Sister Jane Abell, OP (Sister
James Marie) gave her last earthly gift of herself to God on Holy Saturday,
April 20, 2019. Her journey began on
June 28, 1928, the day she was born to the late Marie Catherine Guidry Abell
and James L. Abell. Sister was
predeceased by her brothers James, Jr. and Thomas Joseph. She is survived by her sister Barbara Abell
(Houston), her sister-in-law Mary Lyons Abell, her niece Lisa Abell Thompson
and husband Mark, great nieces Asher E. and Catherine Jane Thompson
Sr. Jane graduated from
St. Vincent Academy in Louisiana in 1945; she earned a B.S. from Dominican
College (Houston), an M.A. in Mathematics from the University of Texas
(Austin), an M.A. in Theology from Notre Dame.
Extensive religious studies continued at Catholic University of America
(D.C.). She later learned Spanish at Our
Lady of the Lake University (San Antonio). Her interest in Cosmology,
Environmental issues, and Peace/Justice issues led her to actively participate
in workshops and conferences.
Her ministries made full
use of her education. As a secondary teacher she served at St. Agnes Academy
and St. Pius X (Houston), and St. Paul (California). She was a campus minister at the University
of Houston and a Pastoral Minister at Our Lady of St. John parish. Her role from 1961-68 was Formation Director for
the Congregation. In 1978 she was
elected Prioress and served two terms.
In August of 1987 she became Promoter of Justice and Peace and Care of
Creation and served in this capacity until 2010. In addition to providing educational
opportunities regarding justice issues and taking part in demonstrations, one
of her activities was organizing educational/experiential trips to Guatemala
where the Congregation has an elementary school. A deep faith and prayer life
sustained these many services as well as her great love for God and Community. A true follower of St. Dominic, fittingly,
her funeral occurs on the Feast of St. Catherine of Siena.
Sister Jane’s body will be
received at St. Dominic Villa on Sunday, April 28 at 5:00 p.m. Evening Prayer follows in the Spirituality
Center (Meeting Room) at 6:30 p.m. The
funeral will be Monday at 10:00 a.m. in the Spirituality Center, 6501 Almeda
road, Houston 77021.
Donations may be made in
memory of Sister Jane Abell to the Justice Ministry Fund, Dominican Sisters of
Houston or to the Dominican Sisters Retirement Fund, 6501 Almeda Road 77021.