Nancy Hale

August 4, 1947 ~ October 3, 2021 (age 74)


Sister Nancy Hale, 74, died peacefully on Sunday October 3, 2021 in New Orleans.  Nancy was born in Santa Monica, CA.  She grew up in Downey, CA, where she attended the local Catholic grammar and high schools. In 1968 she joined the congregation of the Sisters of the Holy Faith at St. Raymond, Downey.  She did her novitiate at the motherhouse in Dublin, Ireland, where she professed her vows in August, 1970.  Nancy earned her B.A. degree from Loyola University in New Orleans and her M.A. degree from Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.  She was missioned to Louisiana to St. Robert Bellarmine in Arabi and Epiphany School 1984-1987.  Nancy worked in schools staffed by the Sisters of the Holy Faith in both Northern and Southern CA for the next ten years.  New Orleans drew her back as Director of St. Louis Community Center on Barracks and Rampart 1991-1993.  Returning once again to CA, Nancy was campus minister in two high schools, a member of the community’s leadership team, Director of Religious Education and Senior Citizen Coordinator in her home parish of St. Raymond, Downey. Her love for the people and the city of New Orleans drew Nancy back south in 2009 when she volunteered at St. Vincent de Paul Adult Learning Center until 2013 and at Lantern Light at the Rebuild Center until COVID-19 changed our lives in 2019. Throughout her life, Nancy had a deep love and concern for all of God’s people who struggled in any way. Nancy was preceded in death by her parents, Evelyn and Don, and her brother, Pat. She is survived by her brother Mike (Betsy), sisters Donna (Jim), Terri (Gray), and Robin, nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Nancy will be dearly missed by her family and her Holy Faith community. On Saturday October 16, 2021, there will be a visitation from 9 AM until 10:45 AM. A mass celebrating Nancy’s life will begin at 11 AM in the chapel of Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home, 3827 Canal St. To view the service via live-stream and to sign the guestbook, please visit Nancy’s cremated remains will be buried in the cemetery at the motherhouse in Dublin, Ireland. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Nancy’s name to The Margaret Aylward Center, 4270 Acacia Ave., Pico Rivera, CA 90660. This is a ministry of The Sisters of the Holy Faith, which was very dear to Nancy’s heart. Arrangements by Jacob Schoen & Son Funeral Home 3827 Canal St, New Orleans, LA 70119. Condolences may be left at

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