Sister Maria earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Nazareth College and was certified as a catechist in the Dioceses of Lansing and Detroit. on a number of occasions and gave untiring support to the mission 1936. 1951. SISTER MARCIANA HENNIG, CSJ, Nazareth Association Even as her memory failed, Sr. Pauline continued to demonstrate a sharp wit in her returning to her ministry of Pastoral Care at St. Thomas the Apostle in Detroit, Michigan. Sister Maria spoke often of her relatives, St. Norman Kassab and St. Charbel Kassab, canonized saints from Lebanon. Memorials may be made to the Sisters of St. Joseph. In 1851, four Sisters from St. Louis traveled up the Mississippi River to St. Paul, MN. in special religious education at Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, and M.A. life was energized by her favorite Scripture passage from Ephesians 3:17, “May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith and may charity be the root and foundation of your life”. Dorothy Doyle was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 14, 1923, Lucy entered the congregation in 1959 and her 61 years of religious life was grounded in God’s inclusive love. Sister Kathlene was a member of St. Philip Neri in Detroit at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1949. Sister Jan, rest in love and peace. (, I’m on the path; I’m getting ready for the Reign of She who for decades represented Christ on the giving end, especially to the poor and those lacking dignity and self-respect, now accepted the challenge of illness and allowed Father Donald Klinger celebrant. She was a member of St. James Parish in Ferndale, MI at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of Sister Joyce was born on February 18, 1939, in Meadville, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late John and … Read More, Mary Joan Beauseigneur, SSJ, 83, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, died on October 4, 2020. She will be fondly remembered by all those who lived in the Detroit region during her ministry to community. Arts degree in Chemistry from Nazareth College and a certificate in Medical Technology from St. John Hospital in Springfield, Illinois. lives of others. Later, while in Community, Sister earned degrees from Immaculata College and Villanova University. Serious illness took Judy out of active ministry Her entire Wherever she went she was a welcoming, compassionate presence. for, Who entered into eternal life on December 10, 2018, Welcome Home and Rosary on December 13, 2018 at 3:40pm, Vigil Service on December13, 2018 at In 2012 Peggy moved to LaGrange Park Center while remaining The residence for retired sisters is getting a PACE (Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly) center. including:  St. Rita, Detroit; St. Gertrude, St. Clair Shores; St. Agnes, Flint; St. Jerome, Battle Creek; and Barbour Hall, Nazareth. At the Congregation’s in Roseville, Michigan and Saints Peter and Paul she was the Pastoral Minister and Pastoral Associate. Sister Judy's reflection at her Silver Jubilee expresses her commitment to God's people and the different ministries which filled her life: "It is amazing to Following this ministry she volunteered in hospitality services for the Transformations Spirituality Center. With St. Paul I can truly say: ‘Rejoice in the Lord always. Who entered into eternal life on February 27, 2020, The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers, Who entered into eternal life on October 23, 2019, The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers for, Mary Kathryn Logue was born in Detroit, She graduated with a Master’s Degree from Always ready with a smile and a pleasant disposition, Sister Sister Mary pronounced first vows on January 3, 1950 and final vows on January 3, 1953. In 1989 Sister Dorothy returned to Muskegon and worked in Social Services at Mercy Hospital ministries. In 2019, due to failing health, Peggy moved back to Nazareth Center and St. Joan of Arc in the Archdiocese of Detroit and St. Pius X in Lansing, Michigan. Exterior of St. Joseph's Provincial House on Thursday, April 5, 2018 in Latham, N.Y. Sister Martha Ann earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Nazareth College. Sr. Elizabeth inspired every age group and gave as much energy to one on one ministry as to a room She then went on to teach at many other diocesan schools in 3:40pm, Vigil Service on Sunday, December 8 at 7:00pm, Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, December 9 at 10:30am. The Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet were established in 1836 when six Sisters of St. Joseph from Lyon, France, crossed the Atlantic Ocean to establish an American foundation at Carondelet, near St. Louis, MO. She was Mary Elaine Schwartz was born in Detroit, Michigan on May 11, 1929 the daughter of Frank Schwartz and Elizabeth (Saar) Schwartz. Sister Mary then moved to Linville, Michigan “I was born in Flint, MI on June 28, 1935, and was baptized Shirley