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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Dominican Sister of Peace Sister M. Paulette Paille

Dominican Sister of Peace Paulette Paille, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace, Sister M. Paulette (Lelia Odette) Paille died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on February 25, 2021.

Sister Paulette was born in 1943 in New Orleans, LA to Lucille Arceneaux and Andre Paille. She entered the Congregation in 1962 and served God and the people of the Church for 59 years.

Sister Paulette earned her Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Saint Mary’s Dominican College in Louisiana, and her Master of Science as a Reading Specialist from the University of Southern Mississippi. She also earned her certification as a Catechist in the Archdiocese of New Orleans.

Sister Paulette began her ministry as a teacher of first and second graders in Louisiana and Mississippi, where she loved teaching children to read. She returned to her alma mater, Saint Mary’s Dominican College, to serve as a secretary in the Education Department.

In 1981, Sister Paulette joined the Rosaryville Spirit Life Center staff, eventually becoming the Director and serving at that ministry for 13 years. After a brief sabbatical,  Sister Paulette joined the staff at Saint Philomena Parish as an Administrative Assistant and teacher in the parish religious program.

Sr. Paulette served her Congregation as an Assistant Coordinator at the New Orleans Motherhouse. While serving at the Motherhouse, she was also involved with Magnificat Ministry to Catholic Women.

Sr. Paulette’s gentle presence and willingness to listen made her a beloved hospice volunteer during her final year in New Orleans. In 2015, she entered a ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Care Center in Columbus, OH.

Sr. Therese Leckert, who met Sr. Paulette as a novice in New Orleans, said in her funeral homily: “Paulette always impressed me as a prayerful faith-filled sister who wanted to serve others in community. She enjoyed her ministries and being well liked by her co-workers and supervisors.”

She was preceded in death by her parents Andre and Lucille Doris Arceneaux Paille, her brother, Andre Jr., and her sister Mary Margaret Wallace. She is survived by her brother, Robert Paul, and her sisters, Suzanne Arnold, and Arlene Carlton.

A private funeral mass for Sr. Paulette was held at the Columbus Motherhouse Chapel on March 11, 2021. Sr. Paulette will be interred in a private graveside service in Ponchatoula, LA.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Faith Reaney, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Faith Reaney, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Mary Faith (Therese May) Reaney, OP, (86), died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on Wednesday, February 24, 2021.

Sister Mary Faith was born in 1935 in Pittsburgh, PA to Margaret Kelly and Thomas Reaney. When she was seventeen, she accompanied a good friend to a weekend activity at a Motherhouse in the Pittsburgh area. She left convinced that she was being called to religious life and entered the Congregation in 1953. We were blessed with her presence among us for 65 years.

Sister Mary Faith earned her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Saint Mary of the Springs College, now Ohio Dominican University, and her Master of Education in Guidance and Counseling from Duquesne University. She was a teacher and administrator on the elementary and secondary levels in Connecticut, Illinois, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania and a Guidance Counselor at our founded school in New York City, Dominican Academy. She also served as Registrar and Director of Admissions at Albertus Magnus College. With her cheerful demeanor and caring nature, Sr. Mary Faith had the ability to relate to students from first grade through their college years.

In 1991, Sr. Mary Faith was asked to put her organizational talents to work as an Administrative Assistant to the Leadership Team. Her expert clerical skills were of great value, but so was her  discretion and sense of humor. Later she was invited to work on Special Congregational Projects. She entered her final ministry of Prayer and Presence at the Mohun Care Center in 2021.

In her homily at Sr. Mary Faith’s funeral, Sr. Margaret Ormond remembered her as as good as her name – a woman of true faith.

“In my last conversation with Faith before she died,” Sr. Margaret said, “she expressed her confidence in God’s constant care for her and how she was ready to meet her Jesus. She said to me: ‘Margaret, don’t be sad, I have been eagerly awaiting this reunion with my God for  a long time.’ This is the deep faith that secured the everyday Sr. Mary Faith we know and love.”

She was preceded in death by her parents Thomas and Margaret Kelly Reaney, and her brother Thomas. She is survived by her sisters, Mary M. Beirne, Kathleen Mastrorocco, and nephews and nieces.

A private funeral Mass was held at the Columbus Motherhouse on March 4, 2021. Sr. Mary Faith was interred in a private graveside service at St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Maria DeMonte, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Maria (Stella Levia) DeMonte, OP (91), died at Mohun Health Care Center, Columbus, OH on February 8, 2021.

