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Sister Jacquelyn (Vianney) Rice, BVM

Sister Jacquelyn (Vianney) Rice, BVM

Sister Jacquelyn (Vianney) Rice, BVM , 88, of Mount Carmel Bluffs, 1160 Carmel Dr., Dubuque, Iowa, died Friday, Jan. 7, 2022.

Private funeral services, Sharing of Memories, and a Memorial Mass were held Friday, Jan. 14, 2022. Burial was in the Mount Carmel Cemetery.

Sister Jackie was an elementary teacher at St. Dorothy and Holy Trinity Chicago; St. Eulalia in Maywood, Ill; and St. Edmund and Oak Park, Ill.  In Chicago, she was director of religious education and pastoral associate at St. Clement Parish and St. Ita, and administrative assistant in legal services for the Archdiocese. She volunteered as an ESL teacher and at a homeless shelter.

She was born on April 29, 1933, in St. Louis to Edward and Mary Ellen (Dalton) Rice. She entered the BVM congregation on Sept. 8, 1951, from St Agnes Parish, St. Louis. She professed first vows on March 19, 1954, and final vows on July 16, 1959.

“No matter where she ministered, Jackie’s passion for social justice was evident. Sister Margaret Dolan [wrote], ‘[Jackie was] a compassionate woman whose heart ached for the poor and powerless; a strong woman who was fearless in speaking out against injustice; [and] an honest woman who was willing to put her body where her mouth was. . . She was willing to suffer the pains of initiating change always with respect for and acceptance of those who were not ready. . . Her intelligent and persevering approach to the pursuit of justice was impressive.’” (Eulogy)

She was preceded in death by her parents and sisters Rosemary (Curtis) Balven, Sister Kathryn Rice, OLVM, Patricia (Joseph) Schafers, and Claire Bruce.  She is survived by nieces, nephews, cousins, and the Sisters of Charity, BVM, with whom she shared life for 70 years.

Memorials may be given to Sisters of Charity, BVM Support Fund, 1100 Carmel Drive, Dubuque, IA 52003 or make an online gift.

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This Post Has 3 Comments
  1. Jackie is a wonderful friend of mine. We supported each other tough and trying times
    We celebrated our best times.
    Jackie always remembered the anniversary of my husband’s death. I will miss her I rejoice that she is home.

  2. Sr. Jackie always had a big, bright smile. Her gentle kindness and warmth could light up the world. I will always remember her as a truly good person, with the ability to spread kindness, love, patience, and understanding. I know she will be at peace and be able to touch others from heaven!
    Smile on, Jackie!
    Catherine May

  3. Jackie understood her mission and her origin, that of love. In any ministry of which she had many she sought to bring a loving, listening , accepting presence. I was so blessed to have her influence as a young woman. She showed by how she lived that being rooted and grounded in God and sharing that love was what was important. Thank you Jackie. I love you dearly.

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