S. Mary Paula Renne
S. Mary Paula Renne died Feb. 10, 2019, at the age of 96 in Mother Margaret Hall, the nursing facility of the Sisters of Charity. S. Mary Paula was born on Jan. 2, 1923, to Paul J. and Caroline (de Puydt) Renne in Mankato, Minnesota. She was the third of 10 children. She was a Sister of Charity for 75 years.
S. Mary Paula grew up as part of a large family of faith in Big Rapids, Michigan; she attended a one-room public school and finished there in 1940. Following school she worked with the Sisters at Bon Secour Hospital in Grosse Pointe, Michigan, in the diet kitchen; from her experience of being around Sisters she began considering religious life. She contacted her aunt, Si. Louise Marie de Puydt, a Sister of Charity, who arranged for her to visit S. Francis de Chantal in nearby Mount Clemens, Michigan. After several meetings with her she chose to enter the Congregation in September 1944.
S. Mary Paula earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1959. Her ministries included 48 years as a primary and intermediate grade school teacher in her native Michigan, as well as Ohio and Illinois. She began at St. Mary, Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1945. The following year she went to St. Patrick, Cincinnati (1946-’49); then St. James, Bay City, Michigan (1949-’52 and 1970-‘72); St. Mel, Cleveland, Ohio (1952-’56); Shrine of the Little Flower, Royal Oak, Michigan (1956-’58 and 1960-’69); Holy Name, Cleveland, Ohio (1958-’60); and St. Robert, Flushing, Michigan (1969-’70). In 1972 Sister went to St. John Bosco, Parma Heights, Ohio, for one year before ministering at Holy Ghost, South Holland, Illinois (1973-’74) and St. Mary, Jackson, Michigan (1974-’79).
It was in 1979 that S. Mary Paula was asked to come to Elizabeth Seton High School, South Holland, Illinois, to serve as sacristan in the convent chapel; she remained there until 1983 when she worked in the reading lab at Guardian Angels, Detroit, Michigan. She went to Our Lady Queen of Peace, Harper Woods, Michigan, in 1987; next she chose to go to Sacred Heart, Grand Rapids, Michigan (1988-’90) and then to St. Michael, Remus, Michigan (1990-’93). She came to Seton High School convent, Cincinnati, to retire in 1994. S. Mary Paula eventually moved to the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse where she assisted with the distribution of mail and served where needed. In her leisure hours Sister enjoyed crossword puzzles, sewing, walking and gardening. It was important to her throughout her life to share faith and friendship with those who needed to be comforted or consoled. She would often say that she “felt the support of a great community.”
S. Francis Clare Pavioni
S. Francis Clare Pavioni died Jan. 10, 2019, at the age of 94 in Mother Margaret Hall, the nursing facility of the Sisters of Charity. S. Francis Clare was born on Jan. 24, 1924, to Peter A. and Frances (Villa) Pavioni in Gallop, New Mexico. She was the youngest of five children. She was a Sister of Charity for 65 years.
S. Francis Clare attended Gallop public schools and graduated from St. Mary High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1941. With the death of her mother, she went to live with her sister and family in Albuquerque for the last two years of high school where the Sisters of Charity taught and Sister Isabella Glenn was principal. She felt the need to contribute to her own livelihood at that time; she went to work for the Robertson and Drummond accounting firm for nine years with a break during World War II when she served in the WAVES (Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Services). There she was an instructor and trainer in the Link Instrument School (LITIS), United States Navy in the Bronx, New York, and Atlanta, Georgia. Their services included maintaining the complicated and technical instruments the pilots and trainers used before the days of radar; they trained Marines and Coast Guard in addition to Navy pilots.
After the death of her father in 1952, S. Francis Clare started thinking about entering religious life. Her Jesuit priest friend, James Veale, got her a job working with Sister of Charity Mary Assunta Stang at St. Joseph Hospital, Albuquerque; she entered the Sisters of Charity the following February 1953.
S. Francis Clare earned a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, in 1967. Her additional education occurred ‘on the job’ as the situations presented themselves.
S. Francis Clare’s years of ministry included service in SC hospital business offices in the West, as a manager, accountant and supervisor. In the East she served as accountant, computer programmer and director of computer services for the Congregation. She began as an assistant in the Treasurer’s Office at the Community’s Motherhouse (1954-’60), working under the direction of S. Elise Halloran.
