Sister Michaela O’Brien
Sister Michaela O’Brien, CSA,
baptized Mary Ellen O’Brien, died October 17, 2018, at St. Francis Home, Fond
du Lac, WI.
Mary Ellen was
and Estelle Stack O’Brien. The family of seven included three boys and four
graduated from St. Mary’s
received a BS in Physical Education and Social Studies from UW-La Crosse in
In 1943 Mary Ellen
entered St. Agnes Convent. She made profession of vows as Sister Michaela in
the Congregation of Sisters of St. Agnes on August 15, 1946.
during her years of religious formation, studying theology, English, math and
education. In her early years of teaching, she enrolled in summer courses such
as drama, physics and chemistry at
In 1958 Sister earned an MS in Education from
furthered her professional education at various colleges through courses in
secondary school administration, physics and Scripture.
disciplines, for 21 years beginning in 1946. She was an assistant administrator
and teacher at
several roles of service within the congregation: director of the aspirancy for
ten years; vocation director for 15 years; apostolic councilor for secondary
education for eight years. She completed her long life in ministry where she
began it, returning to
in 1979. For more than 30 years, she continued to support her alma mater,
assuming various staff and volunteer positions, including assistant
administrator, guidance counselor, alumni director and assistant in the
exemplified in her personal life qualities she encouraged in her students ~
faith, commitment, discipline, excellence, loyalty, concern for others and
was preceded in death by her parents James H. O’Brien and Estelle Stack
O’Brien; her brothers Thomas O’Brien and James O’Brien; and her sisters
Florence Flood, Helen Gellings, and Alice Michels.
She is survived by
her brother Patrick O’Brien, many devoted nieces and nephews, other relatives,
friends, colleagues, and the Sisters of St. Agnes, with whom she lived, prayed
Sister Michaela O’Brien will be held at
A Mass of
Christian Burial will be held at
p.m. The presider will be Father Ken Smits, Capuchin. Burial will be in
at a later date.
Memorials can be
directed to the Sisters of St. Agnes Development Office,
The Sisters of St.
Agnes are grateful to the nurses and staff of
Home and the staff of Hospice Hope for their care of Sister Michaela in her
Home is serving the Sisters of the Congregation of St. Agnes.