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Ursuline Sister Celebrates Two Milestones

Posted 6/30/2017

Sister Antoinette Cosentino is celebrating two special events in 2017.  February 14, 2017 marked 80 years of religious life for Sr. Antoinette, and on June 15, 2017 Sr. Antoinette celebrated her 100th birthday.

 “I just keep on going. It’s beautiful, the blessings I’ve had,” she says.

Family and friends of Sr. Antoinette came from near and far on June 10th and enjoyed an Italian feast together. On her actual birthday, Sr. Antoinette attended Mass at the Ursuline Center with her Community of Sisters, Associates and friends, followed by a luncheon, cake and ice cream.

The Ursuline order appealed to Sr. Antoinette because of its focus on education. At 19 years old, Sr. Antoinette was studying to be a teacher at the former Mary Manse College in Toledo when she made the decision to become an Ursuline Sister. She entered the Ursuline Convent on February 14, 1937. “I was the Lord’s little valentine.”

Mary Jane, her younger sister, followed in Sr. Antoinette’s footsteps by joining the Ursuline Convent in 1946. Sr. Mary Jane Cosentino taught for 40 years at St. Ursula Academy. She died December 31, 2013 at age 95.

In all, Sr. Antoinette spent 68 years in the classrooms of Toledo, Perrysburg, Tiffin, Lima, and New Washington, Ohio, and DeWitt, Michigan. Five of these years were spent as Principal at St. Gerard School in Lima; eight years as Coordinator of Religious Education at St. Jude in DeWitt, Michigan; and 13 years as a teacher’s aide at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Toledo.

For many years Sr. Antoinette has assisted in the Sacristy at Ursuline Center, and up until recently she offered communion once a week to residents at the Woodlands of Sunset House in Toledo. “I loved going there (Sunset House). The people are such wonderful people,” she said. “They enjoyed it and missed it when I couldn’t go. I missed seeming them, too.”

Spending time with God’s people is at the heart of Sr. Antoinette’s fondest memories. “Everywhere I went was special, really,” she says. “I enjoy people, children especially. I never considered teaching to be work; it was a pleasure. You learn so much from people. I enjoyed watching children learn and seeing their faces light up when they realize what’s going on.”

All these wonderful yet challenging days are happy memories now. “My friends keep me going with their prayers.”