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Clarice Carlson, CDP

Sister Clarice Carlson entered religious life from St. Basil’s parish in Carrick, PA. She credits her grandmother with influencing her decision to become a Sister. She said, “She was my role model as a woman of faith.”

Sister Clarice earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Duquesne University and a master’s degree in counselor education from the University of Pittsburgh. Throughout Pennsylvania, she taught at St. Anne’s in Castle Shannon (1951–53), Saints Peter & Paul in Beaver (1953–55), St. Alphonsus in Springdale (1955–56), St. Mary’s in Beaver Falls (1956–58), St. Mary High School in Sharpsburg (1958–59), Divine Providence Academy in East Liberty (1959–63), Canevin High School in Crafton (1963–76), Marycrest Prep School in Allison Park (1968–69), Bishop Guilfoyle High School in Altoona (1977–79), and La Roche College in Allison Park (1979–2009). After retiring from teaching, she became a volunteer at Providence Heights and presently fills in for the receptionist when necessary. She also is in prayer ministry.

When reflecting on her life as a religious, Sister Clarice recalls being told (when she answered God’s call) that “God can’t be outdone in generosity.” She said, “I know from my experiences over all these years that this is true, and I have never regretted my decision to follow God’s call. ... I have found the gift of Providence to be the most satisfying and rewarding part of my life.”

Self-described as enjoying the gifts of creation, Sister Clarice enjoys walking outdoors; crafting; reading about people, historical events and religious subjects; community living with her Sisters; meeting new friends; and helping others. 

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