Dominican Sister of Peace Helen McCarthy

Sr. Helen McCarthy

Dominican Sister of Peace Helen (Kevin Marie) McCarthy, (84), died on August 31, 2019, at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY.  The only girl of Helen McGarr and John’s six children, Sister Helen was born in 1935 in Woburn, MA. She worked in the business world for four years before she entered religious life in 1957.

She made First Profession in 1959 and celebrated her 60-year Jubilee in 2019. She often said that she didn’t know how she ever was called to religious life.  But, as she said, “God called me and I said take me wherever you want.”

Sr. Helen received her Bachelor of Science degree in Social Studies, Education and English from Siena College in 1970. She spent the early years of her ministry in education, passing her love of learning to children in Illinois, West Virginia and Kentucky for 20 years. She worked as an Administrative Assistant while she studied to earn her Master of Arts in Religious Studies from Spaulding College, and moved to a new ministry as a Pastoral Assistant.

She served at both Immaculate Heart of Mary and St. Brigid Parish in Louisville before leaving pastoral work to serve her community as the Southern Regional Coordinator for Louisville and Memphis. Sr. Helen returned to St. Brigid Parish in 1996 and served as Parish minister for seven years before moving to Watertown, MA, as House Coordinator for Rosary Manor.

Sr. Helen’s final ministry of prayer and presence was at Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY. All who visited her in her final days were touched by the peace that she felt and shared with them.

In her preaching at the funeral. Sr. Joye Gros spoke of the great love that she held for her community, her friends, and her family. “Being the youngest and only girl, she admitted that she was spoiled.” Sr. Joye said. “Perhaps, all the love she experienced in her family spilled over in her various ministries and her community life.  We became the beneficiaries.”

Sister Helen is survived by her sister-in-law, Helen McCarthy, and several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of remembrance was held at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel on September 5. The Mass of Christian Burial was held the following day, September 6, also at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel. Sister Helen was interred at St. Catharine Cemetery

Memorial gifts in Sr. Helen McCarthy’s name may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr, Columbus, OH 43219, or you may give online at oppeace.org.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Eleanor Unrein

Eleanor Unrein, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Eleanor Unrein, of Great Bend, KS, 91, died at the Great Bend Infirmary at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse on August 25, 2019. She was born in 1928, made her First Profession in 1945, and served God’s people for nearly 75 years as a Dominican Sister of Peace.

Sr. Eleanor earned her RN and a certificate in Psychiatric Nursing from St. Rose Hospital in 1951. She completed postgraduate courses in Obstetric Nursing at the same facility in 1954, while serving as a nursing supervisor in Kansas City and Garden City Hospitals. Later in her career, she also became certified as a Chaplain, better to serve both the bodies and the spirits of her patients.

Sr. Eleanor was dedicated in her ministry to the sick in Kansas and Colorado, serving as a nurse, a nursing instructor, a nursing supervisor and a pastoral care counselor. She especially loved caring for babies in her obstetric ministry.

Retirement for Sr. Eleanor did not mean slowing down. When she returned to the Great Bend Motherhouse at the age of 77, she stayed busy. She was an active member of the Pilgrim Servants Study Group, an archival assistant, and an enthusiastic community volunteer. She also enjoyed celebrating with her Sisters and attending reunions of her large extended family. Even in retirement, she continued her ministry of care by witnessing the peaceful deaths of some of the Great Bend Sisters.

In her preaching at Sr. Eleanor’s Vigil Service, Sr. Renee Dreiling, OP, said “Long before we did our study on racism, Sister Eleanor was always inclusive. Her ministry included Caucasians, Hispanics, Vietnamese, Laotians, as well as Catholics, Protestants, Mormons, and Buddhist patients. She treated them all with love and respect.”

