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Sister Grace Swift celebrates 75 years as an Ursuline Sister

The third Ursuline Sister we honor for serving 75 years of religious life in 2023 is Sister Grace Swift.  A native of Bartlesville, Okla., Sister Grace was an Ursuline Sister of Paola, Kan., prior to the merger with Mount Saint Joseph in 2008.

Sister Grace is a lover of history and genealogy, and her studies of Russian culture led her to teach at the college level and travel the globe. She loves the outdoors and became an expert on tending grapevines at Maple Mount. She attended St. Mary’s College (Notre Dame, Ind.,) until entering the convent, then earned a bachelor’s degree in history from Creighton University in 1956, and a master’s degree in history from Creighton in 1960. She received a doctorate in Soviet Area Studies from the University of Notre Dame in 1967.

She was a teacher in Kansas at St. Patrick School, Paola (1949), Holy Name School, Kansas City (1950-55), Holy Angels School, Garnett (1955-57) and Bishop Miege High School, Shawnee Mission (1958-62, 1965). She taught one year at Bishop McGinnis High School, Oklahoma City, Okla. (1957-58).

She served as a history professor at Loyola University in New Orleans from 1966-98. During her time at Loyola, she wrote four books and more than 30 articles, and received a Fulbright Fellowship to do research in Russia in 1993. She was elected to the Ursuline Council (1998-2002) and served at the Paola Motherhouse until 2009, when she moved to Maple Mount. She served as a master gardener at the Motherhouse until 2019. She is retired and active in the Powerhouse of Prayer.

Congratulations Sister Grace!

Jubilarian congratulations may be sent to 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.


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