S. Louise Akers
S. Louise Akers died Feb. 7, 2018, at the age of 75 in Mother Margaret Hall, the nursing facility of the Sisters of Charity. S. Louise was born on Dec. 9, 1942, to William F. and Mary H. (McCann) Akers in Charleston, West Virginia. She was one of three children.
S. Louise attended public schools in Gallipolis, Ohio, until a family move to Springfield, Ohio. She met the Sisters of Charity as a student at Catholic Central High School, and felt a calling to religious life in her senior year. Following graduation in 1960, S. Louise entered the Congregation in September; she was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 57 years.
S. Louise earned a Bachelor of Arts in History degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1965; she received a Master of Arts in Theology from the University of Dayton in 1974 and a Doctor of Ministry in Liberation Theology from the Episcopal Divinity School, Cambridge, Massachusetts, in 1996.
S. Louise’s ministries brought her to the classroom and beyond, whether it be the formal high school or university classroom, offices, assemblies, teach-ins or a family home. For the first 14 years she taught high school students at St. Pius X, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1965-’66); Seton, Cincinnati (1966-’69 and 1975-’79); St. Joseph Commercial, Dayton, Ohio (1969-’74); and Archbishop Alter, Kettering, Ohio (1974-’75).
In 1979 she was hired by Archbishop Joseph Bernardin as parish liaison in the Social Action Office of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, working to promote the newly released peace and economic pastoral letters and helping in the formation of parish social action commissions. In 1985 she founded and served as the coordinator of the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center (IJPC) in Cincinnati. Their actions included demonstrations, boycotts, educational programs, prayer services and ongoing collaboration with varied organizations; IJPC continues today as a hub for justice activities and events.
In 1992 S. Louise became a fulltime student at Episcopal Divinity, Cambridge, Massachusetts. Upon completion of her Doctorate she served as associate director for social concerns for the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in Silver Springs, Maryland, and represented the group at the United Nation’s Fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing, China, in 1995. Ever an advocate for justice S. Louise was a frequent presenter, panelist and mentor, locally and nationally. She was able to travel extensively which she saw as a definite means of enriching and deepening her commitment to justice ministry. Her travel experiences included Malawi, Africa, Mexico, Cuba, Central America, China, Eastern and Western Europe.
In 2004 she became the coordinator of the Sisters of Charity Office of Peace, Justice and Integrity of Creation. The Office offered educational programs, local immersion experiences and an awareness of global crises deserving attention. Since 2009 S. Louise has been helping interested individuals and groups to understand current paradigm shifts which influence relationships and roles regarding class, gender and race through her website and presentations; she saw world views shaping a new paradigm, one deserving serious attention.
In 2017 she was presented with the Louis Trivison Award from FutureChurch for her untiring work in advancing women in leadership and ministry inside the Church. In 2012 she was honored with the MUSE Enduring Spirit Award for her actions in the pursuit of peace and justice for all, and for women in particular.
Associate Mary Ann Vennemeyer
Associate Mary Ann Vennemeyer died Jan. 21, 2018, at the age of 87. Mary Ann was born May 30, 1930, in Hamilton County, Ohio. She was the daughter of the late Herman and Mary Vennemeyer. She had one brother, the late Joseph Vennemeyer, and several nieces and nephews.
Mary Ann was a retired Ohio Bureau of Employment Services employee. She worked for 36 years in various departments for OBES.
Faith was always first in Mary Ann’s life. She wrote in her Associate discernment statement, “Doing things for others has made me feel closer to God.” She attended daily Mass at St. Jude and led the rosary before Mass.
After retirement Mary Ann earned a degree in theology from Mount St. Joseph University so that she could make herself available to others in new ways. She worked her classes around her card clubs. She volunteered at St. Bonaventure Soup Kitchen and other organizations in the Cincinnati community. Mary Ann made her commitment as an Associate in Mission with the Sisters of Charity in June 2008; she enjoyed many Sunday socials with the Sisters.
In her additional free time, Mary Ann was a Rosie Red and watched or listened to every Reds game during baseball season. She was an avid card player, playing several times a week with different groups, and loved gardening, Phillip’s Swim Club, and picnics in her backyard.
Associate Theresa M. Benavidez
Associate Theresa M. Benavidez, age 78, beloved mother, grandmother, aunt, and friend, died Dec. 27, 2017. She was born July 3, 1939, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and was a lifelong resident. Theresa was an active member of Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Catholic Church choir; and an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati for 21 years.
Theresa was proud to be taught by the Sisters of Charity for 12 years in Albuquerque. From a very early age she wanted to be connected with the Community. She entered the Sisters of Charity in 1958, however, due to the death of her mother, she left to care for her siblings and to respond to this new call.
