Sister Carol Connor (1936-2021)

Sister Carol Ann Connor, Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, entered eternal life on September 30th, 2021 at Mount Notre Dame Health Center in Cincinnati, Ohio at the age of 84.

Sister Carol was born in Chicago, Illinois on December 25th, 1936, to Francis Joseph and Mary Veronica Connor and is the sister of the late Mary Frances Ries, Francis Joseph Connor, Jr., John Leo (Jack) Connor, and Therese (Tess) Bredice. She is survived by her loving sisters, Veronica (Bonnie) Connor, Sr. Margaret Connor, SNDdeN, Rita Jakub and brother Stephen Connor as well as her many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews.

Sister entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur on August 15th, 1954, and made her first vows January 27th, 1957, and final vows on July 30th, 1962.

During her 67 years in religious life, Sister Carol devoted her life to bringing a gentle and gracious presence to those she ministered to in education as teacher, Pastoral Associate, Parish Christian Formation, parish liturgy and religious education, parish administrator, and social ministry. Sister also served as Administrative Assistant and Communications Supervisor at St. Luke's Institute.

A Mass of Christian burial will be offered Tuesday, October 19th at Our Lady of Victory Church followed by private interment at the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur's cemetery at Ilchester, Maryland.

Reflection about Sister Carol

Sister Carol Connor, born on Christmas day, was blessed with joy and knew how to spread it. In Notre Dame she taught in elementary and high schools from New York to Virginia. In Norfolk, Virginia her engagement in Religious Education led to an invitation from her former pastor to work with him in his new parish, St. Gerard in Roanoke, Virginia. As the Pastoral Associate of St. Gerard Church, Carol served the small African American community in every aspect of parish life. She gave priority to "developing among the people of God the leadership that is within them, so they may take ownership of and responsibility for the Church of God on earth."

During this time, Carol kept herself professionally prepared by studying Theology and pursuing graduate degrees in Counseling and Guidance. After twenty-eight years of engagement in teaching and pastoral ministries, Carol was ready for a rest. Instead, St. Luke Institute pursued her to help their fledgling ministry. St. Luke's started as a psychiatric hospital for alcohol and substance dependency and grew to provide a wide range of services for people with psychological and spiritual problems. Carol grew with it, beginning her ministry there as the Medical Records Supervisor, then the front desk greeter, and ending as their Communications Supervisor.

At St. Luke's, Carol felt at home, using her natural gifts: "I like people and I like to laugh with them. I really enjoy what I am doing." She was once quoted as saying, "As I get older, I am more and more happy to be a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur, trying every day to proclaim God's goodness as a daughter of Julie."

-Barbara English, SNDdeN

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