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Lucia Anne Roney

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Roney, Lucia Anne, Sister

Sister of Charity of Cincinnati Lucia Anne Roney (formerly Sister Pauline) died Jan. 9, 2016, at the age of 84 in Mother Margaret Hall, the nursing facility of the Sisters of Charity. Sister Lucia Anne was born on Feb. 15, 1931, to Edward Milton and Josephine ( Lerch) Roney in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was a Sister of Charity of Cincinnati for 66 years.

Sister LuAnne attended St. Mary Grade and High School, graduating in 1949; both schools were staffed by the Sisters of Charity. Sister LuAnne entered the Sisters of Charity in the fall of 1949 from San Felipe parish in Old Town. She saw her life woven into the tapestry of multicultural Albuquerque, the Jesuits and the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati.

Coming from a large family meant pitching in at home and working in the family grocery and meat market in Old Town on the Square. Three girls and one brother entered religious life. Sister LuAnne recalled in her autobiography : " I don't think there was ever a time when I didn't want to be a Sister. I have always been attracted to their work in social justice; the Sisters were always at the hospital or over at the orphanage close to the people."

Sister LuAnne earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1963. She earned a masters in religious education from the University of St. Thomas, Houston, Texas in 1974, devoting 17 years to primary classroom education and 23 years to pastoral ministry.

Sister LuAnne began her teaching at Guardian Angels, Detroit, Michigan, in 1951, followed by Sacred Heart, Denver, Colorado, 1953-'56; St. Patrick, Pueblo, Colorado, 1956-'57; Loyola, Denver, Colorado, 1957-'60; St. Louis, Mt. Clemens, Michigan, 1960-'62; St. Robert, Flushing, Michigan, 1962-'68. It was then that her strong interest in religious education brought her to serve as an elementary religious education consultant for rural counties in the Diocese of Lansing, Michigan, with particular emphasis on establishing parish programs, until 1973. Following on this experience Sister LuAnne created parish programs for the sick and aged in Owosso, Michigan, 1973-'77, and St. Thomas parish, Houston, Texas, 1980-'81. In-between she completed a CPE program at St. Joseph Hospital, Albuquerque, finishing her intership at Memorial Hospital, Houston, Texas.

Sister LuAnne contributed to the religious education materials for youth after Vatican II by serving on the editorial team for the Paulist Press series "Come to the Father" and served as a teacher trainer for the series in 1972. Catholic Social Services and Council on Aging were other organizations close to her heart and areas where she could bring joy to those with whom she came in contact.

In 1983 Sister LuAnne returned to her beloved Albuquerque to minister to the senior population at Annunciation parish where she remained for 13 years. Sister cherished that period of her life since it provided her with the opportunity to show off the city and state she loved. "I was able to get our seniors out of their homes and meet new folks and see new places. Many were originally from other parts of the country," she stated in her autobiography.

Sister LuAnne retired in 1996 and remained in Albuquerque among family and friends until 2005 when she moved to the Sisters of Charity Motherhouse, Mount St. Joseph, Ohio, volunteering where needed.

Sister Barbara Muth remembers LuAnne's smile when she would greet her. "LuAnne was always kind and gentle, happily serving the people she met anywhere and everywhere. Visiting her in Albuquerque was a joy as she was most hospitable sharing her little apartment and her special cooking. Another characteristic was her gratitude for any kindness done for her," Sister Barbara stated.

Sister Noreen Ellison recalls how Lu Anne took the theology of Vatican II seriously and shared it well in those years following. Noreen shared: "As I remember, her ministry was done from a van, an outfitted catechetical office-on-wheels. From this, she brought religious education, innovation, and renewal to small town and rural parishes in the Lansing diocese. Thanks and peace to you, dear Lu Anne.

Sister Lucia Anne is survived by her sisters: Sister of Charity Marie Vincentia Roney, and Servants of the Blessed Sacrament Sister Josephine Marie Roney and a brother Paul Roney; as well as nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her sisters Susan Roney, Pauline Krannawitter and Edward Maria Roney; and brothers Edward, S.Thomas, Charles, John I, Jesse Hagy and Brother Cyrian Luke FSC.

Sisters, family members and friends will receive guests on Thursday, Jan. 14, from 2-3 p.m. in the Heritage Room of the Sisters of Charity followed by the memorial Mass at 3 p.m. in the Motherhouse Chapel. Sister Lucia Anne has chosen to donate her body to science; her burial will occur at a later date.

Memorials may be made in Sister Lucia Anne Roney's name to the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati Retirement Fund, 5900 Delhi Rd., Mount St. Joseph, Ohio 45051.

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati, whose Motherhouse is located in Delhi Township, a western suburb of Cincinnati, is an apostolic Catholic women's religious community that exists to carry out the Gospel of Jesus Christ through service and prayer in the world. Sisters, using their professional talents as ministers of education, health care, pastoral and social services, as well as caring for all creation, currently live and minister in 17 U.S. states, in Guatemala, Mexico and the West Indies. They also sponsor institutions to address education, health care and social service needs, with particular concern for direct service to the poor.

The Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati are joined in mission by 198 Associates.

Visit the Sisters of Charity Web site at www.srcharitycinti.org
Published in Albuquerque Journal on Jan. 14, 2016
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