Theresa was a loving mother to Michele and Robert Jr. She loved to spend time with her precious grandchildren, Valarie, Joshua, Emiliano and Vanessa. Theresa will be missed by The Breakfast Club, Golden Girls, and the Sisters of Charity Band of 1958.
Associate Virginia Johnson
Associate Virginia Johnson, near life-long resident of Socorro, New Mexico, died peacefully at home Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017 surrounded by loving family and friends. She was born in Iowa on March 20, 1927, and spent her youth there. However, she will be remembered for her life’s work and involvement in the community she adopted 62 years ago when she moved to a 52-acre farm north of Socorro with her late husband, Walter Johnson.
Virginia is remembered fondly as a second grade teacher who gave great end-of-school parties at her farm, as a newspaper reporter and photographer for years with the Defensor Chieftain, Albuquerque Journal, and El Paso Times, and as a valued board member for Socorro Mental Health. Virginia was also a delivery driver for Meals on Wheels, a hospice volunteer, a Senior Olympic bowling champion, a board member of the Socorro Soil and Water Conservation District, a volunteer at the Socorro Animal Shelter, and a bell ringer for Puerto Seguro. Her positive attitude and philanthropy touched lives around the world.
Virginia became an Associate of the Sisters of Charity in May 1993. During her 24 years as an Associate she was a member of San Miguel Catholic Church.
S. Maryland Anderson
S. Maryland Anderson died Nov. 14, 2017, at the age of 87 in Mother Margaret Hall, the nursing facility of the Sisters of Charity. S. Maryland was born Maryland Theresa Anderson on Nov. 6, 1930, to George F. and Ruby (Day) Anderson in St. Augustine, Florida. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 34 years.
S. Maryland was a native of Florida, attending Immaculate Conception elementary school and St. Joseph Academy in St. Augustine, graduating in 1948. She was the youngest of four children. She became acquainted with the Sisters of Charity while studying for her doctoral degree at the University of Notre Dame.
S. Maryland earned a Bachelor of Science in psychology/medical technology from Florida State University, Tallahassee, Florida, in 1959; she received a master’s degree in anthropology/sociology from Louisiana State, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in 1967. She received her Ph.D. in anthropology/sociology from the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana, in 1980.
In 1950, at the age of 20, S. Maryland enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served for eight years as a hospital medic on the USS Haven, a ship that could accommodate 800 patients. The crew treated the patients until they were flown to a hospital in San Diego, California. When S. Maryland chose to enter the Sisters of Charity she was working as the director of the cancer information center affiliated with Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado.
After completing her Novitiate year in 1985, S. Maryland’s ministries brought her to the classroom at the College of Mount St. Joseph where she taught sociology from 1985-’86 and again from 1992-’99. In the years in between she did freelance development work as a consultant and assisted in grant writing for congregational projects.
S. Maryland moved to Mother Margaret Hall, the Sisters of Charity nursing facility, in 2015.
Associate DeAnn T. Fricker
Associate DeAnn T. Fricker (nee Pfiester), age 84, of Fort Wright, Kentucky, died Nov. 2, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. DeAnn was born May 18, 1933, in Carroll, Iowa, where she was drum majorette in her high school marching band. In 1951 she left her small Iowa town to attend Tobe-Coburn School for Fashion Careers in New York City and worked as a stylist with the Ford Modeling Agency. In 1955, she married Paul Fricker and moved to Cincinnati where they raised five children. DeAnn owned and managed The Colonial Shops in Silverton, Mariemont and Western Hills from 1975 to 1995. She was a member and sacristan at St. Antoninus Church in Covedale until 1970, and a member of St. Vivian Church in Finneytown until 2000. In 1983, DeAnn graduated Lay Pastoral Minister from The Athenaeum of Ohio and led the ministry for Sunday Communion at Good Samaritan Hospital for 20 years.
In May 2010, after 37 years of volunteering, DeAnn formally became an Associate in Mission with the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Community. In 2000, she and Paul retired to Sunman, Indiana, and built a family retreat. She later moved to Atria Highland Crossings in Ft. Wright, Kentucky, where she continued her sacristy work and led the rosary daily. She was constantly entertaining, cooking, and decorating for any occasion. In 2005 she worked in the Arts and Crafts program at Mother Margaret Hall and at the Motherhouse. She shared her love for arts and crafts with anyone who wanted to participate.
DeAnn was preceded in death by her husband, Paul. She is survived by her five children and 15 grandchildren.
S. Mary Egan
S. Mary Egan died Oct. 3, 2017, at the age of 89 in Sonoma, California, in the company of family. S. Mary was born Mary Josephine Egan on May 16, 1928, to Gaston and Pauline (Henry) Egan in Chattanooga, Tennessee. She was the oldest of two children, living their early years in New York City. S. Mary was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 71 years.
