Sister Mary Alma Monaghan, CSJ 1916-2014

Sister Mary Alma Monaghan

March 23, 1916 – March 2, 2014

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Mary Alma Monaghan, CSJ who passed away March 2 of CVA at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, Mo. She was 97 years of age.

S. Mary was born on March 23, 1916, to parents Thomas and Bridget (McKeever) Monaghan in Kansas City, Mo. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet on September 15, 1934, and made her final vows on August 15, 1940. She received a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Fontbonne College in 1948 and a master’s in Latin from St. Louis University in 1953.

S. Mary dedicated her life’s ministry to teaching and guiding the youth—all ages and through various subjects. She began teaching in 1937 at St. Luke Grade School in Richmond Heights, Mo., and then St. Peter Grade School in Oconto, Wisc., that same year, as a fourth and fifth grades teacher.

For the next three years, she moved around a few times teaching at the St. Louis Cathedral Grade School in St. Louis (1938, second grade), Sacred Heart Grade School in Muskogee, Okla., (1939, first grade) and Holy Cross Grade School in Champaign, Ill., (1940, third-sixth grades). She remained at Holy Cross for the next six years.

Afterwards, S. Mary moved southeast to Mobile, Ala., and to St. Matthew Grade School where she taught fifth through seventh grades and the choir. She came back to St. Louis in 1949 and taught algebra and Latin at Rosati-Kain High School. In 1954, she traveled southwest to Waco, Texas and taught religion, Latin, algebra and geometry at Waco Catholic High School. She returned to Rosati-Kain two years later to teach religion, algebra and practical math, while also being a guidance counselor. She then revisited the state of Wisconsin to teach Latin and religion at St. Joseph’s Academy in Green Bay in 1964.

Four years later, S. Mary Alma left teaching for a few years but remained in the schools as a guidance counselor. She held the position at Little Flower High School in Chicago (1968-1973) and St. Anthony of Padua High School in St. Louis (1973-1977).

In 1977, she returned to the classroom as a Latin and math teacher at St. Teresa’s Academy in Kansas City, where she remained for the next 16 years. S. Mary then took some time away from her ministry to help with family care in 1993. She went back to St. Teresa’s two years later as a volunteer until she moved to Nazareth Living Center in 1998 to serve in prayer and witness.

Funeral arrangements for S. Mary Alma were held March 6 at Nazareth Living Center. She 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.

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