Welcome to the celebration of life for Sister Julia Veronica Hannon, a Sister of Saint Joseph for sixty-five years. In this season of autumn we appreciate and enjoy the fruits of the harvest that result from all that was planted and tended in spring and through the summer days. And so with Julia who was given life by her parents, Thomas and Anna, her faith was nurtured in Our Lady of Good Counsel Parish School and St. Angela Hall.
Her gifts and talents developed as she achieved a Bachelor’s degree in History from St. Joseph’s College and a Master’s degree in Education from Queens College. Julia shared her gifts as a teacher for many years. As Sisters of Saint Joseph we are opened to do whatever needs to be done to meet a need. Julia responded to the needs of our retired and infirmed sisters and worked here at Maria Regina in the pharmacy and with medical records. Yet she continued to teach in the Education Center which was then housed right here in Maria Regina.
Relationships are integral to living out our congregational mission and Julia’s intimate relation with her loving God was the source of nourishment that enabled her vocation to mature and thrive. Her students knew her dedication as well as those she served here in Maria Regina. Julia’s family was so important to her and she could spend a whole day browsing, shopping and just being with her beloved sister Jane, enjoying every minute of being together.
As with all life that matures, struggles arise and it is inner strength and fervent courage that enables life to continue in spite of compromise. Julia faced her health challenges with great courage and patience, relying on her faith and trust in the God who gave her life and who would never abandon her. Through the care of all here at Maria Regina and the love of her family, Julia’s life was cherished. Now in this season of abundant harvest, Julia can enjoy the fullness of life with her loving God and all who welcome her into eternal peace. We who remain can nourish our lives with Julia’s example of faith, courage and patient endurance until we, too, are united with her in eternity.
Sister Julia Veronica Hannon, CSJ died on October 5, 2015 in the 66th year of her religious life.