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Sister Adele Beacham

Formerly Sister Joseph Therese

Sister Adele was born on March 9, 1926 and died on August 7, 2023.


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Sister Adele was a native of Toronto, Canada. Her final ministry was in prayer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Adele, formerly Sister Joseph Therese, entered the Congregation on July 22, 1946. She professed final vows on January 23, 1954.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She also has a master’s degree in reading from Cardinal Stritch University, as well as another master’s degree in theological studies from St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology.

She has ministered as a teacher and in religious education in Indiana and Illinois.

Sister Adele Beacham (formerly Sister Joseph Therese)

Complete Ministry

In Indiana: Teacher, St. Anthony School, Indianapolis (1949-50); Teacher, St. John the Baptist, Fort Wayne (1961-64); Principal, St. John the Baptist, Fort Wayne (1064=60); School Supervisor, Archdiocese of Indianapolis (1969-72); Principal, Holy Cross Central, Indianapolis (1972-79); Religion Educator/Parish Minister, St. Anne/St. Elizabeth, New Castle (1979-80); Pastoral Associate, St. Martin de Porres Parish, Syracuse (1982-87); Director of Development, Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1987-90); Director of Religious Education, Sacred Heart Parish, .Terre Haute (1993-98); Volunteer, Liturgy and Sisters of Providence Ministries, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1998-2001); Wellness Ministry Staff and Sisters of Providence Ministries, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2001-02); Ministry of Care Volunteer, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2002-06); Providence Food Pantry/Ministry of Care/Women’s Prison, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2006-14); Providence Food Pantry, West Terre Haute (2014-17); Ministry of Care/Activity Room, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2014-17); tutor in English pronunciation, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2015-17); tutor in English pronunciation, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2018-2020); Movie Reviewer, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2018-2020); Prayer, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2020-2023).

In Illinois: Teacher, St. Andrew, Chicago (1950-53); Teacher, St. Sylvester, Chicago (1954-60).


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