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Remembering Sisters Regina Therese Shaughnessy and Marilyn Rose Ginder

With only a handful of days to go before the dawn of a new year, we wanted to honor the 10 Sisters of Providence who have passed away this year.

So, for the next five weeks, two sisters will be featured in each blog.

An undated photo of Sister Regina Therese Shaughnessy from her childhood.

An undated photo of Sister Regina Therese Shaughnessy from her childhood.

This week’s Throwback Thursday will focus on the lives of Sister Regina Therese Shaughnessy and Sister Marilyn Rose Ginder.

Sister Regina Therese was born Regina Dolores Shaughnessy on Dec. 16, 1921, in Indianapolis, to Edward and Kathleen Walsh Shaughnessy.

Sister Regina Therese entered the Congregation on July 22, 1949. In her 66 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered for 33 years as an English teacher in high schools in Indiana, Illinois and California.

Sister Regina Therese also ministered in the Congregation’s Archives and Office of Records department, in addition to administrative staff secretary. She also ministered as the Our Lady of Providence Shrine coordinator and in Residential Services. In 2014, she committed herself to the ministry of prayer.

Shaughnessy_ReginaSister Ann Casper, who wrote Sister Regina Therese’s commentary for her obituary, said she was “known for being ‘tough’ and ‘running a tight ship in the classroom.” Sister Ann added “Regina is also remembered as having a ‘softer, compassionate side.’”

Sister Regina Theresa died on Feb. 4, 2016.

Sister Marilyn Rose was born Margie (Margaret) Marie Ginder on Sept. 25, 1929, in Montgomery, Indiana, to Paul and Helena Doyle Ginder.

An undated photo of Sister Marilyn Rose Ginder in the classroom.

An undated photo of Sister Marilyn Rose Ginder in the classroom.

Sister Marilyn Rose entered the Congregation on Feb. 2, 1949. In her 67 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered for 16 years as a teacher in elementary and high schools in Indiana and Illinois.

Sister Marilyn Rose earned a doctorate in counseling from the University of Notre Dame and from 1973-2002, she ministered at the Midtown Comprehensive Mental Health Center, located in Indianapolis. She ministered as the center’s director for several years.

Sister Marilyn Rose GinderIn addition, Sister Marilyn Rose also taught clinical psychology at Indiana University for a handful of years.

She returned to Saint Mary-of-the-Woods in 2004 to volunteer in the Ministry of Care. In 2006, she committed herself to the ministry of prayer.

In the commentary for Sister Marilyn Rose’s obituary, Sister Margaret Quinlan said “And her friends have described her as enjoying life, loving her family, loving to spend time with them.”

Sister Marilyn Rose died on Feb. 21, 2016. ‪#‎throwbackthursday ‪#‎tbt

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Jason Moon

Jason Moon serves as media relations manager for the Sisters of Providence. Previously, he spent more than 16 years in the newspaper industry.

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2 Comments

  1. Carol Nolan Nolan, SP on December 2, 2016 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks so much, Jason! I just have to comment on Sr. Marilyn Rose Ginder. I lived with her at St. Francis Borgia in Chicago. It was my second mission. I think Marilyn was there all seven years. She was so much fun! So smart, so helpful. (I had been in the College with her sister). It just broke my heart to see her go down. I will never forget her.

    • Jason Moon on December 2, 2016 at 12:41 pm

      Thank you, Sister Carol!

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