Official Press Release from the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida


Contact: Lidia Sobierajski
Associate Director of Development
St. Joan Antida High School
(414) 274-4728

The Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida Sadly Announce the Deaths of
Sr. Gabriella Nguyen and Sr. Monica Fumo

MILWAUKEE, WIS. – May 19, 2020 – The Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida today announced that Sr. Gabriella Nguyen, 75, and Sr. Monica Fumo, 78, have died from the COVID-19 virus.

Sr. Gabriella, a native of Vietnam, was an alumna of St. Joan Antida High School and went on to work for the school for many years in a variety of capacities. She most recently spent time at St. Charles Borromeo Parish where she continued to carry on the mission of the Sisters of Charity of Saint Joan Antida.

Sr. Monica served for more than 50 years as a teacher, administrator, counselor, and friend to thousands of young women who studied at St. Joan Antida High School. She was well known for her involvement in the annual Spaghetti with the Sisters and Nun Run events, as well as her many connections to the Italian community in southeastern Wisconsin.

"This is a profound loss for our community and the many members of the SJA family. Both of our beloved sisters will be remembered for their lives of service to God and their love for all God's people," said Sr. Theresa Rozga, provincial leader of the Sisters of Charity of St. Joan Antida.

"All of us at the high school are beyond sadness at the passing of the sisters," said SJA High School President Marikris Coryell. "Sr. Gabriella was well known for her contagious smile and her delicious egg rolls. Sr. Monica had a wonderful spark and sense of humor which she shared with everyone she met. They both left a warm and loving mark on all our hearts."

"We are grateful for the outpouring of support, prayers, and concern that has been extended to us," continued Sr. Theresa. "The St. Joan Antida High School community is truly a family and has been a great comfort during these challenging days. We continue to pray for our students and staff, alumnae, healthcare workers, the poor, and all those affected by the COVID-19 virus and their families."

A Memorial Mass will be held at a later date. Further updates regarding opportunities to celebrate the lives of these sisters will be posted on the school's website ( and Facebook page.

The Sisters of Charity of Saint Joan Antida were founded in 1799 by Sr. Jeanne-Antide Thouret in Besançon, France with a focus on serving the poor and educating and empowering young women. Their mission is to work with the poor wherever they may be present. The sisters today serve in 31 countries in the Americas, Europe, Africa, and Asia. The order sponsors St. Joan Antida High School (SJA) in downtown Milwaukee. Founded in 1954, SJA prepares young women to lead and serve in a global society through a Catholic, values-based education focused on academic quality, personalized attention, and leadership development.

Sr. Monica (l) and Sr. Gabriella (r) at Spaghetti with the Sisters, 2019

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