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LIM mourns death of alumna

November 6, 2009

The Loyola Institute for Ministry is mourning the loss of Sister Marguerite Bartz, a member of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and a 1979 master’s graduate of LIM. Bartz was found dead in her home on the Navajo reservation near Gallup, N. M., on Nov. 1. Investigators believe her death was a homicide.

Bartz graduated from Xavier University of Louisiana and received her Master in Religious Education from Loyola. She entered the sisters of the Blessed Sacrament in 1966 and professed final vows in 1974. The Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament is a religious order founded 118 years ago by Saint Katharine Drexel, who also founded Xavier.

Bartz served on the Navajo reservation at Saint Berard’s parish from 1999 until her death.

“She was known to be a woman always passionate for justice and peace, and the life she lived would tell us that she would respond to this incident with a spirit of forgiveness towards whoever is responsible for these acts,” read a statement from Roman Catholic Diocese of Gallup.

“She represents a role model for those LIM faculty and students who follow her in time,” said Kathleen O’Gorman, a LIM faculty member who taught Bartz. “She is a witness to her profession as a Sister of the Blessed Sacrament and religious educator, to living out the Gospel vision and to inspiring countless people including our Loyola community to think critically, walk justly and find God in all things.

“We are grateful Sister Marguerite is part of our Loyola community. Her life and ministry exemplify what we hope to effect in our graduates.”

Bartz’s funeral will be held Saturday, Nov. 7 in New Mexico, and she will be buried at St. Michael Indian School in Arizona. For more information, visit http://www.dioceseofgallup.org/full_release.html.

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