Sister Suzanne Brennan, former director of Holy Cross Ministries, celebrates golden jubilee

Friday, Jun. 08, 2018
Sister Suzanne Brennan, former director of Holy Cross Ministries, celebrates golden jubilee + Enlarge
Sister Suzanne Brennan, CSC
By Catholic News Service

NOTRE DAME, INDIANA – Sister Suzanne Brennan, CSC, who serves as general treasurer of the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross, will be honored on July 15 during a jubilee celebration in the Church of Our Lady of Loretto at Saint Mary’s, Notre Dame, Ind., for her 50 years of consecrated life as a Sister of the Holy Cross.

Sr. Suzanne taught in Illinois and Indiana before entering various social services ministries. In South Bend, Ind., she served at Northern Indiana Children’s Hospital; at Madison Center, where she worked for eight years as director of outpatient therapy; and at La Casa de Amistad as a youth counselor. Later, Sr. Suzanne served as president and CEO of Our Lady of Mercy Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, a position she held for five years; and as president and CEO of Providence Hospital, Anchorage, Alaska. In addition, she ministered in various capacities in Utah, where she served as vice president of Holy Cross Hospital in Salt Lake City, and as president of Three Rivers Investments in Park City. In partnership with Catholic Community Services of Utah, Salt Lake City, she launched a business for area residents who were homeless that prepared them to start their own small businesses.

For 16 years, she also held the position of director of Holy Cross Ministries, Salt Lake City.

Sr. Suzanne was elected to her current role with the Congregation’s General Leadership Team in 2014.

Sr. Suzanne was born in Chicago, Ill. She graduated from Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame, with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and earned her Master of Social Work degree from Loyola University, Chicago, Ill. She also earned a master’s degree in public administration and finance from Roosevelt University, Chicago, Ill. Sr. Suzanne made her initial profession of vows on Aug. 15, 1968, and her perpetual profession on August 6, 1973.  

Founded in 1841 in Le Mans, France, the Congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Cross is an international community of women religious whose motherhouse is in Notre Dame, Ind. The Congregation serves in Bangladesh, Brazil, Ghana, India, Mexico, Peru, Uganda and the United States. Sisters of the Holy Cross are called to participate in the prophetic mission of Jesus to witness God’s love for all creation. Their ministries focus on providing education and health care services, eradicating material poverty, ending gender discrimination, and promoting just, mutual relationships among people, countries and the entire Earth community.

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