In 1960 she traveled West where she served as a supervisor at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital, Pueblo, Colorado (1960-’61) and then manager at St. Joseph Hospital, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1961-’66). Sister returned to Cincinnati in 1966 when she joined Good Samaritan Hospital as a cost accountant. She then became a computer programmer for the accounting systems at Good Samaritan Hospital (1967-’82). From 1982-’86 S. Francis Clare ministered as an accountant with the Sisters of Charity Health Care Systems.
In 1986 S. Frances Clare transitioned into a new career as director of computer services in the Congregation’s business office at the Motherhouse. Health issues with lymphoma the following year caused her to be relieved of that responsibility; however, she continued to work as an assistant in the Sister of Charity Finance Office until she retired in 2016. One of her volunteer efforts over the years was directed toward Emmaus Initiatives, a nonprofit organization that collaborated with parishes to train volunteer ministers to serve fellow parish members in need.
S. Joan Clare Stewart
S. Joan Clare Stewart died Dec. 20, 2018, at the age of 78 in Mother Margaret Hall, the nursing facility of the Sisters of Charity. S. Joan Clare was born Mary Devine Stewart on Nov. 25, 1940, to Alexander and Claire (Kinney) Stewart in Detroit, Michigan. She was one of four children. She was a Sister of Charity for 59 years.
S. Joan Clare grew up as a child in Detroit, but moved with the family to Lima, Ohio when she was in the seventh grade; she attended St. Rose grade school and graduated from Lima Central Catholic High School in 1959. She was taught by the Sisters of Charity in Lima and found their joyfulness and reputation as good teachers a good fit for her. She entered the Congregation on Sept.8, 1959.
S. Joan Clare earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1964 and she received a Master degree with a specialty in reading from the Xavier University, Cincinnati in 1973.
S. Joan Clare’s ministries included 39 years as an educator in Catholic elementary schools and 14 as a pastoral associate. She began as a primary teacher at St. Dominic, Cincinnati in 1963. In 1969 she went to St. Saviour, Cincinnati (1969-’70); next it was St. Boniface, Cincinnati (1970-’78). In 1978 she chose to go to St. Mary, Greenville, Ohio to serve as principal; after six years she went to St. Brigid, Xenia, Ohio (1984-’91) as their principal.
In was at this time that S. Joan Clare sought a year of personal renewal at Sangre de Cristo in New Mexico. She returned as a principal/educator at St. Patrick, Troy, Ohio (1992-’96) and then to Piqua Catholic as a classroom teacher (1996-’03). It was a transition time; she was encouraged to take a ‘leap of faith’ and follow a lingering desire to work with adults in their faith journey. This included serving as procurator advocate and assisting persons seeking declarations of nullity. She choose to do this in the local Piqua parish, St. Mary where she was living and ministering; by 2006 the two local parishes had been assigned the same pastor which made it convenient for S. Joan Clare to serve the people in both Piqua parishes. This ministry offered her the opportunity to share her love and teaching of Scripture and her reverence for the Eucharist with adults.
When S. Joan Clare reflected on her years as an SC at the time of her golden jubilee she said, “I have been blessed to live with wonderful Sisters in my community life and they make up my happiest memories. I know deep in my heart that I was called to religious life and I thank God for this gift daily and appreciate that it was to the Sisters of Charity.”
S. Miriam Clare Glandorf
S. Miriam Clare Glandorf died Dec. 16, 2018, at the age of 98 in Mother Margaret Hall, the nursing facility of the Sisters of Charity. S. Miriam Clare was born Angela Mary Glandorf on April 21, 1920, to Joseph J. and Clara (Scheve) Glandorf in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was the only girl of four children. She was a Sister of Charity for 76 years, receiving the name Miriam Clare at the time of First Vows.
S. Miriam Clare grew up in Norwood, Ohio; she attended St. Elizabeth grade school and graduated from Regina High School in 1938. She was taught by the Sisters of Charity at St. Elizabeth and was a student in the aspirant school at Mount St. Joseph Academy for her freshman and sophomore year of high school. After high school S. Miriam Clare went to cosmetology school, graduated and opened her own beauty shop. It was at the time when World War II was breaking out; two of her brothers volunteered for military service. She reflected on where she could best serve, choosing the Sisters of Charity. It was the kindness, helpfulness and dedication of the Sisters that led her to enter the Congregation in September 1942.
