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Sister Betty Donoghue

Formerly Sister Clare Patrice

Sister Betty was born on June 5, 1937 and died on December 1, 2020.


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Sister Betty was a native of Melrose, Massachusetts. Her final ministry was in health care and residential services at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Betty, formerly Sister Clare Patrice, entered the Congregation on July 22, 1954. She professed final vows on January 23, 1962.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education.

Sister Betty ministered as a teacher in Indiana, Illinois, New Hampshire and Massachusetts, including six years at St. Philip Neri in Indianapolis from 1963 to 1969.

Sister Betty also ministered with federal death row inmates, including Dustin Lee Honken, who was executed on July 17, 2020.

Here is her complete ministry

Sister Betty Donoghue (formerly Sister Clare Patrice)

Complete Ministry

In Illinois: Teacher, Our Lady of Sorrows, Chicago (1957-58); Teacher, Immaculate Conception, Norwood Park (1960-63); Nurses Aide, Norwood Park Home, Chicago (1980-81).

In Indiana: Teacher, St. Mary, Lafayette (1958-60); Teacher, St. Philip Neri, Indianapolis (1963-69); Nurses Aide Infirmary, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1976-80); Nursing Assistant, Health Care Services, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1981-2001); Local Coordinator for Health Care, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2001-2002); Minister of Care, Ministry of Care, PHC, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2002-2016); Volunteer/Ministry of Care/Residential Service, PHC East West, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2016-2020).

In New Hampshire: Teacher, St. Mary, Rochester (1969-74).

In Massachusetts (Teacher, St. Patrick, Stoneham (1974-76).


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