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Sister Bernadine Schellinger

Sister Bernadine visits Sister Alexia to celebrate her 100th birthday

Sister Bernadine Schellinger

S. Bernadine was born in Fond du Lac, WI, and earned a bachelor’s degree from Dominican College and a master’s degree from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. She taught for 30 years in schools around Michigan and Wisconsin, including at St. Rita, Holy Trinity and St. Catherine’s High School in Racine. She then served her community in the Sisters’ Infirmary and as coordinator of Supportive Services for Sisters. S. Bernadine lives in Racine and continues to assist Sisters with whatever needs they have.

Sister Bernadine Schellinger Celebrated Her 60th Jubilee in 2013

What first drew you to the Racine Dominican community? 
My oldest sister was hired by the Racine Dominicans to teach at St. Joseph’s in Racine. Soon after she joined the community, and I followed sometime later. I don’t recall that either of us ever looked back.

What has kept you in the community all these years?
I continue to enjoy what I am doing and feel I am filling a need.

What was one particularly cherished memory of your years in ministry?
The years I spent teaching at St. Benedict’s in Milwaukee remain most memorable for me. One unforgettable happening was the morning in church as my fourth graders and I were waiting for the Mass to begin, a parakeet flew in and landed on my missal. It was hard to calm down the giggles. 

What do you enjoy doing at this time of your life? 
As I aim at my eighties, above all I hope and pray to be able to keep busy.