WICHITA — Sister Julita Paulie, 97, a member of the Congregation of St. Joseph for 80 years, died Saturday, April 24, 2021.
Sister Julita (Rita Adelaide) was born April 24, 1924, to Joseph and Nellie Paulie on a farm near St. Paul.
Her education began in Brogan Rural School. Following the completion of elementary school, she attended St. Francis High School in St. Paul for three years. After her third year she entered Mount St. Mary’s Convent, where she finished high school. Sister Julita entered the Novitiate of the Sisters of St. Joseph on March 19, 1941, and made her final profession of vows on Aug. 15, 1946.
Sister Julita obtained a bachelor’s degree from Marymount College, Salina, a master’s degree from Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, and graduate studies in philosophy from The Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C.
She served in ministry as an elementary and middle school teacher and a principal for 28 years in Kansas and Oregon before transitioning to a college teaching career at St. Mary of the Plains College until 1980, when she was elected to the General Council of the Congregation. From 1984 to 1993 she served as the general secretary for the congregation, and from 1993 to 1994 she was the assistant archivist. In 1994, Sister Julita began ministering to the residents of Prairie Mission Retirement Center in St. Paul. She retired to Mount St. Mary’s Convent in 2011 and enjoyed her ministry of prayer.
Sister Julita was preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Nellie Paulie; five brothers; and five sisters. She is survived by a sister, Frances McCauley; and many nieces and nephews.
There will be a visitation at 5 p.m. and a rosary at 7 p.m. Thursday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home in St. Paul. Due to the pandemic, there will be a private service for residents of Mount St. Mary’s Convent at a later date. Interment will be in the convent cemetery.
Memorials in her name may be made to the Retirement Fund of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Dear Neighbor Ministries or StepStone, 3700 E. Lincoln, Wichita, KS 67218.