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Sister Mary Lee Mettler

Formerly Sister Irma

Sister Mary Lee was born on August 7, 1932 and died on November 24, 2020.

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Sister Mary Lee, formerly Sister Irma, was a native of Fort Wayne, Ind. Her final ministry was in prayer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Mary Lee entered the Congregation in 1951, professing first vows in 1954 and final vows in 1959.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in English. She also has a master’s degree in English from Indiana University and a master’s degree in Religious Studies from the University of Dayton.

Of her ministries, Sister Mary Lee taught at Cathedral in Fort Wayne from 1962-1966 and also taught at Ladywood-St. Agnes in Indianapolis from 1970-1973. She also ministered as the Director of Religious Education at St. John the Baptist Parish in Newburgh, Ind., from 1976-1978, and served as a pastoral associate and the Director of Lay Ministry at St. Mary’s Parish from 1991-1993.

Sister Mary Lee returned to the Woods in 1998.

Here is her complete ministry:

In Indiana: Teacher, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood (1957-58); Teacher, Our Lady of the Greenwood, Greenwood (1959); Teacher, Cathedral, Fort Wayne (1962-66); Teacher, St. Jude, Fort Wayne (1966-68); Teacher, Terre Haute Schulte High School, Terre Haute (1968-69); Teacher, St. Agnes Academy, Indianapolis (1969-70); Teacher, Ladywood-St. Agnes, Indianapolis (1970-73); Clerical Assistant, St. Gabriel Province Office, Indianapolis (1973-75); Director of Religious Education, St. John the Baptist Parish, Newburgh (1976-78); Assistant Printer, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods/Director of Religious Education, St. Mary’s, Sullivan (1979-80); Printer, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods, Director of Religious Education, St. Mary’s, Sullivan (1980-83); Coordinator of Parish Ministries, St. Mary, Sullivan, and St. Joan of Arc, Jasonville (1983-84); Pastoral Associate/Director of Religious Education, St. Mary’s Parish, Mitchell; Crafts, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1998-2004); Prayer, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2004-2020).

In Illinois: Teacher, St. Athanasius, Evanston (1954); Teacher, St. Mel, Chicago (1959-62).

In Texas: Teacher, St. John, Robstown (1954-55).

In Maryland: Teacher, Ascension, Halethorpe (1955-57).

In Montana: Assistant Retreat Director, Christhaven, Anaconda (1984-88).

In Mississippi: Lay Leadership Development, Sacred Heart Southern Mission, Southhaven (1988-91).

In Tennessee: Pastoral Associate/Director of Lay Ministry, St. Mary’s Parish, Memphis (1991-93).


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