Sister Mary Christopher Brockman, CSJ 1928-2018



Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Mary Christopher Brockman, CSJ who passed away on August 20 at St. Clare Hospital in St. Louis. She was 90 years of age.

Sister Mary Christopher Brockman, baptized Mary Catherine, was born in Joplin, Missouri. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1954 and was received into the novitiate in 1955. She graduated from St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing, received a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Marymount College in Salina, Kansas in 1965 and a master’s degree in nursing from the University of Utah, Salt Lake and certification in nurse midwifery in 1972.

Sister Mary Christopher’s 40+ years of service in healthcare began in the 1950s when she was an OB/GYN nursing supervisor at both St. Joseph Hospital in Kansas City and St. Joseph Hospital, Kirkwood, Missouri. In the 70s, after two years serving as the nursing service director at Nazareth Convent, she returned to her position at St. Joseph Hospital Kirkwood.

She served in the St. Louis area as a nurse midwife at City Hospital and Yeatman Union-Sarah Health Center (now the Amanda Luckett Murphy Hopewell Center) and taught nurse-midwifery classes at St. Louis University.

In the 1980s and 90s, she used her expertise as a paramedical examiner with Meditest and then with Examination Management Service.

Sister Mary Christopher retired in 1993, ministering to her CSJ community as a driver and volunteer.  Since 2013, she resided at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis where she carried out her ministry of prayer and witness.

 Sister Mary Christopher enjoyed photography, woodworking and traveling.

The funeral Mass will be held on Friday, August 24 at 10 a.m. at Nazareth Living Center, 2 Nazareth Lane, St. Louis, MO 63129. The viewing proceeds the service from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.

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

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