Carol Gronewold, born in Chicago, is an active parishioner at Immaculate Conception in Carthage, Ill., where she has served as lector, rosary coordinator, and on the pastoral council. She has also volunteered at Carthage Memorial Hospital, Kibbe Hancock Heritage Museum, Foods for Thought, and the VA Hospital in Iowa City, Iowa.
An elementary and middle school teacher, a community college administrator and an assistance specialist for seniors, Carol began her college education in 1958, completing her freshman and sophomore years at Clarke University in Dubuque. She continued her education while raising a family of five, graduating from Quincy University in 1974 and Western Illinois University in 1987.
With travel to Spain, Italy and the Holy Land checked off her bucket list, Carol will join the April BVM outreach Ecuador Immersion Trip. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren play college basketball, coach, and play volleyball as Carol enthusiastically follows their sports.
Understanding the BVM/associate relationship, Carol anticipates making new friends on her journey of service and social justice projects, retreats and cluster connections. Her BVM companion, Karen Conover, encourages her relationship with associates and sisters as “a great way to grow in familiarity with BVM ministry, thought and culture.”
Carol will celebrate her associate commitment ceremony on Saturday, March 25, 2017, in the Mount Carmel Motherhouse Chapel.