Date of death: 5/19/2014

Saint Meinrad Class: SB 2008

Sister Marie Kevin Tighe, 89, died at 4:45 a.m. Monday, May 19, 2014, in Mother Theodore Hall, St. Mary-of-the-Woods. She was born in New Albany, on Aug. 23, 1924, to Edward J. and Anna Buche Tighe, and was baptized Anna Therese. Sister entered the Congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Jan. 7, 1942, and professed final vows Aug. 15, 1949. She earned a bachelor’s degree from St. Mary-of-the-Woods College and master’s degrees from Indiana State University and St. Louis University. Of her 72 years as a Sister of Providence, she ministered in education for 24 years in schools in Indiana and Illinois. For eight of these years, she served as principal. In 1968, she was elected to a four-year term on the leadership team for the Indiana Province. Following that, she was one of six sisters who made up the Corporate Renewal Team for the Congregation. This led her to a number of ministries in formation, spiritual direction, and church leadership. These included four years at St. Meinrad School of Theology as spiritual director and teacher. In 1996, she became the promoter of the cause for the canonization of Mother Theodore Guerin, a project she led to completion in 2006. She then directed the office of the Shrine for Saint Mother Theodore for a year. Leaving that ministry, she gave her time to writing her reflections of the post-Vatican II church. This was published in 2009 with the title: Arch, Steeples, and Dome: Religious Symbols on a Journey of Faith.” Beginning in 2010, she dedicated herself totally to the ministry of prayer. Sister Marie Kevin was a woman of unflagging enthusiasm for all things related to the good of the Catholic Church and her congregation. She stayed actively involved in all congregations meetings and discussions until the end, sharing the insights and ideas that came from her rich ministry background.Sister is survived by many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by five sisters, Prisca Day, Edith Tighe, Alice Carnes, Mary Russell and Ruth Waters; and a brother, Paul Tighe. “