S. Miriam Clare earned a Bachelor of Science in English from the College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, in 1955 and she received her master’s in administration from Xavier University, Cincinnati, in 1962.
S. Miriam Clare’s ministries included 56 years as an educator in Catholic elementary schools in New Mexico, Michigan and Ohio; 41 of those years she served as principal. She began as a primary teacher at St. Vincent Academy, Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1944. In 1947 she went to St. Patrick, Cincinnati (1947-’54); next it was St. Dominic, Cincinnati (1954-’59), serving as principal for the last two years; then principal at Queen of Martyrs, Birmingham, Michigan (1959-’65); St. Mary, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1965-’66); St. Albert, Kettering, Ohio (1966-’68); St. Jude, Cincinnati (1968-’70); St. Saviour, Rossmoyne, Ohio (1970-’71); Holy Cross, Mt. Adams, Ohio (1971-’76); and St. Vincent de Paul, Cincinnati (1976-2000).
S. Miriam Clare loved serving in small parishes and in the small schools serving the parish. She remarked, “We serve families and each child is seen as a friend; not as a name matched to a face.” In this setting she could also continue to minister as a classroom teacher, usually teaching English and religion, in addition to fulfilling her principal duties.
S. Miriam Clare loved the Motherhouse chapel, referring to it as the closest place to heaven on earth for her. She experienced it as “the holy Sisters before her left an indelible mark in that space.”
Following her retirement in 2000, S. Miriam Clare continued to volunteer where needed. She moved to Mother Margaret Hall in 2013.
S. Helen Attenweiler
S. Helen Attenweiler died Dec. 11, 2018, at the age of 81 in Mother Margaret Hall. S. Helen was born on April 18, 1937, to Joseph L. and Mary M. (Sundrup) Attenweiler in Troy, Ohio. She was the middle child of five.
S. Helen attended St. Patrick grade school in Troy and graduated from Mother of Mercy High School, Cincinnati, in 1955. “It was their prayerfulness, charity, hospitality and friendliness that definitely influenced my decision to become a Sister of Charity,” she said on the occasion of her Golden Jubilee. She entered the Congregation in September 1955.
S. Helen earned the Bachelor of Science in Education from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1968 and she received a Master of Education as a reading specialist from Xavier University, Cincinnati, in 1973.
S. Helen’s ministries spanned a total of 56 years in the primary and intermediate Catholic school classroom. She began as a teacher at Guardian Angels, Detroit, Michigan, in 1957. In 1959 she came to St. Teresa, Springfield, Ohio (1959-’65); followed by Cure of Ars, Cincinnati (1965-’66); St. Lawrence, Cincinnati (1966-’76); and St. William, Price Hill (1976-’13).
S. Helen referred to her educational ministry as a “blessing and an adventure.” Thirty-seven years of her classroom ministry were spent at St. William, Price Hill (Cincinnati); she was the last remaining Sister of Charity to serve the families of St. William. Her educational colleagues praised her creativity and enthusiasm for learning. She was an avid Cincinnati Reds fan; Rosie Red even attended her retirement party when leaving St. William.
S. Katharine Pinto recalled how S. Helen enjoyed teaching the primary grades. “She would spend hours making learning aids for her students and creating a pleasant classroom environment. She looked for and built upon the strengths of each student, encouraging and praising even the little steps of progress. Each was an individual to S. Helen; she tried to find the best teaching method that would match each student’s learning style. Many students benefitted from her experience and expertise,” S. Katharine said.
S. Helen loved meeting, greeting and serving her Sisters as chief griller, social committee crew member and Christmas party planner. She found her happiest memories as a Sister all hinged on community living and giving.
S. Mary Lou Knapke
S. Mary Lou Knapke died Nov. 6, 2018 , at the age of 77 in her residence in Norwood, Ohio. Sister Mary Lou was born on Feb. 20, 1941, to Rudolph and Dorothy (Kobes) Knapke in Coldwater, Ohio. She was one of two children. She was a Sister of Charity for 58 years.
S. Mary Lou attended Holy Trinity grade and high school in Coldwater, graduating in 1959. She entered the Sisters of Charity on Sept. 8, 1960.
