Remembering S. Marie Alice Moran
Sister Marie Alice Moran died Sept. 12, 2022 at the age of 98 in Mother Margaret Hall, the nursing facility for the Sisters of Charity, Cincinnati, Ohio. Sister Marie Alice was born on Dec. 14, 1923 to Edward G. and Alice (Cavanaugh) in Cincinnati, Ohio. She was one of eight children, six girls and two boys. She was a Sister of Charity for 79 years.
Sister Marie Alice grew up in Cincinnati, attending St. Lawrence grade school and graduating from Cincinnati Commercial High School. She entered the Sisters of Charity in September 1943 after working in a business setting for several years. She felt a closeness to the Sisters who had taught her at St. Lawrence and she entered the Community with a desire to give her life to God as they did. It was the daily Eucharist, the fun, happy times they shared, and her strong Catholic upbringing in her home that supported her decision.
Sister Marie Alice earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1960.
Sister Marie Alice’s ministries spanned more than 50 years in education, 44 in the elementary classroom and seven more in the Reading Lab at the College of Mount St. Joseph (now Mount St. Joseph University). She began her years of service at Sacred Heart, Denver, Colorado, teaching primary age children in 1945. In 1950 she went to Little Flower, Royal Oak, Michigan (1950-’52). Next it was Holy Name, Cleveland, Ohio (1952-’56); Holy Trinity, Middletown, Ohio (1956-’58); St. Catherine, Ravenna, Ohio (1958-’59); St. Teresa, Springfield, Ohio (1959-’64); St. Bernard, Springfield (1964-’65); Holy Redeemer, Kensington, Maryland (1965-’66); Annunciation, Cincinnati (1966-’67); St. Rose, Lima, Ohio (1967-’71); and St. Mary, Port Huron, Michigan (1971-’72).
At this time she moved from the junior high classroom back to the intermediate grades at Pauline Memorial, Colorado Springs, Colorado (1972-’80); St. Colman, Pompano Beach, Florida (1980-’84); St. Elizabeth Seton, Milford, Ohio (1984-’85); Pauline Memorial, Colorado Springs (1985-’88); and Holy Trinity, Pueblo, Colorado (1988-’89). After many adventures across the states and in Catholic school classrooms in Michigan, Ohio, Maryland, Florida and Colorado, Sister Marie Alice decided to slow down and accepted a position at the Reading Lab at the College of Mount St. Joseph where she remained for seven years, a position she enjoyed, working with her Sisters, assisting students one-on-one.
For her retirement years Sister Marie Alice served in the sewing room in Mother Margaret Hall. Liturgy continued to be the center of her spiritual life. A trip to Ireland was a highlight of her retirement years. She enjoyed picnics, concerts and family gatherings. She was a faithful fan of the Cincinnati Reds and looked forward to her favorite watercolor class. Occasionally she would relax by playing her favorite Irish songs on the piano.
Friend Sister Mary Dugan shared, “Sister Marie Alice was a kind, thoughtful person. I worked with her before COVID restrictions changed things. She knew that I was doing volunteer work with ESOL, English Speakers of Other Languages, and she gave me calendars for the students which she managed to acquire. She was also concerned about the protection of our planet’s biodiversity.”