate school of theology and ministry sponsored by the Order of Preachers (Dominicans). Offering both residential and on-line degree programs, Aquinas Institute of Theology is the only Catholic institution in America to offer a doctoral degree in preaching.