Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Conrad (Irene Emilia) Miller (91), died on February 22, 2020, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Great Bend, KS.
Sr. Mary Conrad was one of eight children born to Anna Gehlen and Conrad Miller of Willowdale, KS. She was educated by our Sisters and felt called to religious life thanks to their example. She entered the Congregation in 1947 and would have celebrated her 70th Jubilee with us this year.
Sr. Mary Conrad received both her Bachelor’s Degree and her Master of Arts in Education from St. Mary College in Leavenworth, KS. She ministered as an educator, administrator, and tutor for more than 40 years in Colorado and in parishes across Kansas.
Sr. Mary Conrad took great pride in her work in education, saying that she delighted in “experiencing the joy of learning” in her students. Even when she took a sabbatical to care for her mother, Sr. Mary Conrad continued to do what she loved, serving as a part-time teacher and tutor. She never lost her desire to form the minds, hearts, and souls of young people, and was still ministering as a volunteer tutor well into her 80’s before she retired to the Great Bend Motherhouse.
Once there, she continued to follow the news from St. Catherine School. She also volunteered as a Motherhouse resident, offering her experience as a tutor and serving at the annual Great Bend Bazaar.
Sr. Mary Conrad Miller is survived by two of her sisters, Leona Henning of Wichita and Alfreda Youngers Bock of Kingman.
A Vigil of Remembrance was held on February 24 at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel in Great Bend. The Funeral Mass was held on February 25 at the Motherhouse Chapel, followed by burial at the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery.
Memorial gifts in Sr. Mary Conrad’s memory may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098.
To view or download a printable copy of Sister Mary Conrad’s memorial, please click here.