Sr. Laurian McDonald (1928-2016)
Sr. Laurian McDonald (1928-2016)

Sr. Laurian McDonald, BVM, who spent her life calling children to love Jesus in one another died Oct. 4 at Caritas Center in Dubuque, Iowa. She was 87.

She devoted most of her life, 69 years, to the Church as a Sister of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary after growing up one of three children in California.

She spent most of her religious life helping children to learn and love the faith.

Sr. Laurian spent much of the 1950s at St. Agnes School and again from 1972 to 1979. She also served at St. Matthew School from 1983 to 1989.

Her ministry in elementary schools and parish religious education also took her to Kansas City, Missouri, Oklahoma City and two southern California cities and a third north of San Francisco.

She also headed pastoral ministry at All Saints Parish in Mesa.

Sr. Laurian spent most of the 1990s in Glendale first at Our Lady of Guadalupe, a capilla that is canonically part of Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Glendale as religious education director and then as a volunteer at St. Louis the King beginning in 1997.

She returned to Iowa in 2002. She is survived by a sister, nieces, nephews and the Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary.