Dominican Sister of Peace Virginia Mary Sammett, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Virginia Mary Sammett, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Virginia Mary (Mary Alicene) Sammett, OP, (90), a native of Cambridge, Massachusetts, died on June 13, 2021, at Norton Hospital Louisville, Kentucky.

Born in 1930 to Alice Largento and Carl Sammett, Sr. Virginia attended Mount Trinity Academy. She entered the Congregation in 1948 and took her final vows in 1952, serving the Church and her people for 71 years.

Sr. Virginia Mary earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy/ Psychology/English from Siena College (Memphis, TN) and a Master of Arts in Reading from Clarke College (Dubuque, IA). She put that excellent education to work ministering as an educator and administrator in schools in New York, Illinois, and Massachusetts for more than 40 years. Sr. Virginia also served as coordinator of a Language Arts program in the Diocese of Brooklyn and as the Reading Specialist for eight elementary schools staffed by our Congregation in Massachusetts.

In 2005, Sister Virginia began a new service to God’s people when she led a prayer ministry at Neville Place at Fresh Pond in Cambridge, MA. In reflecting on this ministry, she commented that she prayed the rosary with the residents and tried to be “radically open to ongoing conversion into the peace of Christ.” Her thoughtful ministry of care was much appreciated by the residents of the health care facility.

Sister Virginia was deeply involved in both the community life and the study life of our Congregation, as well in social justice issues ranging from racism to gun control to immigration.

In 2018, Sister moved to St. Catharine Motherhouse (St. Catharine, KY) where she continued to serve her community and the Congregation. In 2019, Sr. Virginia Mary moved to Sansbury Care Center (St. Catharine, KY) where she began a ministry of prayer and presence.

When speaking at Sr. Virginia’s funeral service, Sr. Kathleen Corrigan, OP, noted that the Scripture that Sr. Virginia chose was the fourteenth chapter of John, which begins with the words “Do not let your hearts be troubled. Have faith in me.” Sr. Kathleen said that Sr. Virginia not only lived by those words, but she modeled them for others, caring for and inspiring confidence in her many students as well as the elderly people to whom she ministered.

Sr. Virginia Mary is survived by several cousins.

Visitation and funeral services at Sansbury Care Center Chapel were held on June 22 and 23. Sr. Virginia Mary was buried in the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Joan McVeigh

Dominican Sister of Peace Joan McVeigh

Dominican Sister of Peace Joan Michael McVeigh, OP, (Margaret Ann) died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on Friday, June 4, 2021. She was 90 years old.

Sister Joan, one of four siblings, was born in 1931 in Spalding, NE, to Marie (Mae) Bernadette O’Sullivan and Antony McVeigh. As a young woman, she sat in church for six days straight, waiting for a word from God as to her future. On the feast of St. Dominic, she heard the word “Come,” and this began her Dominican vocation. She attended Saint Catharine College for one year, and then entered the Congregation in 1950, made her first profession in 1952, and took her final vows in 1955. She served as a Dominican Sister for almost 70 years.

After her entry into the Congregation, Sr. Joan continued her education at St. Catharine College, earning her Associate in Arts degree in English and History. She returned to Nebraska where she ministered as an educator in Bellevue, Hastings, Kearney, and McCook.

Sr. Joan earned her Bachelor of Arts in English, Social Studies and Education from Siena College, and her Master of Science in Secondary School Education and English from Nebraska State College before moving to Chicago, IL, where she served as the Coordinator for Teacher Corps, a program to improve elementary and secondary teaching in predominantly low-income areas.

During her time in Chicago, Sr. Joan also taught at Holy Angels School, Malcolm X College, and Harold Washington City College. She was committed to teaching the first-generation students at these institutions and did her best to give them the opportunities she believed that they deserved. Sr. Joan also ministered as a substance abuse counselor.

Sister Joan’s “other ministry” was her support of “the right of an informed conscience to decide and to act.” Her dedication led her to take part in many activities to support social justice and civil rights. To Sister Joan, this work was part of her apostolate because “it involved the transmission of truth.”

Sister Joan loved her time in Chicago. When failing health forced her to move to the Ohio Motherhouse, she brought her love for the White Sox and the Bears, for her many students, and for the God who she served for so many years.

In his preaching at her memorial service, Fr. Elias Henritzy, OP, spoke of Sr. Joan’s special relationship with the children that she taught in Chicago. “Every class she taught had a kind of healing in it. She taught the grammar of hearing and sharing and brought each of the children into a sense of community with each other.”

Sister Joan was preceded in death by her parents Anthony and Marie O’Sullivan McVeigh, her sister, Naomi Krausnick and brothers, Cyril, and Arthur. She is survived by nieces, nephews, former students, and many friends.

Sister Joan requested that her body be donated to science.  A private Memorial Service will be held at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse Chapel at a later date.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Michael Brigid Driscoll

Dominican Sister of Peace Michael Brigid Driscoll

Dominican Sister of Peace Michael Brigid (Joan Theresa) Driscoll, OP, (87), a native of Somerville, Massachusetts, died on June 2, 2021, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, Kentucky.

Sister Michael Brigid, one of four children, was born in 1934 to Brigid Murphy and Michael Driscoll. After studying for one year at Rosary Academy in Watertown, she chose to leave home to enter religious life in 1951. Sister Michael Brigid made her first profession in 1953 and perpetual profession in 1956, taking her parents’ names as her religious name as a sign of her love and respect. She was a Dominican Sister for 67 years.

Sr. Michael Brigid’s first ministry was caring for her Sisters in the infirmary at the St. Catharine Motherhouse. Her kindness was appreciated by those in her care.