S. Mary attended Sacred Heart grade school in Dayton, Ohio, and graduated from Mount St. Joseph Academy in 1947. S. Mary was attracted to the Sisters of Charity for their kindness and compassion. She entered the Congregation as an aspirant in September 1946.
S. Mary earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1962; she earned a master’s in education from Xavier University (Cincinnati) in 1976.
S. Mary’s ministries brought her to the classroom for more than 40 years, beginning in 1948 at Holy Trinity, Trinidad, Colorado. From there Sister taught at Holy Name, Cleveland, Ohio (1953-’54); St. Francis, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1954-’56, 1957-’58); San Felipe, Albuquerque (1956-’57); St. Mary, Albuquerque (1958-’62); St. Mary, Marion, Ohio (1962-’64); St. Jude, Cincinnati (1964-’67); St. Teresa, Springfield, Ohio (1967-’68); Corpus Christi, Dayton, Ohio (1968-’69); St. Albert, Kettering, Ohio (1969-’73); and Incarnation, Centerville, Ohio (1973-’75).
It was in 1975 that S. Mary completed her master’s work from Xavier University and moved to California, teaching in the Diocese of Santa Rosa for the next 13 years, being near family. She taught Chinese, Southeast Asian and Central American children in both Catholic and public schools. In the 1990s S. Mary left the classroom; she perfected her use of Spanish and earned a paralegal certificate from the University of San Francisco. In 1996 she served as a paralegal in a cooperative restraining order clinic for battered women in San Francisco and was also a volunteer advocate for victims of elder abuse. In the 2000s she volunteered with the Central American Refugee Program of Catholic Social Services. At the time of her Diamond Jubilee, she stated, “Being close to those who lack basic human needs is a constant reminder to simplify my own life.”
Associate Ann Marie Pacheco
Born in Walsenburg, Colorado, September 26, 1914, Associate Anna Marie Pacheco became an Associate in Mission of the Sisters of Charity in 1986. She met the Sisters of Charity as a volunteer at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, Colorado. It was there that she became acquainted with S. Mary James Bradley, longtime hospital administrator, and felt a connection to the SC Community.
Anna Marie believed being an Associate helped her to do her very best to serve God. And serving others she did. During her 31 years as an Associate, Anna Marie volunteered in schools, at Fort Carson military base and St. Elizabeth Residence, with the Red Cross and in hospitals. She also volunteered with S. Barbara Huber serving the homeless at the Bijou House in Colorado Springs.
“Wherever she was needed, that’s where she would go,” said S. Marie Evelyn Dow, who lived in the same apartment building as Anna Marie. “She was very generous with her time.” S. Marie Evelyn remembers Anna Marie helped the Sisters out West in any way she could, and would often stop by Sister’s apartment to check on her and say hello. “She loved helping with parties and gatherings,” added S. Marie Evelyn. “She really loved to be involved.”
Colorado Associate Maria Gutierrez says she enjoyed many phone conversations with Anna Marie when aging made it difficult for her to attend Community gatherings. “Our phone calls were delightful,” Maria said. “At her elderly age she remained very sharp, interested in what was going on with the Community and grateful to be kept in the loop. She remained a faithful Associate.”
Anna Marie died September 27, 2017 at the age of 103 in Colorado.
S. Ruth Kuhn
S. Ruth Kuhn (formerly S. Jude) died Sept. 14, 2017, at the age of 78 in Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, Ohio. S. Ruth was born on July 22, 1939, to Russell and Lavina (Boeke) in Dayton, Ohio. She was the oldest child of two. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 60 years.
S. Ruth attended Holy Family and Immaculate Conception grade schools and Chaminade-Julienne and St. Joseph Commercial high schools, graduating in 1957. S. Ruth met the Sisters of Charity at St. Joseph’s and entered the Congregation in September 1957. She counted herself to be extremely blessed to be a member of such wonderful, caring community of women religious.
S. Ruth earned the Bachelor of Science in Education from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1961; she earned a master’s in business education from Xavier University (Cincinnati) in 1969 and later a master’s in administration from Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, Michigan, in 1980.
S. Ruth’s ministries took her to the classroom for 12 years, first teaching high school business at St. Louis, Mount Clemens, Michigan (1961-’63); Catholic Central, Springfield, Ohio (1963-’71); and St. Joseph Commercial, Dayton, Ohio (1971-’73). The next 15 years S. Ruth moved to adult education, serving as coordinator of continuing education at Good Samaritan Hospital, Dayton (1973-’85); next she went to Bergamo Center for Lifelong Learning, Dayton, where she served first as specialist for continuing education (1985-’86), then as program administrator (1986-’88).
