Welcome to our Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Sister John Marie Zwenger grew up traveling with her father's Air Force career. She attended Vicenza American High School in Italy and Loyola College Prep High School in Louisiana. Sister obtained her degree in Elementary Education from Fort Hays State University and Newman University in Kansas. She will complete her Master's degree in Theology this summer at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Pennsylvania. Sr. John Marie professed her first vows in 2005 and final vows in 2008. She has taught first grade for ten years at St. Margaret Mary in Wichita.

Sister Mary Clare Johnson was born and raised in Southern California. As a teenager, she converted to Catholicism. After high school, Sister worked at a bank and spent her free time training and showing dogs. In 1986, she entered religious life with the IHM Sisters of California and professed her first vows in January 1988. She obtained a BA degree in Psychology from Mt. St. Mary’s College, California, and professed final vows in 1991. She taught third grade at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Northridge, California and completed graduate studies in education in 1997 at which time she was blessed with an Ignatian Retreat for 36 days. After 10 years, Sister then moved to Tucson, Arizona where she continued to teach. Sister wrote, “After much prayer and discernment, I knew in my heart that God was calling me to transfer to our IHM Sisters of Wichita, Kansas in May of 2003.” She has taught 7th and 8th grade religion at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Francis of Assisi. In the summer of 2015, she obtained her Masters of Arts degree in Religious Studies: Systemic Theology at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. For the past eleven years she has been teaching middle school religion at St. Peter the Apostle in Schulte, Kansas.

Sister Mary Lucia Stuhlsatz grew up in St. Mary's Aleppo Parish near Garden Plain, Kansas. She graduated from Garden Plain High School and received her teaching degree from Pittsburg State University. She taught science for a year in the Wichita public schools before entering the convent. On February 22nd, 2014, Sister Mary Lucia made her first profession of vows, and she professed Final Vows on June 24th, 2017. Sister comes to St. Mary's Colgan from Bishop Carroll Catholic High School where she has been teaching religion the past four years.

Sister Mary Ann Kirkland was born in Topeka, KS and grew up in Wichita, graduating from the School of the Magdalen and Kapaun-Mt. Carmel. She attended WSU and entered the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary between her Junior and Senior year in college. She finished her degree in General Studies at WSU, completing her education courses through St. Mary of the Plains College. She went on to earn a Masters degree in Religious Education from the Notre Dame Pontifical Catechetical Institute and a Masters in Dogmatic Theology from St. Thomas Aquinas University (Angelicum) in Rome. Sister has taught at Bishop Carroll Catholic High School, Kapaun-Mt. Carmel Catholic High School, in Wichita, and Trinity Catholic High School, in Hutchinson.