Sister Nancy Schnur, formerly Sister Dorothy Ann, entered religious life from St. Mary parish in Herman, Pa. She recalls that witnessing her parents’ strong faith and love of God and the Blessed Mother influenced her decision to enter the Community at age 16. She was taught by the Sisters of Divine Providence in grade school, and their dedicated lives impressed her to follow God’s call as a Sister too.
Having earned a master’s degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh, she taught for 19 years and was a principal for 21 years. Her ministry in education included St. Joseph’s in Duquesne, Pa. (1958–61), St. Mary’s in McKeesport, Pa. (1961–63), Sacred Heart in Tarentum, Pa. (1963–66), St. Bonaventure in Glenshaw, Pa. (1966–76), St. Martin’s in Crafton Heights, Pa. (1976–77), principal at All Saints in Etna, Pa. (1977–81), principal at St. Alphonsus in Sprindale, Pa. (1981–90), and principal at Butler Catholic in Butler, Pa. (1990–98). Since 1998, she has been the pastoral assistant at St. Michael the Archangel Parish in Butler (she was also director of religious education there from 1999–13).
When asked to describe herself in three words, she chose faith: “I have a deep faith in God and His love and plan in my life”; love: “As a child growing up, I learned to share God’s gifts with those I now live with in Community”; and trust: “I believe in Divine Providence—God has worked through me to bring others to Him.”
In her spare time, Sister Nancy enjoys teaching children, spending time with family, and being outdoors, relaxing and gardening.