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Sister Marie Estelle Copeland, SC

 

Sister Miriam Dolores Sell

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SISTER MIRIAM DOLORES SELL, SC, age 94, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on May 25. A Pittsburgh native, Sister Miriam Dolores entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1940, from St. Joseph Parish, Mount Oliver. Preceded in death by parents, John W. and Amelia (Litz) Sell, three brothers: Wilbert, Ray and Leo Sell, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Anne (Kerry) Vornadore. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies and a master’s degree in history from Duquesne University. A teacher of junior high and secondary school students, Sister Miriam Dolores taught in schools of the Altoona-Johnstown, Greensburg and Pittsburgh dioceses. She began teaching at the former Elizabeth Seton High School in 1970, and continued her tenure there when the school merged with South Hills Catholic High School in 1979, thus making her a charter faculty member of the school, renamed as Seton LaSalle. She retired from the classroom in June 2011. Of her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister Miriam Dolores said, “I am grateful for the opportunity to carry Mother Seton’s spirit to the many young men and women whom I have taught, and who, in turn, have enriched my life.”

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Sister Marie Patrick Sullivan

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SISTER MARIE PATRICK SULLIVAN,  age 92, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, Pennsylvania on May 19. A Pittsburgh native, Sister Marie Patrick entered the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill on July 2, 1942, from St. John the Baptist Parish, Pittsburgh. Preceded in death by parents, Patrick P. and Catherine (Tintlenot) Sullivan, fve brothers: John, Robert, William, Joseph, and James, six sisters: Katherine, Bernadette, Gertrude, Dorothy, Marie E. and Sister Ida Catherine Sullivan, SC. She is survived by nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Seton Hill University and a master’s degree in education from Arizona State University. Sister Marie Patrick taught in schools in the Altoona-Johnstown, Pittsburgh and Phoenix dioceses. She ministered as a social worker in Ajo, Arizona, within the Tucson Diocese. She served as vice-principal at Our Lady of Perpetual Help School, Scottsdale, Arizona and was principal at St. Theresa School and St. Catherine School in Phoenix. She also served as principal at St. Mary Magdalene School, Homestead. Sister Marie Patrick worked as an aide at the Sisters of Charity Adult Day Care Center, Monahan Center, Greensburg, and volunteered her services at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity. In reflecting on her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister Marie Patrick stated, “My journey to serve God as a Sister of Charity has been truly life giving. It has been a great joy to experience and share God’s love for us in so many ways and in so many places.”

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Sister Francis Louise Honeychuck

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SISTER FRANCIS LOUISE HONEYCHUCK, SC, age 102, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on April 29. A native of Mount Pleasant, PA, Sister Francis Louise entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on March 25, 1932, from St. John the Baptist Parish, Scottdale, PA. Preceded in death by her parents, Andrew and Sophia (Sidlovski) Honeychuck, and four brothers, Monsignor Robert A. Hanicak, Andrew Hanicak, Lawrence (Larry) Honeychuck, John Hanicak, and a sister, Mrs. Helen (Stephen) Stana, she is survived by nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Duquesne University and a master’s degree in education from Wayne University, Detroit. After four years teaching elementary school students, Sister Francis Louise began a 58-year ministry working with hearing impaired students at DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, Pittsburgh. She specialized in teaching speech reading and speech and language development to hearing impaired students using the oral-aural method of instruction. She continued ministering at DePaul School as the program expanded in 1948, to include blind students. She received certification to become a Volunteer Braille Transcriber from the Library of Congress and transcribed textbooks and daily lessons into Braille for the blind students. In 1970, she returned to teaching the hearing impaired students at De Paul. Throughout her teaching years, she acted as a mentor for teachers who attended the University of Pittsburgh and the Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Sister Francis Louise continued to volunteer her services at De Paul School after she retired from formal classroom teaching. She moved to Caritas Christi in 1999, and volunteered in the archives department of the congregation. Of her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister Francis Louise reflected, “My vocation as a Sister of Charity has brought me many blessings. With regard to my ministry at De Paul School, I felt God gave me a precious gift to devote my time and efforts to teach the special students entrusted to me. I praise God for all He has done for me.”

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Sister Harold Ann Jones

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SISTER HAROLD ANN JONES, SC, age 95, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on April 10. A native of Altoona, Sister Harold Ann entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill on September 8, 1940, from Cathedral of the Blessed Sacrament Parish, Altoona. Preceded in death by her parents, Harold J. and Anne (White) Jones, a brother, H. James Jones, and sisters, Mrs. Nancy (Charles) Rowan and Mrs. Patricia (Otto) Breite.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in English, history, music from Seton Hill University and a master’s degree in administration from Duquesne University. Sister Harold Ann was a teacher and administrator in schools of the Greensburg, Pittsburgh, Lafayette, and Tucson dioceses. She also ministered as a catechist and social service worker at Immaculate Conception Parish in Ajo, Arizona, 1950-1954. She taught at St. Paul School, Carbon, 1954-1956, and served as principal at St. Bruno School in South Greensburg 1956-1962. Her longest tenure, 1983-1995, was as principal of St. John the Evangelist School in Tucson. In 1994, Sister Harold Ann received the Seton Award from Salpointe High School in Tucson, in recognition of the “deep faith, courage, initiative and zeal” exhibited in her advancement of Catholic education. Between 1978 and 1983, Sister Harold Ann was administrator of Assumption Hall, the former retirement home of the sisters and from 1999 until 2004 she was the supervisor of Elizabeth Ann Hall at Caritas Christi. During her retirement, she continued to volunteer her services where needed. Energetic and outgoing, Sister Harold Ann took to heart the words of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, “When so rich a harvest is before us, why do we not gather it?  All is in our hands, if we will but use it.”

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Sister Patricia Collins

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SISTER PATRICIA COLLINS, SC, formerly Sister Marie Alicia, age 85, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on April 6. Born in East Pittsburgh, Sister Patricia entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1950, from St. Mary Magdalene Parish, Homestead.  Preceded in death by her parents, John  and Alice (Brown) Collins,  and a brother, George, she is survived by two brothers, Donald and James Collins, nieces and nephews. Sister Patricia earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Seton Hill University and a master’s degree in history from Duquesne University.  She taught students in junior and senior high school levels in schools of the Altoona, Greensburg and Pittsburgh dioceses. From 1982 through 1990, she was a co-manager of Saint Therese Plaza, Munhall and from 1990-1991, she served in pastoral care ministry at Allegheny General Hospital.  From 1991 until 2007, Sister Patricia was a member of the staff at Ursuline Services, Inc., in Pittsburgh, offering guardianship care for the financial and personal needs of the incapacitated elderly in Allegheny County.  In 2007, she began ministry at the Little Sisters of the Poor as assistant director for development, a position she held until 2010.  An astute historian and uncomplicated personality, Sister Patricia once stated, “Through the experiences of good days and bad days, my faith has deepened and strengthened. Each sister has been God’s instrument to help with that growth.”

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Sister M. Deborah Kelly

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SISTER M. DEBORAH KELLY, age 96, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on January 31, 2017. Born in Wheeling, WVA, Sister Deborah entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1943, from Saint Joseph Cathedral Parish in Wheeling. Preceded in death by her parents Michael B. and Kathleen (Mathison) Kelly, two brothers, John B., George M. and a sister Mrs. Helen (Bernard) Snedeker, she is survived by nieces and nephews. Sister Deborah began her teaching ministry at the former Elizabeth Seton High School, and at Resurrection School in Brookline. In 1946, she was assigned to teach mathematics at Seton Hill University where she also served as chair of that department. In 1971, Sister Deborah became registrar at the university, a position she held until 1979, when she became an administrative assistant there. After she retired from the university in 1990, Sister Deborah was affiliated as a tutor in mathematics at Westmoreland Community College. For a number of years, Sister Deborah served as the coordinator of community life for the Sisters of Charity who resided at Seton Hill University. Generous, patient, soft-spoken, Sister Deborah reflected the words of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, “Through piety and gratitude, we come to the deepest recess of peace and true contentment.”

