Phyllis Hannon, SCN

Posted by Spalding Hurst

May 29, 2019

Phyllis Hannon, SCN, 84, formerly Sister Bartholomew, a native of Boston, Massachusetts, died at Nazareth Home in Louisville, Kentucky on May 29, 2019. She was in her 66th year of religious life.

Sister Phyllis served in educational ministries, teaching at many schools. In Kentucky, she taught at St. Gregory’s in Samuels; Immaculate Conception in Newport; St. James in Ludlow; and St. Anthony in Bellevue. She also taught at Cathedral School in Richmond, Virginia and Immaculate Conception in Dennison, Ohio. From 1981 to 1991, she served at Presentation Academy, Louisville, Kentucky, first as a teacher, and later as Vice Principal and Principal. She was Executive Director of Project Rediscovery in Louisville from 1992 to 1994 and served at Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky from 1996 to 2007 as an instructor and Director of Environment Seminars and later as Director of the Advising Center and was a member of its Board of Trustees for a time.

Sister Phyllis received a BS in Education from Spalding University in Louisville, Kentucky and an MA in Education from Xavier University, Cincinnati, Ohio. She also did Environmental Studies in San Jose State in San Jose, Texas and received a certificate from the National Resources Leadership Institute at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.

For the Congregation, she carried out a number of ministries and appointments, including being Chair of the Elementary Education Committee. She was also very active with Camp Maria in Leonardtown, Maryland.

Sister Phyllis was very involved with environmental studies and care for the earth. She received numerous awards in this area, including the 1998 Earth Day Recognition Award presented to her by the Kentucky Environmental Quality Commission for her commitment and leadership in protecting Kentucky’s environment.

She is survived by a sister, Sarah Wentworth of Kennebunkport, Maine; several nieces and nephews; and members of her religious community.

Visitation and a prayer service for Sister Phyllis will be held on Monday, June 3, 2019, at 1:30 p.m. at Nazareth Home Chapel in Louisville, Kentucky. Her Wake will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Nazareth, Kentucky, at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, June 3, 2019. The Funeral Mass will be on Tuesday, June 4, 2019, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Vincent de Paul Church, Nazareth, Kentucky, followed by burial in Nazareth Cemetery.

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



    Sister Barthlomew had a tremendous amount of patience.
    She had to more than the average person….because Sister Barthlomew had me in her 3rd Grade Class @ Cathedral Elementary School.
    I was one that plucked her patience to the limit .
    One time so much so that….Sister Barthlomew told me ” if you are going to act like a First Grader….then obviously you want to be in that class. So on Monday, you should report to the First Grade Class Room.
    The Teacher will be informed of Your arrival.
    You are to stay in that Class until it’s realized that what you’ve been doing here in the 3rd is inappropriate.
    It worked! I grew up !
    Thank you for everything!


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  3. Dave Schroeder

    Sr. Phyllis is fondly remembered in Ludlow, KY. Her more than a decade of service in our community was a great blessing. The SCNs served in the city from 1893 until 1981 – Sister Phyllis being the last.

  4. Karen Conway Mason

    I remember Sister PHyllis fondly. I had her in 3 and/or 4 grades. She was also a neighbor and I did lots of errands for the sisters. So sorry to hear about her passing. Prayers.


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