sister marie charles buford

70th Jubilee

Sister Marie Charles Buford, baptized Jane Marie, was born in Fredericktown, Missouri. 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 economics from Fontbonne College in St. Louis in 1946. And in 1980, Sister Marie Charles received an honorary doctorate of law from the University of Missouri, St. Louis.

Sister Marie Charles was an accountant at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri, from 1949 to 1952. For the next four years, she was a teacher at St. Joseph’s Academy and Rosati-Kain High School in St. Louis, then teaching at St. Francis de Sales in Denver.

After a brief period of working on the staff in the Sisters of St. Joseph’s Treasurer’s Office, she worked on the administrative staff at Fontbonne College.

From 1956 to 1960, she was a clerk in the business office at St. Joseph Community Hospital in Hancock, Michigan, followed by four years as clerk at St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City, Missouri. She also worked as the registrar at the Academy of Our Lady in Peoria.

From 1967 to 1977, she serviced as provincialate secretary for the Sisters of St. Joseph at the provincial house in St. Louis.

In 1977 Sister Marie Charles began 30 years of service as executive director of the Carondelet Community Betterment Federation (CCBF). She was well known and respected for her work, making a difference for countless people in the Carondelet neighborhood.

In 2007, Sister Marie Charles “retired” to Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, while still writing grants for CCBF. In 2009, she officially retired and now carries out her ministry of prayer and presence.

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