Christendom College mourns the passing of Sister John Eudes Courtney, who was the college’s first librarian. A member of the Sinsinawa Domincans, Sr. Eudes was a sister for 68 years, before passing at the age of 95.

Sister Eudes with Cardinal Schotte at Christendom’s 25th Anniversary Convocation in 2002.

Sr. Eudes was born in 1922 in Chicago, and made her first religious profession in 1949. She taught high school English for 30 years, and served in pastoral ministry, as a community organizer, a prison visitor, and eventually as Christendom College’s first librarian in Triangle, Virginia, from 1977-78.

Sr. Eudes was the inspiration for the character of Mary Clancy in the book Life with Mother Superior by Jane Trahey and the 1966 movie “The Trouble with Angels” starring Hayley Mills as Mary Clancy. Trahey and Sister Eudes — then known as Mary — were high school friends at Providence High School in Chicago.

She is survived by nieces, nephews, and her Dominican sisters.

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