Sister Josephine of Jesus St. Leger, SJC, 89, of Newport, RI, passed away on August 16, 2021, at St. Clare Dwelling.
Josephine St. Leger was born in O’Callaghan’s Mills, County Clare, Eire to Patrick and Mary Anne (Kelleher) St. Leger on December 3, 1931. Life began for small Josie in the charming countryside. She was the youngest of five siblings, all of whom ended up educated at the local Countrywide School in which religion and life were closely joined. Whilst the distance from dwelling to faculty was close to two miles, the every day trudge by region roads or by the fields were being periods of expansion. Mother nature at the various seasons gave a lot of scope for learning. Friendships to final a life span were cast all through these early yrs.
Secondary university was in the large metropolis of Dublin, a society shock in numerous approaches, still it proved past doubt the top quality of training in the Countrywide Schools of Ireland. These decades have been occupied and fantastic ones and prepared Josephine for separation from household and loved ones, and where by she figured out the value of preserving friendships. This was her 1st true contact with sisters and she responded to the get in touch with that would support her are living her reward of faith as a Cluny missionary. When Josephine’s choice to enter the convent was known, it did trigger some asking yourself by those people who realized her at the hurling matches and at the ceili dances. The point that she celebrated 67 several years of spiritual career in January, 2021 is the reply to these wonderings!
Josephine entered the Cluny Novitiate in Ferbane, Eire in 1941, was acquired as a newbie in 1942, and created job of vows as a Cluny Sister in January, 1954. When Sister Josephine entered Cluny, she completely envisioned to be missioned to Africa, the South Pacific, or the Caribbean, as during her superior school a long time she had sung “Go Ye Afar” with the Mt. Sackville choir in the ceremonies for the newly professed sisters setting out for distant missions. She might perfectly have been shocked to be missioned to the Usa alternatively, but wherever she went, she established about asserting the Excellent Information of God’s all-embracing adore, in the missionary sprit of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey. Belonging to the throughout the world Cluny family members, sharing the mission and associations with the sisters was central to her everyday living. Through her relationships in group, in her many ministries, in her really like for the kids, and her volunteer excursions to Kentucky and West Virginia she experienced a gentle way of permitting other individuals know that they were beloved and valued. Sister Josephine devoted her items for leadership not only to her different ministries but also to her Cluny community, serving as local community leader at St. Joseph Convent on Brenton Road and afterwards, as the new neighborhood chief, gathering with a few other sisters in the founding of Javouhey Property, the Cluny Sisters Group on Carroll Avenue in 2003. From 1995-2003 Sister also served as Provincial Councilor and Trustee of Cluny Faculty. To be equipped to rejoice her golden jubilee, at St. Augustin Church on January 4, 2004 with Sisters Anne Grogan and Pius Moore the two associates of her occupation team, and surrounded by Cluny Sisters, family associates, good friends and parishioners was a peak second for her.
Sister Josephine held levels in English and Philosophy, and Education from the College of San Diego, and examined at Weston Theological Institute, Cambridge, Boston.
Sister Josephine arrived in the United States in 1954. Immediately after a temporary keep at Stella Maris Dwelling on Washington Road ,she was missioned to Torrance, CA. In 1958 she joined a few other sisters in founding the to start with Cluny mission at St. Joseph Parish in Hamilton, Ontario. She next was assigned to Cluny University in Newport for the 1963-64 faculty 12 months ahead of returning to California wherever she put in lots of many years educating at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Wilmington.
In 1979 Sister Josephine came to Newport as principal of Cluny Faculty, a position she held for twelve several years. As principal, she encouraged the teachers to be creative and establish their possess design and style fairly than suit into a mould. She mentored and supported, top, and commanding regard by her instance. Of the most troublesome pupil, she would say, “Underneath it all, he (or she) is a great kid.” When correcting a miscreant, she could include just the right notice of humor and like. As a person mischievous student, then a grown male explained, “We always knew you cherished us.”
