Throwback Thursday: A look into the life and ministry of Sister Conrad Monrad
In his letter to Archives, Mr. Ledbetter stated, “Sister Conrad was my sixth grade teacher at Holy Trinity and I would love to know what and where her ministries led her after leaving Holy Trinity in New Albany, Indiana.
“She was a wonderful and gracious teacher to our class and had a beautiful smile whenever she would speak to you, even during class while she was instructing us in our subjects,” he continued.
Mr. Ledbetter, your wish is our desire.
Sister Conrad was born Gertrude Louise Monrad on Aug. 22, 1920, in Chicago, to Rasmus Christian Monrad and Lorena Bauman Monrad.
She entered the Congregation on July 22, 1938.
Sister Conrad received a bachelor’s degree in Latin from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and a master’s degree in mathematics from Marquette University.
She ministered in education for 52 years, at all levels, in schools located in Indiana, Illinois, California and Pennsylvania.
Sister Conrad was a faculty member at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College (SMWC) for 27 years. According to her obituary information, she coordinated a local math contest for high school girls early during her tenure at SMWC. The Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology soon asked to co-sponsor the event and did so for many years.
She also taught at Edinboro University, located in Pennsylvania, from 1970-71, and was assistant principal at Marywood High School, located in California, from 1974-77.
In her commentary for Sister Conrad, Sister Margaret Quinlan said, “Practically everyone I have spoken with the past few days about her has said the same thing: Conrad was peaceful, kind, gentle and gracious, an easy person to be with.”
Sister Margaret continued, “She was always calm, peaceful, looking at us straight in the eye, with her beautiful smile.”
Sister Conrad retired from the college in 1999, but continued to minister there as an adjunct faculty member through the External Degree Program.
In 2006, she returned to the Motherhouse and devoted herself to the ministry of prayer.
Sister Conrad died on June 28, 2013. She was 92 years old and had been a Sister of Providence for 74 years.