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Sister Nancy Nolan

Formerly Sister Jean Paula

Sister Nancy was born on May 13, 1936 and died on December 20, 2020.


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Sister Nancy was a native of Galesburg, Illinois. Her final ministry was in prayer at Saint Mary-of-the-Woods.

Sister Nancy, formerly Sister Jean Paula, entered the Congregation on February 2, 1955. She professed final vows on August 15, 1962.

She graduated from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College with a bachelor’s degree in education. She also has a master’s degree in education from the University of Illinois and her MPS in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University.

Sister Nancy taught at St. Philip Neri and directed in Religious Studies at Saint Ann Parish. She was also the Congregation’s General Superior from 1986 to 1996.

Here is her complete ministry:

Sister Nancy Nolan (formerly Sister Jean Paula)

Complete Ministry

In Indiana: Teacher, St. Philip Neri, Indianapolis (1959-65); Associate Administrator/Director of Religious Education, St. Ann Parish, Terre Haute (1985-86); General Superior, Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (1986-96); Convent Service, Terre Haute (2011); Vocation Official Coordinator/Volunteer, Mother Theodore Guerin Shrine/Federal Prison Ministry, Terre Haute (2012-17); Prayer, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods (2017-2020).

In Illinois: Teacher, St. Angela, Chicago (1965-71); Co-Provincial/Director of Apostolic Works, St. Joseph Province, Park Ridge (1975-83); Theology Department, Mother Theodore Guerin High School, River Grove (1985); Programs Director, Institute for Spiritual Leadership, Chicago (1997-99); President, Mother Theodore Guerin High School, River Grove (1999-2008); Convent Service, Chicago (2009-11).

In Oklahoma: Principal, Corpus Christi, Oklahoma City (1971-75).

In Taiwan: Associate Executive Secretary, Federation of Asian Bishops’ Center, Taipei (1983-84).


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