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Sister Marie B. Hirt

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SISTER MARIE B. HIRT, SC, age 102, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on January 16, 2017. A Pittsburgh native, Sister Marie Berchmans Hirt, or Sister Marie B., as she preferred to be called, entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill on March 25, 1933, from St, Mary of the Mount Parish, Mt. Washington. Preceded in death by her parents, George and Lillian (Lenz) Hirt, a brother, Bernard, and two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy (Donald) Schmadel, and Mrs. Agnes (Hugh) Camp, she is survived by nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh and was a teacher of mathematics in elementary and high schools of the dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown and Pittsburgh from 1936-1984. She also served as business manager for Elizabeth Seton High School and Sacred Heart High School during the time she taught in those places. Sister Marie ministered, part-time, in the accounting department for the Legal Guardianship Program for the Aged at Ursuline Center, Pittsburgh. Endowed with a beautiful singing voice, Sister Marie believed and modeled the words of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, “The goodness of our God is everything.”

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Sister Mary Nolan

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mary-nolan-web-2-x-4SISTER MARY NOLAN, SC, formerly Sister Vincent Mary, age 90, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on October 18, 2016. Born in Pittsburgh, Sister Mary Nolan entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1946, from Holy Rosary Parish, Pittsburgh. Preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Helen (Hanley) Nolan, and four brothers: John P., Thomas M., Frank M. and Edward J., she is survived by cousins, nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Seton Hill University and a master’s degree in English from Carnegie Mellon University. Sister Mary taught junior and senior high school students in schools of the Altoona-Johnstown and Pittsburgh dioceses. Her students remember Sister Vincent Mary as a very fair and just teacher. After teaching for 25 years, Sister Mary moved into hospital communications work in 1973, serving as the director of public relations at both Saint Joseph Hospital, Homestead, and at South Hills Health System and as director of community relations and development at the former Saint John Hospital, Brighton Heights. From 1993 until 1998, Sister Mary was a public health educator for the Allegheny County Health Department. During her years of service with the health care facilities and the Allegheny Health Department, she received several commendations and  awards for her work. When the construction of the Sisters of Charity motherhouse, Caritas Christi, was completed in 1999, Sister Mary ministered there as the supervisor of pastoral services until 2003 when she became a consultant and volunteer at the John Heinz Child Development Center. Sister also volunteered at Saint Joseph House of Hospitality, Epiphany Parish, Mercy Hospital and an Appalachian Work Camp. Endowed with a keen mind, she was an acute observer of politics and a gifted writer. Some of Sister Mary’s poetry was included in  Stations of the Cross: Meditations in Poetry and Line. Noting Mother Seton’s love for the Eucharist, Sister Mary once commented that she believed her ministry as a Eucharistic minister gave her extraordinary graces in her life. She expressed that blessing in one of her haikus:

God shadows the soul,
biding His time, awaiting
the first backward glance. 

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Sister Cecilia McClain

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sister-cecilia-mcclain-sc-2x3-webSISTER CECILIA McCLAIN, SC, (formerly Sister Mary Lawrence), age 92, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on September 19, 2016. Born in Crabtree, Pa, Sister Cecilia McClain entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on July 1, 1946, from Saint Bartholomew Parish in Crabtree. Preceded in death by her parents, Patrick J. and Agnes (Miller) McClain and a sister, Sister Mary Mildred McClain, SC, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Mildred (Edward J.) Ulicny, nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Seton Hill University, a master’s degree in music from DePaul University, Chicago, and a master’s degree in religious studies from Saint Charles Seminary. Sister Cecilia taught students in schools of the dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown, Greensburg, Pittsburgh and Wheeling-Charleston. She was principal at Saint James School, Apollo, and vice-principal at Sacred Heart School in Shadyside, Pittsburgh. From 1985, until her retirement in 2003, she ministered in the diocese of Raleigh, North Carolina, as Director of Religious Education at the Shrine of the Infant of Prague Parish-Holy Spirit Parish in Jacksonville, NC. She moved to Caritas Christi when she retired in 2009. Capable, dedicated, quiet-spoken, Sister Cecilia embodied the words of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, “Through piety and gratitude, we come to the deepest recess of peace and true contentment.”

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Sister Irene Mary Wilburn

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SONY DSCSISTER IRENE MARY WILBURN, SC, age 79, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on September 3, 2016. Born in Pittsburgh, Sister Irene Mary entered the congregation of the Sister of Charity on September 8, 1955, from Saint Rosalia Parish in Greenfield. Preceded in death by her parents, William J. and Irene (Wolf) Wilburn, a brother, Lawrence E., an aunt, Sister Jean Ann Wilburn, SC, and a cousin, Sister Mary Giles Brandt, SC, she is survived by a brother, William, nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Seton Hill University and a master’s degree in reading and language arts from the University of Pittsburgh. Sister Irene Mary taught students of the intermediate and upper elementary levels and served as principal and vice principal in schools of the Altoona-Johnstown, Greensburg, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Tucson dioceses and the Archdiocese of Baltimore. She was principal of Sacred Heart School, Shadyside and of Saint Jerome School, Charleroi. In 1978, she was named an educational consultant for the Diocese of Pittsburgh, a position she held until 1987, when she assumed the position of Assistant Superintendent of Schools for the Greensburg Diocese, 1987-1992. In 1992, she returned to Pittsburgh to act as a diocesan consultant for students with special abilities in Music and Fine Arts, a position she held until 2008. In reflecting on her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister Irene Mary said, “I am grateful for the vocation of ministering 51 years in Catholic education which gave me a sense of purpose and added meaning to my life.”

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Sister Helen Elizabeth McElwain

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SONY DSCSISTER HELEN ELIZABETH McELWAIN, SC, age 92, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on August 21, 2016. A Pittsburgh native, Sister Helen Elizabeth entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1941, from Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Burgettstown, Pennsylvania. Preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Elizabeth (McCaffrey) McElwain, two sisters, Mrs. Mary (William) McDonald and Mrs. Agnes (Walter) Janczak, a brother, J.J. McElwain, MD, and a maternal cousin, Sister Mary Cletus Murphy, SC, she is survived by nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology, psychology and French from Seton Hill University and a master’s degree in sociology from the Catholic University of America.  Sister Helen Elizabeth taught students at elementary schools in Pittsburgh and Altoona. From 1951 until 1962, she served as assistant dean of students and taught sociology at Seton Hill University. She also taught sociology there in summer sessions from 1951-1968. From 1962 until 1969, she taught French and was the guidance counselor at Sacred Heart High School and at Elizabeth Seton High School. She also taught at Bishop Boyle and Holy Innocents High Schools and at Greensburg Central Catholic High School. From 1979 until 1989, Sister Helen Elizabeth served on the staff at Saint Joseph House of Hospitality. She also ministered at the Ursuline Center and at Saint Kieran Parish in Lawrenceville. From 1990 until 2000 she served as manager of housing at Etna Commons. She then volunteered at St. Columbkille Parish. On January 3, 1999, Sister Helen Elizabeth received the Pittsburgh Diocese’s Manifesting the Kingdom award for “her exceptional service to the people of God uniquely reflected in her life and ministry.” When asked to reflect on her life as a Sister of Charity, she commented, “Only goodness and kindness have followed me all the days of my life.”

