After 52 years of teaching others the faith close to her heart, Sister Marilyn Ann Angel retired from Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish on June 30. Sister Marilyn Ann Angel has served as director of faith formation at the parish since 2014.
The sister has served people of all ages at Immaculate Conception Parish, meeting them wherever they are on their journey of faith. She not only supervised the baptisms of the very young, but also led the parish religious education program from grades 1 to 6, which included planning and preparation for the sacraments of First Reconciliation and First Communion.
Sister Marilyn Ann led the youth in grades 7 and 8 as they became more committed to the Catholic faith through the Sacrament of Confirmation. The sister’s dedication to helping people learn more about the Catholic faith was not limited to children.
Sister Marilyn led the parish program Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RICA) which serves as a guide to lead people to fully understand the teachings of the faith and ultimately to become a full and active member of the Catholic Church. . Sister has served as a facilitator for both the Ave Maria Study Club and the Altar Rosary Society in the parish.
Sister Marilyn Ann is a Sister of Our Lady of Toledo. The Sisters of Our Lady of Toledo are apostolic women whose mission is to proclaim the goodness and providence of God through lives of service. The Sisters of Notre Dame are dedicated to education in all its forms, often working in schools, parishes, hospitals and reaching out to the poor and oppressed. Teaching has been a passionate life calling Sister Marilyn. She began her career in 1970 teaching first grade in Bellevue, Maumee and Toledo. She then became superintendent of St. Mary’s Parish in Norwalk, Ohio.
Back in Toledo, Sister taught kindergarten and preschool students at Ladyfield, a school of the Sisters of Notre Dame. She has served as high school treasurer, home religion teacher, and spiritual direction/retreat program coordinator at Notre Dame Academy High School in Toledo. The sister cared for toddlers and babies at the Maria Early Learning Center in Toledo before returning to Bellevue to teach second grade. Marilyn was principal of St. Joseph School in Monroeville, Ohio. She taught first, second and third grades at the Lial School in Whitehouse, Ohio, where a non-graded continuous progression teaching method is practiced. She stayed at the Lial school to be a team leader.
Back in the classroom, Sister taught second grade at St. Mary’s Parish, Clyde, Ohio, followed by Immaculate Conception Bellevue and Maria Early Learning Center in Toledo. Later, she was assistant secretary to the provincial secretary of the Provincial House of the Sisters of Our Lady in Toledo.
Sister Marilyn came to Immaculate Conception Parish in Port Clinton in 2014 as Director of Faith Formation, where she impacted the lives of many.
A celebration of Sister Marilyn’s career was held on Tuesday, September 13, beginning with a Mass concelebrated by Pastor Father Jonathan Wight and Retired Pastor Father John Missler. Deacon Maury Hall also attended the special ceremony.
A reception and spaghetti dinner followed the mass at Denny Bergeman Hall of the Knights of Columbus. Sister Marilyn expressed to her many guests that they are her heart and that she carries the parish family with her on her journey.
Immaculate Conception Parish thanked Sister Marilyn for her beautiful service and for leading and teaching so many people who now cherish their faith. She certainly proclaimed the goodness of God and shared her love of her Lord with many.