Sister Virginia (Terrance) Minton, OSB

October 27, 2001

Sister Virginia (Terrance) Minton, of Mount St. Scholastica, died October 27, 2001, at the monastery. She was a professed member of the community since 1942. Vigil services will be 7 pm Monday, Oct. 29, at the Mount St. Scholastica choir chapel, Atchison. The Mass of Resurrection will be offered in the choir chapel at 10:30am, Tuesday, Oct. 30.

Sister Virginia was a graduate of Loretto Academy, Kansas City, Mo., and Mount St. Scholastica College, Atchison, Kans. She received her M.A. in Spanish from the University of Notre Dame, and a Master in Sacred Theology from St. John's University, Collegeville, Minn. She was leader of Atchison Sisters founding the dependent priory Mosteiro Santa Maria, Mineiros, Goias, Brazil.

Long associated with academic work in the Kansas City area, Sister Virginia taught at Lillis High School, Kansas City, Mo., and at Mount St. Scholastica College, Atchison, Kans.; was teacher, academic dean, and vice-president for planning and special projects at Donnelly College, Kansas City, Kans.; and was a member of the Board of Directors of Benedictine College, Atchison.

Sister Virginia received a Fulbright award for an Academic Deans' Seminar, traveling to India and the University of Poona. She was the recipient of the Outstanding Service award from the Kansas City Regional Council for Higher Education, and a member of a team appointed by Kurt Smith American Association of State Colleges and Universities to study the urban mission of four institutions of higher education, made possible by the Ford foundation. She served as evaluator for the North Central Association of Schools and Colleges, and held the presidency and other offices for the North Central Association of Academic Deans.

She was frequently a field reader for the Department of Education, especially for Title III programs. An advocate of intercultural understanding, she served as evaluator of the English as a Second Language program for the State Board of Regents in Oklahoma, and was on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Council for Intercultural Studies Programs. Sister Virginia edited the newsletter Atchison Benedictines, was publicity director and grants writer for Mount St. Scholastica Academy, and contributed to various journals.

The youngest of four children born to Dorothy Birmingham and David H. Minton, Sr., of Fortescue, Mo., Sister Virginia is survived by her nieces Sister Irene Nowell, of the Atchison Benedictines; Peggy Ann Edwards, Forest City, Mo.; Patty Shank, Amazonia, Mo.; and Christine Messer, Shasta, Calif.; and by nephews Terence R. Minton, Sacramento, Calif., and David H. Minton, Alexandria, Va., and several grandnieces and grandnephews.

Let us remember her gratefully in our prayers.