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R.I.P Sr. M. Xavier Francis of the Holy Family, O.Carm

Friday, November 08, 2013 | Comments ((Disabled)) | Permalink


 Sister M. Xavier Francis of the Holy Family, O.Carm.

The Carmelite Sisters for the Aged and Infirm mourn the loss of Sr. M. Xavier Francis Russo, O.Carm. whom the Lord called to Himself on the morning of November 7, 2013 at St. Patrick's Home, in the 58th year of her religious life, following a courageous battle against cancer.  Her sisters, Sister M. Virginia Aloysius, Lucy, and Phyllis were privileged to spend time with her over the past few days.  

Born in Hoboken, New Jersey in 1936 to Italian immigrant parents, Sr. Xavier entered the Community on February 11, 1955 and professed perpetual vows on December 9, 1961.  Trained as a licensed practical nurse, she was assigned to Missions in New York, New Hampshire, Massachusetts and Ohio.  Her most recent and lengthiest assignments were Villa Teresa, Harrisburg, PA (1985 - 1994) and St. Joseph Nursing Home in Utica, NY, (1994 – 2010).  Sister Xavier's final assignment was to St. Patrick's Home, Bronx, NY where she had been since April 10, 2010, and where she was recently admitted to the nursing home.  Throughout her illness she volunteered when able and her kind, gentle spirit endeared her to the Sisters, residents, and staff.

Sr. Xavier had a great devotion to Padre Pio (now St. Pio of Pietrelcina) who surely interceded for her to her last breath.  Sister Xavier also had a great love of Country, and her fondness for the "red, white and blue" of her American homeland highlighted her patriotism.  

May Sr. Xavier Francis now rest peacefully in her Heavenly Homeland .... where there is no more pain or suffering ... ONLY EVERLASTING JOY!

The Mass of Christian burial will be held on November 14, 2013 at 9:30 am in Saint Patrick's Home Chapel, Bronx, NY, followed by the burial in Queen of Carmel Cemetery at Saint Teresa's Motherhouse in Germantown, New York.

R.I.P Sr. M. Grace Edward, O.Carm.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012 | Comments (0) | Permalink
Sr. Mary Grace Edward, O.Carm., went to her eternal reward in the early morning hours of Saturday, September 15, 2012, the Feast of  Our Lady of Sorrows.
Born in Port Carbon, Pennsylvania, Sr. Grace Edward entered the Congregation on February 2, 1958, as a Registered Nurse, having already graduated from Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing in Allentown, PA in 1948.  Sr. Grace professed perpetual vows on March 28, 1965.  She was stationed for short periods of time in New York and New Hampshire, although most of her religious life was spent in Pennsylvania.  Sr. Grace was missioned at Sacred Heart Manor in Philadelphia (1962-1969 and 1973-1981) and in 1981 received her Obedience to Garvey Manor, Hollidaysburg, PA, where she served the Lord faithfully for more than 31 years.  After many years of serving the elderly as a registered nurse, Sr. Grace embraced her new role as Pastoral Minister and Sacristan.  She was always gentle and kind, and quick to offer people a smile.  She had a great devotion to her guardian angel, and was often seen with a rosary in her hands, praying with the residents.  She had a special ministry of praying for expectant mothers. May the Lord, whom Sr. Grace Edward served faithfully, now grant her immortal soul the vision of His radiant Presence for all eternity.

R.I.P: Sr. Mary Gabriel Reis, O.Carm.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012 | Comments (0) | Permalink
Sr. Mary Gabriel Reis, O.Carm., passed away peacefully at St. Patrick’s Home, Bronx, New York,  on the night of Saturday, August 11th. Sr. Gabriel had been failing during the past several months, and when she took a sudden turn for the worse, Sr. Kevin Patricia went to her bedside and was praying the rosary when the Lord called Sr. Gabriel home.  She was in the 76th year of her religious life. Born in Brooklyn, New York, Sr. Gabriel entered the Congregation on October 2, 1936 at St. Patrick's Home.  She professed Perpetual Vows in 1942, graduated from the Catholic University of America with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing, and after an assignment at a new foundation in Washington, D.C, spent most of her religious life at St. Teresa's Motherhouse, Germantown, New York, close to Mother Angeline.  Sr. Gabriel  served the Community as Treasurer General from 1954 until 1996, and as Vocation Director from 1960 to 1978.   Sr. Gabriel also helped to care for Mother Angeline during Mother’s final years of life. Untiring in the promotion of Mother Angeline’s Cause, Sr. Gabriel was for many years Coordinator of the Teresian Society (now The Mother Angeline Society) and the Cause and Charism Commission.  She was a talented writer and poet, a woman of great vigor and enthusiasm who was always joy-filled and generous.  Venerable Mary Angeline Teresa surely was waiting last night at the Gates of Heaven to welcome the soul of her faithful and beloved daughter home!