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.
S. Janice Ernst
S. Janice Ernst (formerly S. Mary Victor) died June 11, 2018, at the age of 83 in Mother Margaret Hall. S. Janice was born on Oct. 5, 1934, to Victor L. Ernst and Dorothy (Heydinger) Ernst in Bellefontaine, Ohio. She was the middle child of six and grew up in Springfield, Ohio. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 65 years.
S. Janice attended St. Teresa grade school and graduated from Catholic Central High School in Springfield in 1952. She said that her interest in becoming a religious Sister had its beginnings with her mother and was encouraged by her teachers. In September 1952, following graduation, S. Janice chose to enter the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, a decision she never regretted.
S. Janice received a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics from the College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati, Ohio) in 1964 and earned a Master of Arts in mathematics from the University of Detroit in 1971 through a National Science Foundation Grant.
S. Janice’s ministries brought her to Michigan, Colorado and Ohio; she was an educator for 35 years, serving as executive director of the Ohio Association of Student Councils (OASC) for four of those years, 1977-’81. She began in the classroom at Cure of Ars School, Cincinnati (1955-’57); followed by St. Luke, Detroit, Michigan (1957-’58); St. Savior, Rossmoyne, Ohio (1958-’61); Resurrection, Cincinnati (1961-’63); St. Jude, Cincinnati (1963-’64); St. Mary High/Lumen Christi, Jackson, Michigan (1964-’70); and Catholic Central High, Springfield, Ohio (1970-’77). In 1979 S. Janice taught at St. Charles Prep, Columbus, Ohio, until 1988, followed by three years at Newark Catholic in Newark, Ohio.
It was at this time that S. Janice sought a new direction for the next 10 years of her ministry; she became certified in the chaplaincy residence program at Riverside Methodist Hospital, Columbus, Ohio, and then served as a staff chaplain there. In 2000, when entering her retirement years, she left her roots in Ohio and moved west to Pueblo, Colorado, where she worked with senior citizens who lived in low-income housing. She provided a listening ear to their concerns, helped with well-being clinics, delivered Meals on Wheels and led senior exercise programs. S. Janice would say of these years, “[They] were the best 10 years of my Community life, spending them here in the West.”
In 2010 she came to the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse (Mount St. Joseph, Ohio) to take up residence. She answered phones at the Front Desk and at The Women’s Connection in Price Hill (Cincinnati). In 2011 she began volunteering as a receptionist at the soon-to-be DePaul Cristo Rey High School, Cincinnati; once again her love for high school teens was reborn. In 2014 she was the recipient of the first Spirit of Service Award given by the school, an award she cherished.
S. Janice would say of her life, “The Community gave me many opportunities and the vow of celibacy left me freer to do my work, freer than my siblings to accomplish what I saw as important, be it for young people or senior citizens. It has been a blessed life.”
S. Jeanine Marie Holthouse
S. Jeanine Marie Holthouse died May 2, 2018, at the age of 85 in Mother Margaret Hall, the nursing facility of the Sisters of Charity. S. Jeanine Marie was born on Feb. 20, 1933, to G. Howard and Helen (Thomas) Holthouse in New Madison, Ohio. She was the oldest of four and grew up in Richmond, Indiana. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 63 years.
S. Jeanine Marie attended Riley Elementary School and graduated from Richmond Senior High in 1950. It was the influence of her great-aunt that encouraged S. Jeanine Marie to consider the College of Mount St. Joseph, and it was the influence of her Sister professors while a student at the college that brought her to consider entering the Congregation. In September 1954, after college graduation, she entered the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.
S. Jeanine Marie earned a Bachelor of Arts in Physical Education from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1954 and she received a Master of Arts in Mathematics from the University of Detroit in 1968. She enjoyed being a part of the National Science Foundation Grant program.
S. Jeanine Marie’s ministries brought her to Michigan, Colorado, Illinois and Ohio; she was an educator for 56 years, 41 of those spent in the classroom and another 15 as a high school administrator. She began her years in education at Resurrection School, Cincinnati, Ohio (1954-’55) followed by St. Brigid, Xenia, Ohio (1956-’58); Shrine of the Little Flower, Royal Oak, Michigan (1958-’60); Cathedral High School, Denver, Colorado (1960-’69). After nine years she went to Elizabeth Seton High School, South Holland, Illinois (1969-’70) where she first taught math and then moved into administration (1970-’82). In 1982 she came to Seton High School, Cincinnati, first as a math teacher and then as an assistant administrator until 1985. For the next 25 years she taught math at Seton through 2010.
