Artistic Expressions – S. Agnes Eppley

S. Agnes Eppley grew up outside Urbana, Ohio, in a family of eight with each playing a musical instrument. After graduating from high school in 1903, she entered the Sisters of Charity and became a prolific composer, having completed two Masses (one to St. Joseph and the second dedicated to the Sacred Heart) and more than 35 other hymns and instrumental pieces bearing her familiar signature, “S.A.E., a Sister of Charity”, at the bottom. S. Agnes had a sister, Agatha, who also entered the Sisters of Charity as well as two brothers who became Holy Cross priests. She taught at St. Michael, Findlay, Ohio, and St. James, Bay City, Michigan, before beginning her long career at the College of Mount St. Joseph which spanned more than 35 years. On hearing of her death the Mount students stated: “A song has been taken from the heart of the Mount. There is an empty music room in Marian Hall that will never be filled.” Sister died in 1952 following the amputation of her arm. Her music was featured at her funeral as she was laid to rest.