sister ruth margaret raupp

70th Jubilee

Sister Ruth Margaret Raupp, baptized Barbara Jane, was born in Decatur, Illinois. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1946 and was received into the novitiate in 1947. She earned a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Fontbonne College in St. Louis in 1943 and a master’s degree in philosophy from St. Louis University in 1955.

Sister Ruth Margaret served her first 20 years of ministry in education.

She began at All Saints Grade School in 1949. In the 1950s she taught at a number of grade schools: St. Anthony of Padua in St. Louis; St. Patrick’s in St. Joseph, Missouri; St. Roch’s in St. Louis; and Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Kansas City, Missouri.

From 1956 to 1964, Sister Ruth Margaret worked at the high school level as a teacher and assistant administrator at the Academy of Our Lady in Peoria. From 1964 to 1971, she was an administrative staff member at Fontbonne College.

For the next 20 years, Sister Ruth Margaret served the Sisters of St. Joseph in various capacities.

In the 1970s, she served as regional superior and provincial councilor. From 1977 to 1984, she was the assistant province superior. From 1987 to 1991, she served as assistant administrator, spiritual director and co-administrator.

Sister Ruth Margaret was the superior for the vice province of Hawaii from 1991 to 1997. Upon her return to St. Louis, she was the hospitality coordinator at the St. Joseph Provincial House. She retired in 2002 and volunteered at the Carondelet Family Literacy Program and as hospitality liaison at the Provincial House.

Since 2011, Sister Ruth Margaret has resided at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis where she continues to carry out her ministry of prayer and presence.  


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