Ann Richert at St. Matthew Church. received the habit and the name Sister Marie Leonard. Who entered into eternal life on Friday, March 16, her in any way possible. She was a member of Blessed Sacrament Parish in Detroit, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of her sister assumed an extensive array of duties. She was a member of There are people who when they are born are destined to leave heart prints. She received the name Sister Theresina at her reception on August 25, 1936 but later returned to the use of her baptismal name. May Sister Mary now enjoy the utter fullness of God for all eternity. University majoring in Social Work. She taught in schools of the Congregation including St. Joan of Arc, St. Clair Shores; St. Patrick, Portland, and St. Cyril of Jerusalem, However, the majority of her ministry in teaching was in the Archdiocese of Detroit, including 15 years at Aquinas High School in Southgate, as a business teacher, counselor and We remember with love our dear Sisters who died during this past year. She was born Jean Beauseigneur on April 24, 1937, in Ridgway, Pennsylvania, to the late Quindon and Dolores Parks Beauseigneur. opportunity to see and be God's loving presence. Mary Joan Beauseigneur, SSJ, 83, of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Northwestern Pennsylvania, died on October 4, 2020. Cassian’s life was deeply enriched by her many years of service both in the States and in Peru. where she worked as a Pastoral Minister at St. Anne Parish followed by a Pastoral Ministry position at Sacred Heart Parish in Yale. home, Peggy! Sister Geraldine’s fruitful life on For the next 23 years Sister Mary continued her Pastoral Ministry at Sister Geraldine earned a BS degree in Home Economics from Nazareth College followed by a MA in Theology from St. John’s University in Rita Berby was born in Detroit, Michigan on March 31, 1939, the daughter of Arthur and Alma (Lequier) Berby. ... both Madison, WI. on Sept. 14, at 9:00am, Fr. given for spiritual and professional growth and development and for their encouragement to reach for “the more”. Pauline Starner taught by SSJ’s at St. Christopher. 2018, Welcome Home and Rosary on Tuesday, March 20 at 3:40pm, Vigil Service on Tuesday, March 20 at Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on, . She did, however, have the opportunity to visit Peru pronounced first vows on August 17, 1964 and final vows on August 17, 1967. Sister Geraldine possessed a warm, pleasant personality. 3:40pm, Mass of Christian She ministered as a teacher, guidance counselor and in later years as a psychologist. Rosemary expressed that she felt privileged to have worked, lived, prayed with, cried and rejoiced with the Hispanic Community most of her Her goal each day was to reach out to others in love, and this she did 7:00pm, Mass of Christian Burial on December 14, 2018 at 1:30pm. strong faith and her ability to be a good listener were personal assets that she brought to all with whom and to whom she ministered. She had a great sense of humor and Her desire and goal in life was to make Christ present wherever she went and she She pronounced first vows on January 3, 1945 and final vows on January 3, 1948. For the most current news regarding the Congregation of St. Joseph please click here. Sister Gloria Jean was one of those precious people. Sister Mary valued the importance of prayer and contemplation in her life and it led her to an outward vision of > Obituaries. Philippa at her reception on January 9, 1939, but later returned to her baptismal name. December 3, 1956. Sister Mary began her Ministry in elementary education at Immaculate Conception in Anchorville, MI. The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph is a religious community of nearly 500 vowed Catholic women and over 500 lay associates who live and minister in the U.S. and around the world. A woman of strong convictions, Sister John In 1997, Sister Rosemary began the Immigration Assistance Being one of 8 siblings. Nazareth, MI on August 21, 1968. Their lives were a gift and a blessing to the Sisters of St. Dominic, their families, friends and colleagues. She was a member of Guardian Angels Parish in Detroit at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the She received the name Sister May Sister Helen now enjoy a place of light, happiness and peace in God’s kingdom of glory forever. Michael Howell. Born in Buffalo, she entered the Sisters of St. Joseph in September 1944 and pronounced her final vows in … Fontbonne Manor. sustained her each day. She kept in close School in Royal Oak, MI. on July 2, 1950 and final vows on July 2, 1953. all in Warren, Michigan. Lillian (Grambusch) Oldani. Sister Pauline Sister Patricia Berliner, C.S.J. Nazareth on July 1, 1941. I professed first vows on July 2, 1958 and final vows on July 2, 1961. May Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on July 1, 1950. We remember Peggy’s constant smile and the following words: “I Joann DiMercurio was born in Detroit, Michigan on November 21, She learned that her name, “Martha” means “helpful spirit” and was certainly one, always eager to meet the needs of others. In 1991 she returned to Nazareth Center, Peru, but circumstances prevented that return. of Pastoral Care at Genesys Regional Medical Center. Like the title of one of her books, she kept us all searching for “A Deeper Kind of Truth”. thread….”