Sister Mary Nora Dwan,
Sister Mary Nora Dwan,
  • February 3, 1917 - January 5, 2018
  • Houston, Texas

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Sister Mary Nora Dwan, CCVI, a Sister of Charity of the Incarnate Word, died on January 5, 2018. May she enjoy God's presence for all eternity.

Sr. Mary Nora was born in 1917 to John and Mary Anne Tobin Dwan in Kilbeg, Clogheen, Co. Tipperary, Ireland and named Nano Dwan. She entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word, Houston, Texas on April 30, 1931. Sister consecrated her life to God by perpetual profession of vows on December 8, 1942.

Sr. Mary Nora was called by God's love to serve others in the healthcare profession. Most noteworthy were her years as nursing supervisor in pediatrics at St. Mary's Infirmary, Galveston, Texas; educational director of St. Mary's School of Nursing, Port Arthur, Texas and Hotel Dieu's School of Nursing, Beaumont, Texas. Then she became an assistant professor of Pediatric Nursing at Sacred Heart Dominican College, Houston, Texas, and then a nursing service department director at St. Joseph Hospital, Houston. Later, Sister Mary Nora became the hospital administrator at St. Mary Hospital, Port Arthur, Texas and then at St. Bernardine Hospital, San Bernardino, California. Responding to the need of others, Sr. Mary Nora ministered in St. Joseph Nursing Home, Monroe, Louisiana; Ukarimu Center, Baraka, Kenya; Carrigoran House, Co. Clare, Ireland; and returned to St. Joseph Hospital, Houston.

During her years of ministry, Sr. Mary Nora was actively engaged in professional organizations: Jefferson Orange League of Nursing, Texas League for Nursing, National League for Nursing, and Texas Nurses' Association. Sr. Mary Nora was named Woman of the Year in 1981 by the Quota Club of Port Arthur for her work in the community, such as involvement with the Port Arthur Community Health Board and the Blood Center of Southeast Texas Board. She was one of eleven women chosen nationally to tour China as a member of the Friendship Among Women delegation. She served as past president of the Texas Conference of Catholic Health Facilities. In 2006, a facility in Louisiana was named in Sr. Mary Nora's honor: Nora's House Adult Day Health Care Center. Throughout her ministry and service, Sr. Mary Nora expressed her love for God with commitment, foresight, enthusiasm, and a unique dedication that expressed her love and concern for the poor, the sick, the uneducated, and the needy seeking relief at her hands.

In February of last year, Sister Mary Nora celebrated her 100th birthday with family, friends, and Sisters at Villa de Matel.

Sister is survived by sisters-in-law, Aida Dwan and Sheila Dwan, many nieces, nephews, cousins, and close friends. A special thank you is extended to all those who cared for Sr. Mary Nora during her later years.

Sister Mary Nora's body will be received at the Immaculate Conception Chapel, Villa de Matel, 6510 Lawndale Street, Houston, Texas at 5:00 p. m. on Monday, January 8, 2018, followed by Evening Praise and a celebration of her life. Mass of Christian Burial will be held in the Immaculate Conception Chapel at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, January 9, 2018. The Rite of Committal will follow at Villa de Matel Cemetery.