Nora Marie Duggan, IHM


Sister Nora was born on Dec. 22, 1931, in Detroit, to Daniel and Nora (Clancy) Duggan. She was named Marcella Joan and was baptized in Holy Redeemer Parish. The five Duggan children attended Holy Redeemer Grade and High Schools. Upon graduation in 1950, Marcella Joan entered the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, Monroe, and received the religious name Sister Nora Marie.

Sister Nora earned a earned a bachelor’s degree from Marygrove College, Detroit, and began her teaching ministry of more than 20 years at St. Martin and St. Charles, Detroit; St. Monica, Mobile, Ala.; and St. Felicitas, Chicago. In 1972, she completed a master’s degree in education at Wayne State University and began work as a secondary school guidance counselor at Immaculate Heart of Mary High School, Westchester, Ill. She continued in the field of counseling at Aquinas High School, Southgate, Mich.; and in Florida at Madonna Academy, Hollywood and Pope John Paul II High School, Boco Raton. During this time, she pursued professional training as a National Certified Counselor, which she maintained throughout her career.

After a sabbatical year and moving to West Palm Beach, she began a ministry of counseling and teaching elementary students at Rosarian Academy. Sister Nora remained in that capacity for 13 years.

Sister Nora retired from teaching in 2007 and later that year moved to the Motherhouse. She remained active in the Motherhouse community and was of prayerful support for the community and those she encountered. Only recently did her health decline.

Sister Nora is survived by her brother, Henry, several nieces and nephews and her sisters in community. She was preceded in death by her brothers, John and Daniel, and sister, Nora Mae.

Read her Remembering here.