Standing: Sisters Maryann Ronneburger, Pat Magee, and Judy Brunell. Seated: Sisters Bette Ann Jaster and Lorelle Elcock


Leadership of the Congregation is comprised of five members elected to the Leadership Team or Council.  Each Team serves for a five-year term – individual members may serve on more than one Team.

The Current Team was elected in July, 2009.  It includes:


Sister Lorelle Elcock, Prioress
Sister Lorelle assumed the role of Prioress in 2009 after having served as Strategic Plan Project Manager for the Dominican Sisters of Hope since 2007.  Prior to that, she was associate director of the National Association for Treasurers of Religious Institutes in Silver Spring, MD.  A consultant, facilitator, and educator, Sister Lorelle has done institutional research and planning at Mount Saint Mary College, directed environmental projects, coordinated long range planning for the union of the three congregations that formed the Dominican Sisters of Hope, and served as general treasurer and planning coordinator for the Newburgh (NY) Dominicans.

Sister Patricia Magee, Councilor
Sister Patricia was elected first councilor in 2009 after having been appointed to serve on the previous leadership team in 2006 to fill a vacancy created by the death of a councilor.  Sister Patricia has been a special education teacher for over 26 years. Her most recent ministry was at St. Francis Hospital Special Needs Preschool in Poughkeepsie, New York, where she continues to serve as a consultant.

Sister Maryann Ronneburger, Councilor
When elected, Sister Maryann had been pastoral associate at St. Paul the Apostle Church in Jersey City since 2006. She also taught English as a Second Language classes and directed the After-School Program.  Prior ministries have included teacher at both Sacred Heart and St. Paul the Apostle Schools in Jersey City and pastoral assistant at Sacred Heart Church. She was also administrator of Holy Family Academy in Bound Brook NJ and St. Joseph School in Carteret NJ.

Sister Judith Brunell, Councilor
Sister Judy came to leadership from a sabbatical for study and renewal after having worked for 22 years as a GED teacher with the Parenting Teens Program in New Bedford, Massachusetts. For over fifteen years she has also been working as a potter.  Prior ministries include director of the Catherinian Center for Spirituality and Personal Development in North Dartmouth, MA and director of formation for the former Fall River Dominican Sisters. She also served as chairperson for the New England Region of the Religious Formation Conference, taught math at Bishop Connolly High School in Fall River and at St. Peter’s School in Plattsburgh NY.

Sister Bette Ann Jaster, Councilor
At the time of her election, Sister Bette Ann directed EarthLinks in Denver, Colorado, which she co-founded in 1996. She remains on the board of this non-profit program which connects homeless and low-income adults with the natural world for the mutual benefit of the person and the planet.  Prior ministries include coordinating assisted living for the Sisters of Loretto in Englewood CO, five years at The Newburgh Ministry, a drop-in center for the poor in Newburgh NY, and part-time vocation/formation ministry. She also founded and worked at the Life Center/Resurrection House, a family service center in Harlem, and at Dominican Sisters Family Health Service in Harlem.