S. Ruth became program coordinator of mission effectiveness and education for Sisters of Charity Health Care Systems, Inc. (now Catholic Health Initiatives) in Cincinnati (1988-’94). From there she went to Bayley (Cincinnati), a residential community for seniors offering assisted living, nursing care and respite care. She served as residency coordinator and marketing assistant there for two years (1995-’97). In 1997 she became a team member and secretary for the Intercommunity Justice and Peace Center, Cincinnati (1997-’01). From 2001 until 2013 S. Ruth ministered as coordinator of Region VI Coalition for Responsible Investment in Cincinnati, a faith-based organization which focuses on problems of social justice. She retired from active ministry in 2014, but continued her love of photography, cross-stitch and spending quality time with her family as their matriarch.
S. Rose Virginia Brown
S. Rose Virginia Brown died Sept. 12, 2017, at the age of 95 in Mother Margaret Hall. S. Rose Virginia was born on July 7, 1922, to Hugh L. and Florence (Paul) Brown in Sidney, Ohio. She was the seventh child of 12. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 75 years.
S. Rose Virginia attended Holy Angels School in Sidney, Ohio and graduated from St. Mary (Hyde Park) in Cincinnati in 1940. S. Rose Virginia was taught by Sisters of Charity for all 12 years and went to the College of Mount St. Joseph after graduation, studying medical technology. She entered the Congregation on Feb. 2, 1943, and celebrated 75 years of vowed life this past month.
S. Rose Virginia earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati) in 1944 and later a master’s in education from Xavier University (Cincinnati) in 1956.
S. Rose Virginia’s ministries brought her to the high school classroom for her first 13 years, beginning at St. Raphael, Springfield, Ohio (1944-’45). She went to Seton, Cincinnati (1945-’48), St. Rose, Lima, Ohio (1948-’55), St. Mary, Lansing, Michigan (1955-’56), and St. James, Bay City, Michigan (1956-’57). She began a new career in 1957 as a laboratory supervisor at Penrose Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colorado, putting to use the skills earned earlier at the College of Mount St. Joseph; this began a solid career in directing laboratory work spanning 55 years. All of those years were served at Penrose Hospital, except for six years at Good Samaritan Hospital, Cincinnati, 1960-’66. She remained the consummate instructor of students, old and young, directing and coordinating laboratory education. She saw laboratory testing go from all being done manually to everything automated and computerized.
S. Rose Virginia was a strong supporter of the Sisters of Charity Associate Program from the start, helping to build interest in lay women and men becoming partners in the Sisters of Charity mission. Besides her interest in the Associates learning more about the SCs she took full advantage of special programs and activities offered to the Penrose staff members, including aerobic dance, Tai Chi, yoga, sewing and gardening; she became part of all that was going on around her.
S. Rose Virginia offered leadership to the various organizations of which she was a part. She was a life-long member of the American Society of Medical Technology (ASMT), serving as president of the local, state and regional societies. She received the Robin H. Mendohlson Award for ASMT outstanding activity in 1987 and the 1989 national ASMT Member of the Year. In providing oversight of Penrose’s medical technology program she worked with pathologists, watching the lab grow from a glass test tube, pipettes and slides to a computerized mega-mechanized assortment of high-tech equipment, full of lasers and micro plates. She often stated, “I always give my students a solid core experience in laboratory medicine; in the end it is the patient who most benefits.”S. Rose Virginia moved to the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse in 2012; she moved to Mother Margaret Hall in 2014.
Associate Margaret Mary Olona
Associate Margaret Mary Olona died Wednesday, July 26, 2017, at her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was born in Springer, New Mexico, on Jan. 15, 1944, and is survived by five brothers, many nieces and nephews, and her soulmate and best friend, Catherine M. Chavez.
Margaret became an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati on June 29, 2008. She was very active as an Associate in Albuquerque even after her diagnosis and treatment for cancer. Margaret felt she was not worthy to become an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati. When she was convinced she could do so and made her commitment, Margaret almost never missed a small group or Congregational meeting. Margaret had a delightful sense of humor. She also provided entertainment by playing her harmonica at many Charity Family gatherings.
Margaret’s profession was spreading God’s word and helping anyone that needed a kind word or hug. Her life included many daily acts of kindness. She was a Eucharistic Minister, first at St. Joseph Hospital, then at Lovelace Hospital, both in Albuquerque. She also served as Eucharistic Minister and provided home visitation at her parish, Our Lady of Fatima. It was not unusual for Margaret to help people move, clean someone’s home who was no longer able to do so, or take food to a retired college professor who was suffering from cancer. She seemed to always have time to drive her friend, the late S. Adele Baca, wherever she needed to go. When she met a homeless person who asked her for a cigarette, she not only supplied his request but sat on the steps of the homeless shelter and listened to his story giving him hope for the future.
Above all, Margaret was a woman of prayer. When it came time to make end-of-life decisions Margaret did so courageously and prayerfully. She was not afraid to ask for prayer. When she was in the process of dying she became distressed saying she could no longer remember her favorite prayers. Finally she was convinced that this whole process was her prayer.