Sr. Eleanor was preceded in death by her parents, four brothers, and three sisters.  She is survived by a brother, Tim Unrein, and a sister, Sister Charlotte Unrein, and her community at the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

A Vigil of Remembrance and the Mass of Christian Burial were held on August 27 and 28, respectively, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Great Bend, KS. Sr. Eleanor was interred at the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery.oppeqace

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Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Agnes Sullivan

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       Mary Agnes Sullivan

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Agnes Sullivan (Perpetua Marie) (94) died at Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY, on June 21, 2019. Born in Atlanta, GA, in 1924, to Mary Elizabeth Steph and Leo Aloysius, Sr. Mary Agnes was one of six children and loved her siblings and extended family very deeply.

Sr. Mary Agnes entered religious life in 1945 in St. Catharine, KY. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Social Science, Philosophy and English from Siena College in 1951. This broad-ranging education informed her early ministry as a teacher in New York, Nebraska, Tennessee and Kentucky.

She earned a Master of Science in Library Science from Spaulding University in Louisville, KY, in 1957, and this helped to open a new world of ministry and travel opportunity for Sr. Mary Agnes. She served as a school librarian and teacher in Nebraska, Tennessee and Kentucky before beginning work as a public, school and college librarian in Memphis. She returned to St. Catharine in 1971 to serve as the Librarian for St. Catharine College, then had the opportunity to serve on the World Campus Afloat. She served on the National Executive Board of the Catholic Library Association and held offices in various national, regional and state associations as well.

While ministering as a Pastoral Assistant in Chicago, Sr. Mary Agnes earned her Master of Arts in Pastoral Studies from Loyola University. She served as a Pastoral Assistant and Director of Religious Education in parishes in Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee.

Sr. Mary Agnes’ talent for research and organization continued to serve her ministry as she worked as a librarian at the University of Louisville and as researcher and archivist for Washington County, KY.

Sr. Mary Agnes also served her congregation as a driver for the Sisters at Sansbury Infirmary and the St. Catharine Motherhouse. She ministered in community service and hospitality at the Kentucky Motherhouse as well before entering her final ministry of prayer and presence in 2016.

In her autobiography, Sr. Mary Agnes described her religious life as “one of spinning, weaving and threading patterns of my life with other lives.” Her friend and eulogist, Sr. Suzanne Brauer, spoke of how she loved the company of her family, her many friends, and her community, all part of the rich and beautiful pattern that was Sr. Mary Agnes Sullivan’s life.

Sister Mary Agnes Sullivan was preceded in death by her parents and her five siblings. She is survived by two sisters-in-law, Mercedes Sullivan and Dottie Sullivan, and several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance was held on Thursday, July 4, at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel. The Mass of Christian Burial was held on Friday, July 5, at Sansbury Care Center Chapel.  Sister Mary Agnes was interred at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Mary Agnes’ memory may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098, or by donating online.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Camilla Smith

Sr. Camilla Smith, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Camilla (Leonita) Smith, 98, died at Mohun Health Care Center on May 6, 2019.  Born in Akron, OH, in 1921, her mother Frances Gossman and father Daniel Smith raised her in Somerset, OH – the cradle of Dominican life in Ohio. Inspired by the Sisters who taught at her schools, she entered religious life in 1939 and took her final vows in 1944.

Sr. Camilla earned a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics from Ohio Dominican University and a Master of Science and Doctorate degrees in Home Economics from Ohio State University.

She saw a strong relationship between Catholic philosophy and the teaching of Home Economics, believing that a solid grounding in the discipline would help students to “learn how to manage well their personal and family resources… as stepping stones to sanctity.”

Sr. Camilla taught Home Economics and French at grade schools and high schools across Ohio before returning to Ohio Dominican University as the Chair of the Department of Home Economics, Dean of Residence, and Manager of the University’s Hamilton  Hall Dining Room.

As superior at Mohun Hall, the Congregation’s health care facility for consecrated religious in Columbus, OH, Sr. Camilla combined her management skills and her loving nature to help create a place of care and compassion for her Sisters.