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Sister Mary Arleen Squitieri

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SISTER MARY ARLEEN SQUITIERI, SC, age 83, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on August 20, 2016. Born in Pittsburgh, Sister Mary Arleen entered the congregation of the Sister of Charity on September 9, 1951, from Sacred Heart Parish, Shadyside. Preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Maria G. (Mancuso) Squitieri, she is survived by her cousins, including Sister Lois Sculco, SC. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Seton Hill University and taught students of the primary level in diocesan schools of Greensburg and Pittsburgh. She was principal of Saint Paul School, Carbon from 1968 until 1981. In 1993, Sister Mary Arleen began parish ministry to the elderly at Saint Regis Parish, Trafford, a position she held until 2015. In reflecting on her life as a Sister of Charity, she said, “Having experienced the dramatic changes in our Church and especially in religious life, I find my faith stronger, my hope fortified and my charity extended.” Dedicated, down-to-earth and possessing a dry sense of humor, Sister Mary Arleen lived the maxim of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, “Seek God in all things.”

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Sister Jeanne Ellen Morris

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Sister Jeanne Ellen webSISTER JEANNE ELLEN MORRIS, SC, age 89, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on July 29, 2016. A Pittsburgh native, Sister Jeanne Ellen entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill on September 8, 1953, from Saint Philomena Parish in Pittsburgh, PA.  Preceded in death by her parents, Warner and Ginevra (Keating) Morris and three sisters: Elizabeth Morris, Mrs. Margaret (John) Kaufmann and Mrs. Ginevra (Roy) Soisson, she is survived by nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Carnegie Mellon University and a master’s degree in guidance counseling from Duquesne University. A teacher of middle and secondary school students in diocesan schools of Pittsburgh and Tucson, she also served in the registrar’s office at Seton Hill University and the business office of the former Providence Hospital.  Sister Jeanne Ellen ministered at the Cenacle Retreat House in Mount Kisco, NY in 1972-1973, and was the director of religious education at Saint Columbkille Parish in Pittsburgh from 1973-1974. Sister Jeanne Ellen was appointed Secretary of the Matrimonial Tribunal of the Diocese of Greensburg in 1981, a position she held until 1993, when she volunteered as a staff member of Family Hospice in Pittsburgh from 1994 until 1999. In 1999, Sister Jeanne Ellen was named business manager and the coordinator of government programs for the Sisters of Charity at Caritas Christi, where she retired in 2007. Of her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister Jeanne Ellen reflected, “I consider the people I have served, lived with and worked with, to be among my choicest blessings. I thank God for them.”  

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Sister M. Augusta Alexia

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SONY DSCSISTER M. AUGUSTA ALEXIA, SC, age 85, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on April 18, 2016. A native of Herman, Pennsylvania, Sister M. Augusta entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1950, from Saint Catherine of Sweden Parish, Wildwood, Pennsylvania.  Preceded in death by her father, John, her mother, Clara (Baldauf ) Alexia Jones, her stepfather, Thomas Jones, and her brother John, she is survived by her two sisters, Mrs. Shirley Holifield, Mrs. Nancy Manos and a stepbrother, Eugene Jones. From 1952 until 1958, Sister Augusta was a staff member for maintenance supervision at Seton Hill University. She ministered in Arizona at St. Mary School, Chandler, St. John Evangelist School, Tucson and Immaculate Conception School, Ajo. She served as a nurse aide at Assumption Hall, the former infirmary for the Sisters of Charity and continued to serve the infirm sisters at Caritas Christi while assisting in the creation of crafts. In living her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister M. Augusta followed the teaching of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, “Put your heart at His feet; it is the gift He loves best.”

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Sister Catherine Teresa Hallinan

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Sister Catherine Teresa Hallinan, SC 200 x 300 72pxSISTER CATHERINE TERESA HALLINAN, SC, age 100, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on March 2. A Pittsburgh native, Sister Catherine Teresa entered the congregation of the sisters of Charity on September 8, 1934, from St. Mary of the Mount Parish. Preceded in death by her parents, John and Catherine (Mullen) Hallinan, a brother, James and a sister, Mary Hallinan, she is survived by a cousin, Mary Wilson. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Duquesne University and taught children of the primary level in schools of the Greensburg and Pittsburgh dioceses. After her retirement from the classroom, Sister Catherine Teresa volunteered her services at Maryhouse and Elizabeth Seton Day Care Center in Brookline. Afflicted in her prime with a facial neurological disorder, Sister Catherine Teresa’s beautiful and generous spirit permeated the environment wherever she served. She claimed for herself one of the teachings of St. Elizabeth Seton, “The affliction of this life is but a moment, while the glory in the life to come will be eternal.”

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Sister Mary Helen Meyer

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Meyer, Sr. Mary Helen 200x300SISTER MARY HELEN MEYER, SC, age 95, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on February 25, 2016.A native of Pittsburgh, Sister Mary Helen entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1939, from Assumption Parish in Bellevue.  Preceded in death by her parents, John T. and Kathryn (O’Brien) Meyer, a brother, James T., Jr., a sister, Ruth Dorrier, a maternal aunt, Sister Anna Mary O’Brien, SC, she is survived by nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in social studies from Duquesne University and a master’s degree in biology from the University of Notre Dame. Sister Mary Helen was a teacher in elementary and secondary schools of the Diocese of Pittsburgh. In 1967, she was assigned to teach biology and chemistry at Greensburg Central Catholic High School in Greensburg, a position she held until 2012. Sister Mary Helen was also an instructor in chemistry at Seton Hill University during summer sessions of the 1960s.  A recipient of numerous honors for meritorious work with science students, Sister Mary Helen was honored by Seton Hill University with an Excellence in Teaching award in 2013. Of her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister Mary Helen stated, “A religious vocation is a gift from God. It is an invitation to service. Serving in the field of education has brought me in touch with many students who have enriched my life.”

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Sister Carita Shields

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Carita Shields for obit on webSISTER CARITA SHIELDS, SC, age 82, died at her convent, Fidelis House, in Greensburg, on Sunday, November 8, 2015. Born in Pittsburgh, Sister Carita entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1955, from St. Anselm Parish, Swissvale.  Preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Flora (Desmond) Shields, a brother, Hugh E., and two sisters, Elizabeth Shields Lydon and Kathleen Shields Walter, she is survived by a brother, Terrence R., a sister, Mrs. Mary Lou (Robert) Kost, nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Seton Hill University and a master’s degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh.  Sister Carita taught students in schools of the dioceses of Greensburg, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She was principal at Holy Cross School in Youngwood from 1968-1978, at Holy Innocents School in Sheraden from 1978-1982, and at St. Therese School in Munhall from 1982-1987. She served as a developmental reading teacher and guidance counselor at Seton LaSalle High School until 1994. She began ministry as bookkeeper and later payroll manager at the Administrative offices of the Sisters of Charity, a position she held from 1994 until her death. Dedicated and hardworking, she also maintained warm relationships and celebrated life with family, friends and co-workers. Sister Carita said, at the time of her Golden Jubilee, “I’ve had 50 years of peace and contentment. Even though there have been a few bumps in the road, if I had it to do over again, I’d choose the same – borrowing the title of the movie, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life.’”

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Sister Mary Donald Cusick

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SISTER MARY DONALD CUSICK, SCSONY DSC, age 100, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on November 6, 2015. A Pittsburgh native, Sister Mary Donald entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1933, from St. Stephen Parish, Hazelwood. Preceded in death by her parents William and Nora (Butler) Cusick, four brothers, William, Joseph, Donald, and Thomas, and a sister Mary, she is survived by a niece and a nephew. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Duquesne University and a master’s degree in English from the University of Pittsburgh. Sister Mary Donald’s ministry in education extended more than 35 years as teacher and principal in schools of the Pittsburgh Diocese and the Archdiocese of Washington. For another fifteen years, she served as supervisor of elementary schools staffed by the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and eventually of other schools in the dioceses of Pittsburgh and Greensburg. Sister Mary Donald became active from 1989 to 1995 with SOAR (Support Our Aging Religious) and later volunteered her services in the finance department of the Sisters of Charity. Dedicated and indefatigable, Sister Mary Donald became the first recipient of the Distinguished Ministry in Catholic Education Award in1994. In reflecting on her life, Sister Mary Donald wrote, “I have loved my work, my students and all who have in any way influenced me. I am indebted to my family who gave me my first love of God, to my community who enriched this gift over many years and to God who has blessed me with His love.”

