Sister Josephine of Jesus St. Leger, SJC, 89, of Newport, RI, passed away on August 16, 2021, at St. Clare Residence.
Josephine St. Leger was born in O’Callaghan’s Mills, County Clare, Ireland to Patrick and Mary Anne (Kelleher) St. Leger on December 3, 1931. Everyday living started for small Josie in the wonderful countryside. She was the youngest of five siblings, all of whom had been educated at the nearby Nationwide Faculty the place religion and life were carefully linked. Even though the distance from residence to university was close to two miles, the each day trudge by nation roadways or by way of the fields have been times of development. Mother nature at the unique seasons gave a lot of scope for discovering. Friendships to final a lifetime ended up solid during these early several years.
Secondary university was in the significant metropolis of Dublin, a culture shock in numerous ways, still it proved past doubt the good quality of instruction in the Nationwide Educational institutions of Eire. These a long time have been busy and good ones and well prepared Josephine for separation from house and loved ones, and in which she discovered the value of sustaining friendships. This was her very first actual get hold of with sisters and she responded to the get in touch with that would assistance her reside her present of faith as a Cluny missionary. When Josephine’s choice to enter the convent was known, it did trigger some questioning by individuals who knew her at the hurling matches and at the ceili dances. The point that she celebrated 67 decades of spiritual job in January, 2021 is the remedy to these wonderings!
Josephine entered the Cluny Novitiate in Ferbane, Eire in 1941, was acquired as a novice in 1942, and created occupation of vows as a Cluny Sister in January, 1954. When Sister Josephine entered Cluny, she absolutely predicted to be missioned to Africa, the South Pacific, or the Caribbean, as for the duration of her high school many years she had sung “Go Ye Afar” with the Mt. Sackville choir in the ceremonies for the recently professed sisters setting out for distant missions. She may effectively have been surprised to be missioned to the United states of america instead, but where ever she went, she established about asserting the Very good News of God’s all-embracing like, in the missionary sprit of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey. Belonging to the throughout the world Cluny family, sharing the mission and interactions with the sisters was central to her lifestyle. By way of her relationships in group, in her various ministries, in her appreciate for the youngsters, and her volunteer visits to Kentucky and West Virginia she had a light way of allowing others know that they ended up liked and valued. Sister Josephine devoted her items for management not only to her several ministries but also to her Cluny group, serving as local community chief at St. Joseph Convent on Brenton Highway and later, as the new local community leader, collecting with 3 other sisters in the founding of Javouhey Dwelling, the Cluny Sisters Community on Carroll Avenue in 2003. From 1995-2003 Sister also served as Provincial Councilor and Trustee of Cluny University. To be in a position to rejoice her golden jubilee, at St. Augustin Church on January 4, 2004 with Sisters Anne Grogan and Pius Moore the two users of her job group, and surrounded by Cluny Sisters, loved ones members, mates and parishioners was a peak instant for her.
Sister Josephine held degrees in English and Philosophy, and Education and learning from the University of San Diego, and examined at Weston Theological Institute, Cambridge, Boston.
Sister Josephine arrived in the United States in 1954. Just after a temporary keep at Stella Maris Property on Washington Street ,she was missioned to Torrance, CA. In 1958 she joined a few other sisters in founding the initially Cluny mission at St. Joseph Parish in Hamilton, Ontario. She next was assigned to Cluny School in Newport for the 1963-64 faculty year just before returning to California in which she spent many yrs teaching at Sts. Peter and Paul College in Wilmington.
In 1979 Sister Josephine arrived to Newport as principal of Cluny School, a placement she held for twelve a long time. As principal, she encouraged the instructors to be resourceful and establish their possess fashion fairly than healthy into a mould. She mentored and supported, leading, and commanding regard by her example. Of the most troublesome scholar, she would say, “Underneath it all, he (or she) is a great kid.” When correcting a miscreant, she could incorporate just the correct be aware of humor and like. As a person mischievous student, then a grown guy said, “We generally understood you beloved us.”
During her a long time at Cluny School, she also contributed to parish lifetime at St. Augustin Church, Newport as spiritual training trainer, Affirmation coordinator, and Eucharistic Minister.
Proud of her American citizenship, Sister Josephine’s love for Ireland and its lifestyle hardly ever waned. Sister’s involvement in The Irish Heritage Culture was very much component of her daily life. Cluny College aided to convey in the Irish Month 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 itself. Sister Josephine served on the Board of Administrators of the Irish Heritage Modern society for numerous decades, and chaplain of the Ladies Ancient Purchase of Hibernians for 7 a long time. She savored the ceili dancing on each and every situation. Who better to be the Grand Marshall of the Saint Patrick’s Working day Parade in the 12 months 2000?
Immediately after leaving Cluny Faculty, Sister Josephine commenced ministry as Pastoral Assistant in St. Augustin Parish. Sister Josephine encouraged several initiatives and realized how to attract out the items of parishioners to serve in many capacities in the existence of the parish. Sister qualified little ones as altar servers, and the freshly confirmed and older people in the liturgical ministries. She organized couples for relationship and then for the baptism of their small children. She accompanied the ill and homebound in their closing sicknesses, comforted grieving families, and aided them plan funerals. During people decades, she also served as a trustee of the parish. All this she did unassumingly with like and devotion till her retirement November, 2019. Just after her retirement she continued to provide by conducting graveside services when requested, supporting the bereaved, keeping in contact with parishioners, and including them in her ministry of daily prayer.
Down via the many years, even in the midst of chaotic times of ministry and neighborhood obligations, Sister Josephine remained shut to her family, celebrating the joys and supporting them by issues and reduction.
Deep down, Sister Josephine was usually the very simple woman from O’Callaghan’s Mills who could marvel at a daisy on her route and locate joy in the small points. Despite the fact that she will be remembered for her numerous accomplishments, she was much more importantly a female real to herself, her God, her family members, her sisters in local community, and the numerous friendships cast anywhere she lived. There was usually a twinkle in her eye, and a completely ready smile on her facial area. And when the songs begun, you would hear a tapping toe. We will generally be grateful for the gift of Sister Josephine amid 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 wonderful nieces and nephews, and 2 good-excellent nephews, alongside with a lot of cousins in Eire and in the United States, and by her spiritual neighborhood with whom she lived, prayed, and ministered.
She was preceded in demise by her dad and mom, Mary Anne (Kelleher) and Patrick St. Leger, her brothers James and Michael St. Leger, her sister Mary Browne, and her niece Martina Browne.
Checking out hours will be held at St. Augustin Church on Tuesday, August 24 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM with a prayer services 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 stick to at St. Columba Cemetery, Brown’s Lane, Middletown. Reception will adhere to at the AOH Corridor, 2 Wellington Avenue, Newport.
Memorial donations might be created to Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, PO Box 66, Newport, RI 02840 or www.clunyusandcanada.org. The Cluny Sisters and the St. Leger spouse and children wish to extend their gratitude to all who have supported Sister Josephine and all of us, specifically in the course of her last health issues.
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Published by Newport Every day Information from Aug. 23 to Aug. 24, 2021.