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Sister of Charity John Miriam Jones dies at age 95

11/15/2019 | Comments

DELHI TOWNSHIP, Ohio. Sister of Charity of Cincinnati John Miriam Jones died Nov. 3 at age 95 in Mother Margaret Hall, the nursing facility of the Sisters of Charity. Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 12, followed by burial in the Sisters of Charity cemetery.

Sister John Miriam was born Feb. 22, 1924 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her family moved to Denver and she graduated from Cathedral High School in 1942. She then enrolled in Loretto Heights College, where she discerned her vocation to religious life, and she entered the Sisters of Charity in 1943.

Sister John Miriam earned a bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of Mount St. Joseph and master’s degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana. She went on to earn a doctorate in microbiology from Notre Dame.

Sister John Miriam worked in education for more than 50 years. She served as principal at Pueblo Catholic School from 1962-1966 and was a faculty member at Colorado College from 1971-72.

In 1972, she was asked to return to the University of Notre Dame as assistant provost to help open doors for women after the school became coeducational. In 1987, she received the university’s James E. Armstrong Award, which is given to alumni who are current employees and have rendered distinguished service to the university. In 1999, she was one of the first to be initiated into Notre Dame’s Wall of Honor.

In 1989, she was elected provincial of the order’s central region. She served as the dean of academics at the College of Mount St. Joseph from 1997-2001, when she retired.

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