Associate Helen Duffy
Associate Helen Duffy died July 16, 2017, in Crystal River, Florida. Born Helen Marie Duffy on Jan. 11, 1929, in Pennsylvania, she was the mother of six and grandmother to her beloved grandson, Michael.
Helen was passionate about helping others. She volunteered as a Guardian ad Litem, a powerful and effective voice advocating for the best interests of Florida’s abused, abandoned and neglected children. She would travel anywhere she was requested for a home visit for a child in need.
When someone was needed to teach RCIA at St. Benedict Catholic Church in Crystal River, she stepped forward and taught religious education for many years. She loved sharing her faith and she could relate the Gospel to everyday life.
Helen worked at Brannen Bank in Homosassa, Florida, for many years. She would take time to help elderly clients who needed assistance. In addition, Helen was the director for Respect Life ministry for the Northern Deanery of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, and served with Habitat for Humanity.
She became an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in 1986. During her 31 years as an Associate she enjoyed meeting and connecting with both Sisters and Associates. She really enjoyed the trip she took with several other Florida Associates to the SC Motherhouse at Mount St. Joseph.
Helen loved candy, ice cream and had a wonderful sense humor. Her last act of faith was to donate her body to science; she continues to help others.
S. Agnes Ann Gardt
S. Agnes Ann Gardt died July 16, 2017, at the age of 89 in Mother Margaret Hall. S. Agnes Ann was born Agnes Marie on May 17, 1928, to William and Grace (Daly) Gardt in Minneapolis, Minnesota. She was the youngest of three children. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 68 years, having first learned of the life of Elizabeth Seton through the Catholic Girls’ Club in her public high school.
S. Agnes Ann attended public schools in Minnehaha, graduating from Roosevelt High School in Minneapolis in 1946. She met the Sisters of Charity when she accepted a secretarial position in Denver, Colorado, and joined Cathedral parish. It was through her spiritual director that she met Sister of Charity Mary Edith Roberts. S. Agnes Ann loved life and felt she had much to give, viewing her gifts as God-given. She entered the Congregation in September 1948.
S. Agnes Ann earned the Bachelor of Science in Education from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1951; she did additional academic work at the University of Seattle, Seattle, Washington, in 1976 in pastoral services.
S. Agnes Ann’s ministries found her in the classroom for 20 years, beginning in 1950 at St. Mary, Lansing, Michigan, as a primary teacher. From there Sister taught at Holy Name grade school, Cleveland, Ohio (1953-’54); St. Sebastian, Chicago, Illinois (1954-’56); Queen of Martyrs, Birmingham, Michigan (1956-’58); Cathedral, Denver (1958-’63); Pauline Memorial, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1963-’64); St. Anthony, Cincinnati, Ohio (1964-’66); Holy Ghost, South Holland, Illinois (1966-’68); and San Felipe, Albuquerque, New Mexico (1968-’70).
It was at this time that S. Agnes Ann felt called to take a year at the House of Prayer, Roswell, New Mexico, to discern how she was being asked to serve God’s people. She moved into retreat work briefly at El Pomar Retreat House, Colorado Springs, Colorado, which led her into pastoral care in Denver with senior citizens; she then sought formal training in pastoral ministry at the University of Seattle in 1976. She joined the pastoral care team at Penrose Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colorado, in 1977 and then gave four years to parish pastoral care at Christ the King in Denver, Colorado.
The following three years she served with the foreign missions in St. Lucia, Dominica, West Indies. Upon her return to the United States S. Agnes Ann went back to the familiar Denver area serving as a pastoral assistant at St. Joan of Arc, Arvada, Colorado (1985-’86). She took on the role of assistant administrator at Villa San Jose Residence, Colorado Springs (1986-’89) and then served at Nativity of Our Lord parish, Broomfield, Colorado, as pastoral assistant until 1995. She remained there as coordinator of parish volunteers until 1999.
In her retirement S. Agnes Ann continued as a spiritual companion to parishioners, as a docent at Cathedral parish and as a local hospital volunteer. Special moments for her included being present at the canonization of Elizabeth Ann Seton in Rome, Italy, and visiting the Holy Land in 1987, “walking in places where Jesus walked.”
S. Agnes Ann moved to the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse in 2006 where she volunteered in the Gift Shop, at the Information Desk and visited Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility; she moved to Mother Margaret Hall as a resident in 2012.
S. Jean Patrice Harrington
S. Jean Patrice Harrington died July 1, 2017, at the age of 94 in Mother Margaret Hall. S. Jean Patrice was born Patricia Jean Harrington on July 15, 1922, to Irish parents James M. and Katherine (Holland) Harrington in Denver, Colorado. She was an only child who credits her parents for her deep faith and confidence to take risks to serve and advocate for children. S. Jean Patrice was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 76 years.
