Sr. Frances Ryan, D.C. Obituary


Sister Frances (Loretta Catherine) Ryan died on August 29, 2022 at Seton Residence in Evansville, Indiana. Sister was born on November 30, 1937 and was one of five children of Timothy Joseph and Margaret Frances (Healey) Ryan. She graduated from Alvernia High School in Chicago, Illinois and entered the Daughters of Charity in St. Louis, Missouri in 1956. After initial formation, Sister Frances served as a social worker at Guardian Angel Settlement in St. Louis, Missouri, Catholic Charities in Covington, Kentucky, Seton Home Health in London, Kentucky, St. Vincent’s Day Care Center in Evansville, Indiana and St. Vincent de Paul Center in Chicago, Illinois. Sister received a B.A. in Education from Marillac College in St. Louis, Missouri, an MSW in Social Work from St. Louis University in Missouri and a PhD in Counseling and Psychology from Loyola University in Chicago, Illinois. Sister also completed a research project at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Saginaw, Michigan and served as a Parish Administrator in the Diocese of Jackson, Mississippi. Sister Frances was a Professor at DePaul University in Chicago from 1981 until 2001 and then served as Moderator of the Ladies of Charity. In 2015, Sister came to Seton Residence to serve in the Ministry of Prayer. A Wake Service will be held at 9:30 a.m. on Friday, September 2, 2022 in the Seton Residence Chapel followed by the Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m. Burial will be in St. Joseph Cemetery. Sister was preceded in death by her parents and is survived by her brothers Timothy and Frank Ryan and her sisters Margaret Hoyt and Maureen Dondanville, nieces and nephews, her Sisters in Community and many friends. Donations may be made to the Daughters of Charity, 4330 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63108.
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Posted online on August 30, 2022
Published in The Evansville Courier & Press

2 thoughts on “Sr. Frances Ryan, D.C. Obituary

  1. I met Sister Frances when I served on the National Board for Ladies of Charity. She could always be counted on to provide such kind, intelligent and wise counsel not only to our board, but to me when I would seek her advice on how to handle difficult situations. She was such an impactful force for good and I will always be grateful for her important life among us.

  2. I met Sister Frances when she became the Sister Modeator for the National Board of the Ladies of Charity. I valued her counsel and help during my time as National President and loved visiting with her at DePaul. She gave such good advice and helped start the training program for our association spiritual moderators. I will always fondly remember her and her wry Irish humor.

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