By Catholic Review Staff
A funeral Mass for Daughter of Charity Sister Denise Simms will be offered Nov. 16 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Emmitsburg. Sister Denise died Nov. 12. She was 103.
A native of Issue, Sister Denise celebrated 84 years as a Daughter of Charity of St. Vincent de Paul in October.
Sister Denise began as a novice at St. Joseph Provincial House in Emmitsburg and completed her formation period at the motherhouse in Paris.
In 1930 she was missioned to St. Joseph Seminary in Emmitsburg to assist with the formation of seminary sisters.
Sister Denise served as a child care worker at St. Vincent Infant Home in Baltimore from 1935 to 1942. She studied nursing at St. Agnes Hospital in Baltimore from 1942 to 1945 and it was there she earned a nursing diploma.
She ministered as a nurse in New York and Washington, D.C., from 1945 to 1946. From 1950 to 1971 she ministered in Boston.
From 1970 to 1971 ministered in Washington, D.C., before returning to St. Vincent Infant Home in Baltimore as a sister servant and administrator from 1971 to 1975.
From 1975 to 1983 Sister Denise ministered in Virginia before transferring to Villa St. Michael in Emmitsburg as nursing director until 1990.
She served as outreach coordinator at Seton Center in Emmitsburg from 1990 to 2003 before entering the ministry of prayer at Villa St. Michael in Emmitsburg.
Sister Denise earned a bachelor’s in nursing with a minor in public health from Boston College.
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