S. Jean Patrice was raised in Denver and attended St. Dominic grade school and graduated from Cathedral High School in 1940. She was taught by the Sisters of Charity at Cathedral and chose to enter the congregation in the fall of 1940. It was the Sisters’ willingness to serve, their free spirit and friendliness that attracted her to the congregation. Thus began a lifetime of service as a determined leader, committed religious woman and a premiere, innovative educator.
S. Jean Patrice earned the Bachelor of Mathematics degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, in 1953; she received a master’s in education from Creighton University, Omaha, Nebraska, in 1957 and a Ph.D. in administration from the University of Colorado in 1967. She did additional academic work at St. Louis University, University of Notre Dame and Seattle University.
S. Jean Patrice’s ministries brought her to educational settings over a 23-year period, all in Colorado, beginning at Holy Trinity, Trinidad (1942-’45, 1953-’55). This was followed by Loyola, Denver (1945-’53); St. Rose, Denver (1955-’57); Cathedral High School, Denver (1957-’65); additionally she served as principal at Cathedral from 1959-’65. She earned her Ph.D. in 1967, served as director of institutional research at the College of Mount St. Joseph until 1969 and then directed El Pomar Retreat House, Colorado Springs. She also was elected to leadership in the SC congregation in 1969 and began eight years of Governing Board service. More new opportunities and directions were coming into focus.
S. Jean Patrice was elected president of the College of Mount St. Joseph (now Mount St. Joseph University in Cincinnati) in 1977, a challenge she welcomed, ministering there until 1987. She advanced the mission of the college to serve a broadened audience of students, putting the Mount on a new course and establishing financial solvency for the institution. She developed mentoring partnerships between the community and at-risk high school students. Under her presidency, the Mount extended its liberal arts, career-oriented mission to women and men of all ages, mothers returning to college after raising their families, and minority and low-income students. She expanded the college’s reach to serve the needs of the community by starting the first weekend college program for adults in Cincinnati. She put in place a program called Project EXCEL, which today continues to provide educational and emotional support for students with learning disabilities to succeed in college. Her response was to develop a high school mentoring program and summer residency experience for Cincinnati-area African-American students called Project SCOPE, which also continues today. She came to be accurately recognized as a role model for women serving on business and civic boards.
Under her leadership S. Jean Patrice met with government officials and educators in seven Asian countries to discuss international education and student exchange opportunities; she was awarded the highest honor given by Sangmyung Women’s University in Korea for contributions made to further women’s education. She is widely credited with building the Mount’s institutional visibility, partnering with the broader business community and almost doubling the enrollment at the end of her 10-year tenure.
In the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s, S. Jean Patrice offered her services on a broad variety of boards in the area, serving as trustee for the Family Service Foundation, Star Bank (first woman), University of Dayton, Dress for Success, Cincinnati Bell, St. Rita School for the Deaf, Good Samaritan Hospital and Foundation, Robert and Ruth Conway Foundation, The Springer School, Community Chest, College of Mount St. Joseph, Literacy Network, Roger Bacon High School, St. Ursula Villa, Miami University and the Foundation, Cincinnati Choral Society, and Dan Beard Council Boy Scouts of America. She also served as co-founder and executive director of the Cincinnati Youth Collaborative; she offered her assistance to the Hamilton County Child Abuse Task Force, Junior League, Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, Racism Summit Steering Committee, Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, and Cincinnati Archdiocese Commission on Education.
During the 1990s and 2000s, S. Jean Patrice received awards from Children’s Advocate, Beech Acres, Ohioana Library Association, Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce, Children’s Defense Fund, Greater Cincinnati Chapter of Public Relations Society of America, ProKids Child Advocacy, Ohio Women’s Hall of Fame, Friars Club, and Cincinnati Union Bethel. She was honored by having the new student center at the College of Mount St. Joseph named after her at its dedication in 1998.
S. Jean Patrice was awarded honorary degrees from eight institutions of higher learning, including Xavier University, Hebrew Union College, Ohio Dominican, St. Thomas Institute, and Northern Kentucky University. She was most proud when she was able to make a difference for kids, young or older; she looked to open doors for them, particularly in education and improved living situations.
When asked about highlights of her life, S. Jean Patrice stated, “Receiving a fellowship to the University of Colorado, dancing with the Denver Grand Opera Company and a trip to South America to represent the Leadership Conference of Women Religious (LCWR) in the Inter-American Conference of Religious on Social Justice, while also visiting our Sisters in Peru and Ecuador stand out for me. Relationships have blessed my life throughout. The assurance of my Sister friends’ loyalty and support in joyful and difficult times has been one of my life’s greatest joys.”
