Mount St. Joseph University mourns the loss of Sister Elizabeth Cashman, who passed away Monday, October 29, 2018, at the age of 92 in the Sisters of Charity Mother Margaret Hall. She was a Sister of Charity for 73 years, and she was an integral part of the Mount community.
Reverend John Amankwah, Ph.D., MSJ associate professor of communication and SC Associate, shared this story about Sister Elizabeth.
“I met her for the first time during my interview with the Mount in 2005. After going through the long interview process, I met with her for the last interview about the mission of the University, grounded in the spirit of the Sisters of Charity. I was tired. She looked at me and said, ‘You look tired!’ I replied ‘Yes.’ She said to me: ‘It will not take long.’ Then she began with the history of the Sisters of Charity of Cincinnati and their mission. My eyes were closing so she said: ‘Wake up!’ Little did I know that I was going to see her often in the corridors of our department, since she was a friend of Sr. Peg McPeak. Sr. Elizabeth, I will miss your smile and especially your motherly approach to things. Safe journey to the Lord and rest in peace.”
Sister Elizabeth attended the College of Mount St. Joseph before she joined the Sisters of Charity in 1945 and dedicated 30 years of administration to the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and a variety of institutions, including the Mount.
She was chosen to be vice president of the Mount in 1975, and later served as the Dean of Students and advisor to President Sr. Francis Marie Thrailkill, OSU, beginning in 1986.
“I was home again with students. They enlivened as well as challenged me while offering me the opportunity to be part of their growth and development…this time to adulthood,” she once said.
Sister Elizabeth went on to chair the Mount's Mission Integration Committee and oversaw the expression of mission in events, awards, and campus life, offering her firm but guiding hand in the Commencement ceremonies. She was honored for her dedication and loyalty to the Mount and its mission with the Elizabeth Seton Mission Award. In 2003, she retired from the Mount. The Sister Elizabeth Cashman Endowed Scholarship was established in her honor. During her time at the Mount, Sr. Elizabeth touched every soul she met.
In her retirement, Sister Elizabeth volunteered in the Campus Ministry Center at the Mount and with Hospice, continuing to follow her call of service and charity to all of God’s creations.