Maureen Coughlin, SCN

Posted by Spalding Hurst

December 28, 2019

Maureen Coughlin, SCN, 92, (formerly Sister Maureen Francis) was born in Brockton, MA. She died at Nazareth Home, Louisville, KY, on December 27, 2019. She was a professed Sister of Charity of Nazareth for 69 years.

Sister Maureen served as a music teacher at Most Blessed Sacrament in Louisville; at St. Vincent de Paul in Mt. Vernon, Ohio; at Little Flower in Memphis, TN; and at LaSalette Academy in Covington, KY. She taught eighth grade at St. Agatha in Columbus, Ohio, and St. Agnes in Louisville, where she also served as assistant principal and principal. From 1979-1988 Sister Maureen was principal at Presentation Academy in Louisville. Sister Maureen served in the Education Department at Spalding University as Director of Student Teaching from 1990 – 2007.

She is survived by her brother William Francis Coughlin, her extended family, and by her religious community.

Visitation will be Monday, December 30, from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at the Nazareth Home Chapel, Louisville, KY.

Sister Maureen’s body will arrive at Nazareth at 4 p.m. on Monday, December 30, 2019, with a prayer vigil in St. Vincent Church at 6:30 p.m.

The Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, December 31, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. followed by burial in the Nazareth Cemetery.

Funeral Arrangements are being handled by Ratterman Funeral Home, 3800 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY. Memorials may be sent to the SCN Office of Mission Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, KY, 40048.


  1. Kay Collins

    Sister Maureen was my teacher for both 7th and 8th grade at St Agnes. She and I didn’t get along, as I was an obstinate adolescent with my own opinions. I didn’t see her after I left St Agnes until many years later at my fathers funeral. She came over to me to give me condolences. I was both shocked and happy to see her. Her memories of me and my siblings were fond ones. I was honored she came. A few years later, she came to my mothers funeral. I think of her often. God bless her.

  2. Sally Shelton

    Sister Maureen Francis was my piano teacher at Little Flower School in Memphis. I also played the organ at Little Flower Church during that time. I was only in 6th grade when I had to play the organ at services. I was not the only girl who had these assignments, but I was the youngest. It was so hard for me to reach the pedals!

    I loved Sister Maureen Francis. She was very special…in many ways. She was FUN, but
    serious about the things that mattered.

  3. Thomas Phillips

    When was Sister missioned at Most Blessed Sacrament in Louisville? I was graduated from MBS in 1969. I don’t recall her.


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