+Sister Jean (Donna Marie) Maher, OSB

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+Sister Jean (Donna Marie) Maher, OSB

+Sister Jean MaherSister Jean Maher, 73, died on July 26, 2016 at St. Scholastica Monastery in Duluth, Minnesota.

Jean Marie was born in Chicago, Illinois on September 13, 1942.  She entered the Benedictine community on September 8, 1960 and celebrated her Golden Jubilee of Profession in July of 2012. Sister Jean’s ministries included teaching both grade school and high school, pastoral ministry, campus ministry, Director of McCabe Renewal Center, retreat work, spiritual direction, and service in community leadership in Duluth and at St. Scholastica Monastery.

Sister Jean graduated with a BS in Education from The College of St. Scholastica and went on to complete an MA in Religious Studies at Mundelein College in Chicago, Illinois, an MA in Applied Theology at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, and a D. Min. in Spiritual Direction at the Graduate Theological Foundation, Donaldson, Indiana. 

Sister Jean lit up our lives with her joyful presence, generous loving spirit, and deep faith.  She was a woman who celebrated life to the full. 

She was preceded in death by her beloved parents, Dorothea (Callahan) and Jack Maher.   She is survived by her devoted brother Philip, her cherished nieces Kathleen, Julie, Christina, nephew Philip, and dear great nephews and great nieces.  She is also survived by her extended community of many friends and her Benedictine Sisters.

Wake Service was at 7:00 p.m. Friday, July 29th at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at St. Scholastica Monastery.  Mass of Christian Burial was at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 30th at Our Lady Queen of Peace Chapel at St. Scholastica Monastery.  Memorials to St. Scholastica Monastery are preferred.






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