Sister Mary Ambrose Naughton passed away peacefully in Houston, Texas on April 13, 1998.
Sister Ambrose was born to Patrick and Elizabeth Moore Naughton in County Roscommon, Ireland, December 29, 1924. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word in 1949 and made her perpetual profession of vows on December 8, 1956.Sister Ambrose served in many capacities for her Congregation, the Sisters of Charity Health Care System and the communities in which she was missioned. She served as a member of the General Council for the Congregation and the Corporate Board of the Sisters of Charity Health Care System. Sister also served as Vicar for Religious in the Galveston-Houston Diocese from 1969-1972. In her capacity as Vicar, Sister was instrumental in establishing the Shalom Center, Houston, for Priests and Religious in need of counseling and space for reflection.
Sister Ambrose received her Masters of Science degree in Mental Health from the Catholic University of America, Washington, DC. For 12 years she served as Director of the Psychiatric Unit at St. Mary's Hospital, Galveston, Texas.
In 1986, Sister Ambrose came to Salt Lake City to served as a Resident Representative at St. Joseph Villa. During her tenure at the Villa, she also served as the Executive Director and most recently, the Assistant Administrator for Mission Effectiveness. Sister Ambrose played a vital role in developing and securing funding for the Continuum of Care Program at St. Joseph Villa, which will serve the needs of the elderly in Salt Lake City for years to come. In addition to her work at the Villa, Sister served as a member of the Boards of Catholic Community Services and Ulster Project-Utah, and as the Director of Vocations for her Congregation. Sister was also a member of the Catholic Woman's League, the Ministerial Association and the Hibernian Society.
Sister Ambrose was a wonderful example of Christian Service and she will be fondly remembered for her prayerfulness and faith, her caring presence, and her dedicated ministry to those whose lives she touched in many ways.
Sister Ambrose is survived by two sisters-in-law, Dolores Naughton, County Roscommon, Ireland and Nell Naughton, White Plains, New York, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Sister also leaves behind many friends who love her dearly and will miss her presence among us.
Wake services and Funeral Mass will be held in Houston, Texas at the Villa de Matel, mother house for the Congregation of Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. A Funeral Mass will also be celebrated at the St. Ann's Catholic Church, 2119 So. 400 East on April 27, 1998 at 6 p.m. Interment will be at the Villa de Matel.
In accordance with Sister's wishes, in lieu of flowers, contributions in her name may be made to the Sister Mary Ambrose Naughton Fund at St. Joseph Villa, 451 Bishop Federal Lane, Salt Lake City, UT 84115.
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