In Loving Remembrance

To remember is to celebrate. We remember with love each of these women, our sisters and friends, who died recentlly. 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 Leander Poysden

Posted on: May 28th, 2015

              May 17, 2015

Sister Leander Poysden died on May 17, 2015, and was buried at Saint Joseph Villa on May 22, 2015. Sister's life was anchored by four tenets: God, family, community, and friends. She called these her "great loves." Born into a closely knit family, her parents dedicated their four children to God.… Read More >


Sister Cecile Anne Reiley

Posted on: May 5th, 2015
April 24, 2015

                April 24, 2015

Sister Cecile Anne Reiley, known earlier in religious life as Sister Anna Patricia, became a resident of Saint Joseph Villa in December of 2011. Working daily in her ministry at Saint Malachy Parish in North Philadelphia, she finally had to exchange her center city address to the Flourtown residence.… Read More >


Sister Mary Alexander Machain

Posted on: May 4th, 2015

       April 13, 2015

Sister Mary Alexander Machain, a Sister of Saint Joseph for 68 years entered eternal life at Saint Joseph Villa, Flourtown on April 13, 2015. Her Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at Saint Joseph Villa on April 17.

Born to Joseph and Marie, Mary Guadalupe and her twin brother Joseph Guadalupe were nurtured along with their six siblings in a loving and strongly religious family.… Read More >


Sister Frances Maureen Hoffman

Posted on: April 28th, 2015
April 9, 2015

            April 9, 2015

Sister Frances Maureen died at Saint Joseph Villa on April 9, 2015. Her funeral liturgy and burial followed on April 15. Sister had been a resident at the Villa since September 2014.

Born Rose Marie Celestine Hoffman, Sister Frances was the second oldest child of four daughters born to John and Frances Hoffman.… Read More >


Sister Mary Legge

Posted on: April 22nd, 2015

          April 9, 2015

S. Mary Legge died on April 9, 2015, and was buried at Saint Joseph Villa, April 13, 2015. Born in Newark, New Jersey Mary and her family lived in St. Peter's Parish and  she attended Good Counsel High School before entering the Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1946.… Read More >


Sister Joan Melley

Posted on: April 9th, 2015

              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 >


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 was the second of five children.… 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 in his Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium, “The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus.… 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 of Assisi School and Little Flower High School.… 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. The seven children attended St.… Read More >