College Honors the Life and Work of Nona McGreal, O.P. Led College through Tremendous Growth

  • Wednesday, Mar 20, 2013
Sr. Nona McGreal

Madison, Wis. (March 20, 2013) – Today the College honors the life and work of Sr. Nona McGreal, President of Edgewood College from 1950-1968, who passed away today at Sinsinawa, Wis, the Mother House of the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa.

Sr. Nona was the first person to officially hold the title ‘president’ of Edgewood College. According to historian Sr. Mary Paynter, McGreal’s accomplishments during her tenure are remarkable. They include the creation of the college campus through an extensive building program, increasing the number of and strengthening the faculty, and obtaining our first national accreditation and recognition for educational excellence. Sr. Nona also established a new corporate structure and a lay board of advisors, shaped a strong curriculum, and increased student enrollment while developing a diverse student body.

President Dan Carey reflects “on this first day of spring we are grateful for the life and gifts Sr. Nona brought to Edgewood College. In her own words she expressed, ‘I feel about Edgewood as you would a living plant, you don’t know which branch will develop further, but you know there is life in it.’”

Funeral services for Sr. Nona at Sinsinawa Mother House are pending. A memorial at Edgewood College will be held at a later date.

Friends may call after 5:15 p.m. Monday, March 25, 2013, at the Motherhouse, Sinsinawa, where a wake and remembering service will be held at 6:30 p.m.

 The funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. in Queen of the Rosary Chapel at Sinsinawa Tuesday, March 26, 2013, followed by burial in the Motherhouse Cemetery.

The wake and funeral for Sister Mary Nona McGreal, O.P., will be available for you to watch live via the Internet.

If you have a high-speed Internet connection, you can join the Mound community at the wake service of Sr. Mary Nona. To do so, click on the following link (or copy and paste it into your browser's address line) at 5:15 p.m. Monday, March 25.


(Note: Click on the “WATCH” text in the right column next to the event you wish to view in order for the event to appear in the left window. We will start streaming at 5:15 p.m., but the Sisters leave the Gathering Place soon thereafter, eat supper, and return at 6:30 p.m. for the rest of the service.)

On Tuesday, March 26, we will broadcast her funeral service at 10:30 a.m. To tune in, click on one of the links above and click on the “WATCH” text on the right.