Sister Mary Antona (Elizabeth Louise) Ebo

Mary Antona Ebo, FSM
Mary Antona Ebo, FSM
Order: 
Franciscan Sisters of Mary (FSM)
Jubilee year: 
70th entrance
Birth name: 
Elizabeth Louise Ebo
Birthplace: 
Bloomington, Ill.
Entrance: 
1946
First profession: 
1950
Final profession: 
1954
Education: 

Bachelor's in medical records, St. Louis University, 1962

Master's in hospital executive development, St. Louis University, 1970

Master's in theology of health care, Aquinas Institute of Theology, 1978

Doctorate of humane letters, honoris causa, Loyola University, Chicago, 1995

Doctorate of humane letters, honoris causa, College of New Rochelle, N.Y., 2008

Doctorate of humane letters, honoris causa, Aquinas Institute of Theology, 2009

Doctorate of humane letters, honoris causa, St. Louis University, 2010

Doctorate of humane letters, honoris causa, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 2010

Honorary doctor of laws, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Ind., 2013

Service in the archdiocese: 

Medical records, St. Mary's Health Center, St. Louis, 1951-62

Director of medical records, St. Mary's Infirmary, St. Louis, 1962-67

Director of medical records, St. Mary's Health Center, St. Louis, 1966-67

Franciscan Sisters of Mary leadership, St. Louis, 1987-91

Member of archdiocesan Human Rights Committee, St. Louis, 1991-94

Member, Missouri Catholic Conference on social concerns, St. Louis, 1991-94

Pastoral associate, St. Nicholas Parish, St. Louis, St. Louis, 1992-2008

Member, Cardinal Ritter Institute Board of Directors, St. Louis, 1993-96

Secretary, Cardinal Ritter Institute Board of Directors, St. Louis, 1998-2003

Service outside of the archdiocese: 

Executive director, St. Clare Hospital, Baraboo, Wis., 1967-71

Assistant executive director, St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, Wis., 1971-74

Executive director of Wisconsin Conference of Catholic Hospitals (CHA Wisconsin), 1974-76

Chaplain and pastoral associate, St. Mary's Hospital, Madison, Wis., 1978-81

Chaplain, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, Miss., 1981-87

About me: 

Sister Antona has been a leader in the civil rights movement since her involvement in the March 10, 1965, march in Selma, Ala., to protest Bloody Sunday days earlier. She told the crowd: "I am here because I am a Negro, a nun, a Catholic and because I want to bear witness." One of the first three African-American women to join the Sisters of St. Mary (now the Franciscan Sisters of Mary), throughout her long life she has continued to be a pioneer in the struggle for equality for all God's people.