September 27, 1932 – May 31, 2022
Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Marie Damien Adams, CSJ who passed away on May 31, 2022, at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis. She was 89 years of age.
Sister Marie Damien Adams, baptized Joanne, was born on September 27, 1932, in Peoria, Illinois, to parents John Luke and Marie (Schmitt) Adams. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet in 1950 and was received into the novitiate in 1951. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from Avila College in 1960; a master’s degree in speech pathology from Northwestern University in 1964 and a doctorate in speech pathology/audiology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale in 1968.
Sister Marie Damien began her 70 years of ministry teaching elementary education. She started in 1953 at Holy Rosary Grade School in Kansas City, Missouri. From 1957 to 1963, she taught at St. Rose of Lima Grade School in Houston, Texas.
After receiving her master’s from Northwestern University in 1964, Sister Marie Damien was a faculty member at Fontbonne College in St. Louis from 1964 to 1966. After earning her doctorate in 1968, Sister Marie Damien served as the academic dean at Fontbonne College until 1988.
From 1988 to 1992, she served our St. Louis Province community as the assistant province director at the St. Joseph Provincialate. After a year-long sabbatical, Sister Marie Damien served as general councilor for the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet until 2002.
Sister Marie Damien served the next 11 years at CSJ Care as an administrative team member. She retired in 2013 and, since 2017, she resided at Nazareth Living Center in St. Louis, Missouri, carrying out her mission of prayer and presence.
The funeral Mass will be held Monday, June 6 at 10:30 a.m. CDT at Nazareth Living Center, 2 Nazareth Lane, St. Louis, MO 63129. The service will also be available to view on the St. Louis Province livestream channel.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet, St. Louis Province, 6400 Minnesota Ave., St. Louis, MO 63111-2899 or donate online.