Resurrection liturgy for Precious Blood Sister Catherine Nader will be held at the Salem Heights chapel, 4960 Salem Ave., Dayton, Ohio, on Monday, Nov. 28, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. Visitation will be at the chapel Nov. 28 from 9-10:30 a.m. immediately preceding the liturgy. Sister died at the Maria-Joseph Center in Dayton on Nov. 25, 2016. Catherine, 90, had been a Sister of the Precious Blood for 61 years.
Catherine Margaret was the youngest of 10 children born on June 4, 1926 in Farrell, Penn. to Thomas and Thecla S. (Anton) Nader. On Feb. 2, 1955 at the age of 28, she formally entered the Congregation of the Sisters of the Precious Blood. In religious life she was given the name of Sister Mary Ruth Ann and later returned to using her baptismal name.
In the six years before entering the convent Catherine taught in the primary grades in Cincinnati, Ohio. As a Sister of the Precious Blood from 1957-66 she taught students in grades 5-12 in Dayton and Wapakoneta, Ohio. For the next eight years she, as a guidance counselor, ministered at Central Catholic School in Lafayette, Ind. Her Sisters then called her to serve them in congregational administration. In 1980 she returned to what she loved so dearly, teaching, and did so in Ottoville and Wapakoneta, Ohio.
In 1997 she retired and moved to Salem Heights. Believing “one never retires, just gets ‘recycled,’” Sister started an elementary math tutoring program for students in Precious Blood School in Dayton, and later began tutoring adults. In 2012 she realized that, “The Lord has slowed me down in some activities, but has invited me to live a more contemplative life.”
In November 2015, realizing she needed skilled nursing care she moved to the Maria-Joseph Center. Grateful that God and her Sisters helped her along her journey in life, she looked to the future, remembering God’s promise: “Fear not, for I am with you: Be not dismayed, for I am your God.”
Sister Catherine is survived by her Precious Blood Community of Sisters and nieces and nephews. Preceding her in death were her brothers, Anise, Anthony and John Nader; and her sisters Mother Mary of the Cross CP, Sister M. Thecla WS, Tafla, Raja, Budder and Sister Genevieve, CPPS.
Interment will be in the Salem Heights Cemetery.