Year: 2018

Sister Karen Frances O’Neill, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | September 27, 2018 | Comments Off on Sister Karen Frances O’Neill, CSJ

Whenever we come to celebrate the life of one of our sisters we hold up all of the wonderful works they have done during their life as a Sister of Saint Joseph…and this is only right.  A little while ago Sister Helen spoke of Karen’s ministries.  At each place and with each person …whether a young child in her classroom or in Religious Education…or at the bedside of a sick…

Sister Jane Theresa Bannon, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | September 6, 2018 | Comments Off on Sister Jane Theresa Bannon, CSJ

Present, strong, kind, firm, dedicated, supportive, protective and faithful are words used to capture the spirit of Sister Jane Theresa Bannon, a Sister of Saint Joseph for sixty-four years. These words came from many who knew Jane. Relationships are integral to our congregation’s mission to live and work that all may be one, moving always toward profound love of God and neighbor without distinction. Jane’s earliest relationships were with her…

Sister Catherine Mary O’Leary, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | September 3, 2018 | Comments Off on Sister Catherine Mary O’Leary, CSJ

In today’s liturgy, St. Paul reminds all of us to “Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you are called to peace.” This is why we are all here together today, to witness to the peace that a life clothed in compassion, kindness, humility, and patience can bring to all who are touched by that life. Catherine was given life by her…

Sister Margaret Mary Connolly, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | August 24, 2018 | Comments Off on Sister Margaret Mary Connolly, CSJ

We are here to celebrate the life of Margaret Mary Connelly, a Sister of St. Joseph for seventy-two years . She has kept the faith that was nurtured by her parents, Margaret and William, in their home parish of St. Martin of Tours in Brooklyn.  Margaret attended elementary school there and then St. Joseph’s Juniorate, entering the congregation in 1946. She earned a Bachelor’s degree in Education from St. John’s…

Sister Edward Joseph Murphy, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | July 10, 2018 | Comments Off on Sister Edward Joseph Murphy, CSJ

Ten years ago, when our beloved Sister was recuperating from a debilitating fall, she called me to say that she was preparing her funeral Mass, and asked if I would give the eulogy? I told her I would be honored to do so. She thanked me and then said she had one request, Keep it brief. Wise, intelligent, gracious, kind, compassionate, considerate, prayerful. Do not these adjectives describe Marie Murphy…

Sister Vivina Gracia Supelveda, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | June 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Sister Vivina Gracia Supelveda, CSJ

Buenos dias a todos…. Good morning everyone …. I would like to share with you a few words of admiration about our smaller in size but big in heart Sister Vivina Gratia Supelvida. She was always so generous, sure of her convictions, gentle in her ways of living her  life.  She was humble and simple, a deeply prayerful religious, a good listener who was grateful for all God’s gifts to…

Sister Joan Aileen Ryan, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | June 18, 2018 | Comments Off on Sister Joan Aileen Ryan, CSJ

Reflection on life of Sister Joan A. Ryan I have only known Joan for the past five years when she welcomed me, as her new neighbor to the third floor of St. Joseph’s Convent.  We were the newest kids on the block and found ourselves together, many times trying to figure out where to go and what to do.  As I needed physical therapy and Joan needed physical therapy at…

Sister Rita Elizabeth Derricks, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | June 17, 2018 | Comments Off on Sister Rita Elizabeth Derricks, CSJ

There is an old saying:  “You can’t take it with you when you go.” But, the Book of Revelation has another view – “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord… Yes… says the Spirit, theyare blessed indeed, for their good deeds go with them”. (Rev. 14:1-3) I firmly believe that all of us –  gathered in this Sacred Space where Elizabeth prayed so often-as well as many others…

Sister Mary Rose Feeney, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | April 21, 2018 | Comments Off on Sister Mary Rose Feeney, CSJ

We are here together today to remember and celebrate the life Mary Rose Feeney, S. Rose Andrew, a sister of St.Joseph for sixty two years. In this season of Easter we hear the stories of the Apostles going out to do what Jesus taught them to do, to teach, heal and be the face of a loving God to all in need. Mary Rose was deeply aware that God had…

Sister Katherine McLaughlin, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | April 14, 2018 | Comments Off on Sister Katherine McLaughlin, CSJ

We celebrate the life of Katherine Ann McLaughlin, Kari, a Sister of St. Joseph for seventy one years. Born to Catherine and Charles, Katherine and her sisters, Eleanor, Joan, Mary and Ann grew up in Philadelphia. Many of us know the Brentwood congregation was founded from Philadelphia and when Kari met with a local priest to inquire about religious life, he introduced her to S. Joan de Lourdes. After high…