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Sister Connie Driscoll — Fearless Servant

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The Acton Institute lost a dear friend with the passing last week of Sr. Connie Driscoll, president of the Chicago-based St. Martin de Porres House of Hope, and a frequent lecturer at the Towards a Free and Virtuous Society conferences. Columnist Carol Marin of the Chicago Sun-Times described Sr. Connie as "the most unlikely nun I have ever seen: a black eye-patch-wearing, cigarillo smoking, Scotch-drinking sister. Though she had lost her left eye to a stroke, her good eye was glinty blue and fiercely focused on a mission that would guide the rest of her life and, along the way, rescue the lives of thousands of others."

Rev. Robert Sirico, president of the Acton Institute, offered these words:

Sr. Connie, known and loved by an entire generation of Acton Institute seminar alumni, followed in a long line of disciples of Christ from the Good Samaritan in the first century, the nuns who invented hospitals in the Middle Ages, William Booth (founder of the Salvation Army) in the 19th century and Mother Francis Cabrini and Mother Teresa in our own age: fearless in serving the vulnerable, trusting in God to provide for the needs, and selfless in their dedication. No one will suggest Connie Driscoll’s canonization – but she is, in many ways, already canonized in the hearts of those she served and who loved her. Her entrepreneurial spirit was a healing inspiration to those who knew her, and I count it an honor to have been her friend.

I pray the ancient prayer for her repose:

“May the Angels lead you into Paradise; may the Martyrs receive you at your coming, and take you to Jerusalem the holy city. May the choirs of the Angels receive you, and may you, with the once poor Lazarus, have rest everlasting.”

John Couretas John Couretas is Director of Communications, responsible for print and online communications at the Acton Institute. He has more than 20 years of experience in news and publishing fields. He has worked as a staff writer on newspapers and magazines, covering business and government. John holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in the Humanities from Michigan State University and a Master of Science Degree in Journalism from Northwestern University.


  • Sister Connie Driscoll, 1934 – 2005 In November 1983, Connie Driscoll was 49 years old. She had been many things by then: a sergeant in the Women’s Army Corps, a law school graduate and a successful businesswoman. But that…

  • Clint Green

    Though I only had the opportunity to meet Sister Connie once during my time with Acton, she impressed me as a woman of deep faith and a firm commitment to the mission of Christ Jesus. She will be missed. Requiescat in pacem.

  • Helen Rivera

    I had the privilege of being Sister Connie’s assistant. She was a peach. Tough was she, but her heart was as big as the world. I know Sister Connie loved us all and especially her daughter Molly. I miss her deeply. I sense that she is still with us because when I walk in to work I still say, “Good Morning Sister Connie” silently to myself. I love you Sister Connie and I will see you in Heaven. Love, Helen

  • damien smith

    i knew my aunty as a loving and caring person she always was on my back but still she showed love and care i dont have much to say cause broken hearts never heal and i miss her more than anything in the world i grew up there and still remeber every step so i love her dearly and miss her so much and some day i hope that me and her will meet again in heaven. i will miss you