Sister Maria grew up in a family of seven children born to Giovina Coccia and Antonio DeMonte in Martins Creek, PA.. She entered the Congregation in 1951 and served God and the Church as a consecrated religious Sister for nearly 70 years.

Dominican Sister of Peace                        Maria DeMonte, OP

Sister Maria earned a Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies from the College of St. Rose, a Master of Arts in Pastoral Ministry and Counseling from Saint Joseph College, a Master of Arts in CCD Leadership from Catholic University /Siena College, and her Master of Divinity in Pastoral Ministry and Spirituality from Immaculate Conception Seminary. She also earned certificates in Religious Education and Spiritual Direction all with the goal of helping people better see, understand, and follow the voice of God in their own lives.

With her own deep commitment to spirituality, Sister Maria was a well-loved Candidate Director for Sisters entering religious life. She loved handing on our preaching mission to the newest members of the Congregation. Her extensive study of religion and spirituality were invaluable in her ministries in New York and Pennsylvania as a DRE and Pastoral Associate, as a high school director of Religious Education, and as a member of several Dominican retreat staffs.

Sister Maria took great joy in helping individuals develop a closer relationship with God. After moving to the Oxford Motherhouse in 2013, she gave a series of morning retreats at St. Mary’s Retreat House that became so popular that she published them in a booklet entitled “Pray -Reflect – Contemplate.”

Sr. Maria’s work ministered to the body as well as the soul. Over the years, she volunteered at the Latham, NY, Food Distribution Center, drove the elderly to Sunday Mass for several years, volunteered with North Colonie Ambulance service, served as a counselor for the Billy Graham Crusade, and assisted young women living at the Congregation’s residence house in Philadelphia.

The later years of her life required Sr. Maria to become more itinerant, moving from Danville, PA, to Oxford, MI, and finally to her ministry of prayer and presence at the Mohun Care Center. In true Dominican fashion, she made most of these experiences by immersing herself in ministry, community life and prayer.

She was preceded in death by her parents Antonio and Giovina Coccia DiMonte, her sisters Ilda DiFelice, Wilamina DeMonte, Lena DeMonte, Mary DeMonte, and Dora Lushis; her brother, Natale DeMonti. She is survived by nieces and nephews.

Sr. Maria was interred in a private graveside service on February 20, 2021, at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Columbus, OH.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Paschala Noonan, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Sister Paschala Noonan, OP, with her history of the Kentucky Dominicans, Signadou

Dominican Sister of Peace Paschala (Leone Margaret) Noonan, OP (102), a native of Quincy, MA, died on Jan. 30, 2021, at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, Kentucky.

One of two siblings, Sister Paschala was born in 1918 to Helen Gene Gurney and Leo Noonan. She entered in religious life in St. Catherine, KY, in 1935. She ministered as a consecrated religious Sister for 83 years.

A true Dominican in her love of study and service, Sr. Paschala earned a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy/English/History from DePaul University in Chicago. She used this knowledge to excel as an elementary school teacher in Illinois and Nebraska.

Feeling called to enter a medical ministry, Sr. Paschala traveled to Dominican-founded  St. Rose School of Nursing in Great Bend to earn her RN. She went on to earn a Certificate in Gerontology from University of Massachusetts (Boston, MA); and a Certificate in Pastoral Ministry from the Diocese of Brooklyn (Brooklyn, NY).

She worked with the National Catholic Conference of Bishops as a liaison for health care, was the Director for Catholic Charities in Brooklyn, and directed the Office of Elder Affairs for the Archdiocese of Boston. She taught at the Congregation’s St. Catherine College, and served her Congregation as a member of the General Council.

Sister Paschala loved history and spent one summer on an archaeological dig in the Holy Land. She studied journalism at Creighton University in Nebraska, and these skills supplemented her medical experience to become a correspondent for the American Journal of Nursing in New York, Mexico, California, Nigeria, and Puerto Rico. She was a writer and researcher for the USCCB and wrote The Church’s Responsibility for the Elderly. In 1997, she published Signadou, a history of the Congregation’s foundation in Kentucky and later wrote the companion book The Beautiful Circle of Friends (La Bella Brigata).

Sr. Paschala entered a ministry of prayer and service at Sansbury Care Center in Sr. Catherine, KY, in 2008. She is survived by several nieces and nephews and her Dominican Sisters.

Sr. Paschala was interred in a private graveside service on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021. A memorial mass will be held at a later date at Sansbury Care Center, St. Catharine, KY.

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