|Sister Elizabeth Moran
Elizabeth Mary Moran was born on May 31, 1943, in Kells, County Meath, Ireland; the eighth of ten children. Her parents and two married sisters are deceased. Elizabeth attended the National and Secondary Schools in her home town. Elizabeth's wish early in life was to become a nurse like her sister. Her mother directed her to St. Clare's Dietetic Hospital for Children for two summers experience. Here Elizabeth heard the call to religious life, a result of the influence of the Sisters of St. Clare.
On April 26, 1960, Elizabeth entered St. Clare's Convent. On December 4, 1961, she took first vows and was given the name of Sister Mary Alacoque. After religious formation and during College Preparation, she was given an opportunity to be an Assistant Teacher in St. Clare's Convent schools in Ireland, England and Scotland. On December 8, 1964, she took final vows as a Sister of St. Clare. At this time she was in the process of applying for Nursing School in England, but her Superior asked her to go on the mission to the USA. This was an integral part of a Poor Clare's life: to be open to mission, and the life of obedience.
Adapting to life in California was challenging but very rewarding. She served in our community in Vista, Ca. During this time she obtained a teaching degree at the University of San Diego. In 1971 Sister Elizabeth was assigned to St. Lawrence School in Tampa, Fl. While teaching there she pursued studies at the University of South Florida to obtain Teacher Certification; she also served for two years as Vice-Principal. She returned to California as Principal of St. Pius X Grade School.
Sr. Elizabeth celebrated her Silver Jubilee of Profession 1n 1986 while at St. Luke's Parish in Palm Harbor, where she assisted the Director of Religious Education for two years. With all this rich experience of school, parish and community life, Sister Elizabeth was assigned as Director of Religious Education at St. Thomas Aquinas in New Port Richey. After seven happy and fulfilled years there, she was assigned to be a classroom teacher for three wonderful years at Guardian Angels and one year at Sacred Heart in Pinellas Park. Sr. Elizabeth now serves as Pastoral Assistant at St. John Vianney Parish, St. Pete Beach.
Although Sr. Elizabeth's wish to serve as a nurse did not materialize, she would not exchange one iota of her life experiences, because she has found fulfillment in answering God's call. She deeply appreciates the prayers, love and support of her Sisters in Community, who have enabled her to be faithful to her religious vocation as a sister of St. Clare.