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Sister Miriam Rita Kelsey

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SONY DSCSISTER MIRIAM RITA KELSEY, SC, age 99, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on September 16. A native of Pittsburgh, Sister Miriam Rita entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1942, from Holy Innocents Parish, Sheraden. Preceded in death by her parents, Frederick and Emma (Willebrand) Kelsey, a brother, Fred, Jr., and three sisters, Mrs. Rebecca (George, Jr.) Quiter, Sister Mary Rebecca, SC and Mrs. Aimee (Lawrence) Killmeyer, she is survived by nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in business from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in secondary administration from Xavier University, Cincinnati. Sister Miriam Rita was assigned to the admissions office of the former Providence Hospital in Beaver Falls and then to the office of the registrar at Seton Hill University. Sister Miriam Rita ministered as a teacher and administrator in secondary schools of the Altoona-Johnstown, Greensburg, Phoenix and Pittsburgh dioceses. She was principal at Holy Innocents High School, Pittsburgh and at Seton High School, Chandler, AZ. She also ministered as the secretary, business manager at Sacred Heart High School and as a pastoral minister at Saint Jerome Parish in Charleroi. Sister Miriam Rita was named Assistant to the Archivist for the Sisters of Charity in 1988, a position she held until her retirement in 2003, when she continued to volunteer her services. Of her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister Miriam Rita reflected, “To be a Sister of Charity is a special gift from God, and a great privilege. I thank God every day for this gift and I hope that, during my lifetime, I have followed St. Elizabeth Ann Seton and St. Vincent de Paul in bringing Christ to all whom I have met and served.”

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Sister Bernadine Lauer

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Sister Bernadine Lauer 2X3SISTER BERNADINE LAUER, SC (formerly Sister Marie Bernard), age 90, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg on August 16, 2015.
Born in Heilwood, PA, Sister Bernadine entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on January 1, 1948, from Holy Name Parish in Ebensburg, PA. Sister was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas H. and Grace M. (Dumm) Lauer; four brothers, Elmer, Paul, Donald and Ralph Lauer, three sisters, Rita Guienot, Mary Morris and Helen Gillin; a maternal first cousin, Sister Mary James Dumm, SC, a paternal second cousin, Sister Sara Ann Lauer, SC, and cousin Father Demitrius Dumm, OSB. She is survived by a sister, Jane Mills, and nieces and nephews. She earned a diploma as a registered nurse from Pittsburgh Hospital and a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Duquesne University. She began her nursing ministry at Roselia Foundling and Maternity Hospital as supervisor of the nursery and was subsequently missioned to minister at Pittsburgh and Providence Hospitals as operating room supervisor. She served at Veterans Hospital for a year, 1978-1979. Her longest tenure of service was at Jeannette District Memorial Hospital, where she ministered as night supervisor from 1979 until her retirement in 1994. After her retirement, she continued to volunteer her services at Excela Health Westmoreland Hospital at Jeannette as chapel sacristan until 2010. On April 20, 2009, Sister Bernadine received a Lifetime Achievement Award for 1000 hours of volunteer service in one year, 2009. In accepting the award, Sister Bernadine stated: “I really didn’t count the hours; I just wanted to make a difference at Jeannette Hospital when the name changed.” Capable and organized, Sister Bernadine once reflected on her life as a Sister of Charity, “During my life, I have experienced the gift of friendship of many women of my community who supported me in sickness and health. All my nursing assignments were enjoyable and I can truly say that I saw God in the people I worked with in the hospitals.”

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Sister Mary Jean Flaherty

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Sister Mary Jean Flaherty 200x300SISTER MARY JEAN FLAHERTY, SC, age 88, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on June 12, 2015. A native of Clairton, PA, Sister Mary Jean entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill on September 8, 1945, from Saint Peter Parish, McKeesport, PA. Preceded in death by her parents, Vincent and Agnes (Bradley) Flaherty, and two sisters, Mrs. Patricia (Louis) McElhinny and Sister Marie Flaherty, RSM, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Margie (Paul) Donovan and many nieces and nephews. She earned a diploma in nursing from Pittsburgh Hospital School of Nursing, a bachelor’s degree in nursing from Duquesne University, a master’s degree in maternity nursing from the University of Pittsburgh, and a Ph.D. in education from the University of Pittsburgh. Sister Mary Jean’s ministry in nursing began at the former Providence Hospital, Beaver Falls. She was then assigned to Pittsburgh Hospital and Roselia Foundling and Maternity Hospital. From 1959 until 1961, she served at the Jeannette District Memorial Hospital. From 1961 until 1970, Sister Mary Jean was the head nurse at Assumption Hall, the former infirmary and retirement home for the sisters. From 1976 until 1980, she was the director of nursing education at Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC, Pittsburgh. In 1980, Sister Mary Jean began a long tenure at The Catholic University of America, ministering, alternately, as professor of nursing, chair of the maternal-child health nursing program and of the committee for the protection of human subjects. She served two terms as dean of the school of nursing, and developed the graduate specialty in community-public health nursing. In 2009, Sister Mary Jean began ministry as a health care consultant. A worldwide traveler and consultant for the World Health Organization, and a prolific writer on topics related to her nursing ministry, Sister Mary Jean remained a woman of dignity, humility and zeal, embodying the words of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, “When I think of what I have…I can never be too grateful.”

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Sister Mary Seton Wacker

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SISTER MARY SETON WACKER, SC, age 87, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on June 4, 2015. A Pittsburgh native, Sister Mary Seton entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1945, from Resurrection Parish, Brookline, PA. Preceded in death by parents, Carl and Freda (Redling) Wacker, and a sister Mrs. Carol (Dale) Biesecker, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Freda Mae (Edward) Reed and a niece. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history, English from Seton Hill University and a master’s degree in English, communications from Duquesne University. Sister Mary Seton taught students of the junior and senior high school level in schools of Altoona-Johnstown, Greensburg, Phoenix, Pittsburgh dioceses and in the Archdiocese of Baltimore. From 1986 until 1988, Sister Mary Seton taught at Red Cloud School, and Holy Rosary Indian Mission, Pine Ridge, SD. She served as sacristan at Assumption Hall, the former infirmary and retirement home for the sisters from 1988 until 1996 and at Doran Hall from 1996 until 1999. She then volunteered her services at Reeves Library, Seton Hill University, and provided tutoring services to students studying English as a second language. Gifted and creative, Sister Mary Seton commented about her life as a Sister of Charity, “My greatest satisfaction as a sister has been to witness the progress of my students in their adult lives. It is grace-filled awareness.”

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Sister Mary Dorothy Huber

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SISTER MARY DOROTHY HUBER, age 88, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on March 7, 2015. An Altoona native, Sister Mary Dorothy entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on January 1, 1950, from Holy Rosary Parish, Juniata, PA. Preceded in death by her parents, Oscar and Christine (Kline) Huber, and three brothers, Edward, Wilfred and Morgan Huber, two sisters, Mrs. Dorothy (Harold) Ropp and Mrs. Mary (Michael) Marr and a cousin, Sister James Louise Krug, SC, she is survived by two brothers, LeRoy and Joseph Huber and four sisters: Mrs. Eleanor (Ronald) Ryan, Mrs. Dolores (George) Alexander, Mrs. Berenice (Milt) DeJean, and Mrs. Olean (David) Kieffer, nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in European history / English from Seton Hill University. In 1952, she was assigned to the management of the bookstore at the University, a position she held until 1976. In 1976, Sister Mary Dorothy was missioned to Bishop Guilfoyle High School, Altoona, where she organized the service and retreat programs for the students. She was certified as a hospital chaplain and ministered at Mercy Hospital in Altoona from 1986 until 1995. She then volunteered her services at the St. Vincent de Paul Society’s Caring Ministry in Johnstown, PA, until failing health forced her retirement to Caritas Christi in 2001. A strong advocate for the poor, Sister Mary Dorothy was instrumental in organizing “Project Hunger” an outreach effort that provided food baskets for the hungry. She made sleeping mats for children in Honduras, crocheted scarves and mittens for the needy, and participated in fund-raising efforts for the Westmoreland County Food Bank. Reflecting on her life, Sister Mary Dorothy said, “I am deeply grateful to God for inviting me to be a Sister of Charity and allowing His love and compassion to flow through me, a farm girl, to others.”

