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Sr. Anne Elizabeth McLaughlin, RSM, D.Min.

Sr. Anne Elizabeth (Doatsie) McLaughlin, RSM, D.Min., a member of the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy died Monday, May 23, 2016 at Mercy Center, Dallas, PA, following a brief illness. Former Associate Professor and Chair of the Religious Studies Program at Misericordia University, Sr. Anne recently served as Academic Dean and Director of the Doctor of Ministry Program at Washington Theological Union, Washington, DC. At the time of her death, she was the project leader for a publication initiative celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Institute of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. Sr. Anne brought a light touch and gentle manner to her ministries, but she was passionate about the integration of theology and human experience, and the value of service-learning across the curriculum. She was on the Board of Trustees of the Mercy Association of Higher Education, Washington, DC, and was a former Board member of Mount Aloysius College, Cresson, PA. She was honored with the title "Professor Emerita," Misericordia University, and the Sister of Mercy Award from the Misericordia University Alumni Association. Born in Wilmington, DE, Sr. Anne was the daughter of Mark W. and Mary A. (Dugan) McLaughlin. She was a graduate of Christ Our King elementary school, and the Ursuline Academy, both in Wilmington, DE. She was preceded in death by her brothers William, and Peter. She is survived by her sisters Elizabeth and Katherine Kane, her brothers Mark, James, and John, her sister-in-law Penny Stasio, nieces and nephews, and her Sisters of Mercy.

Sr. Anne entered the Sisters of Mercy in September, 1961. She was a graduate of Misericordia University, and held a Doctor of Ministry and a Master's in Religious Education from the Catholic University of America. As an educator, she was encouraging, as an administrator, she was visionary, and as a Sister of Mercy, she was- to the end- the epitome of gracious hospitality and tender courage.

The celebration of Sr. Anne's life will begin with a prayer service and visitation on Thursday, May 26, 2016 at 9:00 am at Blessed Sacrament Chapel, Mercy Center, Dallas, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 10:30 am at Mercy Center. Burial will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, Carverton, PA.

Memorial contributions in Sr. Anne's name may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Center, P.O. Box 370, Dallas, PA 18612 or to "Anna's Purse Emergency Fund for the Poor, Sisters of Mercy, Mid-Atlantic Community, 301 Lake St., Dallas, PA 18612. Condolences can be sent to: www.eblakecollins.com.
Published in The News Journal on May 25, 2016
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