Sister Margaret Ann Hagan, educator, dies

Ursuline Sister of Louisville Margaret Ann Hagan, 71, died March 9 at Nazareth Home. She had been an Ursuline sister since 1965.

Sister Hagan, a native of Louisville, served in education and pastoral ministries. She taught high school for 10 years at Holy Rosary Academy, Angela Merici High School and Sacred Heart Academy.

Following her teaching career, Sister Hagan earned a master’s degree in theological studies at St. Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology in St. Meinrad, Ind. She then ministered at St. Meinrad as director of seminarians’ field education and served as associate academic dean in the 1990s. In 2007 she became the first woman to be honored by St. Meinrad as “Distinguished Alumna of the Year.”

Sister Hagan also served as pastoral assistant at St. Joseph Church, and then at several parishes in Illinois in the 1980s.

From 2003 to 2006, she was coordinator of the Ursuline Society, a collaborative effort of the nine autonomous Ursuline congregations of the mid-United States. Her service to the Ursuline Sisters of Louisville included director of finance and two terms as a member of the congregation’s leadership team. Most recently, she served as a spiritual director and a retreat director.

She is survived by her brother John Hagan (Patricia), sister Charlotte Cashin (Pat) and nieces and nephews, as well as her community of Ursuline Sisters and Associates.

Visitation will be at the Ursuline Motherhouse, 3115 Lexington Road, on March 12 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 7 p.m., followed by a vigil service at 7 p.m. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on March 13 at 11 a.m. in the Ursuline Motherhouse Chapel, followed by burial in St. Michael Cemetery. 

Expressions of sympathy may be made to the Ursuline Sisters and mailed to the Mission Advancement Office, 3105 Lexington Road, Louisville, Ky., 40206.

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