Year: 2018

Sister Laurette Rita Wieman, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | March 23, 2018 | Comments Off on Sister Laurette Rita Wieman, CSJ

We come together to celebrate the life of Sister Laurette Rita Weiman, a Sister of St. Joseph for seventy one years. I had the opportunity to visit our sisters in Puerto Rico last Thursday until this past Sunday. On Thursday evening I received the call that Laurette had suffered a major stroke and just after that call I heard she died. Laurette spent fifteen years on the island so all…

Sister Loyola Marie Curtin, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | March 12, 2018 | Comments Off on Sister Loyola Marie Curtin, CSJ

We elebrate the life of Sister Loyola Marie Curtain, a Sister of St. Joseph for seventy-two years. Born Therese, the youngest of eleven children of Anna and William Curtin, Loyola grew up in Brooklyn   She attended St. Mary Mother of Jesus Parish School and St. Brendan’s High School. Entering the congregation after high school, Loyola taught young children at Sacred Heart Seminary in Hempstead and in Brooklyn at St. Thomas…

Sister Gloria Garcia, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | March 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Sister Gloria Garcia, CSJ

At the wake yesterday afternoon and again this morning we heard many wonderful stories of the ways that Gloria touched the lives of her family and friends, members of our congregation – especially those who lived with Gloria, and those who ministered with her whether briefly or for a longer period of time. AIthough I knew Gloria as a Sister of St. Joseph, I first came to know her when…

Sister Kathleen Marie Britt, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | March 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Sister Kathleen Marie Britt, CSJ

We celebrate the life of Kathleen Marie Britt, a Sister of St. Joseph for sixty-seven years. Born in Brooklyn to Margaret and Leo, Kathy waa one of six children. With a degree in Education from St. Francis College and a Masters in special Education, Kathy was well prepared for teaching the primary grades in a number of parish schools. During those years the Sisters of St. Joseph responded to Vatican…

Sister Mary Ann Mattes, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | March 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Sister Mary Ann Mattes, CSJ

Jesus told his disciples: “Have faith in God and have faith in me.” These words gave Sister Mary Ann Mattes, formerly known as Sister Mary Jeremy, a confidence that would permeate her entire life.  We celebrate her life as a Sister of St. Joseph for sixty two years. Born to Dorothy and Joseph, Mary Ann grew up in Queens attending Holy Child Jesus School and the Bishop McDonnell High School.…

Sister Rita Josephine Lisanti, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | March 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Sister Rita Josephine Lisanti, CSJ

Sister Rita Josephine ministered in Brentwood for all of her eighty five years as a Sister of St. Joseph. We all know and celebrate Rita’s long life of 103 years and are grateful that eighty-five of them were with our congregation. Born to Josephine and James in 1914, Rita grew up in St. Ambrose Parish in Brooklyn. A child of Italian immigrant parents, her deep faith was nurtured from an early age.…

Eileen Elizabeth Barden, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | March 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Eileen Elizabeth Barden, CSJ

In this season of the Epiphany, we gather to celebrate the life of Sister Eileen Elizabeth Barden, a Sister of St. Joseph for sixty one years. Born to Elizabeth and John, Eileen grew up in Brooklyn with her three sisters. She attended St. Matthew’s Elementary School and Bishop McDonnell High School. Three years after graduation, Eileen entered the Sisters of St. Joseph and earned a degree in education teaching primary…

Sister Katherine Mary Hanrahan, CSJ

By Clara Santoro | March 2, 2018 | Comments Off on Sister Katherine Mary Hanrahan, CSJ

I am extremely appreciative of all of those who are able to be with us this morning to honor the life of Sister Katherine Hanrahan. I am equally appreciative of those who have called to tell me they are sending their thoughts and prayers to us this morning. My first responsibility is to read a brief letter dictated to me by my sister many weeks ago. It reads as follows,…