After 24 years of ministry to the children at Our Lady of Peace, Betty MacDougall, SCN, retired on Friday, September 21. Dozens turned out for a party in her honor. Sister Betty is the last Sister of Charity serving at Our Lady of Peace, a hospital founded by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth.
A lifelong educator, Sister Betty became principal of the school that was established as part of the youth treatment program at Our Lady of Peace in 1988. One year later, the program became part of Jefferson County Public Schools and Sister Betty was key in the expansion and success of the Academy.
Today, more than 50 JCPS staff work with children at Our Lady of Peace in 25 classrooms to provide ongoing education so that the children can continue their studies while receiving care. Peace Academy has been designated as a Best Practice Site by the Kentucky Department of Education. Sister Betty says up to 3500 students pass through the hallways of the academy in any given year. A few of the students paid tribute to Sister Betty at Friday’s celebration.
The Academy has been renamed in Sister Betty’s honor.