Sister Vivian Brand, PHJC passed away on November 17, 2013 at the Catherine Kasper Home, Donaldson, Indiana. She was born to Henry and Josephine (Foppe) Brand in Germantown, Illinois on April 11, 1917. She entered the Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ community and professed her first vows on June 25, 1938.
Sister Vivian spent her whole life in education. She began teaching in 1940 at St. Boniface School in Edwardsville, Illinois and in 1946 she taught at St. Augustine High School in Chicago, Illinois. In 1946 she came to Donaldson to be the assistant dean/dean, librarian and teacher at Ancilla High School and later, as teacher, dean, professor and library volunteer at Ancilla College. From 1946 until her death she lived and worked in Donaldson. She will be buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery in Donaldson.
Regarding education, Sr. Vivian said, “Serving God’s poor in the education ministry was rewarding, especially in the college. Many students were nontraditional; many were the first in their families to attend college. Helping them to attain marketable skills to support themselves and their families fulfilled a purpose of the college.”
May Sister Vivian rest in peace!
Memorial contributions may be made to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, PO Box 1, Donaldson, IN 46513.