Community News

Sr. Helen Carroll Petty, OSC

September 29, 1937 - August 23, 2019

Our dear Sister Helen Carroll passed peacefully into eternal life on August 23, 2019.  She had been a resident at Our Lady of Wisdom Healthcare Center for a few years, but her heart and soul were still with us in the monastery.

Sr. Helen Carroll was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama, and entered the monastery in 1962 after having studied music at the Cincinnati conservatory.  She was very gifted in playing the organ and in composing music for our community Masses and prayers. We still sing some of the music she composed on Franciscan feast days, Holy Thursday, and other special days.

Sr. Helen Carroll was a woman of few words, but she embraced all with open arms. She is buried in our mortuary chapel on the monastery grounds.  

   On June 7, 2018, after a canonical visitation from Fr. Thomas Nairn, OFM, the community elected sisters to serve in leadership for the next three years.  Selected were:

  • Sr. Charlene Toups, OSC, abbess

  • Sr. Eileen-Clare Duffy, OSC, vicaress

  • Sr. Julie Glaeser, OSC, councilor

We are grateful to Sr. Elizabeth for her faithful service as abbess during the past three years.​

May the Lord bless our sisters with wisdom, grace, faith, and perseverance as they serve in the spirit of St. Clare.  

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