Sister Mary Kay Leuschke, Poor Handmaid of Jesus Christ, died peacefully on January 20, 2024, at the Hospice Center of Cincinnati.
As the second of two children of Ralph Albert and Elizabeth Mary Leuschke (Elsie Rotter), Mary Catherine was born in Alton, IL. Her parents and brother Ralph Joseph preceded her in death. She is survived by her long-time House of Peace community member, Lucy Juarez, and her PHJC Sisters.
Sister Mary Kay entered the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ on August 22, 1959 and the following year received the name of Sister Mary Elissa.  She professed vows on August 22, 1962. She earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Education from Alverno College, Milwaukee. She received a Master’s Degree in Education from St. Francis College in Fort Wayne, IN and a Master’s Degree in Social Work from Loyola University, Chicago.
Sister Mary Kay served at St. Boniface School in Germantown, IL (1964-1967), St. Joseph School in Mishawaka, IN (1967-1977) and the PHJC Novitiate in Cincinnati, OH (1977-1984). From 1986 to 1995, Sister Mary Kay ministered in the Cincinnati area as a private clinical therapist and consultant. In 1995 she was part of a therapeutic team working with Mercy Professional Services, which enabled those from a low economic background to receive counseling services. With a focus on education, PHJC service and mental health, she also had a strong compassion for those who are unhoused.
Through her continued service as therapist and supervisor with Mercy Services, Sister Mary Kay helped bring healing to many people. After her retirement in 2017, she continued as a private therapist and volunteer in her neighborhood and parish, visiting the sick and dying.
Thank you, Sister Mary Kay for your witness of trusting in God, reaching out to those most in need and your compassion for those struggling and hurting in life.
The wake and funeral will be held January 30-31, 2024 at Ancilla Domini Convent, Donaldson, IN. Directions are best at this address:  9601 Union Road, Plymouth, IN, 46563.
All times are EST.
Tuesday, January 30
                6 -9 p.m.  Visitation
                7 p.m.   Wake Service
Wednesday, January 31
                10 a.m. Visitation
                10:30 a.m.  Mass of Christian Burial
For those unable to attend in person, the Mass of Christian Burial will be livestreamed at Memorial contributions to the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, P.O. Box #1, Donaldson, IN 46513 or on<>
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