Carol Morehouse, SSJ — 50 Years

Sister Carol Morehouse, SSJ, is a native of Erie, Pennsylvania. She graduated from Villa Maria Academy and Villa Marie College in 1971 with a BS degree in Elementary Education. She furthered her studies, earning a JD degree in Law from Duquesne University Law School in 1986. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph from St. Peter Cathedral Parish in Erie in 1974 and professed her final vows in 1981. Sister Carol is currently serving a second term in Leadership for the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania. Before serving in Leadership, Sr. Carol was pastoral care and mission integration director at Saint Vincent Health Center. She previously served as senior vice president of mission integration at Saint Vincent Health Center. Sister Carol taught for many years at various Erie Diocesan elementary schools and served as principal and administrator at Villa Maria Academy. She served in private practice as an attorney and was affiliated with the Moran, Morehouse, and Bruno firm. Sr. Carol previously served the Sisters of St. Joseph as councilor/treasurer and a leadership delegate-at-large. She serves on the boards of the Sisters of St. Joseph, the Sisters of St. Joseph Mission & Ministries Foundation, Harborcreek Youth Services, St. Patrick’s Haven, and St. James Haven. She is a past board member of Saint Vincent Health Center, Villa Maria Academy, and the SSJ Neighborhood Network. She was president of the Villa Maria Elementary School Board during the school’s final year. Sister Carol was named the 2024 Religious of the Year by the Serra Club of Erie. 

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