S. Mary Lou earned the Bachelor of Science in Education from the College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati, Ohio) in 1972 and she received the Master in Religion/Pastoral Ministry from the Mount St. Mary Seminary (Cincinnati), part of a pilot program, in 1979.
S. Mary Lou’s ministries included 14 years as an educator and 20 in pastoral ministries in a wide diversity of settings. She began in the Catholic school classroom in 1965 at St. Boniface, Cincinnati; next she went to St. Michael, Findlay, Ohio (1966-’70); St. John, Lima, Ohio (1970-’71); St. Albert, Kettering, Ohio (1971-’72); and St. Elizabeth, Norwood (1972-’74). She ministered in adult education programs at both HUB services, Cincinnati (1978-’79) and East End Community Learning, Cincinnati (1988-’89). She looked in the direction of parish ministry, serving at St. Matthew, Norwood (1976-’77) and St. Andrew, Cincinnati (1979-’88). Following renewals programs at Maryknoll, New York and Mount St. Benedict, Erie, Pennsylvania, S. Mary Lou completed a licensed program in massage studies at the Cincinnati School of Medical Massage.
For S. Mary Lou this ‘hands-on’ ministry offered her the opportunity to apply this skill and ‘her touch’ to a variety of locations including Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati; Bayley Senior Care Corporation, Cincinnati; the Forest Park Fire Department, Cincinnati; and disaster settings in New Orleans, Louisiana, and Ground Zero in New York City, New York. She taught massage techniques to nursing students in Romania as part of a larger program sponsored by the National Conference of Catholic Bishops in 1992 to reach out to churches of Central and Eastern Europe.
At Good Samaritan Hospital, S. Mary Lou taught massage classes to parents and family members. At Forest Park Fire Department she helped personnel deal with stress as they returned from fire runs in the mid-2000s and became a close friend of deceased Fire Chief Trish Brooks. As a member of the Ohio Massage Disaster Response Team, she spent four separate weeks in the days following 9-11 in New York City in 2001 and 2002. The team provided free services to exhausted rescue workers and caregivers working near the site of the Sept. 11 tragedy; they listened, massaged and comforted. Sister Mary Lou was quoted at the time, “Human touch is so powerful to nurture and bring a person home inside themselves. It is a human ministry to human exhaustion and human pain.” They provided similar service to rescue workers and security personnel in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina and those responding to the floods in Kentucky in 2003. Sister May Lou was also trained as a mid-life directions consultant and served as the ongoing coordinator of the After-Crisis Care Team.
At the time of her Golden Jubilee S. Mary Lou commented, “Margaret George [Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati founder] continues to be a source of inspiration and courage for me. May I have her simplicity and clarity of soul. I believe she will help me with any decision that I may have to make.”
S. Elizabeth Cashman
S. Elizabeth (John Christopher) Cashman died Oct. 29, 2018, at the age of 92 in Mother Margaret Hall. S. Elizabeth was born Elizabeth Therese on Oct. 17, 1926, to John C. and Elizabeth (Fitzgerald) Cashman in Springfield, Ohio. She was the youngest of four children. She was a Sister of Charity for 73 years.
S. Elizabeth attended St. Raphael grade school and graduated from Catholic Central High School in Springfield in 1944. She attended the College of Mount St. Joseph for one year and entered the Sisters of Charity on Sept. 8, 1945. It was the close affinity with the Sisters, their love for prayer and their dedication to serving others that drew her to consider religious life; she also realized they had great fun together.
S. Elizabeth earned the Bachelor of Science in Education from St. Johns College, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1953 and she received a master’s in education from Xavier University in 1962. She did additional graduate work at Loyola University, Chicago, Illinois, in the early 1970s.
S. Elizabeth’s ministries included 16 years as an educator and seven more as formation director for the Sisters of Charity. This was followed by 30 years in administration, including 14 with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and 16 with the College of Mount St. Joseph. Sister Elizabeth began as a teacher at Holy Name, Cleveland, Ohio (1947-’53); from there she went to Holy Redeemer, Kensington, Maryland, first as a teacher (1953-’57) and then as the school’s principal (1957-’63).
