Dominican Sister of Peace Betty Ann Hesse

Dominican Sister of Peace Betty Ann Hesse

Dominican Sister of Peace Betty Ann Hesse

Dominican Sister of Peace Betty Ann (Mary Thomasetta) Hesse, OP (81), died on December 6, 2020, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

Sister Betty Ann and her twin brother, Bill, were born in 1938 in Louisville, KY, to Edna Klein and Andrew Hesse.

Her parents asked her to wait for two years after high school graduation before entering the Congregation, but her call to religious life, encouraged by the Dominicans who taught her at Holy Rosary Academy, brought Sister Betty Ann to the Congregation in 1958. She made first profession in 1960, took her final vows in 1965 and celebrated her 60th Jubilee in 2020.

From her earliest days in the Congregation, Sister Betty Ann was called to serve those around her. She chose to do that by entering the field of nursing. Sister Betty Ann earned her Licensed Practical Nursing degree from Spalding University, her Advanced Academic Degree and Bachelor of Science in Nursing from Eastern Kentucky University and returned to Spalding for her Master of Science in Nursing. She also took special courses in Labor and Delivery, Neonatal Disease, and late-life care.

Sr. Betty Ann ministered as a nurse in Kentucky, Nebraska, and Louisiana, in a wide-ranging career that included labor and delivery, general practice nursing and discharge planning, and supervisory and teaching positions. She traveled to New York to serve after the terrorist attacks of 9/11 and was called to work with the American Red Cross as a health caseworker, nurse, nurse manager, disaster relief supervisor, and clinical instructor in health and safety. She served the needs of the day at more than 50 disaster sites, including Guam after the destructive Super Typhoons.

Beyond her academic knowledge and skill, Sr. Betty Ann brought God’s love and compassion to each patient that she served, from mothers and their newborns to the elderly, to those facing a sudden disaster or tragedy. She said that she felt blessed by God to serve the needy, and she did so with caring and dedication.

Sr. Betty Ann is survived by her twin brother, William Hesse from Louisville, KY, and many nieces and nephews.

Sr. Betty Ann was laid to rest in a private graveside service on December 14, 2020, at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.  A memorial mass will be held at a later date at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Marie Cleary

Dominican Sister of Peace Marie Cleary

Dominican Sister of Peace Marie (Bernard Marie) Cleary, OP (84), a native of Boston, Massachusetts, died on December 2, 2020, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

Sister Marie was born in 1936 to Catherine Enright and Herbert Cleary. She worked for a year after graduating high school, then entered the Congregation in 1955. She made her First profession in 1957 and took her final vows in 1960 and served God and the Church for 63 years.

A life-long and devoted learner and educator, Sister Marie earned her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Education from Regis College and her Master of Arts in Special Education from Bridgewater State. She also studied Open Education at the Newton College of the Sacred Heart. She was also certified by the Archdiocese of Boston to teach Religion in elementary school and in adult education programs.

Sister Marie ministered in her beloved Bay State, serving as a teacher, administrator and librarian in Belmont, Charlestown, East Boston, and Reading for 35 years. Because of her knowledge, experience, and love of teaching, she became a certified Master Teacher who could help other educators become more effective, and she delighted in creating innovative learning practices for her students.

After retiring from teaching, Sr. Marie ministered as a reference librarian, and later as a volunteer.

Sister Marie’s grace and good humor made her a devoted friend and faithful community member. After moving to St. Catharine’s in 2018, Sr. Marie was an attentive friend and caregiver to Sister Jean Delaney, who had been part of her community at Rosary Manor in Massachusetts. She began her final ministry of prayer and presence at Sansbury Care Center in 2020.

Sr. Marie is survived by two sisters, Jean Hickey and Joan Picariello, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Sr. Marie was interred in a private graveside service on December 11, 2020, at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.  A memorial mass will be held at a date to be announced at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Bernadine Egleston

Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Bernadine Egleston

Dominican Sister of Peace Bernadine Marie (Helen Frances) Egleston, OP (83), a native of Waltham, Massachusetts, died on December 2, 2020, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, Kentucky.

Sister Bernadine was one of three children born to Mary Knight and Timothy Egleston in Waltham, MA. She attended Dominican schools in Massachusetts for 12 years, and felt ready, after graduation, to join the women who had taught her so well. She entered the Congregation in 1955.

God gifted our dear Bern with artistic talent, and she educated herself to honor that gift. She earned her Bachelor of Arts in English and Art from Regis College, her Bachelor of Arts in Sculpture from Providence College, and both a Master of Arts in Art and a Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture from the University of Dallas.

Sister Bernadine ministered as a teacher for more than 20 years, sharing her love of God and of art with students in Kentucky, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York. She also served in Campus Ministry at Providence College in Rhode Island before devoting herself to art full time.

Bern availed herself of many media in her artistic work, including clay from Cartwright Creek on the grounds of the St. Catharine Motherhouse. Her work was displayed in galleries and at exhibitions, as well as used as illustrations for congregational events.

