The Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown will celebrate Sunday, Oct. 19, as Sister Carole Suhar marks her golden jubilee (50 year anniversary). Invitations have been issued to family and friends for a celebratory Mass at 1 p.m. at the Motherhouse Chapel, which will be followed by dinner in the Motherhouse dining room.
Sister Carole Suhar was born in Youngstown on April 21, 1945, to the late Steve and Margaret Suhar, and was a parishioner at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church, Austintown. After graduating from Ursuline High School, Sister Carole earned a Bachelor of Science in Education from Youngstown State University and a Master of Science in Elementary Administration from Purdue University, West Lafayette, Ind. She performed post-graduate work at Boston College, Dayton University, St. Mary of the Woods, St. Mary of the Woods, Ind., and YSU. Sister Carole also has earned numerous professional certifications.
On Sept. 8, 1963, Sister Carole entered the Ursuline Sisters of Youngstown. She was received into the Novitiate Aug. 6, 1964, and made her Final Profession Aug. 8, 1971.
“I had wanted to be a nun for as long as I could remember but really couldn’t have told anyone why. I just did,” Sister Carole reflects. “Deep down a very shy person by nature, the very thought of leaving my family, my security should have been terrifying, but it wasn’t. Why not? I know now that it was because God was calling me. God was inviting me and giving me the strength and courage I needed to answer God’s call then and throughout these past 50 years.”
Sister Carole has ministered in education for 41 years, and currently ministers as Intervention Specialist at St.Rose School, Girard, where she has worked since 2010. Sister Carole’s ministries have included serving as a principal of St. Rose, St.Nicholas School,Struthers, St.Luke School,Boardman, and St. Mary and Joseph School, Newton Falls, and teaching at St.Columba and Sacred Heart schools in Youngstown and St.Nicholas. She also has ministered as the Learning Center Coordinator at Ursuline High School.
Sister Carole is active as a Eucharistic Minister and Lector at Holy Name of Jesus/Our Lady of Sorrows Parish, Youngstown