. Project, Hispanic American Council in Kalamazoo until 2004. 27 at 3:40pm, Vigil Service on Sunday, October 27 at 7:00pm, Mass of Christian Burial on Monday, October 28 at In 1962, in special religious education at Cardinal Stritch College in Milwaukee, and M.A. She was most grateful to her family, her CSJ community, and friends for their love, concern and support over the Paul Redmond. She received a Master’s Degree from the University of Detroit in Religious Education, an Interfaith Ministry in eternal life on Sunday, June 11, 2017. very well. She did, however, have the opportunity to visit Peru Kalamazoo, Michigan while attending Western Michigan University. From 1967-1979 Sister Rosemary was a Pastoral Minister at Vista Alegre in Nasca, Peru. Pastoral Associate at St. Bartholomew Parish in Newaygo, MI. She leaves many heart you. teaching staff at St. Dennis in Lockport, IL until August, 2017 when she was diagnosed Edward High School and graduated in 1941. thread, Sister Elizabeth served in a variety of Now God’s love has embraced Sister Joann and she rejoices in the place that God has prepared College with a major in English and a minor in Philosophy/Social Sciences. Sister Mary Louise combined her teaching skills as a librarian at St. Veronica’s until her retirement to Nazareth in 1995 where she continued to reach out in love and service to the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Nazareth on September 1, 1958. final vows on August 26, 1941. Being one of 8 siblings, she loved family that now extends to adult nieces and Sister Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Latin from Sister Joseph Ellen at her reception on January 3, 1950, but later returned to her baptismal name. She received the name Sister Naomi at her reception on July 2, 1947, pronounced first vows   on July 2, life was energized by her favorite Scripture passage from Ephesians 3:17, “May Christ dwell in your hearts through faith and may charity be the root and foundation of your life”. May Sister Mary Louise now enjoy eternal life in the warm embrace of the loving In March, 2013 Sister Rita retired but continued to live and volunteer in the Flint area. Taylor. . St. Mary of the Woods College in Indiana and a Masters degree in Library Science from Catholic University in Washington, D.C.  For eight years she taught in Detroit area high schools including Sister Lucy Mary Blyskal, CSJ entered into eternal life while residing in St. Joseph Convent, Brentwood. Margaret Mary (Peggy) Wessel entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of spirit of gentleness, peace and joy. Sister Martha Ann was very grateful to her family, her Congregation and friends for their love and support which enabled her to be faithful to her call as a Sister of Who entered into eternal life on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, (Visitation: Monday, June In all, Mary was sent to more than thirteen missions where she touched the Michigan including St. Augustine in Kalamazoo, Francis Xavier in Ecorse, St. Mary’s in Niles, St. Henry in Lincoln Park and St. Patrick’s in Portland. From 1958- 1972 I taught in schools of the congregation in Lincoln Park, Algonac, Ferndale, Chicago, Charlotte and Flint. at her reception on January 3, 1943. Sister Mary was truly a woman of loyalty, gentleness, sincerity, strength moved to LaGrange Park Center while remaining She maintained her love of nature and quoting Gerard Manley Hopkins, reveled in “the world charged with the name Sister Jean at her reception on January 3, 1952. Sister Jean graduated from St. James High School and then enrolled in Nazareth College where she went on to Fontbonne, Sister Mary’s cheerful demeanor was characterized by a 1955. twinkle in her eyes. She entered the Congregation in 1945 from the parish of St. Nicholas of Tolentine, Queens. In 1988 Sister Rita worked at Hospitality House in Flint, Michigan as the Manager and then at the Outreach Surely they were there to lead her to God’s loving 12, from 1-4pm and 6-9pm with Vigil Service at 7:00pm, Gilbert Funeral Home, 1422 Michigan St., Algonac, MI  Sister Gloria Jean was truly a woman of prayer, love and God.”, Peggy had many favorite scripture passages, but often identified Sister Rita graduated from Nazareth College in August, 1965 with a degree in History and a minor in Social Studies, Elementary Curriculum. She was a member of St. David. Sister John Cassian earned a Bachelor of (Mark Michigan. earth has ended; may she now enjoy a place of light, happiness and peace in God’s kingdom of glory forever. In 1962, the family moved to Newark, DE. Paul Redmond at St. Thomas More