Sister Renée Monaghan, May 18, 1929 – Aug. 30, 2013

Monaghan S Renee (3)Maple Mount — Sister Mary Renee Monaghan, 84, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Aug. 30 at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 65th year of religious life. She was a native of Central City, Ky.

Sister Mary Renee was proud of her Irish heritage and loved to dance, play cards and tell jokes. Her favorite pastime was helping people, especially children with special needs.

Ministering for 58 years, she worked in schools and parishes in Kentucky, Missouri and Indiana. She ministered at the Motherhouse as activities director for the retired sisters (1981-82) and on the archives staff (2006-08) before retiring.

Sister Mary Renee taught in Kentucky at St. Catherine School, New Haven (1950-52), St. Sebastian School, Calhoun (1952-53), St. Peter of Antioch School, Waverly (1953-60), Our Lady of Mercy School, Hodgenville (1960-63) and Immaculate Conception School, Hawesville (1963-64). She was principal at St. Teresa School, Glennonville, Mo., (1964-70), St. Joseph School, Mayfield, Ky., (1970-74), St. Ignatius School, Louisville (1974-79), St. Pius Tenth School, Owensboro, Ky., (1979-81) and at Sacred Heart School, Poplar Bluff, Mo., (1982-89). Sister Mary Renee served as pastoral minister at Saint Peter of Antioch, Waverly (1989-91), pastoral associate at Holy Angels Parish in New Harmony, Ind., (1991-96) and pastoral minister at Saint Francis deSales Parish, Lebanon, Mo. (1996-2005).

Survivors include three sisters, Ann Boarman of Boonville, Ind., Sister June Monaghan, SCN, of Nazareth, Ky., and Sister Michael Ann Monaghan of Maple Mount; two brothers, Anthony and Donald Monaghan of Central City; nieces and nephews and the members of her religious community.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Tuesday at 4 p.m., with a wake service following at 6:30 p.m.

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, is in charge of arrangements.

Gifts in memory of Sister Mary Renee may take the form of donations to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.


  1. Jean Carrico

    Sister Mary Renee was so dear to me. She did have that Irish humor and was such an honest, open person. From my earliest memories she was fun and loving. I’ll miss you Aunt Pat but know you’re in a good place with all of those Irish relatives in your Irish heaven. Love you!!

  2. Precie Cuevas

    I am a friend of Sister Mary Renee nephew, Larry Labuda. He was always telling me stories about His Aunt Pat but never met her. My heartfelt sympathy and and prayers. May
    she rest in peace. I will offer Mass on Sunday here in the Philippines.

  3. Patty Mills Reynolds

    The Ursuline community was so caring and gracious these past few days with our family’s loss of Sister Mary Renee. Thank you so much. I know you will miss her, too.

  4. B. Jan (Mills) Gish

    Sister Renee (Aunt Pat), you were a remarkable person and a super aunt. I miss your Irish humor and your open, authentic personality. I like to imagine you’re now with siblings: Mom (Rose Mills), Aunt Kassie, Uncle Ed, Aunt Aggie, and with Granddad and Grandma, singing You Are My Sunshine and all the Irish songs; laughing at the traditional family tales, and meeting all the Irish relatives who have passed before. I love you! Jan

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