In Loving Remembrance

To remember is to celebrate. We remember with love each of these women, our sisters and friends, who died during the past year. We celebrate their lives and the example that they offered to the Sisters of Saint Joseph, their families, their friends, the church and the world.

These women embraced the call to “Let your life be a continuous act of love.” (Maxims of the Little Institute). They lived lives of faithfulness and commitment while they were with us, and we depend upon them now to continue to pray on our behalf.

May they rest in the arms of the loving God they so faithfully served!


In Loving Remembrance Posts


Sister Regina Michael Costello

Posted on: March 25th, 2015

March 15, 2015

Sister Regina Michael died at Saint Joseph Villa on March 15, 2015. Sister’s funeral took place on March 20. Sister Regina was a resident of the Villa since 2007, offering her last days in ministry of presence.

Born to parents Michael and Margaret, the young Margaret Ann … Read More >


Sister Catherine Newell

Posted on: March 9th, 2015

              February 4, 2015

The poet Robert Burns wrote, “Would the powers giftie gie us/ To see ourselves as others see us...” Indeed, others saw Sister Catherine Newell as “exuberant”, as “open, free, happy, friendly, with a great smile and upbeat conversation”. These qualities are a reflection of Pope Francis’ words … Read More >


Sister Joan Marie Berk

Posted on: February 24th, 2015

              February 6, 2015

Sister Joan Marie Berk died on February 6, 2015, and was buried at Saint Joseph Villa, February 17, 2015. Joan was born on April 6,1934, the fourth of eight children to Sylvester and Helen Berk. Growing up in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, Joan attended St. Francis … Read More >


Sister Katharine E. Doyle

Posted on: February 19th, 2015

              February 4, 2015

Sister Katharine Doyle, a Sister of Saint Joseph for 62 years, entered eternal life on February 4, 2015 at Chestnut Hill Hospital, Philadelphia.

Katharine and her six siblings were raised by their parents Margaret and Paul in a loving, faith-filled family where religion was an important value. … Read More >


Sister Marie Berenice Weaver

Posted on: January 7th, 2015
December 26, 2014

December 26, 2014

Sister Marie Berenice Weaver died on December 26, 2014, and was buried at St. Joseph’s Villa, December 31, 2014. On this last day of the year, we celebrate the beginning of S. Marie's life in Paradise. As a Sister of St. Joseph for 71 years, S. Marie … Read More >


Sister Ethel Marie Reitz

Posted on: January 7th, 2015
December 29, 2014

December 29, 2014

Sister Ethel Marie died at Saint Joseph Villa on December 29, 2014. Her funeral liturgy and burial took place on January 2, 2015. Sister Ethel Marie was a resident at the Villa since 2001.

Baptized Laura, Sister Ethel was one of two children born to Harry and … Read More >


Sister Catherine Mooney

Posted on: January 7th, 2015
December 25, 2014

December 25, 2014

Sister Catherine Mooney, formerly Sister St. Austin, died at Saint Joseph Villa on December 25th, 2014. Her funeral took place on December 30th. Sister spent the last ten years of her life as a resident at the Villa.

Sister Catherine was born to her parents, … Read More >


Sister Marjorie Sweeney

Posted on: January 7th, 2015
December 10, 2014
December 10, 2014

Sister Marjorie Sweeney, a Sister of Saint Joseph for 71 years, entered eternal life on December 10, 2014 at Saint Joseph Villa, Flourtown, Pennsylvania.

The daughter of Gertrude and Edward Sweeney, Marjorie was raised with her three siblings in the traditions of a faith-filled Irish-Catholic family in … Read More >


Sister Catharine Elizabeth Murphy

Posted on: December 10th, 2014
November 30, 2014

November 30, 2014

Sister Catharine Elizabeth Murphy died on November 30, 2014, and was buried at Saint Joseph Villa, December 5, 2014. On this first Sunday of Advent, to the strains of "O Come, O Come Emmanuel," S. Catharine, lover of music and a lover of God, welcomed Emmanuel into … Read More >


Sister Mary Michael Cecilia Walsh

Posted on: November 12th, 2014

November 1, 2014

Sister Mary Michael Cecilia Walsh entered eternal life on November 1, 2014. Her burial took place at Saint Joseph Villa on Wednesday, November 5. Sister had been a resident at the Villa since 2007.

Sister Michael was baptized Katherine, the oldest of five children born to her … Read More >