Nazareth Association
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Alum Remembers Nazareth Association and Honors an SSJ

On June 24, 2007 Mary Dolores Vocelle passed away. She was a 1934 graduate of Nazareth College and lived in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She wished to honor her aunt, Sr. Clotilde Vocelle who was a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph. Mary remembered the Nazareth Association by listing it as one of her beneficiaries. Over $56,000 was left to the Association. The Association is very grateful for this donation, as it will be able to increase the amount of grants and scholarships given out each year. If you are interested in remembering the Association in your will, please click here for more information.

Fall 2007 Newsletter - Click here to open. See a list of previous newsletters and links at the bottom of this page.

2007 Scholarship Awards - for more details on scholarship click here

  • Lindsey Wilson of St. Joseph, MI (Barbour Hall Scholarship)
  • Ted Theisen of Benton Harbor, MI (Holohan Family Scholarship)
  • Brian Mick of Grand Rapids, MI (Sr. Kevin Whelan Scholarship)
  • Allison Rider of Vicksburg, MI (Sr.Rosemary Kenarny Scholarship)
  • St. Luke North End Women’s Life Center in Flint, MI
  • The Girls Association for Learning and Self-esteem program in Benton Harbor, MI
  • Bethany House in Kalamazoo, MI
  • The Choral Group at Dillon Hall (Senior Housing located on the Nazareth campus)
  • St. Frances Cabrini Clinic in Detroit, MI
  • St. John Vianney Catholic School in Flint, MI
  • St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Saginaw, MI
  • Our Lady of Guadalupe Middle School in Detroit, MI
Passing of Sr. Martha Hallock on August 27, 2007

Martha Hallock was born in Cleveland, Ohio, on July 28, 1921, one of the twin daughters of Henry and Mary (Qualey) Hallock. Both were members of the St. Ann Parish in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, at the time of their entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph on July 2, 1943. Martha received the name Sister Catherine Siena at her reception on January 3, 1944, but later returned to the use of her baptismal name. She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1946, and final vows on January 3, 1949.

Sister Martha earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin from St. Mary of the Woods College in Indiana and a Master of Science degree in Library Science from the Catholic University of America in Washington. For eight years she taught Latin in high schools of the congregation including St. Benedict in Highland Park and St. James in Ferndale. Sister Martha and her twin, Sister Mary, then began almost forty years of ministry as head librarians at Nazareth College and on two different occasions Sister Martha served as Interim Academic Dean. In 1990 Sister Martha accepted the position of Receptionist/Secretary in the Sisters of St. Joseph Central Offices and she remained in that position for twelve years and then became secretary to the Director of Wellness in the congregation. Sister Martha was a competent teacher and librarian and has been a wisdom figure for many who came to respect her thoughtful insights. She enjoyed the constant love and support of her twin sister, Sister Mary, with whom her life and ministry were shared.

Sister Martha was a strong, courageous woman with a keen sense of humor and a willingness to accept and carry through any task that was asked of her. She was a woman of deep faith and prayer. She was fond of the motto of Pope John XXIII: “See everything, overlook a great deal, improve a little” and this motto was lived out in her life as a Sister of St. Joseph. Sr. Martha’s father died when she was very young and she and her sister Mary were exceptionally close to their mother whose great strength and unconditional love sustained them during their lives. Sister Martha was always grateful for God’s call to be a Sister of St. Joseph, for the love and support of her religious community and for her many friends who enriched her life. May Sister Martha now enjoy eternal rest and peace in the embrace of her ever-loving God.

May She Rest in Peace!

New Scholarship Established - Holohan Family Scholarship

Sr. Theonilla Holohan, CSJ has been volunteering in the Nazareth Association office for many years. Her dedication to our organization has been remarkable, taking care of many of the daily tasks that are required for any organization to function smoothly. Recently her sister Ruth Holohan, of Detroit, passed away. The Holohan family decided to establish a $20,000 scholarship fund with the Nazareth Association. We are very pleased to offer this scholarship in the Holohan family name.
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