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Juliana Casey, IHM

Sister Juliana Casey, IHM, 82, died Dec. 29, 2022, at the IHM Motherhouse health care center under hospice care.   

Julianna Marguerite Casey was born to David and Marguerite (Hourigan) Casey in Detroit, Michigan, on October 19, 1940. Juliana graduated from St. Mary of Redford in 1958. She entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, in 1964, and received the religious name, Sister Rachel.

Sister Julie, as she was known, spent many years in study, earning a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College and a master’s degree from the University of Michigan, both before she entered the IHM community. She earned an ecclesial doctorate from Universite Catholique de Louvain, Leuven, Belgium in 1977. She received an honorary doctorate from Marygrove College. A gifted theologian, she taught at St. Mary Academy, Monroe; St. Meinrad School of Theology, Meinrad, Indiana, and at Mundelein College, Chicago.

With the gift of servant leadership, she led the Northeast Province of the IHM Congregation as Provincial from 1979 through 1985. In later years she also participated in many boards and internal committees for the IHM community. A year of renewal and a year teaching at Mundelein College set her in the direction of education and spiritual development in Catholic health care. Sister Julie began a twenty-plus year ministry in healthcare first in Spiritual Development for Catholic Health Association of the United States (CHA). During the years at CHA in St. Louis, Missouri, her work in Education and as vice president of Mission Services was duly recognized.

In late 1999, Sister Juliana moved from Missouri to Catholic Health East in Pennsylvania as executive vice president of Mission Integration, serving for more than ten years. Many health care and hospital administrators were influenced by her theological training. For these years, she resided in Ardmore, Penn.      

Once retired from Catholic Health East, Sister Julie remained in Ardmore and offered her services through private consultation and served a canonical appointment as one of the sponsors for Providence St. Joseph Health System. She chose to return home to the Motherhouse as her health declined.

Sister Julie is survived by nephews and nieces, many good friends, and her IHM Sisters in community. She was preceded in death by sisters Patricia Reed and Nancy Norton Daufenbach and brother David J. Casey.  
Read Sister Julie’s Remembering.