Sister Olivia Marie Hutcheson,
former Holy Cross superior
and healthcare leader, dies
Notre Dame, Ind. — Sister Olivia Marie Hutcheson, CSC, 90, former superior general of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, died at 9:25 p.m. on Tuesday, May 6, 2008, at Saint Mary’s after an illness. Sister served with distinction in the congregation’s general administration from 1967 to 1984, first as a member of the leadership team of her congregation and then as its president.
“There are many wonderful things that could be said about Sister Olivia Marie in her long years of leadership and service to the congregation, but it was her deep spirituality that permeated all that she did and radiated from her person,” said Sister Joy O’Grady, CSC, president of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross. “She loved people in her kind and gentle way and people responded to her in love.”
Sister Olivia Marie’s leadership skills were evident from the beginning of her career in hospital ministry. In 1942 she launched her 10 years as nursing supervisor in Holy Cross-sponsored hospitals in Boise, Idaho; Salt Lake City, Utah; and Fresno, California. After those years of outstanding service she was appointed hospital administrator at Saint Alphonsus Hospital, Boise, Idaho; Holy Cross Hospital, Salt Lake City, Utah; and then, following a two-year residency program at St. Louis University in St. Louis, Mo., was assigned to San Fernando, Calif., where she supervised the building of Holy Cross Hospital.
In 1985 she continued to use her gift of administration at the Valley Home Agency in Raymondville, Texas, and the following year returned to Salt Lake City to become the vice president of mission effectiveness at Holy Cross Hospital.
Her life of ministry took another turn when, in 1989, she joined the staff at Mary’s Solitude, a house of prayer located in Notre Dame, Ind. In 1990, at the request of the pastor, Msgr. George Davich, Sister Olivia Marie gave up her idea of retirement and again returned to Salt Lake City to take on a position in spiritual formation and ministry development at St. Vincent de Paul Parish where she won the hearts of many. Filled with energy and a desire to serve God’s people, she extended her original agreement to stay for just two years into 12 dynamic years of providing spiritual strength and guidance to the people of Utah.
In 2002, after 12 years of untiring service at St. Vincent de Paul Parish, she returned to Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Indiana, where she continued to provide spiritual direction and retreats until her death.
Funeral arrangements for Sister Olivia Marie are as follows: Reception of the body and wake on Sunday, May 11, 2008, at 4:30 p.m. The Mass of Resurrection will be celebrated on Monday, May 12, 2008, at 10:30 a.m. All of these ceremonies will take place in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Ind.
About the Sisters of the Holy Cross
Founded in 1841 in Le Mans, France, the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross is an international community of women religious whose generalate is located in Notre Dame, Ind. The congregation numbers approximately 450 members worldwide who serve in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, India, Mexico, Peru, Uganda and the United States. Sisters of the Holy Cross are called to participate in the prophetic mission of Jesus to witness God’s love for all creation. Their ministries focus on providing education and health care services, eradicating material poverty, ending gender discrimination, and promoting just, mutual relationships among people, countries and the entire Earth community.