In 1963 S. Elizabeth was called upon to direct the Novices in the Sisters’ formation process. It was a turbulent time in the Church following Vatican II; she brought a listening ear to the program and helped foster young vocations until 1970. After graduate work at Loyola, S. Elizabeth served as Vicar for Religious in the Cincinnati Archdiocese (1972-’75) and later ministered as Director of Personnel Services from 1978-’86. She also served as a consultant to the late Cardinal Joseph Bernardin and also Archbishop Daniel Pilarczyk.
In 1975 she was invited to serve as vice president at the College of Mount St. Joseph. Another new career emerged when she said ‘yes’ to serving as the Dean of Students at the Mount in 1986. S. Elizabeth referred to this time with great fondness. “I was home again with students. They enlivened as well as challenged me while offering me the opportunity to be part of their growth and development; this time to adulthood,” she once said. She witnessed all aspects of students’ lives in this role, from freshman orientation to graduation; this included helping the College meet the needs of a coeducational student population. In the 1990s she chaired the Mission Integration Committee and oversaw the expression of mission in events, awards and everyday life on campus. S. Elizabeth was honored for her dedication to the Mount and its mission with a special Elizabeth Seton Mission Award in 2002. Seventeen years later, 2003, she retired from the College. Members of the College community established the Sister Elizabeth Cashman Endowed Scholarship in her name as a farewell gift.
In her retirement S. Elizabeth volunteered in the Campus Ministry Center at the Mount. She saw this new time as an opportunity for growing deeper into prayer, to know in new ways God’s love for her. She volunteered with hospice and took time to cherish friends in a relaxed way and appreciate the natural world.
She said of her time working in formation, “I loved working with the young women who came to the Community. They came at a time when the Church, the Congregation and indeed the culture were entering into a time of momentous transition. It was a privilege to counsel, encourage and motivate them, but most meaningful was the privilege of walking with them in their personal and spiritual discovery process.”
S. Marian Ruede
S. Marian Ruede died Oct. 13, 2018, at the age of 88 in Mother Margaret Hall. S. Marian was born on Nov. 27, 1929, to Benjamin J. and Emma (Zantop) Ruede in Jackson, Michigan. She was one of 11 children. She was a Sister of Charity for 71 years.
S. Marian grew up as part of a large family of faith in Jackson; she attended St. Mary grade school and graduated from St. Mary High School in 1947. She was attracted to the Sisters of Charity because of their friendliness, kindness and dedication. She entered the Congregation in September 1947.
S. Marian earned the Bachelor of Science in education from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1958, and she received a master’s in administration from the University of Dayton, Dayton, Ohio, in 1970. She earned the Master of Arts in theology from the University of Dayton in 1979.
S. Marian’s ministries included 27 years as an educator and 25 years as a pastoral minister. She began as a teacher at St. Leo, Detroit, Michigan, in 1949. In 1951 she went to St. James, Bay City, Michigan (1951-’56 and 1966-’67); next it was St. Saviour, Rossmoyne, Ohio (1956-’58); Holy Name, Cleveland, Ohio (1958-’62); Holy Family, Cincinnati, Ohio (1962-’63); St. Mary, Jackson, Michigan (1963-’66); and St. Helen, Saginaw, Michigan (1967-’76) as principal.
In was at this time that S. Marian was seeking a new direction in her ministry, being attracted to rural parishes where pastoral needs of the people were not being met. While working on her degree in theology S. Marian began ministering at Cumberland Catholic Church, Burkesville, Kentucky (1976-’79); upon completion of her degree she served in a similar position at St. Elizabeth, Ravenna, Kentucky (1979-’82); St. Michael, Cincinnati, Ohio (1982-’83); and St. Theresa, Cleveland, Tennessee (1983-2001).
Other Sisters who ministered in pastoral services in parishes remember S. Marian well; she had a mission spirit and a real love for the people. She found great satisfaction in cooperative efforts. “We need one another, our support, a smile of encouragement, honesty and openness to receive more of the fullness of God’s message,” S. Marian commented at a parish meeting. That is the spirit she fostered in each parish she served. S. Carol Leveque recalls monthly gatherings of parish ministers in the area; they would share a meal and stories from their ministry experiences. “Marian’s stories kept us laughing,” she remarked.
