Sr. Judith Carrara (M. Antonia)
Sr. Judith Carrara was born in Canton, Illinois in l937. She attended St Mary's Grade School in Canton. After graduating from Marycrest College, Davenport, IA in 1960 with a BA in history, she entered the Congregation of the Humility of Mary and pronounced first vows in 1963.
Sr. Judith received an MA in systematic geography from the University of Iowa, an MA in European social history from Northern Illinois University in De Kalb, IL, and an MSW in social work with a concentration in mental health and aging from the University of Wisconsin (Madison).
Sr. Judith taught at Ottumwa Heights Junior College and was assistant professor at Marycrest College in Davenport. She was coordinator of elderly services for Rock Island County at Project Now in Rock Island, IL; program and compliance manager at Western Illinois Area Agency on Aging, which covers program support and funding to aging services in ten Illinois counties. Her work in Davenport included social work/case management coordinator at Center for Aging Services (CASI); elder services program director at Friendly House; and supportive services coordinator to older residents for Signature Management. In 2007 she moved to Peoria, IL, to care for her mother who died at 100 years of age. After a sabbatical she returned to ministry with senior citizens.
Sr. Judith currently lives in Bettendorf Iowa, volunteers as a support person to older adults and as a social justice advocate.