IN MEMORIAM Alumna, Educator and Trustee Sister Susan Jenny Took on Many Roles at Seton Hill
Sister Susan Jenny, SC, a Seton Hill alumna, faculty and staff member, and a former University Trustee, died May 5, 2022, at the age of 81.
“Religious life has been satisfying and rewarding through circumstances I did not choose for myself. Iʼve had opportunities for growth in my spiritual life and in study, rich experiences with people, places and ministries I would never have imagined, and a sense of purpose that drew me beyond my own limitations. Religious life has been both a humbling and a privileged journey,” Sister Susan said of her life as a Sister of Charity.
A member of the Seton Hill Class of 1966, Sister Susan taught in the Theology Department, served as Dean of Women from 1970 through 1977, and served as a part of the Campus Ministry team from 1979 to 1986.
In 1986, Sister Susan was appointed director of initial formation for the Sisters of Charity, a position she held until 1992. She also helped coordinate programs for Doran Hall, a retreat and renewal center under the administration of the Sisters of Charity. From 1992 to 2001 she served as the associate director of the Office of Parish Life in the Diocese of Greensburg. In 2001, she assumed the ministry of coordinator of faith formation at Blessed Sacrament Cathedral, Greensburg, until 2006. During a sabbatical year, she served as writer for a book on the spirituality of the Sisters of Charity.
In 2008, Sister Susan began ministry at Mt. St. Peter Parish in New Kensington, a position she held until 2012 when she was elected to office as a member of the Provincial Leadership Team. She then retired at Caritas Christi in 2021.
“Sister Susan Jenny modeled a commitment to her alma mater and served as an inspiration to many,” said President Mary Finger. “We remain grateful for Sister Susan Jennyʼs service to Seton Hill University and its students during her time on the faculty and staff and as a member of the Board of Trustees.”
During her time as a Trustee, Sister Susan Jenny served in a leadership role as Chair of the Identity and Mission Committee, where she examined the Universityʼs work in support of mission from the perspective of Seton Hillʼs various constituencies — students, faculty, staff, alumni, and Trustees — and reviewed and recommended opportunities for the future. She was also a member of the Executive Committee and the Committee on Trustees. She concluded her nine years on the board in 2021.