Sister Maureen Kelly
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Sister Maureen Kelly

Little Falls, MN - Sister Maureen Kelly, (90), died on November 20, 2020, at St. Francis Convent, Little Falls, Minn.

Maureen was born on April 3, 1930, in Minneapolis, Minn. She was the first of two girls born to the late Thomas and Hanna (Holst) Kelly. She was accepted as a Franciscan Sister of Little Falls, Minnesota, on August 12, 1948 and given the name Sister M. Michaelyn. She was a Franciscan Sisters for 72 years.

Sister Maureen earned a bachelor's degree in elementary education from the College of St. Catherine, St. Paul, Minn.; a master's certificate in religious education from Corpus Christi College, London, England; and a master of arts degree in religious studies/spirituality, Gonzaga University, Spokane, Wash.

She ministered as an elementary teacher and principal, and pastoral and spirituality/retreat minister. She was also a core member of the original Franciscan House of Prayer, a regional director and assistant minister in her Franciscan Community.

Sister Maureen served in Diocese of St. Cloud and Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis; Selmer, Tenn.; and at Berakah House of Prayer in Pittsfield, N.H. She also did ecumenical ministry at St. John's University in Collegeville where she ministered with and became a close friend of the renowned priest and professor Henri Nouwen.

Maureen had one sister, Barbara Walther. The girls were close. They attended Our Lady of the Angels Academy in Bell Prairie and from there St. Francis High School.

Sister Maureen was a quiet, reflective and gentle person with a profound love for God and for God's people to whom she ministered. Celebrating her golden jubilee, she said, "As I enter into the future unfolding one day at a time, I hear Francis continue to say: 'I have done what was mine to do; may Christ teach you what you are to do.'"

Sister Maureen was preceded in death by her parents and her sister Barbara Walther. She is survived by her nieces Ann Doyle and Nancy Walther, nephew Allen Walther, close friend Joanne Wessman and her Franciscan Community.

A private burial service was held on November 21, 2020. A memorial Mass will be celebrated at a later date with family and friends. The arrangements are with Emblom Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls.

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Published in St. Cloud Times from Nov. 20 to Nov. 21, 2020.
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