We celebrate the life of Sister Anne Brendan Delaney, a Sister of Saint Joseph for over seventy-one years. In this we take time to deepen our relationship with God who loves us unconditionally and impels us to share God’s care and compassion with others. As Sisters of Saint Joseph we commit our lives to bring all into union with God and one another without distinction.
Anne lived that commitment every day of her life. Imbued with a deep faith from her parents James and Mary, Anne learned at an early age, family and relationships were integral to living out that faith. As teacher of young children, she opened up minds and hearts to know the importance of their faith and using their abilities and talents for the sake of others. In her work with the deaf and in parish ministry, Anne witnessed God’s concern for all.
Relationships were important to Anne. Her attentiveness to family celebrations, her beloved Kitty, Jimmy and Eddie, her community at St. Francis de Sales School for the Deaf, her dear friends Fran Costello and Doris Batt, all at St. Mary Mother of Jesus as well as her beloved sisters at Bishop Kearney signified her generosity and kindness.
This week we will celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph and remember Anne’s faithfulness. We celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick, remembering Ann’s love of life and generous service in ministry and volunteering to help at our vacation homes where she loved being with friends. But this week we also welcome Spring, new life, transformation from the cold, dark and hard winter. We are certain that Anne will enjoy the fullness of that new life with all who have gone before her, embraced by the loving arms of her God.
Sister Anne Brendan Delaney, CSJ died on March 11, 2015 in the 72nd year of her religious life.