Artistic Expressions: Sister Ruth Jonas
This painting, entitled “Merchantman Oswego”, is the work of Sister of Charity Ruth Jonas. S. Ruth (formerly S. Ruth Adelaide) was born in Bellevue, Kentucky, in 1911. She was awarded a full scholarship to attend the College of Mount St. Joseph where she majored in French; one year later, 1929, she entered the Sisters of Charity and spent 30 years teaching at the College. Throughout her years as an educator S. Ruth stressed the notion that both peace and progress would be achieved if we understood each other, a goal that excited her as she advocated for multi-cultural learning at all levels. S. Ruth turned her attention from the classroom to serving the poor, first in Upper Volta, West Africa, in 1969; spanning many decades she served in Malawi, Africa, Central Africa, South America, as well as Lower Price Hill locally. She said of her life, “What I learned clearly through all my ventures was that it is God who works. We have got to be free to enter into a God who is always trying to enter into us.” As an accomplished artist, art and poetry were welcome outlets to which S. Ruth often turned. She died in January 1999.