It was over these years of educational ministry that S. Jeanine Marie wore many hats; she carried her enthusiasm to the many extra-curricular activities high schools offer. She served as class moderator and school chance drive coordinator; she ran science and math tournaments, served as president of the Colorado Catholic Science Teachers Association and moderated Moms and Dads clubs. In 2000 she received the Knights of Columbus’ Religious Teacher of the Year Award from the Purcell Council for her dedicated service to Seton High School, Cincinnati.
S. Jeanine Marie considered herself blessed. She was most grateful for her families – personal and Sister of Charity. While teaching in Colorado she remarked, “There is something about the mountains that draws you closer to God. They are so peaceful.” She delighted in the times the Sisters had at Camp St. Malo in Estes Park, Colorado.
S. Linda Chavez
S. Linda Chavez (formerly S. Leo Margaret) died April 19, 2018, at the age of 91 in Mother Margaret Hall, the nursing facility of the Sisters of Charity. S. Linda was born Erlinda Elisa Jeraldine Chavez on May 31, 1926, to Leonardo and Leonor (Perea) Chavez in San Ysidro, New Mexico. She entered religious life on Sept. 7, 1947, and was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 70 years.
From an early age S. Linda knew she wanted to become a teacher, and the desire never left her. She met the Sisters of Charity as a student at St. Vincent Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico, but instead chose to attend the University of New Mexico at the age of 17 before entering religious life in 1947.
S. Linda earned a Bachelor of Arts in mathematics from the College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati, Ohio) in 1948, and a master’s degree in home economics from St. Louis University (Missouri) in 1960. She also earned a master’s degree in religious education from Loyola University (Chicago, Illinois) in 1974.
S. Linda’s love for teaching provided her with 40 years of classroom memories. She began her ministry in education teaching seventh grade at Corpus Christi in Dayton, Ohio (1949-’51) then transitioning to secondary education at Holy Trinity, Middletown, Ohio (1951-’52); Catholic Central, Springfield, Ohio (1952-’56); Seton High School, Cincinnati, Ohio (1956-’60); Bishop Fenwick, Middletown, Ohio (1960-’67); St. Mary, Jackson, Michigan (1967-’68); and Lumen Christi, Jackson, Michigan (1968-’69).
S. Linda once wrote that her years at Catholic Central in Springfield were the most enriching of her teaching years. “Both young men and young women appreciated the values and skills they were receiving in class. For me, the realization that these young people wanted to be and for the most part are committed family builders was satisfaction beyond belief.”
For 20 years, from 1969 until 1989, S. Linda ministered at St. Pius X in her hometown of Albuquerque. She had found a welcome place. Recognizing the school’s lack of emphasis in the humanities, S. Linda introduced “Spirituality through the Arts.” She once said she would run into former students on occasion who would tell her, “Every time I see a Monet or a Chagall, I think of you.” S. Linda cherished her years at the school, and appreciated the dedicated, committed faculty and staff.
During that time, in 1970, S. Linda was appointed the Associate Vicar for Religious for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe, the second woman in the country to hold that office. She remained in the position for 13 years, performing her duties along with her full-time teaching assignments.
Following Vatican II, S. Linda was graced with being actively involved in serving on two committees introducing significant changes to the Sisters of Charity congregation: the habit committee in 1965 and the Constitutions Committee in 1983. In addition she was a charter member of the National Assembly of Women Religious and of Las Hermanas, an organization which fostered leadership among Hispanic women religious. In 1989, she was elected to Congregational leadership, managing SC activities in the western region; she was honored to be the first Hispanic Sister of Charity elected to leadership. “My four years in Congregational leadership were very special for me,” she once wrote. “I learned to know my Sisters as no other experience could have afforded me. For this time I shall always be grateful.”
In 1993, S. Linda found herself in a new ministry serving the poor in Albuquerque through S.E.T. (Service, Empowerment, Transformation). She served as the organization’s executive director from 1994 until 2002, during that time establishing well-being clinic sites for low-income seniors and educating poor families to improve the quality of their health through clinics and self-care programs.