S. Marian enjoyed bread making and golf. Relationships were important to her; in them she felt she became a more caring person and showed greater attention to others’ needs. In her retirement she enjoyed visiting the sick and homebound. The needs of the poor in the South tugged at her heart; unjust wages and the elimination of the death penalty were causes she championed. S. Marian moved to Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility in 2003.
S. Jane Grosheider
S. Jane Grosheider (formerly S. Mary Christopher) died Sept. 19, 2018, at the age of 92 in Mother Margaret Hall. S. Jane was born Margaret Jane on March 7, 1926, to Arthur R. and Agnes (Day) Grosheider in Denver, Colorado. She was one of two children. She was a Sister of Charity for 75 years.
S. Jane attended St. Vincent de Paul elementary school and graduated from St. Mary Academy in Denver in 1943. She was inspired by Sisters she had as instructors at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, Ohio. It was the influence of S. Margaret Loretto Ryan that brought her to enter the Sisters of Charity in February 1944.
S. Jane earned a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1957 and a Master of Education from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, 1962. She received a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Arts from Manhattanville College, Purchase, New York, in 1969. She did additional graduate work at St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, and Regis College, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
S. Jane’s ministries found her in the classroom for the first 20 years, beginning in 1945 at St. Mary, Lansing, Michigan; next she taught at St. James, Bay City, Michigan (1947-’49); St. Therese, Pueblo, Colorado (1949-’55); Loyola Elementary, Denver, Colorado (1955-’57); St. Rose of Lima, Denver (1957-’63); and Elizabeth Seton High School, South Holland, Illinois (1963-’65). S. Jane was then called to serve in the formation of young women religious at the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse; this continued from 1965 through 1973, a time when there was much change occurring in religious life throughout our country. S. Jane offered her God-given gift of presence that was reassuring to many young religious at that time.
From 1973 until 1983, S. Jane served in Provincial leadership for the Sisters of Charity living in the Denver and Colorado Springs area. Following this she looked to clinical pastoral education and ministry as a chaplain at Penrose Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colorado. She served in this capacity until her retirement in 2004. S. Jane offered spiritual direction, individual retreats and spiritual companioning to many. In retirement she continued to offer spiritual caregiving as part of Centura Health and Home as well as volunteering with Them Bones, a Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder treatment program for soldiers returning to Fort Carson, Colorado. She provided a spiritual presence to many in the Colorado Springs community.
S. Jane was an avid reader who loved to travel and swim. She moved to the Cincinnati Motherhouse in July 2018 when her health began to fail.
S. Terry Dery
S. Therese (Terry) Dery died Sept. 11, 2018, at the age of 78 in Mother Margaret Hall. S. Terry was born on May 12,1940, to Leo E. and Ida (Grandbios) Dery in Lowell, Massachusetts. She was one of two children. She was a Sister of Charity for 61 years.
S. Terry was raised in a French Canadian neighborhood in Lowell; she attended Ste. Jeanne d’Arc grade school and St. Joseph High School. She was inspired by and taught by the Sisters of Charity of Ottawa, a French-Canadian congregation, entering their community in 1957.
S. Terry earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Regis College, Weston, Massachusetts, in 1968 and received the Master of Arts in Spanish from St. Mary College, Winona, Minnesota, in 1972. She earned a Master of Science in counseling from Loyola College, Columbia, Maryland, in 1986.
S. Terry’s ministries brought her to classrooms, missionary endeavors and behavioral counseling over a span of 54 years. While a Sister of Charity of Ottawa she taught in Haverhill and Lowell, Massachusetts. In 1973 she transferred to the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati after feeling a change in direction of her values and views of religious life. “It was a leap of faith, all in God’s hands,” she recalled. “I was attracted to the SCs who showed vision and leadership, who were involved in social justice issues, and who were risk-takers meeting the needs of the time. It was among them that I heard the cries of the poor.”
Following her transfer S. Terry continued as a teacher, working at Chaminade-Julienne High School, Dayton, Ohio (1973-’74) and Resurrection grade school, Cincinnati, Ohio (1974-’75) before looking in a new direction. From 1976 to 1983 she served as a missionary among the Quechua people in the Andes Mountains of Peru. This ministry taught her much about the poor and oppressed, making this experience her greatest challenge as well as her greatest joy.