Sr. Michael Brigid earned a BS in Education with a minor in English from Siena College in Memphis in 1972. She ministered as an educator for primary school students in Kentucky, Massachusetts, Ohio, Tennessee, and West Virginia for more than 40 years. She was also served as principal at St. Mel Day School in Gloucester, MA. She was dedicated to instilling each of her students with a love of learning as well as love for God.

Sr. Michael Brigid served her Congregation as Plant Manager at Rosary Manor, where our Sisters founded more than 20 ministries, including schools, community outreach, and an ecology center at Crystal Spring.

In 2017, Sr. Michael Brigid moved to Sansbury Care Center (St. Catharine, KY), where she began a ministry of prayer and presence.

In her preaching at Sr. Michael’s service, Sr. Eleanor Fabrizi remembered her as a woman deeply devoted to Mary and to the Rosary, who found sacred time with God wherever she was. She also spoke of the many, many children and families who were touched by Sr. Michael’s four decades of ministry as an educator,

Sr. Michael Brigid is survived by one sister Margaret (Peggy) Riley, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Visitation and funeral services at Sansbury Care Center Chapel were held on June 14 and 15.  Sr. Michael Brigid was buried in the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

Memorial gifts in Sr. Michael Brigid’s memory may be sent to Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH 43219-2098.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Maria del Ray Mangan, OP,

Dominican Sister of Peace Maria del Ray Mangan

Dominican Sister of Peace Maria del Ray Mangan, OP, (93) died on June 2, 2021, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

Sr. Maria was born Catherine Elizabeth in 1927, one of the four children born to Mary Moncrieff and Henry Mangan of Greeley, NE. Her early years were formed by teachers from St. Catharine, KY, whose teaching framed her maturing as a child and teenager of the Greatest Generation. She entered the Congregation in 1946 and took her final vows in 1950, serving God and God’s people as a consecrated religious Sister for nearly 75 years.

Sister Maria earned her Bachelor of Arts in Education and English from Siena College in 1961 and ministered as a teacher and administrator in Grand Island, Greeley, Kearney, Lincoln, McCook and Omaha, Nebraska. She went on to earn her Master of Science in Library Science from Spalding College and combined her love of teaching with this new learning to serve as a teacher and librarian in Grand Island, NE.  She ministered in education for 28 years.

After leaving education, Sister Maria directed her talents to Parish Ministry in St. Paul for thirty-two years. She even returned to study, earning her Master of Arts in Spirituality from the University of San Francisco so that she could better minister to those she served.

Sr. Maria was known for her wisdom and her compassion for others, and generously put those gifts to the service of her Congregation as Regional Coordinator from 1987-1991.

In 2007, Sr. Maria moved to the St. Catharine Motherhouse. She lived in this community until 2021, offering her prayer and service to her Sisters and the St. Catharine community. She moved to the Sansbury Care Center in 2021, where she began her final ministry of prayer and presence.

Sr. Jeanne Moore, OP, wrote the preaching for Sr. Maria’s funeral, which was delivered by Sr. Luisa Derouen. Sr. Jeanne remembered her friend as humble and grateful for the hand of God in her life. Recalling a celebration of Sr. Maria’s ninetieth year of life, her seventieth as a Dominican Sister, and her tenth at St. Catharine, Sr. Jeanne said that the Sisters affirmed her as….

“Always pleasant, kind, and gentle; a ray of sunshine, wise, joyful, and welcoming of Nebraska guests. She was a delight to be with, wholesome, loyal, calming, humble, charming, and blessed with Irish wit.”

Sr. Maria del Rey is survived by three nieces and one nephew.

Visitation and funeral services at Sansbury Care Center Chapel were held on June 9 and 10. Sr. Maria was buried in the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Elizabeth Thompson

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Elizabeth Thompson

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Elizabeth Thompson, OP, (77), a native of Medford, Massachusetts, died on March 18, 2021, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

Born to F. Ruth Condon and Edward H. Thompson in 1943, Sr. Mary Elizabeth grew up in a household of five siblings. She worked for a year after graduating from Mount Trinity Academy, and entered the community in 1962, making her final vows in 1970.

Sr. Mary Elizabeth earned a Bachelor of Arts in English/Education from Siena College (Memphis, TN) and a Master of Arts in Administration from Boston State College (Boston, MA). She continued her studies by taking courses at St. Stephen’s Priory, an extension of Providence College, to stay current with Church teaching.

Sr. Mary Elizabeth ministered as a teacher and administrator for almost forty years in Kentucky, Massachusetts, and Tennessee. She also earned a Certificate in Special Education; she was passionate about helping students who, she believed, were “a neglected segment as far as the educational apostolate.” In her reflection at Sr. Mary Elizabeth’s funeral Mass, Sr. Teresa Tuite said that she was not a person that sought the spotlight. “As a principal,” Sr. Teresa said, “It was more important for the teachers and the students to shine, and Liz was happy to be the one shining the light on them; she was their cheerleader, their booster-club.”

As Coordinator at Rosary Manor, a ministry she entered in 2002, she wrote: “We are known as a welcoming community in the East. We enjoy having company, and we have lots of it.”

In 2012, Sr. Mary Elizabeth moved to Sansbury Care Center (St. Catharine, KY), where she began a ministry of prayer and presence. Even as she suffered from Parkinson’s for the final years of her life, she ministered through prayer and consolation to her Sisters, family, and friends.

Sr. Mary Elizabeth is survived by three brothers Dennis (Ivette) of Bradenton, FL, Mark (Jean) of Arlington, MA, and Paul Thompson (Patty) of Nashua, NH, as well as several nieces and nephews.

A private funeral for Sr. Mary Elizabeth Thompson was held on Saturday, March 20, at Sansbury Care Center Chapel.  She was interred at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

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