Sister of Charity of Nazareth Charlene Jacobs, an educator, dies at 72

Sister of Charity of Nazareth Charlene Jacobs died July 22 at Carrico Hall on the campus of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth (SCNs) in Nazareth, Ky. She was 72 and had been an SCN for 53 years.

Sister Jacobs, a native of Lexington, Ky., served as a teacher and principal in the Archdiocese of Louisville for 43 years. In Louisville she served at St. Martha and St. Agnes schools.

Sister Jacobs served as principal at St. Benedict School in Lebanon Junction, Ky. from 1979 to 1986. She also served as a teacher at St. Joseph School in Bardstown, Ky., from 1986 to 2009.

Following her teaching career, Sister Jacobs served in community service at Nazareth in the archives, the pastoral administrator’s office and Heritage Hall from 2009-2012. She also served as coordinator of the Motherhouse during the two following years. She had served in the apostolate of prayer since 2014.

Sister Jacobs, who was baptized Mary Marlene Jacobs, is survived by her twin sister Charlene Jacobs Gandolfo of Lexington, nieces, nephews and members of her religious community.

The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated July 29 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Vincent Church at Nazareth, followed by burial in Nazareth Cemetery.

The visitation will take place today, July 28,  after 4 p.m. in St. Vincent Church, followed by a prayer service at 6:30 p.m.
Expressions of sympathy may be made to the SCN Office of Congregational Advancement, P.O. Box 9, Nazareth, Ky., 40048.

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