Sister Angelus taught for nearly 60 years, including nearly three decades in Colorado. She also served in Arizona, California, Kentucky, Missouri, Texas and Virginia. Sister Angelus died April 3 at Loretto Motherhouse Infirmary. She was 101 and would have celebrated the 82nd anniversary of her commitment as a Sister of Loretto at the Foot of the Cross later this month.
Sister Angelus was born June 27, 1916, in Stockton, Kan., and baptized Blanche Louise Caron, the second of six children of Nettie (Roelfs) and Frank Patrick Caron. Three of Sister Angelus’s siblings also made religious commitments. Her older sister Aldea became Loretto Sister Margaret Francis, resuming her baptismal name, Aldea , in later years. Blanche followed Aldea to Loretto. The fourth of the Caron sisters, Eleanor, joined the Little Sisters of the Poor as Sister Winifred. The youngest sister, Clarabell, became a Loretto co-member in 1983.
Blanche entered the Sisters of Loretto in October 1935 from St. Ann’s Shrine in Arvada, Colo. She was received into the novitiate April 25, 1936, receiving the habit and the name she would use for the rest of her life, Sister Angelus. She made her first vows April 25, 1938, and her final vows Aug. 15, 1941. Sister Angelus earned a bachelor’s degree in education, with minors in home economics and philosophy, from Loretto Heights College in Denver in 1951 and a master’s degree in special education from the University of Northern Colorado in Greeley in 1972.
At the end of her novitiate, Sister Angelus went to Colorado where she taught second grade at St. Mary’s School in Colorado Springs from 1938 to 1943. She taught in Flagstaff, Ariz., for a year before being sent to California to teach from 1944 to 1946. In 1952, Sister Angelus moved to Arlington, Va., where she taught at St. Ann’s School for 12 years until 1964. She then taught at a parochial school in Florissant, Mo., for four years.
In 1968, she returned to Colorado to teach at All Souls School in Englewood until 1970, when she began teaching at Havern School in Littleton. She continued to teach and tutor at Havern School for 22 years before retiring in 1992 to El Paso, Texas. There, she took up tutoring at Loretto Academy Grade School for five years, followed by eight years contributing in many ways to the comforts of El Convento Retreat Center and Nazareth Hall Retirement Center.
In 2005, Sister Angelus made her final move to Loretto Motherhouse, where in her more recent years, she could be found sewing and keeping the patio clear of leaves. Reflecting on her teaching ministry recently, she said, “I wrote a sign and pasted it to my alcove with toothpaste to remind myself that Jesus and I are one, not two. The sign said ‘We’re in this together.’ I still have jobs with good days and bad days. But ’We’re in this together’ keeps me going.”
Sister Angelus added, “Who knows how different life would have been for me had I not heard and answered God’s call to be a Sister of Loretto? I owe much loyalty, service and gratitude to the congregation for the advantages, protection and loving care.”
Sister Angelus’s body was cremated and her ashes buried in Loretto Motherhouse Cemetery. She was preceded in death by her parents and her siblings Aldea, Ruth, Eleanor, Frank and Clarabell.
A funeral Mass for Loretto Sister M. Angelus Caron was celebrated April 7 at the Church of the Seven Dolors on the grounds of Loretto Motherhouse in Nerinx, Ky.
Memorials in Sister Angelus’s name may be sent to the Loretto Community, care of the Loretto Development Office, 4000 S. Wadsworth Blvd., Littleton, CO 80123-1308.