Alumna of the Year 2018: Mary Caratan Sloper ’58

Mary Caratan Sloper ‘58. She has lived a life dedicated to “all of which woman is capable” and has been a consummate example of our Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.

A graduate of OLP from 1958, Mary also graduated from our Sister college, Mount Saint Mary’s University in 1962 with a nursing degree. She has served on the nursing faculty at MSMU, was acting chair of the department, the Assistant to the provost, and on the regents’ council.

Mary earned her Masters of Nursing in community mental health nursing at UCLA and was the Director of Nursing education at St. Vincent’s hospital in New York.

Here at OLP, she tirelessly devoted her attention as an alumnae board member and a visionary Board Chair for 9 years and is presently on the cabinet of the Boundless Campaign for OLP.

Mary is a true daughter of St. Joseph and a modern day Mother St. John Fontbonne. If we gaze at the classical figures of Mother St. John Fontbonne, she is always shown with a foot moving forward and hands open to possibilities, her eyes always looking to the future. Her other foot is firmly in place, slightly behind, planted in the traditions of the past. And Mary is so like those figures of Mother St. John — she has never forgotten from whence she came, from where her dedication and service to the least among us was branded into her soul. She guards with great fervor the long – held traditions of OLP’s storied past and especially cherishes her sisters from the Class of 1958. Yet she is a visionary leader, never allowing the past to hold back the bright future that lies ahead for her alma mater, her soul mother. She has never hesitated to be present and work toward bringing “our girls” her sister alumnae at OLP into the future. She is truly a woman of faith, a woman of heart, a woman of courage and a woman of excellence. Yes, a modern day Mother St. John Fontbonne she is!  

There is no finer example of an alumna who lives daily the charism of our Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet.  We look forward to the future as as Mary continues her work as a lace maker in our community and in our world.