Sister Margaret Ann Hummel dies at Loretto Motherhouse

Sister of Loretto Margaret Ann Hummel died July 26 at the Loretto Motherhouse. She was 82 and in her 29th year as a Sister of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross.

Prior to her years as a Sister of Loretto, she had been a member of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy for more than 30 years and once served as that community’s superior general.

Sister Hummel was a native of Louisville and attended St. Benedict School, Loretto High School and Ursuline College. She made final vows on Aug. 22, 1959.

From 1954 to 1970, she taught in Charleston and Aiken, S.C. At the age of 38, she was made superior general of the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Mercy and served in that capacity from 1970 to 1980. She next served at Bellarmine College from 1983 to 1987, first as assistant vice president for external affairs and then as director of the college’s Brown Center for Special Events.

Sister Hummel also was active for a decade in the Leadership Conference of Women Religious on both regional and national levels.

On July 1, 1985, she was received into the Sisters of Loretto and began working in the Loretto Development Office in 1987.

From 1988 to 1996, Sister Hummel served as the order’s director of development and worked in the Loretto Central Office in Denver.

She returned to Jeffersontown, Ky., in 1998 to care for her sibling, Sister of Loretto Mary Jane Hummel. From 1999 to 2008, she worked with alumni of Loretto High School and Ursuline College.

Sister Hummel moved in 2008 to the Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary in Nerinx, Ky., where she resided and continued her work with Loretto High alumnae until her death.

She is survived by two sisters and a brother: Sister of Loretto Patricia Hummel of Nerinx, Ky.; Medical Missionary Sister Ellen Hummel of Philadelphia; and Norbert Hummel Jr. of Jeffersontown. She is preceded in death by her parents and two siblings: Sister of Loretto Mary Jane Hummel who died in 2006, and Sister Margaret Ann’s fraternal twin, Rose Marie Thomas, who died in 2013.

A memorial Mass was celebrated Aug. 2 at the Church of the Seven Dolors on the grounds of the Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky.

Memorials in Sister Hummel’s name may be sent to the Loretto Community, care of the Loretto Development Office, 4000 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Littleton., Colo., 80123-1308.

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