When she returned to the States, S. Terry received a master’s degree in counseling, preparing her for yet another direction in her life – working among the most vulnerable as a mental health therapist at Samaritan Behavioral Health, a counseling center connected to Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton, Ohio. After serving there for 28 years she retired in 2015, but remained living in Dayton, volunteering as a counselor at St. Vincent de Paul Gateway Shelter for Women and Families as her health allowed.
S. Mary Corrine Schmidt
S. Mary Corrine Schmidt died Aug. 12, 2018, at the age of 95 in Mother Margaret Hall. S. Mary Corrine was born Elizabeth Rose Schmidt on Dec. 27, 1922, to Frank H. and Christine (Kraker) Schmidt in Melrose, Minnesota. She was the middle child of five and grew up in Melrose. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 67 years.
S. Mary Corrine attended St. Boniface Elementary School and graduated from Melrose High School in 1940. She earned an associate degree in business from the Minneapolis School of Business in 1942 and went off to Denver, Colorado, to seek employment. She secured a position as an office manager. It was a priest friend, Rev. Duane Theobald, who introduced her to the Sisters of Charity serving at Denver’s Cathedral parish at the time. The warmth and friendly spirit of the Sisters led her to enter the Congregation on Feb. 2, 1951.
S. Mary Corrine’s ministries brought her to the classroom initially and then to various Sisters of Charity hospitals in Colorado, Michigan and Ohio, spanning more than 50 years. She began as a business teacher working with high school students at Holy Trinity in Trinidad, Colorado, in 1953; she remained there for two years. She transitioned to serving in admitting offices in Sisters of Charity hospitals, first at Good Samaritan, Cincinnati, Ohio (1955-’57) followed by St. Mary-Corwin Hospital, Pueblo, Colorado (1957-’64). In 1964 she went to St. Joseph, Mount Clemens, Michigan (1964-’66) and then to Good Samaritan, Dayton, Ohio (1966-’71).
It was in 1971 that she updated herself in current accounting practices through course work at the University of Dayton and thus began a career in finance, particularly working as a property accountant. Her greatest challenge was setting up the fixed asset system at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton. Over her years of service S. Mary Corrine processed and tracked millions of dollars’ worth of buildings and equipment. Major projects during that time included the South building, Seton Tower, Samaritan North, the ETC and several parking garage makeovers. After ministering at Good Samaritan, Dayton for a total of 39 years, S. Mary Corrine retired in 2005, but continued on as a volunteer.
In her free time S. Mary Corrine enjoyed walking, reading and knitting. She was most grateful for her good health for so many years. She desired that St. Elizabeth Seton’s love and futuristic ideas would continue to grow in the hearts and minds of young women.
The personnel of Good Samaritan Hospital with whom S. Mary Corrine worked were quick to say that the role she played was much more than her property work. She was the helpful team member, an off-duty volunteer, babysitter, part-time ‘therapist’ and a good friend. They considered her a confidant and a trusted advisor.
S. Annina Morgan
S. Annina Morgan died July 8, 2018, at the age of 102 in Mother Margaret Hall. S. Annina was born on March 9, 1916, to Rollin H. and Zelda (Swope) Morgan in Alpena, Michigan. She was the oldest of four and grew up in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Her father drowned when she was 5 years old, causing her mother to move the family West. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 84 years.
S. Annina attended St. Mary Elementary School and St. Mary High School, Albuquerque, graduating from Mount St. Joseph Academy in 1934. It was the warmth and love of the Sisters of Charity at St. Mary’s, especially Sisters Ann Hermine Gerver and Henrietta Feld that influenced her to consider entering the Congregation. In September 1933, S. Annina traveled across country to enter the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.
S. Annina earned a Bachelor of Arts in History from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1948 and she received a Master of Arts in History from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1955. She did additional post-graduate work in counseling at Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
S. Annina’s ministries brought her to classrooms and principal responsibilities in Michigan, Colorado, and Ohio, covering 34 years. She began in St. Leo, Detroit, Michigan, in 1934; she remained there for 11 years. In 1944 she went to St. Rose, Lima, Ohio, and one year later was sent to Holy Name High School, Cleveland, Ohio (1945-’50); next it was to Pueblo Catholic High School, Pueblo, Colorado (1950-’51). She came to St. Mary, Chillicothe, Ohio, as principal (1952-’55) and then Pueblo Catholic as principal (1955-’61); St. Mary, Lansing, Michigan (1961-’62) and Shrine High School, Royal Oak, Michigan (1962-’68).
