Dominican Sister of Peace Charles Francis McOsker, OP, 93 died on July 13, 2017, at the Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY. She was born in 1924 in Lowell, MA, to Rose Geoffry and Charles McOsker. Sr. Charles Francis entered the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine, now the Dominican Sisters of Peace, in 1946, and celebrated 70 years of vowed religious life this year.
Sr. Charles Francis earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Studies/English from St. Francis College, in Brooklyn, NY and a certificate in Theology from Providence College in Providence, RI.
Sister took the Dominican call to itinerancy to heart, ministering as a teacher in parish schools in Illinois, Tennessee, Arkansas, Indiana, New York and Massachusetts. She also coordinated CCD classes and served as Parish Minister/Associate at St. Michael’s Parish in Lowell, MA. Later, Sr. Charles Francis provided community service at Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY, and served as Assistant Coordinator at the facility until 2005. She entered a ministry of prayer and presence at the Sansbury Care Center in 2009.
In her preaching prepared for the funeral Mass, Sister Norah Guy, OP, recalled Sr. Charles Francis’ robust laugh, calling it a reflection of her happy and joyful heart. The joy that Sr. Charles Francis felt in serving God was shared with the thousands of children that she taught, the many homebound elders to whom she ministered, and with everyone that she met.
Sr. Charles Francis is survived by one sister, Ms. Rosemary McOsker and several nieces and nephews.
A Vigil of Remembrance and the Mass of Christian Burial were held on July 21 at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel in St. Catharine, KY. Sr. Charles Francis was laid to rest at the St. Catharine Motherhouse Cemetery.
Memorial gifts in Sr. Charles Francis McOsker’s memory may be submitted securely online or sent to:
Dominican Sisters of Peace
Office of Mission Advancement
2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219