Among her awards and honors, S. Linda was inducted into the Albuquerque Senior Foundation’s Hall of Fame in 2000, and the St. Pius X Wall of Recognition in 2004. She also received the Senior Foundation’s Special Achievement Award in 2000 along with the 1998 Sister Mary Lea Mueller Award from the College of Mount St. Joseph (Cincinnati). Following her retirement from S.E.T. in 2002, S. Linda continued her board and committee participation for the Archdiocese of Santa Fe and volunteered for many organizations throughout Albuquerque, including St. Joseph Community Health, Bernalillo County Detention Center, and Good Shepherd Center for the homeless.
S. Jane Vogt
S. Jane Vogt died April 6, 2018, at the age of 95 in Mother Margaret Hall, the nursing facility of the Sisters of Charity. S. Jane was born Mary Jane Vogt on Sept. 22 1922, to Leonard and Helen (Naber) Vogt in Covington, Kentucky. She was an only daughter, having one brother. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 77 years.
S. Jane attended Resurrection grade school and Seton High School, graduating in 1940. She was taught by the Sisters of Charity in both schools and it was because of their influence that she chose to enter the Community just prior to her 18th birthday in September 1940.
S. Jane earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from the College of Mount St. Joseph, Cincinnati, in 1954 and a Master of Education from Xavier University, also in Cincinnati, in 1956.
S. Jane’s ministries brought her to the elementary classroom over the first 17 years, beginning with St. Boniface, Cincinnati (1944-’47); then St. Lawrence, Cincinnati, (1947-’51); St. Dominic, Cincinnati, as principal (1951-’55); Divine Redeemer, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1955-’57); and St. Joseph, Springfield, Ohio (1957-’61). In 1961, her childhood dream of being a missionary became a reality. S. Jane volunteered to do mission work in Latin America. She went to Huancane, in Peru’s Andes Altiplano. It was a very poor area, with the Sisters teaching in the public schools, and traveling by truck or jeep. Her work spanned not only the classroom, but also preparing teachers and meeting and advising the instructors in various schools. In collaboration with the Maryknoll Sisters she helped formulate a uniform religious education syllabus to be used throughout the Altiplano. S. Jane served in Lima the last four years, beginning in 1968.
After 12 years in Peru she returned having a greater appreciation of the beauty of God’s people and speaking fluent Spanish. From 1973-’77 S. Jane ministered at St. Vincent Hospital, Santa Fe, New Mexico, visiting indigent Spanish-speaking people as an outreach worker in the Pastoral Care Department. This work gave birth to the Meals on Wheels project in the area and the establishment of the Social Service Department. In 1977 S. Jane was asked to serve her Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall as the Director of Activities while at the same time attending to her elderly mother’s needs. Mrs. Vogt became a resident of Mother Margaret Hall in 1982 where she remained until her death in 1984.
A strong desire to return to mission work called her to join S. Mary Joaquin Bitler in 1986 in the village of Los Rico, Mexico; their focus was on a more contemplative form of prayer, shared with the villagers and all in Spanish. The Sisters also taught in the newly erected school.
S. Jane returned to the Mount St. Joseph Motherhouse in 1987 as transportation coordinator, serving in that capacity until 1994. In her retirement years she volunteered with the veterans at St. Joseph House with S. Kateri Maureen Koverman and at Our Daily Bread, a downtown Cincinnati soup kitchen, and assisted Sisters in Mother Margaret Hall with their banking needs until 2000.
S. Joan Crocker
S. Joan Crocker died March 19, 2018, at the age of 92 in Mother Margaret Hall. S. Joan was born on Oct. 1, 1925, to Emmitt and Frances (Murray) Crocker in Pendleton, Oregon. She had two brothers and a sister. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 75 years.
S. Joan attended Blessed Sacrament grade school and Cathedral High School, Denver, Colorado, graduating in 1943. It was the influence of S. Therese Martin McCarthy and her spirituality that first drew S. Joan to consider religious life. After graduation, and the assurance that she would get a college education, S. Joan’s parents gave their blessing. She chose to enter the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati in September 1943, traveling by train from Denver.