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Sister M. Teresina Bridges

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Sister M. Teresina Bridges, SC 200 x 300SISTER M. TERESINA BRIDGES, age 98, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on March 2, 2015. A native of Johnstown, PA, Sister Teresina entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1932, from Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Johnstown, PA. Preceded in death by her parents, James and Elizabeth (O’Connor) Bridges, a sister, Mrs. Dorothy (Edward) Snyder, a brother, James, and her first cousin, Sister Jean Frances Peters, SC, she is survived by nieces. She earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh. Sister Teresina taught in schools of the Greensburg and Pittsburgh dioceses for 25 years. Then she opened St. Jane de Chantal School in Bethesda, MD and later served as principal there. She was also principal at Our Lady of Lourdes School in Abbeville, LA. She served as school supervisor in the Altoona-Johnstown Diocese, 1962-1965. She subsequently ministered as a principal at schools in Greensburg and in Tucson, AZ. She was honored by the University of Arizona for her contribution to professional programs for educators. She returned to Greensburg in 1990, and managed the Greensburg Central Catholic High School bookstore. Reflecting on her life, Sister Teresina said, “My prayers go up daily in thanksgiving to God for the wonderful privilege of being called to a vocation with the Sisters of Charity.”

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Sister M. Angela Dawes

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Sister M. Angela DawesSISTER M. ANGELA DAWES, age 88, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on February 3, 2015. A Pittsburgh native, Sister Angela entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1946, from Holy Innocents Parish in Sheraden. Preceded in death by parents, George and Angela (Coleman) Dawes, two brothers, George, Jr. and Francis (Pete) Dawes and two sisters, Mrs. Regina ( James) McDermott, Paula Dawes and maternal aunts, Sisters Mary Paul Coleman, SC and Francis Mary Coleman, SC, she is survived by a sister-in-law, Joanne Dawes, and nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Seton Hill University and taught children of primary grades in schools of the Greensburg and Pittsburgh dioceses and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Sister Angela commented on her years as a Sister of Charity, “They have been challenging, fulfilling, and I trust, pleasing to the Lord.”

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Sister Marie Veronica Gogolin

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SISTER MARIE VERONICA GOGOLIN, age 77, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on January 29, 2015. A Pittsburgh native, Sister Marie Veronica entered the congregation on September 8, 1955, from Saint John the Baptist Parish. Preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Regina (Ludwik) Gogolin, and a brother Leo, she is survived by a sister, Regina Rudio. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Seton Hill University and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Loyola Marymount University. Sister Marie Veronica taught primary level students in schools of the dioceses of the Greensburg, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Tucson and Los Angeles. Her longest tenure was at SS. Peter and Paul School, Tucson, where she taught from1995 until 2008, when she returned to Greensburg to begin her retirement. Sister Marie Veronica once commented, “St. Elizabeth Seton told us, ‘Be children of the Church’ and I believe this is what I’ve become by being a Sister of Charity.”

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Sister Inez Mary Beckel

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Inez Mary Beckel obituary for webSISTER INEZ MARY BECKEL, age 102, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, in Greensburg, on December 18, 2014. A native of Altoona, PA., Sister Inez Mary entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1932, from St. Leo Parish in Altoona. Preceded in death by her parents, Francis and Stella (Vaught) Beckel, three brothers, Edwin, Norman, Walter, and two sisters, Regina and Sister Stella Marie Beckel, SC, she is survived by nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in piano, a master’s degree in music education from Duquesne University, and was a certified librarian. Sister Inez Mary taught elementary school students in the dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown, Pittsburgh, Tucson and the Archdiocese of Washington. After her retirement from the classroom, she volunteered her services at Seton Hill University as a librarian and as sacristan. In reflecting on her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister Inez Mary said, “Living religious life in the presence of God is the fullness of joy. May I live in this presence until eternity dawns.”

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Sister Joan McGinley

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Sister Joan McGinley, SC obituary for webSISTER JOAN MCGINLEY, SC (formerly, Sister Elizabeth Marie) age 84, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on December 12, 2014. A native of Pittsburgh, Sister Joan entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1948, from Resurrection Parish in Brookline. Preceded in death by her parents, Edward and Elizabeth (Zimber) McGinley and three brothers, Edward, Jerry, and Fred Nieman, she is survived by a brother, Robert McGinley and a sister, Mrs. Betty (Paul) Galliot. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Seton Hill University and a master’s degree in reading, language arts from the University of Pittsburgh.  Sister Joan taught children of the primary level in diocesan schools of Altoona-Johnstown, Greensburg, Pittsburgh, Tucson and the Archdiocese of Washington. She was principal at Ozanam (House of Mary) School, Lawrenceville Catholic, and St. Peter School in the Pittsburgh Diocese, at St. John Evangelist School in Tucson, and at St. John the Baptist School in Scottdale, PA. In 1992-1993, she worked as an Intensive Case Manager at Pressley Ridge, Sewickley. From 1993 until deteriorating health forced her retirement in 2004, Sister Joan served as a pastoral minister at St. Sebastian Parish, Ross Township.  In reflecting on her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister Joan stated, “I am grateful for the ongoing opportunities given me as a religious to deepen my understanding of and relationship with God. My life has freed me to know myself in relation to others and to continue to integrate my personal, spiritual and ministerial roles in a way that brings peace, satisfaction, and opportunities for new beginnings.”

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Sister Marie Estele Copeland

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Sister Marie Estelle Copeland, SCSISTER MARIE ESTELLE COPELAND, SC, age 95, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on November 11, 2014.  A native of Scottdale, PA, Sister Marie Estelle entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1936, from St. John the Baptist Parish in Scottdale. Preceded in death by her parents, George and Stella (Harhager) Copeland, two brothers Louis Jr. and John Bandemer and three sisters, Mrs. Josephine (Joseph) Hines, Mrs. Sarah (Paul) Kratochvil, and Mrs. Joan (Charles) Daniels, she is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Frances (William) Connors, Mrs. Bertha (Floyd) Marciniak, sister-in-law Judy Bandemer, nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Pittsburgh and a master’s degree in special education / audiology from Northwestern University.  In 1943, Sister Marie Estelle was assigned to the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech, where she taught students at the primary and intermediate levels. From 1965 – 1991, as a licensed audiologist, Sister Marie Estelle tested the children’s hearing and provided for their hearing aids. Additionally, she taught lip reading to adults. Cheerful, competent and dedicated, Sister Marie Estelle reflected on her life as a Sister of Charity. “I have learned to live one day at a time – not to look forward or backward – but, in the words of Elizabeth Seton, to, “Look up to the blue sky and love Him.”

