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Associates of the Sisters of Notre Dame

SND Associates are men and women, married and single, who are called to share in the mission of Jesus Christ through the charism, spirituality, and ministry of the Sisters of Notre Dame. Associates make a non-vowed commitment to serve as partners with the Sisters of Notre Dame and extend the mission in their own lives, family, work, and church communities.

Associate Mission Statement:

Drawn by the charism of the Sisters of Notre Dame, we are called by our good and provident God to be a hope-filled presence in the world. 

This relationship deepens our relationship with God through prayer, moves us to solidarity with those who are poor and marginalized, and impels us to radical discipleship.

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Associate Candidates 2019-2020

Eleven Candidates have entered into a formation period on their journey toward becoming SND Associates in the Covington Province. During this time of formation, the Associate Candidates will join together with Sisters and Associates to experience a fuller appreciation of Notre Dame history, spirituality, charism, and ministry. This year’s Candidates are: 

Kathy Bondick

Kathy is number three of seven children. She is married to Danny Bondick and has two children, Daniel Jacob and Chelsea Harriet Bondick Sparks. Kathy lives in Independence, Kentucky, and is a member of St. Cecilia Parish. During this year of formation, Kathy will be companioned by Associate Sherri Feinauer.

Linda Bricking

Linda is a retired teacher, having taught at both the elementary and high school levels. She has been married to Thomas Bricking for fifty years; they have four children. Linda is a member of St. Joseph Parish, Cold Spring. She believes that the time is ripe for her to explore her spiritual self, and the Notre Dame Community seems the perfect means to that end. Linda will be companioned during her year of formation by Sr. Mary Shauna Bankemper, her high school classmate. 

Ceil Dorger

Ceil lives in Ft. Thomas, Kentucky. She and her husband, Ken, have two children, Madeline Dorger Hemmerle and Ben Dorger. Ceil has her PhD in Art History with her dissertation on “The Nursing Madonna.” Ceil’s hunger for a closer relationship with God has led her to explore Notre Dame Association. Ceil will be companioned by her friend Associate Laura Koehl. 

Char Fieger

Char was married to Tom Johannemann and had two children, Michael and Jamie. Tom died when he was thirty-nine. At the time, Michael was six and Jamie four. In 1993, Char married Chris Fieger, who died in 2017. Char now has four grandchildren. She babysits a lot! Sr. Mary Janet Stamm, Char’s companion, says that Char is a woman of deep faith and has a big, loving heart. Char is a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish, Ft. Mitchell. 

Paula Fogt

Paula is a widow with four grown children and seven grandchildren. Previously she taught at Notre Dame Academy in Toledo, and is currently in computer and technical support at Miami University. She has a master's degree in theology and a certificate in spiritual direction from St. Meinrad School of Theology. Paula was invited to explore the idea of Notre Dame Association by Sr. Mary Ruth Lubbers, who will companion Paula during this year. 

Betsy Hausfeld

Betsy, a retired RN, lives in Edgewood, KY, and is a member of St. Pius X Parish, Edgewood. She and her husband, Mark, have three children and five grandchildren, with two more on the way. Beth Schwebler, who is also an Associate Candidate, says that Betsy is gifted with many qualities that would enhance the Notre Dame Associate Community, among which are her humor, wisdom, intelligence, and relaxed personality. During this year of formation, Betsy will be companioned by Associate Jane Bratton. 

Ginger Holstein

Ginger and her deceased husband, Deacon Marvin Holstein, had four sons and one daughter. Ginger, a retired RN, participated in the Ministry Development Program and training in Ignatian Spirituality and Spiritual Direction. Dottie Due, another member of the St. Charles Village Community, says that Ginger has leadership abilities, gifts of empathy and compassion, and a strong faith with the openness to explore it. During her year of formation, Ginger will be accompanied by Associate and fellow St. Barbara parishioner Mary Ann Robinson. 

Jan Rosing

Jan was raised in the First Presbyterian Church and joined the Catholic Church in 1987. Jan is married to Bob Rosing, nephew of Fr. Robert Rosing. She and her husband have three grown children and live in Cincinnati, Ohio. Jan says that she has become increasingly active in the church. She spent the past twenty years as a member of the social justice group at her parish, now St. Xavier in Cincinnati, and becoming an Associate feels like the next step. In taking this step, Jan will be accompanied by Associate Anna Geoppinger. 

Beth Schwebler

Beth was raised in Edgewood, KY. She attended St. Pius X Parish, Edgewood, and Notre Dame Academy, Park Hills. She later graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with a BS in Medical Technology. Beth is married to Michael; they have two grown children and two grandchildren with one more on the way. She is a member of Mother of God Parish, Covington. Beth says that she is always searching for ways to deepen her faith and learn God’s will in her life; therefore, she is interested in learning more about how the Sisters of Notre Dame live the mission of Jesus and how she may extend this mission to others. During her year of formation, Beth will be accompanied by Associate Cathy Stevens.

Rebecca Wells

Rebecca is a member of the Cathedral Parish in Covington. She is married to Devon Jeffrey Wells, and they have twin daughters. Rebecca grew up in a family of musicians and is currently weekday organist at the SND Covington Provincial Center. During her year of formation, Rebecca’s companion will be Sr. Mary Evelynn Reinke. 

Deborah Wood

Deborah and her husband, John, live in Erlanger, KY, and are parents of two daughters and one son. Deborah and her husband are court-appointed special advocates (CASA) volunteers and advocates for abused and neglected children. They are also both very active in the Serra Club. Associate JoAnn McQueen, fellow parishioner at St. Barbara Parish in Erlanger and Deborah’s companion, says that Deborah is loyal, true, and a very loving person who will drop everything to help someone in need. 

Fast Facts - Covington Associates

Updated April 2018

  • Covington has had formal Association since 2003.
  • As of April 2018, there are 87 Associates at the Covington Province.
  • Covington Associates are located in Kentucky, Ohio, and Tennessee. Many live in close proximity to the Covington Province.
  • Youngest is 37 years old and most seasoned is 92 years old.
  • Three married couples have made their Associate covenant - Adam and Sherri Feinauer, Jim and Beth Schoettle, Dick and Jeanne-Marie Tapke.
  • Two sets of Associates are biological sisters - Leah Britt/Debbie Turner and Anna Geoppinger/Irene Hasenfratz.
  • Two Associates' sisters are Sisters of Notre Dame - Mary Appel is Sr. Mary Janet Stamm's sister. Rita Hargett is Sr. Mary Michyl Habermehl's sister.
  • These Associates are sisters-in law - Michele Ferguson and Sherri Ferguson; Jan Ferguson and Marilyn Polley.
  • Associates Mary Appel and Ruth Averdick are mother and daughter.
  • Four Associates have volunteered at St. Julie Mission in Uganda - Ruth Averdick, Joanne Kenner, Jeanne-Marie Tapke, Dick Tapke.