Saint Meinrad Seminary & School of Theology

Formation and Education for the Life of the Church

Alumni Obituaries

Loretta Javra Obl. SB

C. Javra Obl. SB SS’75 (’72-74), Obl SB born 7/24/ 1931 and died in St. Paul on
8/10/2015. Preceded in death by father, Bernard Javra; mother, Petronella Javra
Chipas; stepfather, Anthony Chipas; brother, Leonard Javra; guardian, Petrika
Rusteika, numerous relatives in Lithuania. Survived by nephew, Bernard Javra
(Thao, Evan and Alexander) of Naperville, IL; also by numerous cousins in
Lithuania and cousin, Stephen Sokas (Florence, dec) of Chicago. Graduate
degrees in theological studies in religious education, studied two summers at
the Tantur Ecumenical Center in Jerusalem. A member of the Sisters of Casmir,
Chicago for 20 years before relocating to Minnesota in 1973 where she served as
religious educator in the following parishes: Religious Education Center,
Hastings; St. Rita, Cottage Grove; St. Leo (now Lumen Christi), St. Paul; St.
Pascal Baylon, St. Paul; MMCC, Burnsville; St. Odilia, Shoreview; St. Lawrence,
Mpls; Cathedral of St. Paul. In addition to working in the above churches,
Loretta also taught classes in a number of parishes and institutions in the
Twin Cities until her retirement in 2007. She also facilitated a local
scripture study group of women in the Highland Park area from 1984-2014. She
has been an Oblate of St. Benedict's Monastery in St. Joseph, MN since 1999.
Loretta traveled extensively to areas concerned with her religious ministries
(Israel, and the other lands of the Bible). In addition, Loretta visited
Lithuania, home of her parents and ancestors during the summers of 1994, 1995
and 2002. She loved the land of her ancestry and spoke her first language,
Lithuanian, since her childhood. She and her brother learned English when they
began elementary school in Chicago. She continued to speak, read and write
Lithuanian all her life. She was a member of the Lithuanian American Community
in Minnesota.