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Sister Marie Arthur Hamilton

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Sister Marie Arthur Hamilton , SC 2x3SISTER MARIE ARTHUR HAMILTON, SC, 81, died Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, in Greensburg, at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill. A Pittsburgh native, Sister Marie Arthur entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity, Sept. 8, 1950, from St. Rosalia Parish, Greenfield. She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur and Ann (Carney) Hamilton; and a brother, Charles (Chuck). She is survived by two brothers, Arthur and Richard (Dick) Hamilton; two sisters, Mrs. Jean (Robert) Peters and Mrs. Nancy (Eugene) Chapla; and nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Seton Hill University and taught in schools of the dioceses of Greensburg, Phoenix and Pittsburgh, and the Archdiocese of Washington. When health problems forced her to leave the classroom, Sister Marie Arthur ministered as a customer representative at PNC Financial Corp. from 1991 through 1998 and was part of the administrative staff at Holy Savior Cemetery in 1998 to 1999. From 1999 until 2009, Sister Marie Arthur served in the Accounts Receivable Department at the Elizabeth Seton Children’s Center in Brookline, Pittsburgh. Of her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister Marie Arthur said, “I am thankful for the gifted and challenging years in God’s service as a Sister of Charity. I am especially grateful for the time when I could minister to God’s people as a teacher.”

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Sister M. Antonine Forbeck

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Sister M. Antonine Forbeck, SC 2x3SISTER M. ANTONINE FORBECK, age 92, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on August 12, 2014. Born in Verona, PA, Sister M. Antonine entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1939, from St. Joseph Parish in Verona. Preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Anna (Walter) Forbeck, three brothers: Maurice, Eugene, Joseph and two sisters, Katherine Forbeck and Mrs. Mildred (John) Graboski, she is survived by nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in art and sociology from Seton Hill University and taught students in schools of the dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown, Greensburg, Phoenix, Pittsburgh and the Archdioceses of Baltimore, Los Angeles and Washington. She was involved in catechetical ministry at Most Holy Trinity and St. Catherine parishes in Mount Union, PA and the director of religious education at St. Mary Parish in Phoenix, AZ. From 1983 until 1986, she ministered at Saint Columbkille Parish in Imperial, and from 1987 until 1991, Sister M. Antonine served as a social and pastoral minister for the Catholic Church of Preston County, WVA. Between 1991 and 1994, she was involved in religious education at St. John Vianney Parish in Sedona, AZ.  After two years of ministry at St. James, Apollo, she served at St. Rita Parish in Connellsville from 1996 until July 2007, when she retired to Caritas Christi. When she reflected on her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister M. Antonine said, “I strongly believe that ‘who you are’ is more important than ‘what you do’ and the depth of one’s relationship with God affects the good of the Body of Christ.  As I look back over the years, immense gratitude fills my heart. Deo gratias!”

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Sister Patricia Best

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Sister Pat Best 2x3SISTER PATRICIA BEST, SC, age 79, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on August 1, 2014. Born in Upper Sandusky, OH, Sister Patricia entered the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1953, from St. Peter Parish in Upper Sandusky. Preceded in death by her parents Robert and Gertrude (Chartener) Best, a maternal aunt, Sister Marie Cecily Chartener, SC, and a cousin, Sister Mary Carla Radermacher, SC, she is survived by her brother, Robert, and her sister, Mary Lou Best. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Seton Hill University and a master’s degree in theology from Saint Mary University, San Antonio, TX.  Sister Patricia taught students in schools of the dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown, Greensburg, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Tucson, and the Archdioceses of Los Angeles and Washington. From 1982 until 1991, she ministered as a consultant for religious education in the Diocese of Greensburg. Following a year serving as director of religious education at Immaculate Conception Parish in Clarksburg, WV, she became principal of Holy Trinity School in Mount Pleasant. From 1994 until 2005, she was the director of religious education and of the pre-school at Saint Columbkille Parish in Imperial. While serving at Saint Columbkille, Sister Patricia was the recipient of the Manifesting the Kingdom Award given by the Diocese of Pittsburgh for her outstanding ministry to the parish. From 2006 until 2014, Sister Patricia coordinated transportation for sisters living at the Greensburg motherhouse. When asked about her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister Patricia reflected, “My vocation is God’s gift to me and I am simply God’s grateful recipient.”

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Sister Thomas Joseph Gaines

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Sister TJ Gaines in memoriamSISTER THOMAS JOSEPH GAINES, age 73, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on May 12, 2014. Born in Pittsburgh, Sister Thomas Joseph entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill on December 28, 1959, from St. Irenaeus parish in Oakmont, PA. Preceded in death by her parents, Joseph and Juliette (Massey) Gaines and a brother, Thomas Gaines, she is survived by a sister, Mrs. Joanne Abshier, nieces, and grand nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology from Seton Hill University and a master’s degree in theology, pastoral ministry from Duquesne University, and was a certified NACC chaplain. Sister Thomas Joseph taught middle-school students in the dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown, Greensburg, Pittsburgh and the Archdiocese of Washington. From 1972-1981, she served as the pastoral minister at St. James Parish in Wilkinsburg. During that period, she became a skilled emergency medical technician (EMT), and received the Harold B. Gardner Citizen’s Award for her ambulance work. In 1981, Sister Thomas Joseph, known to many as Sister TJ, was named “Citizen of the Year” by Wilkinsburg Mayor John Wilkins for her social and spiritual leadership.  She served from 1981-2013 at John J. Kane Hospital, eventually being named chaplain at the Kane Regional Center, McKeesport. In that position, she was twice named “Employee of the Year”. She also received the Thomas W. Jackson Innovation in Chaplaincy Award which recognizes outstanding leaders who have demonstrated excellence, creativity and effectiveness in meeting religious and spiritual needs. Sister Thomas Joseph provided mass care, distributing food in Florida after Hurricane Charley of 2004. A year later, she traveled to New Orleans with the Spiritual Response Team of the American Red Cross to assist those suffering in the wake of hurricane Katrina. Her last disaster response mission was in 2011, when she spent three weeks ministering to tornado victims in Mississippi. Of her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister Thomas Joseph once said, “I always wanted to be a sister. I have been blessed with years filled with many challenges and many opportunities for growth–personal, spiritual and professional.”

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Sister Anna Marie Miller

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Sister Anna Marie Miller lgSISTER ANNA MARIE MILLER, age 88, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on March 19, 2014.  A native of Greensburg, Sister Anna Marie entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on January 1, 1946, from Blessed Sacrament Cathedral Parish, Greensburg. Preceded in death by her parents, John P. and Coleta M. (Berkmyre) Miller, a sister, Mary Margaret (Arthur) Smith, and a brother, William P., she is survived by nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Seton Hill University and a master’s degree in education, administration from Duquesne University. Sister Anna Marie was a teacher and an administrator in schools of the Greensburg and Pittsburgh dioceses and in the Archdiocese of Washington.  She was principal at Saint James School in Apollo, in the Diocese of Greensburg and principal at Resurrection and Holy Innocents Schools in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. She also ministered at the Seton Hill Day Care Center. In 1993, Sister Anna Marie began her ministry in the Archives of the Sisters of Charity which led to her ministry as supervisor of environment and interior design during the planning and building of Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the sisters. Gifted and selfless, Sister Anna Marie said of her vocation, “My religious life has brought me peace and happiness. I have been given the opportunity to serve both the community and the Church in carrying Christ to all whom we are called to serve.”

