Sister Jude Moore, Age 88

West Midwest

Tuesday, June 9, 2020

Sister Jude Moore (originally named Bridget, same as her mother) was born in County Kilkenny, Ireland. She entered the Sisters of the Holy Family in England on May 31, 1950, making her final vows in 1957 in Rome, Italy. She transferred to the Sisters of Mercy in Chicago on September 10, 1979.

Sister Jude attended primary and secondary education at Presentation Convent in Tipperary, Ireland, and received a B.S. and M.Ed. at National University in Ireland. She became a registered nurse in 1956 and served in England and Wales before eventually getting certified in Illinois in 1968. Continuing to enhance her educational achievements, she received a master’s in social work in 1972, and she did a post-graduate fellowship at the University of New Mexico from 1987–89.

Many of us think of Jude in the last ministerial role she held, which was serving as a clinical therapist in private practice working out of Sacred Heart Church in Palos Hills, a suburb of Chicago. There is so much more that many didn’t know! Sister Jude ministered in Jamaica, West Indies, and served the City of Chicago’s Department of Mental Health. She was director of the social service department at Lake Shore Hospital, Tri-City Mental Health Department in Indiana, and Family Clinic of Elm Grove, Wisconsin, before concluding her amazing career in the Chicago area with Catholic Charities for 10 years.

The motto on her ring read: “My Beloved is Mine and I am His.”

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