S. Barbara Huber
S. Barbara (Gregory) Huber died June 18, 2017, at the age of 85 in Mother Margaret Hall. S. Barbara was born on May 30, 1932, to Arthur J. and Helen (Fischer) Huber in Dayton, Ohio. She was the third of six children, and the only daughter. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 66 years.
S. Barbara attended Holy Angels grade school and Julienne High School in Dayton, graduating in 1950. She met the Sisters of Charity as a high school student through her parish, St. Albert the Great, when the Sisters came to minister there. What she came to value early in her formation was the joy and peace she felt as she embraced the call to be a woman religious. She entered the Sisters of Charity in the fall of 1950.
S. Barbara earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati) in 1961; she received a master’s degree in religion education from Fordham University (New York, New York) in 1971; she did post-graduate work at the University of Colorado, Cincinnati Art Academy, Aquinas Institute of Theology in St. Louis, Missouri, and Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington.
S. Barbara’s ministries brought her to the classroom, retreat centers and social justice and peace efforts, nationally. The first 18 years of ministry she served as teacher at St. James, Bay City, Michigan (1952-’53 and 1955-’57); Sts. Peter & Paul, Detroit, Michigan (1953-’55); St. Mary, Lansing, Michigan (1957-’60); Villa Nazareth, Rome, Italy (1960-’68); and St. Dominic, Cincinnati, Ohio (1968-’70). She moved into retreat ministry for the next eight years, first at El Pomar, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1971-’78). She served as Future Awareness Director in 1979 and then chose a community organizing ministry in Springfield, Ohio (1981-’89).
S. Barbara gave a total of 28 years to advocacy and peace and justice ministries; the last 20 years being in Colorado Springs, Colorado (1990-2010) where she lived as a member of a Catholic Worker Community (Bijou House), taught Just Faith programs at St. Mary Cathedral and founded the non-violent Sisters Witness Against War initiative which held annual protests at Peterson Air Force Base from 2002 until 2011. Efforts and groups where she provided leadership over the years included: Pax Christi, Pikes Peak Justice & Peace Commission, Retreats International, Amnesty International, the Better World Movement, Diocesan Pastoral Council of Colorado Springs and demonstrations opposing the SOA (U.S. Army School of the Americas).
S. Barbara believed that the Church has a great gift to give to our culture. In 2002 she stated: “We have a world view that is global, deep in our tradition; we have a sense of the value of human life and people are hungry for that.” She always realized the fact that one cannot do social justice alone. Her hope for the Congregation was that, in the spirit of Vincent, we continue to “do what needs doing and not lose the joy and love with which we have to give to our world.”
S. Barbara moved to the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse in 2010 where she volunteered as needed, and continued her love of painting and the added time for reflection and prayer.
S. Rosemary Clare Eagan
S. Rosemary Clare (formerly Martin Mary) Eagan died March 24, 2017, at the age of 88 in Mother Margaret Hall. S. Rosemary Clare was born on Dec. 9, 1928, to Charles and Martina (Book) Eagan in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 70 years.
S. Rosemary grew up in Cincinnati; she attended St. Matthew Grade School in Norwood and graduated from St. Mary, Hyde Park in 1946, taught by the Sisters of Charity for all 12 years of her education. She entered the Congregation in September 1946, two years after her sister, S. Michael Mary Eagan, entered the Sisters of Charity.
S. Rosemary earned a Bachelor of Science in Education degree from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1961; she received the Master of Social Work from Case Western Reserve, Cleveland, Ohio, in 1974 and then became certified with the Academy of Certified Social Workers from the University of Cincinnati in 1976.
S. Rosemary’s ministries brought her to the classroom and social work settings spanning 50-plus years. She began her classroom experiences in 1948 at Shrine of the Little Flower School, Royal Oak, Michigan, in the primary grades. From there she served at St. Bernadette, Amelia, Ohio (1954-’61); Queen of Martyrs, Birmingham, Michigan (1961-’68); St. Bernadette, Westlake, Ohio (1968-’69) and Holy Name Elementary, Cleveland, Ohio (1969-’71), working in junior high and intermediate grades.
It was at this time that S. Rosemary looked in a new direction to serve God’s people; she became a social worker, seeing a promising educational opportunity while in Cleveland at Case Western Reserve. She took her new knowledge and enthusiasm to Santa Maria Community Services in Lower Price Hill where she ministered for the next 15 years. S. Rosemary stated at the time of her Jubilee, “I feel I am doing as Elizabeth Seton would have done for the people who come to us at Santa Maria; I find joy in my work of counseling families and supervising staff members.”
S. Rosemary received an award for her dedicated service to the people of Lower Price Hill and Santa Maria Community Services in 1985; she then moved on to work at Eldermount Adult Day Program at Mount St. Joseph in 1985. From there S. Rosemary came to Mother Margaret Hall, serving in Resident Services for the Sisters living there from 1986 until 2000 when she retired. She lived at St. Joseph Home convent, Sharonville, Ohio, until 2005 when she moved to Assisted Living on the Motherhouse campus. In her retirement years S. Rosemary enjoyed sewing, sketching and reading.
