Sister Mary Ruth Boudot, Age 99

South Central

Monday, August 10, 2020

Sister Ruth entered the Sisters of Mercy in Cincinnati, Ohio, in September 1940. For 40 years, she ministered as an elementary, middle and high school teacher in Cincinnati and Cleveland, Ohio; Nashville, Tennessee; and Jamaica. After retiring from teaching, she earned a certificate in pastoral care and jail chaplaincy and then served in jail ministry in Cincinnati and Dayton, Ohio. In 1991, she retired to McAuley Convent in Cincinnati but continued with her jail ministry until 2005. 

Sister Ruth loved to read—all Mercy communications, as well as newspapers and books—and enjoyed watching movies. Even at an advanced age, she was adept at telling jokes and had one for nearly every occasion. She was close to her family, and her niece Billie Jean credits Sister Ruth with her conversion to Catholicism.

For her 60th Jubilee, Sister Ruth wrote this prayer: “Dear Lord, help me to live while I am still alive. Send me Your Holy Spirit to face bravely the challenges, decisions and issues as they come daily in Jesus’ precious name. Amen.”

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