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Sister Elizabeth Koressel

Formerly Sister Mary Andrew

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Sister Elizabeth, also known as Sister Betty, was born in Elberfeld, Indiana, and grew up in Evansville, Indiana.

She entered the Congregation on September 12, 1963, professing first vows on August 15, 1966, and final vows on August 15, 1971.

Sister Betty, formerly Sister Mary Andrew, graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in elementary education. She also has a master’s degree in elementary education from Ball State University and another master’s degree in pastoral studies from Aquinas Institute.

Sister Betty ministered as a teacher at schools in Indiana and Illinois from 1968 to 1987. She taught at St. Mary’s in New Albany, Indiana, at Sacred Heart and St. Agnes, both in Evansville, and at St. Alexander in Palos Heights, Illinois.

From 1990 to 1995, Sister Betty ministered as a pastoral associate at St. Vincent Parish in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and then ministered as a pastoral associate at Precious Blood Parish in Jasper, Indiana, from 1995 to 2016.  She was also the Administrator of Ministry of Care at Providence Health Care from 2016 to 2018.

Currently, she ministers as a care volunteer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Betty said she enjoys walking and hiking in the Smokey Mountains. She also enjoys reading biographies and autobiographies and history books.

“I also crochet baby blankets at the present time and enjoy listening to instrumental music,” Sister Betty said.

She added she has a butterfly collection that has become “more meaningful to me as I grow older.”

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