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Sister Mary Jo Swift


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Sister Mary Jo Swift
Evansville, Indiana
Sister Mary Jo (Dorothy Jane) Swift died at 5:20 p. m. on August 2, 2013 at Seton Residence in Evansville, IN.
Sister Mary Jo was born on February 8, 1931 in Des Moines, IA. She was the eighth of eleven children of Joseph Raphael and Josephine (McCarthy) Swift. Sister graduated from St. Joseph Academy in Des Moines in 1949 and entered the Daughters of Charity in St. Louis, MO in 1952. After initial formation, Sister Mary Jo taught in schools in Perryville, MO and St. Louis, MO. She received a PhD in Biology from Fordham University in New York, NY and served as a Professor and Department Chair at Marillac College in St. Louis, MO.
In 1973 Sister Mary Jo was sent to the Cheyenne River Sioux Indian Reservation in Eagle Butte, SD where she served as a Parish Minister and then in the Office of Social Concerns in Rapid City, SD after which she ministered in Guadalupe/Christ the King in Scottsbluff, NE until 1978. After a year of study at the Berlitz School of Language, Sister began missionary work as a teacher and administrator in Bolivia. In 1988 she returned to serve in several health ministries in Austin, TX until 1997 when she was sent to St. Louis, MO where she assisted with the care of Senior Sisters and then served as a Provincial Councillor at Marillac Provincialate. In 2004 Sister began her service as the Wellness Program Coordinator of DCSSA in San Antonio, TX. During this time she became a member of the South Texas Coalition against Human Trafficking and gave presentations to raise awareness of the issue and continued this work when she came to Evansville in 2011.
A memorial Mass will be held on August 12, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. in the Seton Residence Chapel.
Sister was preceded in death by her parents and nine siblings and she is survived by one brother, Donald Swift, many nieces and nephews, friends and her Sisters in Community.
Donations may be made to the Daughters of Charity, 4330 Olive Street, St. Louis, MO 63108.
Ziemer Funeral Home East Chapel, 800 S.
Hebron Avenue, Evansville is handling the
arrangements.

Published in Courier Press on Aug. 5, 2013
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