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Sister Mary Giles Brandt

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Sister Mary Giles Brant lgSISTER MARY GILES BRANDT, age 96, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on March 18, 2014.  A native of Swissvale, Sister Mary Giles entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on March 25, 1934, from Saint Anselm Parish, Swissvale.  Preceded in death by her parents, Giles A. and Mary Estella (Fisher) Brandt, two brothers, Lawrence E., William J. Brandt, four sisters, Mrs. Marie ( Joseph W.) Beck, Mrs. Rosalia (Raymond C.) Born, Mrs. Louise (Henry T.)  Brawley and Mrs. Anne (Eudore A.) Zabeau, a paternal aunt, Sister Mary Regina Brandt, SC and a cousin, Sister Jean Ann Wilburn, SC, she is survived by nieces and nephews, including the Most Reverend Lawrence E. Brandt, fourth Bishop of the Diocese of Greensburg and a cousin, Sister Irene Mary Wilburn, SC. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English, social studies from Duquesne University and a master’s degree in elementary administration from Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH. Sister Mary Giles ministered as a teacher and administrator in schools of the Altoona-Johnstown, Greensburg, Pittsburgh dioceses, the Archdioceses of Washington and Los Angeles. From 1954-1960, she was principal of Visitation School, Johnstown, and was then named principal of Holy Innocents School, Sheraden, from 1963-1969. She was appointed principal at Saint Pancratius School, Lakewood, California in 1969, where she continued to serve until 1979, when she was assigned  to teach at Saint James School, in  Wilkinsburg.  Sister Mary Giles was an instructor in education during the summer sessions, 1955-1961, at Seton Hill University. After she retired from the classroom in 1985, Sister Mary Giles served a pastoral minister and assisted in the parish records-archives department at Saint Peter Parish on the North Side of Pittsburgh until 2000, when she retired to Caritas Christi. Selfless, serene and stately, Sister Mary Giles believed and lived the words of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, “God is with me and what can I fear?  I look neither behind, nor before, only up.”

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Sister Grace Kathryn Bayless

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Sister Grace Kathryn BaylessSISTER GRACE KATHRYN BAYLESS, SC, age 77, died in Pittsburgh on November 13, 2013. Born in Pittsburgh, PA, Sister Grace Kathryn entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill on August 22, 1966. Preceded in death by her parents, Roy and Grace (Holleran) Bayless, she is survived by two brothers: Roy H., Jr., John A. Bayless and a sister, Barbara Matthews. Prior to entering the congregation from St. Matthew Cathedral Parish in Washington, DC, Sister Grace Kathryn was employed for twelve years with the Bureau of Naval Personnel in Arlington, VA. Her responsibilities included general clerical work and supervision. As a Sister of Charity, her ministry assignments included seven years as a teacher’s aide at DePaul School for Hearing and Speech. She ministered as an administrative assistant at Cathedral School, Greensburg, Seton-LaSalle High School, Brookline, and at Sacred Heart High School, Shadyside. From 1985 until 1990, she was assigned to provide student services at Seton Hill University. She then continued serving students at Oakland Catholic High School, Sacred Heart elementary school in Shadyside and Saint James School, Wilkinsburg. In 1995, Sister Grace Kathryn assumed responsibilities as office manager at the Stephen Foster Center, a position she held until her retirement in 2011. Sister Grace Kathryn continued to work there as a volunteer until her final illness.

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Sister Leo Mary Bickert

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SISTER LEO MARY BICKERT, SC, age 84, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on October 7, 2013. A native of New Kensington, Sister Leo Mary entered the congregation on September 8, 1950, from St. Joseph Parish, New Kensington. Preceded in death by her parents, Leo and Freda (Roethele) Bickert, she is survived by two brothers, Leo and Joseph Bickert, a sister, Mrs. Mary Louise (Henry) Martin and many nieces and nephews. Upon graduating with a bachelor’s degree in special education from Duquesne University, she served at the DePaul School for Hearing and Speech from 1954 until 1974. At that time, she was assigned to the auxiliary staff at Seton Hill University. Later she assisted at Assumption Hall, the former infirmary and retirement home of the Sisters of Charity. After her retirement, Sister Leo Mary spent time working with crafts.  Always cheerful, helpful, and humble, Sister Leo Mary lived the words spoken by Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, “…all is quiet, no violation of each other’s tranquility, each helping the other with a look of good will.”

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Sister Diane Temple

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SISTER DIANE TEMPLE, SC (formerly Sister Josefa Marie) age 72,  died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on August 23, 2013. A Pittsburgh native, Sister Diane Temple entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1959, from Saint Mary Parish, Glenshaw, Pennsylvania. Preceded in death by her parents, Sidney and Margaret (Reis) Temple, she is survived by three siblings: Paul (Judy) Temple, Phyllis (Bill) Lenz, and Mark (Cindy) Temple as well as many nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Seton Hill University and a master’s degree in medical technology from Wayne State University. Sister Diane taught students in schools of the Altoona-Johnstown, Greensburg, Pittsburgh and Tucson dioceses. From 1971-74, she ministered at the former Pittsburgh Hospital and from 1974 through 1982, she taught secondary school students at Saint Joseph School, Kwang-ju, Korea. After returning from Korea, she taught at Salpointe High School in Tucson, Arizona until 2000. She tutored Korean public school students in biology and also worshiped with the local Korean Catholic community in Tucson. Forced because of illness to retire to Caritas Christi in 2000, Sister Diane continued to minister to others in her own quiet way. Once asked about her favorite things, Sister Diane humorously identified the most important C’s in life: Chocolate, Cookies and Cats! Those who knew and loved Sister Diane would say that she exemplified the “C traits” of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton: Courage, Charity and Compassion.

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Sister Regina Orner

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Sister Regina Orner with smileSISTER REGINA ORNER, age 76, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on August 18, 2013. Born in Altoona, PA, Sister Regina Orner entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1955, from Sacred Heart parish in Altoona. Preceded in death by her parents, Duayne and Aneina (Weller) Orner and two brothers, William and Duayne, she is survived by a brother, Robert, his wife Ann, and nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Seton Hill University and taught students in the dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown, Greensburg and Pittsburgh. From 1988 until 1990, she ministered at Maryhouse, a home for independent but needy women in Brookline and from 1990 until 1994, she assisted in the dietary department at Assumption Hall, the former retirement home for the sisters. From 1994 until 1999, Sister Regina taught English as a second language to students at Sacred Heart School, Shadyside and in 1999 she was appointed the coordinator of the mail room at Caritas Christi. Quiet and unassuming, Sister Regina believed and followed the teaching of St. Elizabeth Seton, “Put your heart at His feet; it is the gift He loves best.”

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Sister M. Clarisita Wolk

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SISTER M. CLARISITA WOLK, age 95, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on August 16, 2013. Born in Calumet, PA, Sister M. Clarisita entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1936, from Saint Raymond of the Mountains Parish in Donegal, PA. Preceded in death by parents, John and Agnes (Shifko) Wolk, three sisters: Mrs. Rose (Joseph) Fisher, Mrs. Margaret (Donald) Harkcom and Mrs. Pauline (Edward) Spodobalski, she is survived by two sisters: Mrs. Jean (William) Callaghan and Loretta Wolk, and nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Seton Hill University and a master’s degree in education from Duquesne University. Sister M. Clarisita taught children of the intermediate level in diocesan schools in Greensburg, Phoenix and Pittsburgh. She was principal of the former Saint John the Baptist School, Pittsburgh from 1965 until 1968. Upon retirement from the classroom, Sister M. Clarisita was named a staff member at Assumption Hall, the sisters’ former retirement home where she worked in the creation and production of crafts, as well as in the community garden during the summer. Creative and hardworking, Sister M. Clarisita believed, as did Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton, “Without prayer, I should be of little service.”

