Sister Loretta Hennekes, CSJ 1929-2015

Sister Loretta Hennekes

February 28, 1929 - April 6, 2015

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Loretta Hennekes (S. John Bernard) who passed away on April 6 at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, Missouri. She was 86 years of age.

Sister Loretta was born on February 28, 1929, to parents John Bernard and Wilhemina (Warnick) Hennekes in St. Louis. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on September 15, 1949, and professed her final vows on August 15, 1957. S. Loretta received her bachelor’s degree in history from Fontbonne College in 1958 and master's in history, modern Europe from St. Louis University in 1963.

In her 65 years as a Sister of St. Joseph of Carondelet, S. Loretta ministered in education and social justice. She began teaching on the elementary level in 1952 at Sts. John & James Grade School in Ferguson, Missouri. She also taught at the following grade schools: St. Cecilia (1955), St. Edward (1957), Holy Name (1959) and St. Matthew the Apostle (1961), all in St. Louis.

For the next 18 years S. Loretta taught at the high school level.  She crossed over the Mississippi River into Illinois to teach at Little Flower High School, Chicago in 1962 and at Bergan High School, Peoria in 1964. She returned to St. Louis in 1967 to teach at St. Thomas Aquinas High School and then at St. Louis Prep Seminary North in 1973.

She received a certification in theology from the Jesuit School of Theology in Chicago in 1981 and spent the next 15 years in social justice ministry. She began in 1981 at the St. Joseph Provincial House as the director of the Social Justice Office. She was the director of the Justice and Peace Office at the Catholic Center in Evansville, Indiana in 1986.  In 1987 she served as campus minister at St. Louis University.  

In 1990, S. Loretta served for the Diocese of Green Bay in Wisconsin as the director of the Justice and Peace Office.

Returning to St. Louis in 1996, she served at the St. Joseph Provincial House as the coordinator for Association/Partnerships. She retired in 2002.

S. Loretta moved to Nazareth Living Center in 2008 where she served in prayer and witness until her passing.

A Mass of the Resurrection was held at Nazareth Living Center on April 14. S. Loretta is buried at Resurrection Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111-2899. Donate online.

April 16, 2015

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