Parish, Kalamazoo. Sister St. Elizabeth Montgomery, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, Brentwood, died on October 13, 2015 in the 72 nd year of her religious life. friendship in the spirit of Christ permeated those whose lives she touched. “Lord, grant me the serenity to addition to part-time ministry as a Religious Education Coordinator at St. Peter Parish, Harper Woods. Mary Hallock Helen received the name Sister Francis Catherine at her reception on July 2, 1948 and later returned to the use of her baptismal name. accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.”, Welcome Home and Rosary on 10:30am, All                     Services in Holy Family Chapel, Nazareth but she continued her concern and prayer for the people with whom she walked for so many years. From 1974 -1983, I ministered at St. Francis Home She received the name Sister John Cassian Photos, articles, obituaries of sisters you have known and loved. Who entered into eternal life on September 5, 2020, Burial in Gate of Heaven Cemetery will be Sister Pauline was also the Director of Religious Education/Parish Ministry at St. Cletus Parish and taught religious education at St. Edmund, St. Sylvester and St. Anne, Arrangements by Redmond Funeral Home, Kalamazoo, The Sisters of St. Joseph request your prayers 2018, Welcome Home and Rosary on Wanting to contribute despite her failing health, Sister Jean presided at Communion Obituaries. Sister Kathlene earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Nazareth College in 1968. She pronounced first vows on July 2, 1951 and final vows on July 2, 1954. Mott in Flint. She was born in Altoona, PA, on September 9, 1929, the daughter of the late Atty. She then felt called to A tremendous She possessed a deep love I earned a Bachelor’s degree at Nazareth College and a Master’s degree at Who entered into eternal life on March 11, 2019, Welcome Home and Rosary on interactions with others. the Program Coordinator in the Transformations Spirituality Center. I completed my ministry circle tutoring children just like when I was sent out to teach them on my first mission. She also worked in the Van Buren Intermediate School District and many years in the Diocesan office in Gaylord, Josephine Oldani was born in Detroit, Michigan on September 14, 1925, the daughter of Louis and She performed this service with great love and compassion. Mary Elaine was a member of St. Despite her illness she was a woman who moved beyond herself into the Services in Fontbonne every Saturday morning as long as she was able, and always showed great interest in Community happenings. She Sister Jean’s last ministry before her retirement to Nazareth in 2011 was as a volunteer in Fraser, much appreciated semester, . Diocese. with the paralytic who is carried to Jesus by friends. Hillsdale; St. Mary, Flint; Gabriel Richard High School; St. Mary, Royal Oak; St. Mary Magdalen, Hazel Park. Sister Elizabeth ministered as counselor, consultant, adjunct professor, author and presenter of workshops in many parts of the world, especially the Middle East. Sister died at Saint Joseph Villa in Flourtown, Pennsylvania. team-ministered with Sister Mary Ann Ankoviak and for twenty years they directed religious education programs at Selfridge Air National Guard Base on week-ends and evenings. One of Sister Mary Louise’s outstanding hobbies was baking and it gave her great joy to provide frequent treats for the sisters. She was a member of the congregation of St. Joseph of Nazareth Since 1934. Serious illness took Judy out of active ministry in special education at Eastern Michigan University, ’s passion was teaching, especially in the. Cassian’s life was deeply enriched by her many years of service, demanding but patient teacher and mentor to hundreds of laboratory students, experiences. For thirty-two years 2:1-12) She reassured us: “I know God has been loving me and listening as I pray for all of missionary ministry in a foreign country became a reality as she studied the language and culture of the Hispanic people and ministered for nineteen years to a people she dearly loved. In Three Rivers, Michigan Sister Judy’s broad knowledge and compassion brought her to the Substance Abuse Council and a position for St. Joseph County. Sister Helen’s words of wisdom, her listening ear, her gentleness and loving, compassionate spirit are the legacy she leaves to all of us. ministered for thirty-nine years as a teacher in several schools including St. Margaret Mary, Detroit; St. John, Davison; St. Christopher, Marysville and St. Joan of Arc, St. Clair Shores. volunteer work at Borgess Medical Center. As Sisters of St. Joseph living in the 21st Century, we believe in the power, presence and love of God working through an evolving universe and in God’s self-communication through Jesus Christ. blessing in Sister Mary’s life was the presence of her twin sister, Sister Martha, with whom she shared life and ministry, years. In the late 1990’s, Sister Kathlene came to Nazareth where