Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Laetitia Anne Campbell, OP, (89), died at the Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY, on May 19, 2017.
A native of Boston, MA, Sr. Laetitia Anne was born on January 15, 1928. She was the daughter of the late Terence and Annie McEleney Campbell. She dedicated 68 years of her life to the service of the Church and her Community, having entered the Dominican Sisters of St. Catharine, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1948.
Sr. Laetitia Anne loved to learn, and this showed in her continuing study throughout her life. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English/Philosophy from Siena College (Memphis, TN); Master of Education in Guidance/Counseling from Loyola University (Chicago, IL); Master of Divinity in Scripture/Theology from Andover Newton Theological School (Newton, MA); and Doctorate of Ministry from Andover Newton Theological School (Newton, MA).
She was called to share her love of learning as well, serving as a teacher at Mt. Trinity Academy (Watertown, MA) and as a principal/teacher at St. Albert the Great (Louisville, KY). Sr. Laetitia Anne also taught adult education at St. John the Evangelist Parish (Quincy, MA), and was an Associate Director of Field Education and Priest Formation at St. John Seminary (Brighton, MA).
Active in the service of her Order and her Church, Sr. Laetitia Anne was named as the Regional Superior of the Eastern Region of the Kentucky Dominicans in 1966, and served as a Pastoral Associate at St. Patrick Parish in Stoneham, MA and Immaculate Conception Parish in Malden, MA.
In 1991, Sr. Laetitia Anne was appointed Administrator of Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY. In 2003, she retired from that position but continued to provide love and service to her Sisters at the Sansbury Care Center. She spent many hours visiting Sisters and lay women suffering from dementia, and was able to share with them conversations of great spirituality and wisdom.
In her preaching at Sister Laetitia’s Anne’s funeral mass, Sister Elaine DesRosiers, her “little sister” when the two were in formation, said that Sr. Laetitia Anne believed that above all, God was a loving God. “Her desire was to love God in return and to show it in love for her neighbor,” Sr. Elaine said.
Sr. Laetitia Anne is survived by one brother, Terence, and several nieces and nephews.
A Vigil of Remembrance and Funeral Mass was held on Friday, June 9 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel. Burial followed at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.
Memorial gifts in Sister Laetitia Anne’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219.