Artistic Expressions: S. Irene McGee

This mosaic of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton was created by S. Irene McGee during the time of Elizabeth’s beatification, and hung in Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado, for many years. S. Irene was born in Dubuque, Iowa, in 1916, but her family moved soon after to Pueblo, Colorado, where her father found work in the steel mills. Her Sister of Charity teachers made learning so exciting that she decided to become a Sister and share that enthusiasm with others. That she did, becoming a highly successful English and speech teacher (38 years) as well as an accomplished artist and poet. She earned advanced degrees from Creighton University and a fellowship from The Ohio State University. She taught in high schools in Bay City and Royal Oak in Michigan; Cleveland, Marion and Cincinnati in Ohio; and Trinidad, Pueblo and Denver in Colorado. S. Irene worked in clay, metal sculpture, and enameling wire, wood and copper. She used this latter technique for the Stations of the Cross which were found in the Sisters of Charity Novitiate in Pueblo. Other works were displayed at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital in Pueblo. S. Irene died in 1996.