Nun to celebrate 70 years as a Sister of Mercy


CEDAR RAPIDS — Sister Theresa Ann Spitz, who served at St. Joseph’s Parish in DeWitt for 32 years, will celebrate her 70th year as a Sister of Mercy.

Sister Theresa Ann served at St. Joseph’s as both a teacher and pastoral minister. The celebration for Sister Therese Ann Spitz will take place Sunday, with a Liturgy at 1 p.m. in the Chapel of Mercy, 1125 Prairie Drive NE, Cedar Rapids. A reception will follow in the Sacred Heart Dining room from 2:30 to 4 p.m.

Born in Orchard, Iowa, Sister Therese Ann is a 1948 graduate of Osage High School. Upon entering the community, she received the name of Sister Thomas Marie. She returned to her baptismal name in the 1960s.

She earned her teaching degree from Mount Mercy College. In 1951, she began her teaching ministry at St. Wenceslaus in Cedar Rapids (1951). Most of her ministries as a teacher were in Iowa: St. Matthew’s, Cedar Rapids (1978-80); Sacred Heart, Waterloo (1973-78, 1953-54); St. Patrick’s, Garryown (1971-73); St. Joseph’s, Marion (1962-67); St. Patrick’s, Fairfax (1956-58); and Sacred Heart, Oelwein (1954-56), along with nine years teaching in Kalispell, Montana.

Her longest and last ministry as a teacher and pastoral minister was for 32 years at St. Joseph’s in DeWitt. Currently, Sister Theresa Ann is a volunteer for the sick and lives at Sacred Heart Life Center in Cedar Rapids. She is most grateful to all who have been companions on the journey as she became involved in teaching, parish life and community activities.