Sister Marie Dolores Bland, baptized Virginia, was born in Hannibal, Missouri. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1949 and was received into the novitiate six months later. She received a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Fontbonne College in 1958 and a master’s degree in Latin from St. Louis University in 1963.
Sister Marie Dolores served over 60 years in education. She began her first 11 years in the Archdiocese of St. Louis. She taught at St. Margaret of Scotland (1951-1953), St. Edward (1953-1954), St. Patrick (1954-1956), and St. Cecilia (1956-1959) grade schools, and at St. Thomas Aquinas High School (1959-1960).
During the next 21 years, she taught at various school outside of St. Louis: St. Francis de Sales in Denver, Colorado (1960-1965); Little Flower High School in Chicago, Illinois (1965-1968); St. Joseph’s Academy in Green Bay, Wisconsin (1968-1975); Reicher Catholic High School in Waco, Texas (1975-1976); Bethesda Conaty High School in Los Angeles (1976-1977); Denver Central Catholic High School in Denver (1977-1982); Holy Family High School in Broomfield, Colorado (1982-1983); and St. Patrick Grade School in St. Joseph, Missouri (1983-1984).
Sister Marie Dolores served her last 28 years in education teaching at Holy Family High School in Broomfield.
Sister retired in 2012 and resides in Aurora, Colorado.