Sister Jacquelyn Ernster

Sister Jacquelyn Ernster, a former president of Mount Marty and past prioress of Sacred Heart Monastery, is shown speaking to the Yankton Interchange Club in 2009.

Sister Jacquelyn Ernster, a longtime member of Sacred Heart Monastery, a former monastery prioress and the last monastic president of Mount Marty University, died Saturday, Nov. 20, according to a post on the monastery’s Facebook page. She was 82.

“Sister Jacquelyn Ernster joined our Lord in His glory,” the post said.

Ernster was president of Mount Marty College (as it was known then) from 1983-1997, then served as prioress of the monastery from 1997-2005. She also served as a history professor and a dean at the college.

In her later years, she served as administrator at St. Gertrude’s Monastery in Ridgely, Maryland.

She was also named Yankton’s Citizen of the Year in 2000.

In a Twitter post, current Mount Marty University President Dr. Marc Long said, “She was an amazing person and president. I will miss her advice and friendship. All who have studied and worked at MMU will appreciate her heavenly prayers. Rest In Peace.”

A wake service will be held at 7 p.m. tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 23) and the funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, both in Bishop Marty Memorial Chapel in Yankton. Burial will be in the monastery cemetery. The Wintz & Ray Funeral Home is handling arrangements.

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