Sister Cordelia Lange, OSB of St. Scholastica Monastery, Fort Smith, entered into eternal life on August 10, 2010 at the age of 94. She was born on May 4, 1916 in Nazareth, Texas to John and Louise Lange. She entered St. Scholastica Convent in 1931 and made her monastic profession on June 24, 1932. She received her state elementary school teaching certificate in 1942. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Marymount College, Salina, KS, in 1957 and her Master’s Degree in Theology from St. John University, Collegeville, MN, in 1963.
She taught from 1934 through 1997 except for a one year period, 1941-42, when she worked at St. Joseph Orphanage. She taught in St. Joseph School, Paris; St. Benedict, Subiaco; St. Joseph, Center Ridge; St. Mary, Barling; St. Joseph, N. Little Rock; St. Augustine, Dardenelle; St. Mary, Altus; and St. Scholastica Academy, Fort Smith. She spent the last thirty years of her teaching career in St. Joseph School, Amarillo, Texas. In her nine years as a high school teacher at St. Scholastica Academy, she assisted the formation director in training aspirants and novices. She retired to St. Scholastica Monastery in 1998. An accomplished seamstress, Sister Cordelia made vestments and assisted in the monastery gift shop after her retirement.
Sister Cordelia is survived by her sister, Sister Corinne Lange, OSB, the members of her monastic community, and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers and four sisters.
Memorial donations may be made to St. Scholastica Continuing Care Fund, P. O. Box 3489, Fort Smith, AR 72913.Donate In Sr. Cordelia Lang’s Memory
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