Sister Augustine, parochial school teacher

August 30, 2008|By Frederick N. Rasmussen

Sister Mary Augustine Greene, a member of the Oblate Sisters of Providence and a retired educator, died of heart failure Aug. 23 at St. Agnes Hospital. She was 90.

She was born Elizabeth Doran Teresa Greene in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and was a graduate of Philip Schuyler Senior High School in Albany, N.Y.

Sister Augustine received her bachelor's degree from Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa., and a master's degree from the Catholic University of America in Washington.

Sister Augustine became interested in the religious life after attending a Catholic Vocation Conference in Albany in 1933.

She was baptized into the Roman Catholic Church in 1939 and entered the Oblate Sisters of Providence the next year. She professed her vows in 1943.

Sister Augustine taught for two years at St. Frances Academy in Baltimore, and during her nearly 60-year career as an educator, she held other teaching assignments in Washington, Detroit, Mobile, Ala., Sharon, Pa., New Orleans and Chicago.

She was appointed director of formation of her order in 1971.

From 1973 to 1977, she was general councilor of the order.

She retired to her order's Catonsville motherhouse in 2004.

A Mass of Christian burial was offered Thursday.

Surviving are a brother, Frederick Greene of New Rochelle, N.Y.; and two sisters, Mary Jane Kelly and Carolyn Butler, both of Baltimore.

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