For the duration of her many years at Cluny University, she also contributed to parish lifetime at St. Augustin Church, Newport as religious instruction trainer, Confirmation coordinator, and Eucharistic Minister.
Very pleased of her American citizenship, Sister Josephine’s appreciate for Eire and its society in no way waned. Sister’s involvement in The Irish Heritage Society was really substantially element of her daily life. Cluny Faculty served to carry in the Irish Thirty day period with their choir, strolling in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and singing for the Masses in honor of St. Patrick at St. Joseph Church to begin the Parade and at St. Augustin’s Church on the feast by itself. Sister Josephine served on the Board of Administrators of the Irish Heritage Modern society for lots of a long time, and chaplain of the Girls Ancient Purchase of Hibernians for 7 several years. She liked the ceili dancing on just about every event. Who greater to be the Grand Marshall of the Saint Patrick’s Working day Parade in the 12 months 2000?
Right after leaving Cluny University, Sister Josephine started ministry as Pastoral Assistant in St. Augustin Parish. Sister Josephine inspired several initiatives and knew how to attract out the presents of parishioners to serve in a variety of capacities in the daily life of the parish. Sister qualified small children as altar servers, and the newly confirmed and older people in the liturgical ministries. She geared up couples for marriage and then for the baptism of their youngsters. She accompanied the ill and homebound in their final diseases, comforted grieving families, and helped them plan funerals. For the duration of those people decades, she also served as a trustee of the parish. All this she did unassumingly with like and devotion right until her retirement November, 2019. After her retirement she ongoing to serve by conducting graveside services when requested, supporting the bereaved, staying in touch with parishioners, and which includes them in her ministry of every day prayer.
Down by the decades, even in the midst of occupied times of ministry and group tasks, Sister Josephine remained near to her household, celebrating the joys and supporting them as a result of challenges and loss.
Deep down, Sister Josephine was usually the very simple woman from O’Callaghan’s Mills who could marvel at a daisy on her path and uncover pleasure in the very little things. Although she will be remembered for her a lot of achievements, she was additional importantly a female legitimate to herself, her God, her family members, her sisters in neighborhood, and the a lot of friendships solid wherever she lived. There was generally a twinkle in her eye, and a completely ready smile on her confront. And when the music began, you’d hear a tapping toe. We will often be grateful for the present of Sister Josephine among us. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.
Sister Josephine is survived by her sister, Sister Bernadette St. Leger, SJC of Tauranga, NZ, nieces Martina St. Leger, North Syracuse, NY, Marian Habbib, Durban, ZA, Jo and Frances Browne, Mariette St. Leger, Phil Ryan, Jo O’Sullivan, and Patricia St. Leger all in Eire, and her nephews John Browne, Ennis, Co. Clare, and Michael St. Leger, Cazenovia, NY, 16 great nieces and nephews, and 2 good-terrific nephews, alongside with numerous cousins in Eire and in the United States, and by her spiritual community with whom she lived, prayed, and ministered.
She was preceded in loss of life by her parents, Mary Anne (Kelleher) and Patrick St. Leger, her brothers James and Michael St. Leger, her sister Mary Browne, and her niece Martina Browne.
Traveling to several hours will be held at St. Augustin Church on Tuesday, August 24 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM with a prayer assistance at 6:30 PM. On Wednesday, August 25, at 11:00 AM, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustin Church with Pastor Emeritus Fr. John McNulty officiating. Burial will abide by at St. Columba Cemetery, Brown’s Lane, Middletown. Reception will comply with at the AOH Hall, 2 Wellington Avenue, Newport.
Memorial donations might be made to Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, PO Box 66, Newport, RI 02840 or www.clunyusandcanada.org. The Cluny Sisters and the St. Leger household want to prolong their gratitude to all who have supported Sister Josephine and all of us, primarily throughout her remaining illness.
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Published by Newport Everyday News from Aug. 22 to Aug. 24, 2021.