OLVM Sisters have new leadership team


The new leadership team for Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters includes (from left) Sister Ginger Downey, general secretary; Sister Judith Turnock, vice president; Sister Beatrice Haines, president; and Sister Leora Linenkugel, general treasurer.  Photo provided.

Our Lady of Victory Missionary Sisters has announced its new leadership team following installation ceremonies at Archbishop Noll Memorial Chapel at Victory Noll.

Election of the team was held during general chapter proceedings, which occur every four years. The term of the leadership team runs through 2016.

Team members are Sister Beatrice Haines, president; Sister Judith Turnock, vice president; Sister Ginger Downey, general secretary and Sister Leora Linenkugel, general treasurer.

Haines, a native of Goshen, enters her second term as president of the leadership team. She served as vice president from 1992 to 2000 and was also a member of the OLVM Council from 1977 to 1984.

Haines holds a bachelor's degree in social service from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne and a master's degree in Christian community development from Regis University, in Denver, CO.

During her years of ministry she has served in New Jersey, California, Texas, New Mexico and Illinois. Most recently, she served as director of Julia Center serving the immigrant community in Chicago.

Turnock, who grew up in Edwardsburg, MI, is in her first term on the OLVM Leadership Team. She earned a bachelor's degree in social service from the University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne and a master's degree in religious education from St. John College of Cleveland, OH.

Turnock is a board-certified chaplain and is a member of the National Association of Catholic Chaplains. She has also studied at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne and Loyola University in Chicago.

She has served in missions in Indiana, Michigan, Kentucky, New Jersey, Colorado, Utah and California. She most recently served as a chaplain in hospice care in San Bernardino and Moreno Valley, CA.

A native of Shoshoni, WY, Downey is in her first term on the leadership team. She holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from the University of Wyoming and a Master of Theology degree in liturgical studies from St. John's University in Collegeville, MN.

Downey has worked in Fort Wayne, Chicago, San Bernardino, CA; Chey- enne, WY; and Phoenix, AZ.
Most recently, she was a partner with Faith on Fire in Phoenix in adult formation workshops specializing in liturgy.

Linenkugel, from Toledo, OH, is in her first term. She has an associate degree in applied business and accounting technology from Owens Technical College, a bachelor's degree in business services from the University of Toledo, and a master's degree in theology from Catholic Theological Union, in Chicago, IL.