Sister Rae Elwood
Sr. Rae Elwood was born in 1939 in Williamsburg, IA, and entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary in 1959. Her first vows were pronounced in 1962.
Sr. Rae received an associate’s degree from Ottumwa Heights College and a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition from Marycrest College in Davenport, IA. She received her master’s degree in counseling from Southern Illinois University. Her early ministries included that of dietitian at St. Joseph Hospital in Ottumwa, IA, and dean of students at Ottumwa Heights College. At Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL, she was the administrative assistant to the dean and later a campus minister and counselor. From 1976 to 1980 Sr. Rae served as the vice-president of the Congregation of the Humility of Mary. She then served in Davenport as dean of admissions at Marycrest College, academic advisor at Marycrest International University, supportive living coordinator at the Humility of Mary Center, volunteer coordinator at CASI and a counselor in her private practice – Elwood Support Services. Before retiring, Sr. Rae was the program assistant for Our Lady of the Prairie Retreat, a CHM sponsored ministry near Wheatland, IA. She currently lives in Davenport, Iowa and is active in a ministry of prayer and witness.