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Sister Mary Sheila Malloy

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Sister-Mary-Sheila-Malloy,-SCwebSISTER MARY SHEILA MALLOY, SC, 94, died Friday, July 5, 2013 at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, Greensburg. She was born in Pittsburgh, and later was a student at Saint Joseph’s Academy, Greensburg. Sister Mary Sheila entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity Sept. 8, 1937, from St. Andrew Parish, Pittsburgh. She was preceded in death by her parents, James C. and Margaret (Glitsch) Malloy. She is survived by a brother, J. Regis Malloy; nieces, Diane Barr and Bonnie Bass; and nephew, Ronald Malloy. She earned a bachelor’s degree in home economics from Seton Hill University and a master’s degree in home economics from Columbia University. Sister Mary Sheila taught in the home economics department at Seton Hill University from 1949 until 1960 and during the summer sessions in the 1950s. For more than two decades, she taught students at Sacred Heart, Elizabeth Seton, Monongahela Valley, St. John the Baptist, Lawrenceville Catholic and Saint Anselm high schools. From 1976 until 1984, Sister Mary Sheila taught at Mount Alvernia Academy. Sister then transitioned to a new form of ministry as part of the Senior Companion Program at Forbes Center for Gerontology, 1985 to 1989. She served for five years on the Advisory Council of the Senior Companion Program of Allegheny County. At St. Kieran Parish, Lawrenceville and St. Matthew Parish, Sharpsburg, she was a Eucharistic Minister and home visitor. In 1999, Sister Mary Sheila received the Diocese of Pittsburgh’s Manifesting the Kingdom Award for her exceptional service to the people of God uniquely reflected in her life, ministry and work. In reflecting on her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister Mary Sheila stated, “I can smile as I reflect on the past years; they were all avenues of tremendous growth. I want to shout out loud, ‘Thank you, God, for never giving up on me.'”

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Sister Marie Sullivan

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SISTER MARIE SULLIVAN, age 92, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill, in Greensburg, on Monday, April 8, 2013. A Pittsburgh native, Sister Marie Sullivan entered the congregation of the Sister of Charity on September 8, 1937, from Saint Anselm Parish, Swissvale, PA. Preceded in death by parents, Henry and Johanna (Maloney) Sullivan, six brothers: Joseph, Thomas, Raymond, Donald, Edward and Paul, she is survived by a brother, William. She earned both bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Duquesne University. Sister Marie was a school administrator and teacher in schools of the Greensburg, Phoenix and Pittsburgh dioceses. In 1944, she was one of the first Sisters of Charity sent to open St. Mary School in Chandler, Arizona, where she taught and eventually served as principal. Sister Marie taught special education at Sacred Heart School, Shadyside, for ten years and, through a teacher exchange program between the Sisters of Charity and the Holy Family sisters, she taught in New Orleans for four years. Of this latter experience, Sister Marie noted: “I went to New Orleans thinking that I was going to do a very special ministry but, instead, I was the recipient of many blessings.” Reflecting on her life, Sister Marie said, “I’m grateful for the gift of being a Sister of Charity. I have experienced joy, trust, and the means for a simple life. O God, let Your love rest in us as our hope has rested in You.”

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Sister M. Scholastica Joyce

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SISTER M. SCHOLASTICA JOYCE, age 86, who died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on April 7, 2013. Born in Somerset, PA, Sister M. Scholastica entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1945, from Saint Bonaventure Parish in Blacklick, PA. Preceded in death by her parents, Richard and Edith (Rhoades) Joyce, three brothers, Brice (Floyd), Richard, and David and two sisters, Patricia Joyce and Frances Conforti, she is survived by two brothers, James and  Theodore, a sister-in-law Helen, and nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Education of the Deaf from Wayne State University and a master’s degree in Education of the Blind from the Catholic University of America. Sister Scholastica was missioned to The De Paul School for Hearing and Speech in 1947, where she taught children in the primary department until 1960. She was then assigned to the intermediate and advanced department until 1996. She retired to Caritas Christi in 1999, where her skills as a seamstress and a prize-winning artist flourished. Sister Scholastica was imbued with the spirit of Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton and echoed her words, “In all events, happen now what will, I rest in God.”

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Sister Kathleen Dorman

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SISTER KATHLEEN DORMAN, SC, (formerly Sister Mary Berenice), age 77, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on Sunday, March 3, 2013. Born in Pittsburgh, Sister Kathleen entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1953, from Saint Luke Parish, Carnegie. Preceded in death by her parents, William P. and Estella (Moorehead) Dorman, a brother, Matthew J. and two sisters, Rose M. Woleslagle, and Betty Byrne, she is survived by nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Seton Hill University and a master’s degree in early childhood education from Long Beach State University, CA. Sister Kathleen taught students at the primary level in schools of the dioceses of Altoona-Johnstown, Greensburg, Pittsburgh, and the Archdiocese of Washington. Her longest tenure was at Saint Pancratius Parish, Lakewood, CA where she ministered for twenty-five years. Beginning in 2001, she served in Tucson and Phoenix, Arizona, in school settings and parish ministry until she retired in 2011. In reflecting on her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister Kathleen said, “Religious life is my whole life. To me, religious life means giving myself to the people with whom I work and with whom I live. I like to serve people, and religious life helps me to serve them in God’s name.”

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Sister Esther Marie Phillips

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SISTER ESTHER MARIE PHILLIPS, SC, age 75, died in Phoenix, Arizona on February 14, 2013. Born in Hammond, Indiana, Sister Esther Marie entered the congregation of the Sisters of Charity on September 8, 1955, from Saint John Evangelist Parish in Tucson, Arizona. Preceded in death by her parents, Wilbur G. and Esther M. (Keilman) Phillips, she is survived by two sisters, Mrs. Joyce (Jerry) Welshenbaugh and Mrs. Lynn (Alan) Wright, nieces and nephews and grand nieces and nephews. She earned a bachelor’s degree in history/education from Seton Hill University and taught students of the intermediate and junior high school levels in the dioceses of Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Tucson, and the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. She ministered as vice principal at Saint John Evangelist School, Tucson and as principal at Saint Mary-Basha Catholic School in Chandler. In 1985, Sister Esther Marie was nominated to serve as secretary of the congregation of the Sisters of Charity, a position she held until 1993, when she returned to Arizona to minister as office manager at Resurrection Parish in Phoenix. In 2000, she became the director of Ministry of Care at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Scottsdale, Arizona a position she held until her retirement in 2011. At the time of her 50th anniversary, Sister Esther Marie reflected on her life as a Sister of Charity. “The meaning of my religious profession remains the same—the growth of a relationship between Christ and myself. Since my entrance into the congregation, I have grown more able to look through externals in order to center on the real value of each person, myself included—the true Presence of God’s life and love. It is out of this belief that I encourage others to make their response to God’s love.”

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Sister Mary E. McClory

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SISTER MARY E. McCLORY, formerly Sister John Agnes, age 95, died at Caritas Christi, the motherhouse of the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill in Greensburg, on November 2, 2012. A native of Pittsburgh, Sister Mary entered the congregation on September 8, 1934 from Resurrection Parish, Brookline, PA. Preceded in death by her parents, John F. and Agnes M. (Rogan) McClory, a brother, John A. McClory, a sister, Margaret McClory, infant twin brother and sister, and cousins Sisters M. Augustine McClory, SC and M. Josephine McClory, SC, she is survived by nephews, David and Robert McClory. She earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in education from Duquesne University and was a teacher and administrator in schools of the Pittsburgh Diocese and the Archdiocese of Washington. In 1940, Sister Mary was assigned to teach at the De Paul School for Hearing and Speech, where she remained until 1956, when she began ministry at Saint Jane de Chantal School in Bethesda, MD, first as teacher, 1956-1959, and then as principal, 1959-1965. In 1965, Sister Mary began a12-year tenure as curriculum director and then as associate director for elementary education in the Diocese of Greensburg. In 1977, she was elected a general councilor for the Sisters of Charity of Seton Hill and served in that capacity until 1981, when she became a co-director of Saint Thomas More Manor, a senior citizen high rise under the auspices of Christian Housing in the Diocese of Pittsburgh. From 1986 until her retirement in 2000, Sister Mary served as a “Minister of Care” at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Scottsdale, Az., where she took love, care, compassion and companionship to the sick and needy. Of her life as a Sister of Charity, Sister Mary said, “Every day is a new beginning. Every day is a venture for Christ. I thank God for calling me to religious life and I am grateful to my family and the Sisters of Charity who educated, encouraged and supported me.”

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