Mary Ellen Doyle, SCN, 87, (formerly Sister Mary Benedict) was born in Oak Park, Illinois. She died on September 24, 2019, at Nazareth Home, Louisville, Kentucky. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 67 years.
Sister Mary Ellen served as a teacher for 45 years at all levels of education. She taught at several grade schools in Kentucky, including St. Agnes and St. Cecilia in Louisville, St. Mary Academy in Paducah, and Cathedral School in Owensboro. Sister Mary Ellen was a high school teacher at Our Lady of Nazareth, Wakefield, Massachusetts. She also taught at Nazareth College in Nazareth; Spalding College in Louisville; Christian Brothers College, Memphis Tennessee, Huston-Tillotson College, Austin, Texas and Divine Word Seminary, Epworth, Iowa. She specialized in African-American literature and English. Sister Mary Ellen also taught English to SCN Novices in India in 1976. She served as Campus Minister at Aquinas College in Newton, Massachusetts from 1994-1997.
In 1989, she began her term as Associate Regional for the Southern Region. She served the SCN Community in this capacity until 1994.
Sister Mary Ellen published three books, including a biography of the foundress of the SCNs, Pioneer Spirit: Catherine Spalding, Sister of Charity of Nazareth.
Sister Mary Ellen is survived by her brother, Joseph Patrick Doyle, her extended family, and by her religious community.
Visitation and Prayer Service will be Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at Nazareth Home Chapel, Louisville, Kentucky. Her wake will be Wednesday, October 2, 2019, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Nazareth, Kentucky at 6:30 p.m.
The Mass of Christian Burial will be Thursday, October 3, 2019, at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Nazareth, Kentucky at 10:30 a.m. followed by burial in Nazareth Cemetery.