(1930 – 2014)
As Sister Frances Nadolny, Sister Leona’s Chapter Prioress, reminded those attending Sister’s wake, the name “Leona” is a feminine form of “Leo,” which means “lion,” and “Leona” means “lioness.” The lioness cares for and protects the ones she loves, as Sister Leona’s life exemplifies. She wrote that she based her life and all that she did on the Beatitudes and Corporal Works of Mercy.
On January 24, 1930, Edward Adrian and Leona Agnes (Clemens) King of Detroit welcomed a daughter into their family. In baptism their infant daughter received the same name as that of her mother, Leona Agnes. She was one of their six children, four boys and two girls. In her autobiography she does not mention her place in the family or the names of her siblings.
More about Sister Leona King (pdf)
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