Sister Miriam Teresa Demjanovich (1923): The First Alumna To Be Considered for Beatification
Sister Miriam Teresa (Teresa Demjanovich) was born in Bayonne, New Jersey in 1901. After graduating from Bayonne High School as salutatorian, she entered the College of Saint Elizabeth. She received the degree of Bachelor of Letters with highest honor in 1923. She seemed to her classmates to be a person of sterling character but not extraordinary holiness. However, after her death her closest friend testified that Teresa had had a vision of the Blessed Virgin during her student days in Santa Rita Hall. After a year of teaching at St. Aloysius Academy in Jersey City she entered the Sisters of Charity in 1925. Here the spiritual director of the novices, a Benedictine priest, discovered that she was a chosen soul to whom God had entrusted a special mission. The mission was to remind everyone that each of us is called to holiness of life according to the words of Jesus, "If any man love Me, he will keep My word, and My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our abode with him." She died in 1927, having professed her vows on her deathbed. In 1945, after the Sisters of Charity had received many letters attesting to favors that had been received through her intercession with God, the Diocese of Paterson inaugurated the Cause for Canonization. In 1980 the Congregation for the Causes of Saints accepted documents describing her life and virtues and she was given the title of Servant of God. At present two sets of documents have been sent to Rome, the Position super Virtutibs, which gave evidence of her heroic virtue, and the Position super Miro, evidence that a blind child's sight had been restored through her intercession with God. When these documents have been read and accepted by special committees of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, the Congregation will recommend to the Holy Father that he declare her "Blessed." >> Read more
MELANIE ENDRES (2001)
recent graduate with a B.S. in Biology and a Chemistry Minor,
Melanie is now currently pursuing her dream to become a physician
at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.
She received the Sister Hildegarde Marie Mahoney Award for
General Excellence, highest award conferred by the College
to a graduating senior, and also the Sister Anna Catherine
Lawlor Biology, an award presented to a graduating senior
who has majored in Biology, has maintained an exceptional
academic record and has demonstrated service and leadership
to the College and to the Biology department. In her junior
year, Melanie undertook a summer internship at the National
Institute of Health, in cancer research.
NANCY DOWD (1954)
received her degree in Chemistry, which enabled her to begin
a long career as a chemist, going from a staff analyst to
the Director of Scientific Affairs at Pfizer, Inc., where
she was employed from 1954-98.
Nancy has been
actively involved in a variety of important groups, including
the Academy of Women Achievers, the American Chemical Society,
National Management Association, and Junior Achievement. Nancy
also taught C.C.D. (Confraternity of Christian Doctrine) classes.
She has 45 great-nieces and great-nephews, which keeps her
ever learning. Nancy recalls that the College gave her the
"basic skills in chemistry' that she needed to launch
her career, and she is grateful, too, for the 'values of integrity,
competitiveness and respect for others' that she acquired
during her years at CSE.
BLANDINA DASAH BATIIR (1970)
who majored in English at CSE, is one of ten Regional Directors
of Education in her native country of Ghana. When she received
this impressive appointment from the Ministry Of Education,
she was one of three women on this panel, and its youngest
She credits much
of her success to the solid academic, social, and moral foundation
she obtained as a student at the College. "My four years
at CSE were the greatest, most enjoy- able years of my life!
As such, I have a special place in my heart for Saint Elizabeth's."
Chemistry major, Pamela applied, with the encouragement of
her professors, to the University of Medicine and Dentistry
in New Jersey. She received her M.D. from this institution
in 1970. She served her internship in Saint Vincent's Hospital,
New York City, and had a three-year residency in neurology
at the Neurological Institute of Columbia Presbyterian Medical
Center. Dr. Chavis was the first woman to be certified in
both neurology and ophthalmology, and she is one of only a
handful of physicians in the country who are so double-certified.
Neuro-ophthalmology is the study of visual disorders caused
by underlying neurological problems such as strokes, multiple
sclerosis, and nutritional deficiencies. Dr. Chavis is affiliated
with the United Hospitals'
a History major, spent thirty years in the United States Navy.
When she retired in 1994 as a Rear Admiral, she was the highest-ranking
woman and the highest-decorated woman in the Navy.
the Navy Distinguished Service Medal, the Defense Superior
Service Medal, the Legion of Merit (with three gold stars),
the Meritorious Service Medal, and the Joint Service Commendations
Medal. Her assignments included Commander of the U.S. Naval
Base in Philadelphia; Vice Chief of Naval Education and Training
in Pensacola; Commander of the Naval Training Center in Orlando;
Executive Assistant and Naval Aide to the Assistant Secretary
of the Navy for Manpower and Reserve Affairs; and Commander
of the Navy Recruiting Area Five in Great Lakes, Michigan.
graduating with a Major in Latin, Shirley taught this subject
for two years at Henry Hudson Regional High School, in the
Highlands. Later she worked in CSE's Admissions Office, where
she was the Assistant Project Director of Upward Bound. Concurrently,
she attended Seton Hall Law School in the evenings, receiving
her law degree in 1971.
Prentice Hall and worked in the labor law section, and a little
less than a year later, she obtained a job in the State Attorney
General's office. From 1976-1984 Shirley was a Municipal Court
judge in Jersey City. She became a Superior Court judge in
1984. Shirley received an honorary degree from CSE in 1980.
In 1981, she received the Whitney Young Award from the Hudson
County Urban League. In 1996 Shirley became President of the
National Association of Women judges.