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The Life and Legacy of Sr. Mary Doeker

The Ursulines of Brown County invite you to pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Mary Doeker. Sister Mary died peacefully at Mount Notre Dame Health Center on March 5, 2022. Arrangements for a memorial service will be announced at a later time. Please join us in remembering her life and legacy as an Ursuline Sister.

Sr. Mary Doeker spent twelve years at Ursuline Academy of Cincinnati before entering the Ursuline community in 1946. She loved her time at Ursuline so much that her aunt predicted that she would enter the community. She attended the Athenaeum Teachers College and completed her bachelor’s degree in education at the former Edgecliff College. She received her master’s in education and theology from Xavier University.

Mary’s professional experience included teaching at our boarding school and Ursuline Academy for high school but also at the elementary level at St Louis Elementary School (Owensville), St. Vivian School (Cincinnati) and St. Joseph (Springfield, Ohio). She also served as Director of Religious Education at both St. Vivian and St. Joseph Parishes.

Mary felt blessed to be able to participate in the Ursuline Tertianship Program in Rome in 1974-75. The last years of Mary’s active ministry involved pastoral services for seniors at Maple Knoll Village in Cincinnati and as Pastoral Associate at St Gabriel Church in Glendale, Ohio. She particularly cherished her work with the pastor at St. Gabriel, Fr. David Fay, a long-time friend of the Ursulines.

Mary had been residing at Mount Notre Dame Health Center since August 2012. “This is a wonderful place,” Mary once said. “I am happy to be here, and they are so good to us.”

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