Remembering Our Alumnae
Sister Mary Jean Horne '48, Alumnae Sister Emerita
Sister Mary Jean (Mary Jean) Horne, age 87, died at Villa St. Michael in Emmitsburg, Maryland on May 17, 2014. She was born on October 27, 1926 in Baltimore, Maryland. Sister Mary Jean was one of four children born to Duncan and Mary (Zell) Horne.
Mary Jean Horne entered St. Joseph College in 1944 as a freshman member of the Class of 1948. After her sophomore year, she joined the Daughters of Charity on December 5, 1946 in Emmitsburg, Maryland. In her first mission at St. Vincent Home and School in Washington, DC, she served as a childcare worker and bookkeeper from 1948 to 1951. In 1951 she taught at St. Benedict School in Greensboro, North Carolina. After completing a Bachelor’s Degree from St. Joseph College, Emmitsburg in 1952, Sister served as Administrative Secretary and Bookkeeper at Astor Home in Rhinebeck, New York. From 1954 to 1969, Sister Mary Jean was engaged in the teaching ministry. She taught at Holy Cross School in Lynchburg, Virginia (1954-1957); Seton Catholic High School in Endicott, New York (1957-1958); Utica Catholic Academy in Utica, New York (1958-1964); and Bishop England High School in Charleston, South Carolina (1964-1969). In 1970, Sister Mary Jean served at St. Joseph’s Provincial House as Auxiliary Personnel and then earned her Master’s Degree in 1971 at Catholic University of America. From 1970-1983 she taught at Elizabeth Seton High School in Bladensburg. From 1983 to 1990 she was the Coordinator of Communications at the Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg. Her next mission was from 1990-1994 at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore where she served in the Pastoral Care Department. Her remaining assignments were in Emmitsburg where she served as an Assistant and Bookkeeper at St. Michael Villa (1994-2000); Docent at the Seton Shrine (1998-2002), Donations Coordinator at the Seton Shrine (2002-2009); and Special Projects for the Provincialate (2009-2010). In 2010 Sister Mary Jean entered into the Ministry of Prayer at Villa St. Michael, a ministry she held until her death.