sister audrey olson

70th Jubilee

Sister Audrey Olson was born in Peoria, Illinois. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1946 and was received into the novitiate in 1947 as Sister Rose Christine. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Loretto Heights College in Denver in 1958, a master’s degree in modern European history from St. Louis University in 1963 and a doctorate in American history from the University of Kansas, Lawrence in 1970.

Sister Audrey began her years of teaching at St. Teresa of Avila in St. Louis in 1949. In the 1950s, she taught at St. James Grade School in Denver. In the early 1960s she taught at Little Flower Grade School in Mobile, Alabama, and St. Margaret of Scotland Grade School in St. Louis.

From 1963 to 1965, she taught at Sacred Heart Central High School in Indianapolis, followed by a year on the faculty at Avila College in Kansas City, Missouri. After completing her doctorate, she returned to Avila until 1976.

In 1973 Sister Audrey began 17 years of peace and justice work as the social justice coordinator for the Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis province. She continued this work with the Diocese of Bellville, Illinois as director of its Justice and Peace Office. She was also the director of the Justice and Peace Office in the Diocese of Lacrosse, Wisconsin, from 1983-1990.

In 1990 Sister Audrey returned to St. Louis to serve her CSJ community as the coordinator for Association and Partnership. From 1996 to 2002 she was the community life coordinator for the sisters at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis.

Sister Audrey retired in 2002 and began volunteering in the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province Archives as an archival aide. She continues this ministry in the archives as a part-time transcriber.

Since 2014, Sister Audrey has resided at Nazareth Living Center where she carries out her ministry of prayer and presence.

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