Sister Mary Ann Phelan
Sept. 16, 1939 - June 20, 2014
CLINTON — Sister Mary Ann Phelan, OSF, 74, of Clinton, Iowa, passed away on Friday, June 20, 2014 at Mercy Medical Center North.
A Funeral Mass will take place at 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 26, at Jesus Christ Prince of Peace Catholic Church with Reverend Michael Amadeo presiding. Burial will take place in St. Irenaeus Calvary Cemetery, Clinton, Iowa. Friends may call beginning at 4:00 p.m. with a Scripture Service at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, June 25, at Jesus Christ Prince of Peace Church. Pallbearers include her nieces and nephews. Lemke Funeral Homes is assisting with the arrangements.
Mary Ann Phelan was born September 16, 1939, in Des Moines, Iowa, the daughter of Martin and Mary (Rooney) Phelan. She and her twin brother Marty joined brothers Pat and John as the “big kids” in the Phelan family. Later, Sue, Mike, and Bill completed the family of five brothers and two sisters.
Mary Ann attended Mingo Consolidated Schools, graduating in 1957. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis at Mount St. Clare Convent on September 8, 1958, and received the name Sister Mary Cephas at her reception on June 15, 1959, later resuming her baptismal name. She pronounced perpetual vows on August 12, 1964.
Sister Mary Ann received a Bachelor of Science degree in elementary education at De Paul University. Her early ministry included teaching primary grades in schools staffed by the Clinton Franciscans in Toluca, Illinois, Clinton, Iowa and El Cajon, California. In 1969 she began thirty-five years of ministry at the former Mount St. Clare College in Clinton, Iowa, serving in various positions including Dean of Women, Registrar, and Director of Development and Institutional Advancement.
Sister Mary Ann also served on the General Council of the Sisters of St. Francis from 1976-1980. In 2004, she began development work for the Sisters of St. Francis, a role she fulfilled until her final illness.