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L-R  Sisters Joanne Gross, Susan Bremer, Susan Durkin, Kathleen Flanagan and Laura Bregar

Sister Susan Durkin


Sister Susan is currently serving her second term as President of the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland. The St. Joseph Academy graduate earned a B.A. in Psychology and Elementary Education from Ursuline College, an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from the College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, and a Certificate in Non-Profit Management from Case Western Reserve University. Prior to her election to congregational leadership Sister Susan spent 14 years in elementary education, six years as Director of the Children and Family Program in the Youngstown Ursulines’ HIV/AIDS Ministry, and seven years as the Ursulines’ Director of Development.

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Sister Susan Bremer

Sister Susan, a 36-year member of the Ursuline congregation, is currently serving her fourth term on the Ursulines’ Leadership Team (2000-2008; 2012-present). She has served on the Ursulines’ development staff as editor of Ursuline Sisters’ publications and as Director of Pastoral Care in the congregation’s Saint Angela Center. The East Cleveland native holds a B.A. in English from Ursuline College and an M.A. in Pastoral Ministry from the University of Dayton.

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Sister Kathleen Flanagan

Sister Kathleen is serving her second term on the Leadership Team. She holds a B.A. in biology from Ursuline College and is a licensed registered nurse. She also holds a M.A. in Health Education from Kent State University and a M.S.N. in Family Health Nursing from the University of Akron. Prior to being elected to leadership Sister Kathleen served for 25 years at Ursuline College as nursing faculty and Director of the Undergraduate Nursing Program.

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Sister Joanne Gross

Sister Joanne serves on the Leadership Team and as legal counsel to the congregation. She holds a B.A. in History from Ursuline College, a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law, and a C.N.M. from Case Western Reserve University’s Mandel Center. She served in education before launching a career that has included tenures as a higher education attorney at Ursuline College, Case Western Reserve University and John Carroll University. She has also worked in county service and as President of Catholic Community Connection, a nonprofit collaborative.

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Sister Laura Bregar

Sister Laura serves on the Leadership Team and on the Development Committee for the congregation’s lay advisory board. The Villa Angela Academy and Ursuline College graduate holds master’s degrees in Theology and Education from the University of Dayton and Ursuline College, respectively. Prior to leadership Sister Laura served in education, as a teacher at Beaumont School and as principal at Ascension and Our Lady of the Lake schools, and in the congregation’s Development Office.

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