Remembrances

Sister Carol Ann Votruba, Age 80

West Midwest

Saturday, October 3, 2020

Sister Carol Ann earned her nursing diploma from Mercy Central School of Nursing in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and enjoyed her professional career but was also attracted to religious life, entering the community in 1970.

Her ministry in healthcare took her to Michigan hospitals in Pontiac, Grand Rapids and Cadillac, as well as to Dubuque, Iowa, and Dyer, Indiana. Her administrative abilities were evident as she served as a pastoral care director, patient representative, administrative assistant and vice president. During these years, she earned a master’s degree in business administration from Aquinas College and a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota.

Ministry to the homeless took Sister Carol Ann to Washington, D.C., in 1987. She returned to Michigan in 1996 to become the director of sisters’ services at McAuley Life Center, which needed considerable renovation during the five years she was there, especially in the infirmary.

Health challenges then forced a change in ministry, but Sister Carol Ann became involved in the ministry of prayer at McAuley Life Center and continued volunteering wherever she could. Often, she would visit the infirmary and bring treats to those incapacitated for a long time.

Sister Carol Ann was appreciated for her faithfulness in caring for others as a clinical nurse and administrator. Patient needs always came first. Sister Carol Ann held dear her long-time friendships and yet was especially grateful when she could rest and reflect alone.

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