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R.I.P Sister M. Bernadette Teresa, O.Carm.

Sister Helena - Tuesday, September 18, 2018


Sister M. Bernadette Teresa, O.Carm. went to her eternal reward unexpectedly on the morning of September 18, 2018 at Teresian House in Albany, New York.  Sr. Bernadette was in the 53 rd year of her religious life.

Catherine Genevieve Saunders was born in Brooklyn, NY on July 1, 1947 to Daniel and Genevieve (nee Reilly) Saunders.  Shortly after graduating from High School, Sr. Bernadette entered the Congregation on September 8, 1965.  She professed First Vows on April 15, 1968 and professed Perpetual Vows on July 22, 1974.  Having trained as an LPN at the Hospital for Special Surgery in NYC, and then as an R.N. at Joliet Junior College, for a time Sr. Bernadette served the residents as a nurse.

Sr. Bernadette’s missions included Madonna Residence (1968-1969 and 1988-1995), Carmel Hall (1969-1971 and 1978-1979), Ozanam Hall (1971-1978), St. Rita’s Home (1979-1982), St. Patrick’s Residence (1982-1988), St. Patrick’s Home (1995-2005), Carmel Richmond (2005-2009), Mary Manning Walsh Home (2009-2010) ,and St. Teresa’s Motherhouse (2010-2013).  Due to failing health, she was admitted to Teresian House as a resident on October 7, 2013.

Sr. Bernadette had a good sense of humor, and when she was in good health she loved to travel.

A regular participant at the “assisted week at Benziger’s,” Sr. Bernadette was quick to voice her appreciation for the efforts of those who made it possible for her to enjoy vacation time with the Sisters.  May Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa and all our deceased Sisters welcome Sr. M. Bernadette Teresa to their company, and may they all join in praying for an increase of good vocations to our beloved Congregation.


Thursday, September 20, 20183:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Infant of Prague Chapel 

Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Teresian House

200 Washington Ave. Ext.

Albany, NY 12203


 Friday, September 21, 2018  at 10:00 a.m.

Infant of Prague Chapel

Teresian House


Monday, September 24, 2018

11:30 am

Greenwood Cemetery

5th Avenue and 25th Street (Main Entrance)

Brooklyn, NY 11231





Anonymous commented on 18-Sep-2018 08:42 PM
May her soul. RIP. I Worked with Sr Bernadette during her years at ST Patrick’s Home in the Bronx. She was the first person to introduce me to internet and helped me out with MDS.
Letty commented on 24-Sep-2018 03:36 PM
I am very sorry to hear of Sr. Bernadette's passing. We were postulants and novice together in the Mary Category. May she rest in peace!

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