Three ASCs celebrate golden jubilees

Three Adorers of the Blood of Christ celebrated their 50th jubilees this summer at the Wichita Center. Marking a half-century of profession were Sisters Deborah Schovanec, Bernadette Hotze and Frances Pytlik.

Sister Deborah Schovanec
Sister Deborah Schovanec, originally from Enid, Oklahoma, received a bachelor’s degree in education from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, in 1967. She also received a certificate in 1993 for her year of study at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Calif.
She taught in Kansas City, Kansas, and at Christ the King, St. Margaret Mary, and St. Anne, all in Wichita. She also taught at St. Helena in Hobbs, N.M. She served the Adorers community for 20 years as a member of the provincial council, director of community life and mission, administrator at the provincial house, local team member at the Wichita Center and director of liturgy.
In addition Sister Deborah later worked as a pastoral associate in Kansas City, in pastoral care in Olathe, as a caregiver for CSJ Home Care in Kansas City, Missouri, in addition to many years of service at the Center of Hope in Wichita.

Sister Bernadette Hotze
Sister Bernadette Hotze, from Wichita, received a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, in 1969, and a bachelor’s degree in fine arts from Wichita State University in 1979. She received a master’s in fine arts from the University of Arizona in 1981, in Christian spirituality from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1987, and in counseling psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies in San Francisco in 1999. She earned a doctorate in psychology from Union Institute in Cincinnati in 2001.
She taught in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and at St. Francis of Assisi and Christ the King in Wichita. She also taught art at Newman University and at schools in San Jose and Oakland, Calif.
She was a spiritual director and worked as a therapist in Oakland, San Francisco, and Red Bluff, California.
Sr. Bernadette currently is a psychotherapist and licensed marriage family therapist at Plumas County Mental Health Agency in Quincy, California.

Sister Frances Pytlik
Sister Frances Pytlik, from David City, Nebraska, earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Sacred Heart College, now Newman University, in Wichita in 1970, and a master’s in gerontology and aging studies from Concordia University in Seward, Nebraska, in 2011.
She has spent the past 47 years as an elementary teacher in Kansas, Nebraska, and New Mexico. Her Kansas assignments included St. Margaret Mary in Wichita, St. Joseph in Conway Springs, and St. Nicholas in Kinsley. She taught briefly at St. Edward in Carlsbad, New Mexico, and for the past 25 years has taught at St. Mary in David City. Sister Frances has also taught a graduate online class for two years.
She has been a board member of St. Joseph Villa in David City since 2003, serving as its chair since 2009. Last year, St. Joseph Villa named her its Volunteer of the Year, and in 2000, her alma mater, Aquinas High School, inducted her into its Hall of Fame.
This fall, she made the transition to two part-time jobs: as reading specialist at St. Mary’s and visitor with residents of St. Joseph’s Villa and Court, both in David City.