In Memory

Sister M. Amata Jordan, IHM

October 18, 1910 – May 28, 1997

Sister M. Amata Jordan, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Wednesday, May 28, 1997 at the Marian Convent in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

She was born on October 18, 1910 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and given the name Mary Theresa. She was the daughter of the late Martin J. and Mary Carey Jordan. She entered the IHM Congregation on January 18, 1929, made temporary profession of her vows on July 31, 1931, and final profession of her vows on August 2, 1934.

Sister Amata served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Bernardine Elementary School in Baltimore, MD, from 1931 to 1947; St. Monica Elementary School in Raleigh, NC, from 1947 to 1950; St. John the Evangelist Elementary School in Silver Spring, MD, from 1950 to 1956; and Holy Rosary Elementary School in Scranton, PA, from 1979 to 1991.

She served as principal at the following schools: St. Mary Elementary School in Manhasset, NY, from 1956 to 1959; St. Ephrem Elementary School in Brooklyn, NY, from 1959 to 1960; St. Mary of the Mount Elementary School in Pittsburgh, PA, from 1960 to 1965; and St. Dominic Elementary School in Oyster Bay, NY, from 1965 to 1979.

From 1991 to the time of her death, Sister Amata served in prayer ministry at the Marian Convent.

She received Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and a Master of Science degree in elementary education, both from Marywood College.

She is preceded in death by a sister, Helen.

She is survived by a brother, James of Scranton, PA, nephews, James Jordan, Jr. of Vestal, NY, Joseph Jordan of Scranton, PA, Martin Jordan of Springfield, VA, Edward Jordan of Cheltenham, MD, a niece, Mary Beth Ratchford of Mount Holly, NJ, and many grandnieces and grandnephews.

Interment is at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, Pennsylvania.

Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.

Archival Remembrance:

For 66 years, the IHM Congregation was blessed with the selfless spirit of Sr. Amata. A woman of many gifts, she gave of herself as a principal and educator and a true sister to the many IHMs with whom she lived. As a principal she led with wisdom and nurtured many young teachers in elementary schools. Her extraordinary sensitivity to and compassion for the poor helped her gain a special place in the lives of discouraged or forgotten children. Her students found in her a true companion. That nurturing spirit carried over to the IHM Congregation where Sr. Amata was known as a true mentor to many young sisters.

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