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Former librarian and pastoral minister in Triangle dies

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Dominican Sister John Eudes Courtney, who served as a librarian at Christendom College in Triangle (1977-78) and as pastoral minister at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Triangle (1978-79), died Dec. 22. She was 95.

The funeral Mass was offered at the Sinsinawa Dominican motherhouse in Sinsinawa, Wis., Jan. 2, followed by burial in the motherhouse cemetery.

Sister Eudes was born Sept. 26, 1922, in Chicago, the daughter of Harvey and Josephine (Ogden) Courtney. Her parents and a brother, Harvey Courtney Jr., preceded her in death. She is survived by nieces, nephews and her Dominican sisters.

She made her first religious profession as a Sinsinawa Dominican Aug. 5, 1949, and her final profession Aug. 5, 1952. She taught high school English for 30 years. She served in pastoral ministry, as a community organizer, prison visitor and librarian, along with serving four years in transportation. She served in Illinois, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky.

Sister Eudes was the inspiration for the character of Mary Clancy in the book Life with Mother Superior by Jane Trahey and the 1966 movie “The Trouble with Angels” starring Hayley Mills as Mary Clancy. Trahey and Sister Eudes — then known as Mary — were high school friends at Providence High School in Chicago. 

© Arlington Catholic Herald 2018