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
March 21, 2015
Sister Joan Melley, a Sister of Saint Joseph for 57 years entered eternal life on March 21, 2015. Her Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Joseph Villa, Flourtown on March 26.
Joan and her four siblings were raised in Immaculate Conception Parish, Germantown where she attended the parish school and later graduated from Little Flower High School in Philadelphia.… Read More >
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 was the second of five children.… Read More >
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 in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, “The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.… Read More >
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 of Assisi School and Little Flower High School.… Read More >
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. The seven children attended St.… Read More >
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 celebrated her life of prayer and spiritual reading.… Read More >
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 Ethel Reitz.… Read More >
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, John and Margaret, along with her twin brother Louis in 1914 in Chester, Pennsylvania.… Read More >
- 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 Saint Hugh Parish, Philadelphia.… Read More >
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 her heart.… Read More >