While ministering in Michigan, S. Annina became aware of new possibilities for her gifts, particularly pastoral ministry. She served as co-pastor of St. John’s, the parish center for Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan (1968-’71); then St. John parish, Albion, Michigan (1971-’72) and finally St. Mary parish, Mt. Pleasant, Michigan (1972-’74). Then the SC Congregation asked her to serve as personnel director for the Sisters, a position she held from 1974–1979. From there S. Annina agreed to direct a new entity, the Adult Women’s Center, at the College of Mount St. Joseph where she offered her leadership until 1985 when she found a further calling to retreat and spirituality ministry; from 1985-1990 she served as director of the retreat programs offered at the Motherhouse.
In 1990 S. Annina retired from active ministry, but continued to share her gifts in parishes and among persons, particularly women, who were looking to find a direction for their God-given gifts, beyond the traditional. She inspired many. At the time of her jubilee she reflected on God’s ever-present love and faithfulness, “May we continue to be women who embody the principles of justice, love and deep commitment to address the unmet needs of our day, as St. Elizabeth Seton did. God walks with us.”
In her retirement she directed the Motherhouse Resource Center, moving there in 2001. She volunteered in a variety of services including spiritual direction and hospitality. She supported all activities that appreciated participation. To S. Annina no one was a stranger.
S. Loretto Burke
S. Loretto Burke died July 2, 2018, at the age of 96 in Mother Margaret Hall. S. Loretto was born Mary Burke, the fifth of seven children on May 23, 1922, to James P. and Laura (Hughes) Burke in Parkersburg, West Virginia. The family moved to Springfield, Ohio, for her father’s work when she was 2. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 78 years.
S. Loretto attended St. Raphael School, Springfield, and graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy in 1939. Her father died suddenly in 1925 leaving her mother with six children and expecting a seventh. In 1928 it was decided that the children would be better off in St. Joseph Orphanage, run by the Sisters of Charity. It was S. Mary Therese Reagan, recognizing her musical gifts, who taught S. Loretto piano for six years and violin for four. She owed much to the instruction she received from S. Mary Therese. S. Loretto said of that time. “To me ‘home’ had come to mean ‘being with the Sisters.’” When she chose to enter the Sisters of Charity in 1939 it was as though she had ‘come home’ more fully.
S. Loretto earned a Bachelor of Arts in music education from the College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati, Ohio) in 1957 and she received a Master of Arts in music from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C. in 1965.
S. Loretto’s ministries brought her to New Mexico, Colorado and Ohio; she was a music educator for 30 years in elementary, high school and college. This began at St. Lawrence, Cincinnati (1942-’52); followed by St. Vincent High, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1952-’55); St. Mary High, Chillicothe, Ohio (1956-’60); Cathedral, Denver, Colorado (1960-’62); Marian High School, Cincinnati (1962-’66); Holy Name High, Cleveland, Ohio (1966-’71); and the College of Mt. St. Joseph (1971-’72).
In 1972 S. Loretto moved into administrative roles at the College of Mount St. Joseph, ministering there for the next 27 years. Her responsibilities included assistant dean, music department chair, weekend college and director of institutional advancement from 1985-’99. She was named adjunct professor of the year in 1982.
In 1976 S. Loretto wrote and produced A Valiant Woman, a musical work about St. Elizabeth Seton. As part of her preparation she spent time in Emmitsburg, Maryland, working with the letters of Elizabeth in the archives there and being in the environs of where Elizabeth lived and founded the Sisters of Charity. Fellow educators acclaimed her for being able to wed both poetry and music in this production. Throughout her long life S. Loretto was quick to credit her Sisters of Charity music teachers. It was S. Agnes Eppley who inspired her to pursue a ministry of music. “I learned that doing good was also doing what you loved doing,” S. Loretto stated at the time of her golden jubilee.
S. Loretto came to live in the Sisters of Charity nursing facility, Mother Margaret Hall, in 1997, being the first Sister to bring her computer with her in her retirement. She continued to write music, building on spreadsheets she had been using since the mid-1980s. Besides having more time to compose and pray S. Loretto particularly enjoyed reconnecting with former students of whom there were many. They brought her joy.