Whelan, Sister Ellen, OSF Age 91, a Franciscan Sister of the Congregation of Our Lady of Lourdes, Rochester, Minnesota, died at Assisi Heights, on September 9, 2021. Ellen Ann Whelan was born August 21, 1930, in St. Paul, MN, to Joseph and Ellen (Horgan) Whelan. She entered the Sisters of St. Francis in 1961, received the name of Sister Mary Pascal, and made perpetual vows in 1966. Sister Ellen was a motivated, lifelong learner excelling in academics. She completed a B. A. degree in history at the College of St. Teresa, Winona, MN, in 1965. She completed her studies for both M. A. and Ph.D. degrees in Modern European History at Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY, in 1968 and 1972. She shared her love of knowledge with many people throughout her ministry in higher education for 33 years. From 1998-2018, Sister Ellen began her ministry as an author of historical books and her publications include: The Sisters Story, The Sisters Story Part Two, and co-author of The Little Book of Mayo Clinic Values. She also provided advisory consultation to Ken Burns documentary, "The Mayo Clinic: Faith, Hope, and Science," 2018, for PBS and to other Heritage films for Mayo Clinic. Like many Franciscan Sisters before her, Sister Ellen was an inspirational leader serving on many boards within religious, academic, and civic organizations at local, state, and national levels. Survivors of Sister Ellen include her Franciscan Sisters, with whom she shared life for sixty years, and nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, Michael Whelan. A private Funeral Liturgy will take place at Assisi Heights at 11:00 a.m. on September 16, 2021. Burial will be at Calvary Cemetery. To view the Funeral, go to: rochesterfranciscan.org Suggested memorials are to the Sisters of St. Francis, Office of Mission Advancement, Assisi Heights, 1001 14th St. NW, Rochester, MN 55901.
Sister Ellen Whelan, OSF
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