“If God is the center of your
life, no words are necessary.
Your mere presence will
touch hearts.”

St. Elizabeth Ann Seton

 

“I am satisfied
to sow in tears
if I may reap
in joy.”

St. Elizabeth Seton

 

S. Elizabeth Jane Mann

Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Elizabeth Jane Mann died July 27, 2021, at the age of 85 in Mother Margaret Hall, the nursing facility for the Sisters of Charity. Sister Elizabeth Jane was born Shirley E. Mann on Jan. 29, 1936 to Henry L. and Elizabeth (Melampy) Mann in Mason, Ohio. She was the youngest of four children, three girls and a boy. She was a Sister of Charity for 66 years.

Sister Elizabeth Jane grew up in Oakley (Cincinnati, Ohio), attending St. Cecilia grade school and graduating from St. Mary High School, Hyde Park in 1954. She was taught by the Sisters of Charity at St. Mary’s and it was their loving, caring attitude that impressed her and led her to consider religious life; she entered the Sisters of Charity on Sept. 8, 1954.

Sister Elizabeth Jane earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1966, a degree she put to excellent use in the first grade classroom.

Sister Elizabeth Jane’s ministries spanned more than 45 years; 31 as a primary classroom teacher and then 16 in serving her senior Sisters in their retirement years. She remained in Ohio throughout her ministry years, serving in the cities of Cincinnati, Dayton, Springfield and Cleveland. Sister Elizabeth Jane began at Corpus Christi, Dayton in 1956. Next she went to St. Teresa, Springfield (1958-’64); Holy Name Elementary, Cleveland (1964-’71); St. Mel, Cleveland (1971-’80); and St. Dominic, Cincinnati (1980-’87).

Sister Elizabeth Jane was invited to consider a different direction for her ministry in 1987. After prayer and discernment she agreed to serve as the coordinator of St. Joseph Center, a retirement facility for Sisters on West Carver Road, Cincinnati, an area formerly used as St. Joseph Infant and Maternity Home. She would say that no two days were the same in this ministry. A typical day might include taking Sisters to appointments, short group trips, visitors, celebrations, activities, a birthday lunch out, but always included essential prayer and Mass options as well. She grew to love this calling, offering her opportunities to get to know and appreciate her Sisters in new ways in their later years. After 16 years serving in this retirement ministry she reluctantly retired due to her own health concerns. Sister moved to the Motherhouse and Mother Margaret Hall nursing facility in 2017.

A Sister friend, Sister Kathryn Ann Connelly, shared, “Elizabeth Jane was steady and a wonderfully faith-filled person. Her dry sense of humor made those around her feel comfortable in her presence. I will miss you, my friend

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