S. Rose Martin Morand
S. Rose Martin Morand died March 18, 2017, at the age of 80 in her place of residence in Centerville, Ohio. S. Rose Martin was born Martha Ann Morand on July 28, 1936, to Martin and Helen (Lehmkull) Morand in Cincinnati, Ohio, the youngest of eight children. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 62 years.
S. Rose Martin attended St. Mary grade and high school, Hyde Park, Cincinnati, graduating in 1954. She was taught by the Sisters of Charity all 12 years and was influenced to enter the Congregation by her older sister, S. Mary Martin. She entered the Congregation in the fall of 1954.
S. Rose Martin earned the Bachelor of Arts in Education from the College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati) in 1961 and later a master’s in counseling from Xavier University (Cincinnati) in 1971. She earned additional degrees with a master’s in social work from St. Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri, in 1977 and a master’s in gerontology from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, in 1988.
S. Rose Martin brought her gifts to a variety of ministries throughout a 50-year period, beginning in the classroom at Holy Redeemer School, Kensington, Maryland, in 1956. She remained at Holy Redeemer until 1963 when she returned to Ohio to serve at Holy Family, Cincinnati, Ohio (1963-’67); then as principal at both St. Boniface, Cincinnati (1968-’70) and St. Robert, Flushing, Michigan (1970-’72). From there Sister transitioned to social work, serving at St. Joseph Orphanage, Cincinnati (1972-’75); and as program director at St. Joseph Villa, Cincinnati (1977-’79) and St. Joseph Infant and Maternity Home, Cincinnati (1979-’86).
In 1988 S. Rose Martin moved to Dayton, Ohio, and ministered as the director of Human Services at Maria Joseph, a senior care facility; the following years she agreed to become the vice president of professional services there (1989-’98) and then went to Springfield, Ohio, to serve at Mercy Medical Center as mission coordinator until 2004.
S. Rose Martin was proud of her family, especially her mother. At the time of her Jubilee she remarked, “My mother was a holy and faith-filled woman and I continue to find inspiration through her. My father died when I was 4 years old and she raised us in a two-bedroom home along with my seven siblings; despite living frugally Mom stressed the importance of education and giving. Living near the railroad tracks she always had a pot of vegetable soup on the stove for the hobos who rode the rails and came seeking a warm meal. Sharing was what it was all about.”
In her active retirement S. Rose Martin created peacemaking circles, affirming and encouraging those overlooked by our society. “Simple acts of kindness, that do not cost anything, can make the greatest difference in a person’s outlook,” she said in a recent interview. Her work with female jail inmates in peacemaking circles focused on healing rather than punishment.
Associate Nancy DeLorenzo
Associate Nancy DeLorenzo died Feb. 22, 2017, at Water’s Edge Rehabilitation Center in Port Jefferson, New York. She was born on July 30, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Faye and John DuPont. She had one brother, John.
Nancy married William Simmons and the couple moved to Florida. After her first husband died, she married Joseph DeLorenzo in 1987 and they raised her nephew, Steven DuPont-Simmons, until he died in 2006.
Nancy first met the Sisters of Charity at St. Benedict parish in Crystal River, Florida. She wrote, “S. Mary Loyola [Mathia] asked if anyone would be willing to be the lector for the Mass. I looked around and I could see not one volunteer, so I timidly raised my hand. From that moment on, there were many challenges which she placed before me. She saw much more potential in me than I ever saw in myself.”
Nancy helped S. Loyola open the Religious Gift Shop at the parish in 1982. Once open, she ran the little shop on her own for many years.
Nancy made her original commitment as an Associate of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati on Nov. 10, 1984. “My first commitment is to God in prayer, meditation and praise every day. Then in my daily meeting with others I share Christ Jesus, our Lord.”
Nancy was very active in St. Benedict’s parish, serving as a choir member, song leader, Eucharistic minister, Confirmation preparation teacher at Lecanto High School as well as minister to the homebound.
She also was a school bus driver for handicapped children as well as the severely emotionally disturbed children. “Through the graces of the Holy Spirit, I endeavor to extend love and compassion to each of them – for they, too, are God’s special children,” she wrote.
She left Florida in 1999 to care for her aged mother and brother in Ridge, New York. In the summer of 2009, Nancy celebrated her Silver Jubilee as an Associate. At that time she wrote, “I have learned much and been inspired by the lives of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, St. Vincent de Paul and Mother Margaret George. And I have been truly blessed to be in any way connected with all of you. You have been such a great inspiration to me. Be assured that you are all very dear to my heart. Thank you for your shining example of faith, hope and charity!”