A Turtle’s History
“Elizabeth Ann Espersen, 84, of Liverpool, passed away peacefully on Saturday at Upstate University Hospital. A native of Buffalo, Elizabeth was a Sister of St. Mary of Namur for 27 years. Her first career was as a teacher of art at Mount St. Mary Academy in the Buffalo area. She was named Associate Director of the Vocation Office for the Diocese of Buffalo where she was responsible for the spiritual development of deacons and their families.
In the 1970’s Elizabeth was invited to conduct workshops in prayer and spirituality for the Sisters of St. Mary in Dallas, Texas, and she eventually became Executive Director of Thanks-Giving Square in Dallas…” from which position she was instrumental in introducing the Turtle Creek Chorale to new audiences for more than eight years, including President and Mrs. George Herbert Walker Bush. She became a member of the TCC Board of Directors in August of 1985 and remained on the board for the next eight years, until July of 1993.
“Upon retiring in 2000, she returned to New York and became part time secretary of Our Lady of Peace Church in Lakeland. A past chairperson of the North America Interfaith Network (NAIN), Elizabeth was passionate about interreligious work. She traveled the world as she devoted her life to the interfaith movement.”