ABERDEEN – For 60 years, Sister Elaine Garry has been a member of the Sisters of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Aberdeen. She celebrated this milestone with relatives and friends at a Mass and reception June 16, in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel at Presentation Heights, Aberdeen. St. Thomas More Catholic Parish will host an open house at the parish on Saturday, June 22, from 3 to 5 p.m. for the parish, relatives and friends.
Sister Elaine (Kathleen) Garry was born and raised in Salem. She received an associate’s in education from Presentation College, Aberdeen and a bachelor’s in elementary education from Northern State College (University), Aberdeen.
She went on to receive a master’s in theology from St. Mary’s College, Winona, Minnesota; a master’s in elementary administration from Northern State College and a master’s in religious education from Loyola University, Chicago. She also completed preparation for becoming a spiritual director and certification in human development.
From beginning her educational opportunities at Presentation College to teaching in elementary schools throughout the region and then completing/ending her teaching ministry at Presentation College, Sister Elaine’s love of education spanned almost five decades. Throughout this time, she inspired and motivated thousands of students, and is still in touch with some today.
With compassion and grace, her ministry led her to listen and walk with others through her gift of spiritual direction and she is currently the pastoral associate at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Brookings.
In her spare time, Sister Elaine takes piano lessons, and enjoys writing letters and sending birthday cards.