Magdalen Chapel, St, Catharine, KY,

One work of particular significance to the Congregation was Sr. Bernadine’s renovation of St. Catharine’s Magdalen Hall to Magdalen Chapel. Her sculptures throughout the space have provided a place of serenity and sanctity for our Sisters who worship there.

Bern entered a ministry of prayer and presence at the Sansbury Care Center in 2015. Those who lived with her there were blessed by her laughter and her gift of seeing and sharing the beauty that she saw around her.

Sr. Bernadine is survived by one brother, William Egleston, and several nieces.

Sr. Bernadine was buried in a private ceremony at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery on Thursday, December 10, 2020.  A memorial mass will be held at a date yet to be announced at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Philomena Cook

Dominican Sister of Peace Philomena Cook

Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Philomena Cook, 85, died on November 23, 2020, at Akron General Cleveland Clinic.

Sister Philomena was born Frances Lucille to Elizabeth Marconi and Fred Cook of Alliance, OH. She attended and graduated from our founded school, Our Lady of the Elms High School. She entered the Congregation in 1952, made first profession in 1954, and took her final vows in 1960.

Her early ministry was at her own alma mater, Our Lady of the Elms, where she served at the Preschool, made altar breads and helped in the Motherhouse Infirmary.

She was called to serve as a caretaker and graduated from Saint Joseph Practical School of Nursing in Akron in 1959, earned a certificate in Pod geriatrics from Saint Vincent Hospital and Medical Center in Toledo, studied Rehabilitation at Marquette University, and took courses at Akron University for Long Term Care and Psychiatric Nursing in the Elderly.

Sister Philomena was one of the first nurses at St. Edward Home in Fairlawn. She ministered at Allen Memorial Nursing Home in Mobile, AL, then returned to her hometown to serve as Congregational Health Care Coordinator, Infirmary Administrator, and liaison for Regina Health Center at the Akron Motherhouse. She also served as Program Assistant at Manor Care and Program Consultant at Sunrise Assisted Living in Montrose, OH, which later became Brookdale Senior Living.

Sister Philomena put her enormous creativity to work for both her patients and her community.   She researched, developed, and implemented many programs that focused on enhancing her patient’s sense of self-esteem and dignity. After she retired, she volunteered at the Country Clothing Center and Soup Kitchen and helped with community projects, including assisting with the creation of educational projects for children who were missing school due to COVID-19. She also recycled used greeting cards into new and more beautiful cards for use by her community – Sisters from all over the country sent cards to help her with this work.

Sister Philomena is survived by her brother, Alfred; sister, Claudia Rowley both of Alliance; niece, Lisa Danford, nephew, and grandniece.

Private burial services were conducted at Holy Cross Cemetery in Akron, OH, on December 2, 2020. A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Edwina Devlin

Dominican Sister of Peace Edwina Devlin

Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Edwina (Evelyn) Devlin, 106, died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on Sunday, November 15, 2020.

Sister Edwina was born in 1914 in Yakima, WA, to Elizabeth Irvin and John Ross Devlin. Her mother died when Edwina was just six years old, and she moved to Steubenville, OH to live with her grandparents. There she was introduced to Dominican Sisters.

After graduating from Catholic Central High School, she entered the community in 1932, made first profession in 1934 and took her final vows in 1937. She served God’s people as a Dominican Sister for 86 years.

Sr. Edwina earned a Bachelor of Science in English from St. Mary of the Springs, now Ohio Dominican University, in Columbus, OH, in 1945. She returned to study in 1960 and earned a Master of Arts in English from Hunter College in New York City. She also studied Spanish and Latin American Studies at Catholic University in Puerto Rico and earned an Advanced Certificate in Religious Education.

She began her ministry as a teacher in elementary and secondary schools in Connecticut, New York and Pennsylvania. She was one of three Sisters chosen to serve as the Congregation’s first missionaries in Chimbote, Peru. Once there, she taught children during the day, adults in the evening, and provided religious programs for the teachers in the schools.

She was in Chimbote when a devastating earthquake destroyed the convent. Although two visiting Sisters were killed, Sr. Edwina and the other Dominican Sisters remained to help their neighbors. She remained there until 1975 to help rebuild the convent and expand the apostolic work of the Sisters.

Upon returning the US, Sr. Edwina directed RCIA programs in several Ohio parishes and worked as an Ecclesiastical Notary in the Columbus Diocesan Office. She also served the Congregation in the Human Resource Office as the Coordinator for Community Retirement and later volunteered at St. Thomas Parish in Zanesville, OH.

After moving to the Columbus Motherhouse in 2000, Sister Edwina served as a volunteer and began a ministry of correspondence with her former students. She moved to a ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Care Center in 2011.

When Sister Edwina was asked the secret to her long and happy life, she explained that “I never worry. I just trust in the Lord. I believe all of us are here to do what God inspires us to do and coming to that realization brings happiness.”

She was preceded in death by her parents John Devlin and Elizabeth Irwin Devlin, her brothers, John, Patrick, and Joseph and her sister, Anamary Devlin.

Funeral services and burial at St. Joseph Cemetery were held privately on November 25, 2020.  A Memorial Service will be held at a later date.

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