Mary Jane was born a twin in Akron, Ohio to Catholic parents from farm families of Kentucky and Indiana during the depression era. In 1935 the family returned to St. Columba’s West End Parish in Louisville where her maternal grandparents and aunts resided. They later moved to Shively. Mary Jane graduated from Presentation Academy where she enjoyed both the academics and sports. She joined the SCNs after graduation and states that “she has been happy ever since!” Mary Jane made her profession as an SCN on March 25, 1951.
Sister Mary Jane has been involved in the ministry of teaching high school most of her SCN Community life. When she retired in 2000, she began work at Nazareth Home. Currently she is in ministry as office worker for Western Province Administration.
Her favorite ministry was teaching Theology. She treasures the times students had an “ah ha” moment and Jesus became important, Scripture became valuable, and students shared some deep part of themselves in class. She also loved working in Community Services where she realized that Every little bit helps! and each service to, each pray with the elderly Sisters increased her confidence that she was doing the work of the Lord!”
Sister Mary Jane has served on the Archdiocesan Peace and Justice Committee; she is interested in elections and has never missed voting since she registered years ago; she writes and calls representatives on city, state and national levels. She has volunteered at Nazareth Infirmary during teaching years and at Nazareth Home.
Sister Mary Jane likes to walk , read, attend movies, eat out, go on picnics, work crossword puzzles, and participate in other simple pleasures. She and her twin sister, Anna Marie Rhodes, SCN, are actively involved as lectors and choir members at St. Martin de Porres Parish.