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June 6, 2014

Sister Marie Kevin Tighe

89; Terre Haute

Sister Marie Kevin Tighe, 89, Terre Haute, died May 19, 2014, in Mother Theodore Hall at St. Mary of the Woods.

She was born in New Albany on Aug. 23, 1924, to Edward J. and Anna Buche Tighe. She entered the congregation of the Sisters of Providence on Jan. 7, 1942 and professed final vows Aug. 15, 1949.

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 those 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 promoter of the cause for the canonization of Mother Theodore Guerin, a project she led to completion in 2006.

She also wrote reflections of the post-Vatican II church. This was published in 2009 with the title “Arch, Steeples and Dome: Symbols of a Journey of Faith.”

Sister is survived by many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by five sisters, Prisca Day, Edith Tighe, Alice Carnes, Mary Russell and Ruth Waters; and a brother, Paul Tighe.

Memorial constributions may be made to the Sisters of Providence, 1 Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary of the Woods, IN 47876.

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