S. Joan earned a Bachelor of Science in education from the Athenaeum of Ohio in 1952, and received a Bachelor of Arts in education in 1964 from the College of Mount St. Joseph. She earned a master’s in early childhood education from the University of Colorado in 1972 and a pastoral ministry degree from the University of Loyola, New Orleans, Louisiana, in 1988.
S. Joan’s years of ministry seem evenly divided among elementary teaching, day-care administration, mission work and pastoral ministry. She began as a classroom teacher at St. William, Cincinnati (1946-’53). She went to St. Therese, Pueblo, Colorado (1953-’57) and St. Luke, Detroit, Michigan (1957-’58). Sister administrators then tapped her to assist in business offices at St. Mary-Corwin Hospital, Pueblo, Colorado, and El Pomar Retreat Center, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1958-’62). S. Joan became the director of Marjorie Reed Mayo Daycare Center, Denver, for the next 13 years, 1962-’75. A Sister friend, S. Ruth Jonas, had invited S. Joan to consider missionary work in Malawi, Africa, where the need for pastoral services was great; this began seven years of serving 10 mission centers, traveling by bike, to help establish small base Christian communities, a ministry and challenge she loved.
In 1983 S. Joan returned to the states, offering pastoral services, first at St. Ann parish, Palisade, Colorado, and then at Penrose Hospital, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1989-‘2001) as a chaplain. When she became a retired volunteer the following year S. Joan brought her services to an area soup kitchen and Habitat for Humanity. She continued her woodcarving and social justice activities as well. In 1990 she was one of five Sisters arrested outside of Lowry Air Force Base for protesting the U.S. involvement in El Salvador.
S. Edith Louise Merhar
S. Edith Louise Merhar died March 19, 2018, at the age of 88 in Mother Margaret Hall. S. Edith Louise was born on July 14, 1929, to Louis and Edith (Terlop) Merhar in Cleveland, Ohio. She was an only daughter, having one brother. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 70 years.
S. Edith Louise attended St. Lawrence grade school and Holy Name High School, both in Cleveland, graduating in 1947. She was taught by the Sisters of Charity and it was their influence that continued to remain with her. S. Edith Louise received a scholarship to Ursuline College, which she attended for a year and a half while also working part-time at The May Company. In February 1949 she chose to enter the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.
S. Edith Louise earned a Bachelor of Science in mathematics from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1957; through a National Science Foundation grant she received a Master of Arts in mathematics from the University of Detroit in 1963, and later earned a Master of Science in administration from the University of Notre Dame in 1979.
S. Edith Louise’s ministries brought her to five states and 44 years of teaching, 40 in high school with two in college and two others as an archdiocesan coordinator. She began in St. Mary High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, in 1950; after seven years she went to Shrine High School, Royal Oak, Michigan (1957-’59); St. Louis, Mt. Clemens, Michigan (1959-’63); Elizabeth Seton, South Holland, Illinois (1963-’64 and 1968-’69); and St. Leo, Detroit, Michigan (1964-’68). It was then that she served as the first mathematics supervisor and consultant in the Archdiocese of Detroit, coordinating teachers and choosing math textbooks for kindergarten through 12th grades. From 1971-’72 S. Edith Louise offered her gifts as principal at Marion High School, Cincinnati and went on to teach at the College of Mount St. Joseph, 1972-’74. She returned to Detroit, serving as the archdiocesan multi-media center director through 1977.
It was at this time that S. Edith Louise felt the call to return to the high school math classroom and assist in the care of her aging parents in Cleveland. She also enjoyed the opportunity for inter-community living among a variety of religious communities in the area. She ministered at Cleveland Catholic Central (1977-’79) and Trinity High School, Garfield Heights (1979-’94). Of those 40-plus years in education, she remarked, “The most important happening was the people I encountered – be it Sisters, students, parents and everyone else - some you prayed with, and others you prayed for!”
After a sabbatical semester in Concordia, Kansas, S. Edith Louise visited her Daughter of Charity cousin in Yugoslavia, and volunteered in the bookstore at Trinity High School. In 1997 she came to Cincinnati, helping in the art department at the College of Mount St. Joseph and painting “greenware” ceramics for craft shows in the area. In 2004 she became a resident of Mother Margaret Hall.
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.