Having earned her Master of Arts in Biblical Studies from Providence College in 1981, Sr. Camilla was well prepared to move into her next ministry as the Director of Religious Education at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Parish in Grove City, OH. She was also active in the ecumenical Cum Christo retreat movement.

In 1992, as a response to the Congregation’s commitment to honor creation, Sr. Camilla joined with Sisters Loretta Forquer and Jane Belanger to found Shepherd’s Corner, an ecological ministry located on Congregation-owned land in Blacklick, OH. Sr. Camilla considered this ministry the most rewarding of her religious life, saying “offers the land as a pulpit for preaching, and reflects God’s presence everywhere.”

In her homily for Camilla, Sr. Jane Belanger referred to Sr. Camilla’s chosen reading from the book of Revelations, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with the human race,” when talking about Sr. Camilla’s many ministries. “With her family, in the college dorm, with the residents of Mohun, with parishioners in Grove City, with the Associates, with all of Creation at Shepherd’s Corner,” Sr. Jane said, “Camilla made a point to provide a home for folks wherever she was.”

After she was no longer able to serve at Shepherd’s Corner, Sr. Camilla returned to Our Lady of Perpetual Help to as a volunteer before entering a ministry of prayer and presence at the Columbus Motherhouse and later, Mohun Healthcare Canter.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel and Frances Gossman Smith, her sisters, Marie Smith, Eleanor Schmeltzer, Rose Marie Paumier, Agnes Hupp, Mildred Hassser and her brothers, Philip and Daniel. She is survived by her sister Mary Frances Pitstick, her brother, Harry Smith, nieces and nephews.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, Ohio on Thursday, May 16, 2019. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace  Motherhouse Chapel on Friday, May 17, followed by burial at St. Joseph Cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Camilla’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr. Columbus, OH 43219 or oppeace.org.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Helen Wilxman

Sr. Helen Wilxman, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Helen (Basil) Wilxman, 93, passed away at Mohun Health Care Center on May 3, 2019.

Born on December 13, 1926, she was one of the four children born to Marcella Vivier and William Wilxman of Columbus, OH.

Sr. Helen first heard God’s call as a young girl of 12. She waited to finish college before she answered, entering religious life in 1948 after earning her Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics from St. Mary of the Springs College, now Ohio Dominican University.

Sr. Helen went on to minister as a teacher and administrator in Connecticut, Ohio, New York, and Pennsylvania for 27 years, and earned her Master of Arts degree in Mathematics from Notre Dame. She also received a National Foundation of Science grant in Mathematics Research at Colorado State University.

Sr. Helen’s wonderful personality and “get it done” attitude – as well as her talent for mathematics – were key in her next ministry as Director of Development at Albertus Magnus College. From there she accepted a position in Parish Ministry and fundraising for St. Rita and St. Anthony Parishes in Dade City, FL. This opened the door to what would become her favorite work – Director of Daystar Hope Center, an ecumenical non-profit that provided physical aid to the very poor.

In her homily, Sr. Thoma Swanson remembered that Sr. Helen recognized how to optimize every opportunity to meet her ministries’ goals. She convinced the Northerners who vacationed in Dade City to donate their unneeded appliances and clothing to a thrift store, then to work in the store as well. Not only did this little store provide gently-used household goods to the neighborhood’s needy families, but the proceeds from sales helped purchase medical care for the poor through the Daystar Hope Center.

In 2004, Sr. Helen returned home to Columbus, serving as a Volunteer at the Motherhouse and later in a ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Health Care Center.

Sr. Helen Wilxman was preceded in death by her parents, William and Marcella Vivier Wilxman, her brother, William and her sister, Sr. Louise (Sr. Mary Linus) Wilxman, OP. She is survived by her sister, Beth Schodorf.

A Vigil of Remembrance Service was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel, Columbus, OH, on Thursday, May 9, 2019. The funeral liturgy was held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel on Friday, May 10. Sr. Helen is interred at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Helen’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr. Columbus, OH 43219 or submitted securely at oppeace.org.

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