Sister Betty Ann (Angela) Heegeman
S. Betty was born in Appleton, WI, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Dominican College, Racine, and a master’s degree from Notre Dame University, Indiana. She served as a teacher and principal in schools around Wisconsin and Michigan, including St. Rita School, Racine, and St. Mary, Kenosha. In recent years, S. Betty Ann has worked with and served as advocate for sisters in skilled care facilities. She lives in Racine and volunteers in the Senior Companion Program and at the HOPES Center.
Sister Betty Ann (Angela) Heegeman Celebrated Her 50th Jubilee in 2013
What first drew you to the Racine Dominican community?
I was drawn because of a call from God to serve others. It was the Dominican community because of Sisters Angela, George Ann and Marietta.
What has kept you in the community all these years?
I have stayed because I knew this is what I was called to do. I always felt God’s call to serve in education, parish work, prayer groups, and the care of the elderly. I was blessed more than words can say by my involvements in these ministries, and these blessings were a call to continue to serve in what I believe God created me for.
What is one particularly cherished memory of your years in ministry?
My most cherished memories were being present with people who came in touch with their God and formed a personal relationship with God. Once I was praying with one of my students who was very active and I had him visualize the fact that God was putting a belt of love around him, and it was special to him alone. He said no, it wasn’t; he named two other students with whom I prayed and said they had a belt of love around them too. This blew my mind.
What is one thing people today should know about the Racine Dominicans?
I would like people to know that as Racine Dominicans we believe in, enjoy, and appreciate our call to our individual ministries, as well as each other’s ministries and the ministries we share among us.
What do you enjoy doing at this time of your life?
I enjoy volunteering, visiting my Senior Companion friends, going out for lunch with friends, playing games, and working puzzles.