In 1909, Sister Mary Elizabeth was holding the office of assistant to the
Superior General at the time of the sudden death of Superior General Mother Mary Austin Jones. She was the logical successor
and was elected to subsequent terms, ending in 1918. After various missionary work, she was tapped to the lead the order in
1930, service which lasted until her death 16 years later. Her 25 years tenure leading the order is longer than any other.