Word has been received of the death of Sister Constance Mary Ackerson, CSC, who died on May 12, 2017, in Saint Mary’s Convent, Notre Dame, Indiana. Please join us in prayer for Sister as we renew our faith in the resurrected Jesus and strengthen our hope that all the departed will be raised to eternal life.
Sister Constance Mary always mentioned that she entered the Sisters of the Holy Cross in 1954 during the Marian Year dedicated to Mary, her namesake. Sixty-three years later, Sister died in May, during the Easter season and in the month the Catholic Church traditionally celebrates the Mother of God as a model for all Christians. Sister’s final “Yes” came May 12, 2017, after several years of illness at Saint Mary’s Convent, Notre Dame, Indiana. Her other baptismal name was Constance, so appropriate for someone known for her firmness of purpose and constancy in life as a consecrated religious. Her thirty-nine years in active ministry included elementary education in Catholic schools in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada and Utah. She returned to California where she was a pioneer of parish religious education at St. Matthew’s Parish, San Mateo, and Mission San Buenaventura, Ventura. “Sister Connie” later was a welcoming presence and support staff at Holy Cross Medical Center, Mission Hills [now known as Providence-Holy Cross Hospital]. Born in Pasadena, California, growing up along the sands of Santa Barbara, “Sister Connie” was buried in the soil of Indiana.
May Sister Connie rest in peace.