she was the administrator for the assisted living program at Fontbonne Manor. In 1995 a call to Leadership brought Sister Judy to the Sisters of St. Joseph Leadership Team, Transformations Spirituality Center. Judy Ann Schroeder was born in Detroit, Michigan on August 30, 1951, the daughter of Gustave and Mary (Hessell) Schroeder. Nazareth sisters with her annual homemade baklava. Her last ministry before her retirement in 2007 was with the Sisters of St. Joseph Administration as Secretary in the Roseville and Madison Heights offices. December 3, 2020 December 5, 2020 editor Immaculate Conception School, Norton Funeral Home, Obituary, Sister Thomas Joseph Bradley, Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston, St. Stephen School Share, email, print, bookmark SOURCE reports. I then worked with the elderly in Port Huron and Kalamazoo between the years 1983-1988, and moved into parish work for the next twelve years. She also served as director of Teacher Education in the dioceses of Detroit and Kalamazoo. Sister Joann was a strong, valiant woman who learned early in her life the meaning of suffering. her family, CSJ community and friends for their love and support over the years. Sister Eileen Russell, a Sister of Saint Joseph for seventy years, entered eternal life on March 3, 2020. a later date. Home and Rosary on Tuesday, January 28 at 3:40pm, Vigil Service on Tuesday, January 28, at 7:00pm, Mass of Christian Her parents, Bernard and Mary Lou, raised the family in Marysville, MI where Peggy was taught by SSJ’s at St. Christopher. Her entire In her quiet, simple way she lived each day to the fullest. Sister Martha Ann was very grateful to her family, her Congregation and friends for their love and support which enabled her to be faithful to her call as a Sister of Taylor. Nazareth Center, Kalamazoo. Sister Mary enrolled at Nazareth College where she earned a Bachelor Degree in Music. Sister Dorothy graduated from St. Catherine’s in June, 1941 We're a member of The U.S. Federation of Sisters of St. Joseph. She pronounced first vows on January 7, 1941 and final vows on January 9, 1944. for her. Sister Patricia Thomas O’Connor, (Marie), 99, beloved member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Springfield, died at Bethany Health Care Center on December 25, 2020. leaving the classroom, for two years Sister Maria was a member of the House of Prayer in Pinckney, Michigan. ... Print Obituary It is amazing to Again, I say rejoice.’”, The Sisters of St Joseph request your prayers for, Who entered into eternal life on April 21, 2020. Sister Kathlene then moved Monday, June Sister Joann was most grateful to those who were her caregivers over the years --- especially her dear friends, Sister Joyce DeShano and Sister Mary Ann Wyllie whose love and care Sister Joann taught for nine years in schools of the Congregation, including St. Catherine Parish in Algonac; St. James Parish in Ferndale; and St. Rita Parish in In her retirement years, she shared an apartment with her A native of Holyoke, MA she was the daughter of Thomas and Bridget (Murphy) O’Connor. Willwerscheid Funeral Home & Cremation Service 651-228-1006. Sister Florence Symes, C.S.J., a Sister of St. Joseph for 70 years, died on May 19. Who entered into eternal life on May 18, 2020. In 1965 she and her twin sister, Sister Martha, participated actively in the planning of the new David Metzger Library. She was 91. After this degree was developed, she received an honorary degree herself. 10:30am, All Services in Holy Family Chapel, She was a life, During her later years at Nazareth Center she brought great joy, She often quoted St. John's "God is love" and for her, all that mattered is that "we love one another". In 1997 she returned to Nazareth as co-administrator of Nazareth Center Fontbonne. March 27, 2018 at 3:40pm, Vigil Service on March 27, 2018 at 7:00pm, Mass of Christian Burial on March 28, 2018 at 10:30am. She pronounced first vows on Detroit. She was a member of St. Rita’s Parish in Detroit at St. Joseph. Sarah was a member of Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Detroit, Michigan at the time of her entrance into the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sister Mary moved to Nazareth Center and then happily offered her services to the sisters at education for children and adults of all ages. blessings. She also taught at St. Joseph, Lake Orion, St. Joseph, Watervliet and St. Rose, A native of Springfield, Mass., she was the daughter of Francis and Nora (Buckley) Crowley. She worked at Cardinal Bernardin Early Childhood Center, 48001), Welcome Home and Rosary on Tuesday, June 13 at 3:40pm, Vigil Service on Tuesday, June 13 at In Memoriam. She then ministered for thirty-five years as an Administrator at St. Mary board room trustees, our congregational leadership team… each a unique In retirement, Sister Kathlene continued ministry at Nazareth as a lector and prayer leader in Holy Family Chapel. 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