Haase to Receive Honorary Doctor of Theology Degree

Sister Bridget Haase, O.S.U., spiritual coordinator at The Boston Home, will receive an honorary doctorate in theology at Stonehill College’s 63rd Commencement on Sunday, May 18.

Sister Bridget Haase
Sister Bridget Haase, O.S.U.

A member of the Ursulines of Roman Union order since she was 17, Sr. Haase has traveled the world serving children, the poor and those in need of medical care. In fulfilling her calling, she has ministered in Missouri, Texas, Appalachia, Africa and Mexico.

Since 1996, Sr. Haase has been serving the Dorchester area of Massachusetts, first as a learning center coordinator and an early childhood educator in an HIV/AIDS day care center and now as the spiritual coordinator at The Boston Home, which cares for adults with advanced multiple sclerosis and other progressive neurological diseases.

During her more than 50 years of Ursuline life, Sr. Haase has served countless children in many countries as a teacher, anti-hunger advocate, and spiritual guide. Always hands-on in her outreach, she has never hesitated to go where the challenge is most intense, such as famine-wracked Sudan in the 1980s. She began her teaching career in St. Louis, where she taught 40 first-graders. Her love of teaching and desire to serve the poor also took her to Appalachia, where she taught economically impoverished children in a building that was little more than a shack.

Sr. Haase is also a published author and a frequent media guest, appearing on such programs as NPR’s Morning Edition, American Catholic Radio, NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams, and Boston Catholic Television.

Along with her brother, Franciscan priest Rev. Albert Haase, O.F.M., she co-hosts the weekly radio show “Spirit and Life” on Relevant Radio, a Catholic talk station which broadcasts on 33 stations in 13 states.

In 2012, she was honored at Ursuline Academy’s Brescia Ball, which recognizes honorees dedication to its mission of service, in Dedham, Mass.