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Road to Nashville takes Adelaide nun to Sydney


Sr Elena Marie Piteo has covered a lot of ground since embarking on her journey to a religious vocation with the Dominican Sisters of Saint Cecilia in Nashville.

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Hailing from Hectorville parish, Adelaide, Sr Elena this year made her perpetual profession in Nashville, Tennessee, and is now teaching at the University of Notre Dame and Campion College in Sydney.

Sr Elena Marie

The daughter of Ted and Selina Piteo, also parishioners at Hectorville, Sr Elena is a graduate of St Mary MacKillop College in Kensington. She resided at Aquinas College while studying at the University of Adelaide where she earned a Bachelor of Psychology (Honors) PhD.

Sr Elena was one of 10 young women professed as Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia Congregation on July 24.

The Mass for the Rite of Perpetual Religious Profession was celebrated at the Cathedral of the Incarnation in Nashville. The Reverend Andrew Hofer OP, Dominican friar from the Province of Saint Joseph was the main celebrant and the homilist.

In 1860, the Congregation of Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia was established in Nashville, where its motherhouse is located. The Sisters of St Cecilia are dedicated to the apostolate of Catholic education. The community of 300 sisters serves in over 30 schools throughout the United States, with mission houses also in Sydney, Australia; Vancouver, British Columbia; Rome and Bracciano, Italy; Elgin, Scotland; Sittard, The Netherlands, and Limerick, Ireland.

In 2018, the community opened houses in Melbourne, Australia; and Bremerton, Washington.

For more information on the Dominican Sisters of St Cecilia Congregation, visit their website at



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