Obituaries

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Sr. Teresita Huse, OP

Sr. Teresita Huse, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Teresita Huse, OP (103), a native of Kingman, KS, died July 4, 2022, at the Dominican Sisters of Peace Motherhouse in Great Bend, KS.

Sr. Teresita was born Marcella Kathrene to Frank and Clara Marx Huse on July 23, 1918. In 2021, Sr. Teresita celebrated 85 years of Dominican life, having made first profession in 1936 and final profession in 1940.

Sister Teresita earned her BA in English from St. Mary College, her MA in Library Science from Rosary College, and her MA in Theology from Saint Xavier University. For the first 16 years of her long ministry, she was a dedicated teacher at elementary and secondary schools in Kansas and Oklahoma. She also served as a professor of Theology, registrar and librarian of Immaculate Conception College in Great Bend, KS.

Sr. Teresita served as a Pastoral Minister at Our Lady of Perpetual Help in Goodland, KS, before moving back to Great Bend to serve on Congregational leadership for eight years.

During a year-long sabbatical, Sr. Teresita traveled to Japan to teach English to adult learners. This trip was the beginning of a period of world travel, when over a number of years, Sr. Teresita visited New Zealand, Australia, Alaska, Korea and India. She also organized tours to the Holy Land.

Even after her retirement from active ministry, Sr. Teresita was devoted to the Great Bend ministry in Nigeria. She was very active in planning and running the annual Mission Bazaar, recruiting volunteers and donations for years.

In a news article profiling her then-85 years in ministry published in 2021, Sr. Teresita said that from a young age, she had dreamed of life as a religious sister. She even got to play a sister in a school play! At the age of nearly 104, she said that “God’s great goodness to me as a Dominican for 75 years boggles my mind, and God willing, there will be more. I’m very, very happy with my many years in the convent. I’ve been truly blessed.”

She is survived by several nieces and nephews, as well as the Dominican Sisters of Peace. Sister Teresita was preceded in death by her parents and three brothers, Leo, Cletus, and Sylvester.

A Vigil Service was held on July 7, and a Mass of Christian Burial was held on July 8, both at the Sisters’ Convent in Great Bend. Sr. Teresita was interred at the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery in Great Bend.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Teresita’s memory may be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr. Columbus, OH 43219 or oppeace.org. Memorials may also be sent to Hope for the Village Child to benefit the Sisters’ Nigerian Mission.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Chris Loughlin, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Chris Loughlin

Dominican Sister of Peace Christine (Margaret Mary) Loughlin, OP, (82) died on June 24, 2022, at the Norton Hospital in Louisville, KY.

Born on October 3, 1939, in Waltham, MA, Sr. Chris was the daughter of Joseph Francis and Catherine McDonough Loughlin. She entered the Congregation in 1957, made first profession in 1959 and took her final vows in 1964.

Sr. Chris earned her BA in Education and English from Siena College, her MA in English Literature from St. John University, and her MTS in Theology from the Weston School of Theology in Cambridge. She began her long ministry in education, serving as a teacher and administrator in Kentucky, Massachusetts, New York and Tennessee.

Perhaps foreshadowing the future of her congregation, Chris left education to work for peace at Mobilization for Survival, an anti-nuclear organization. She moved on to serve at the Campion Renewal Center, a Jesuit retreat house, and served for nine years as the co-director of the Woman Center in Plainville, MA.

in 1992, she returned to the site of her novitiate work, Crystal Springs in Plainville, MA, where she joined the staff of the Crystal Spring Ecology Center. Sr. Chris recognized the special qualities of not just the farm, but of the surrounding community, calling it a “culture-shed.” In her words, at Crystal Springs “we participate in a geographic region irrigated by streams of local talent and deep pools of human and natural history.”

In her role at Crystal Springs, Sr. Chris acted as a catalyst, re-visioning the ministry and collaborating with those around her to imagine and realize new goals. Of utmost importance to her was the preservation of Crystal Spring for the education and spiritual development of future generations. She took giving up a piece of the property for this purpose as a gift to ensure its continued life as a treasured part of God’s creation.

In her comments at Sr. Chris’ death, Prioress Pat Twohill said that “In many ways, Chris helped to form her Congregations’ conscience in ecological matters. And she did this not only for us but for any number of other like-minded groups.” She used her considerable foresight and her ability to build coalitions to help others care for Earth.

One of Sr. Chris’s final ministries was as Executive Director of the Religious Lands Conservancy. It seems only fitting, as she was working with her Sisters at Peace to preserve another piece of land that has been part of the Congregation’s heritage at the time of her death.

Sr. Chris is survived by her sister, Rita Scudder, and several nieces and nephews, as well as the lands that she loved so deeply.

A wake and visitation were held on June 29, 2022, and the Mass of Christian burial was held on June 30, 2022, both in Magdalen Chapel at St. Catharine Motherhouse.  Sr. Chris was interred at the St. Catharine Cemetery.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Chris Loughlin’s memory may also be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr, Columbus, OH 43219.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Margaret Philip Shaw, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Margaret Philip Shaw, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Margaret Philip (Phyllis Frances) Shaw, OP (91), died on May 22, 2022, at the Sansbury Care Center in St. Catharine, KY.

Sr. Margaret Philip was accustomed to living in community from an early age, growing up with seven siblings and parents Margaret Sheehan and Philip Shaw. After graduating high school in Charlestown, MA, she worked as an administrative assistant for a year before entering the Congregation in 1949. She made First Profession in 1951 and took her final vows in 1954. Sr. Margaret Philip served God’s people faithfully for more than 70 years.

Like so many of her generation, Sr. Margaret Philip began her ministry in education. She served as a teacher in Kentucky, New Jersey, Nebraska and Massachusetts, earning her bachelor’s degree in Education/English from Siena College along the way.

In 1968 she became a principal in Lima, OH, and continued to serve as a teacher and administrator in Ohio, Kentucky, and Massachusetts for more than two decades. She was loved by students and parents alike throughout her long ministry in education.

Back in her home state of Massachusetts, Sr. Margaret Philip served as a parish minister and as a research assistant in Watertown before beginning a ministry of prayer at Rosary Manor. She returned to the St. Catharine Motherhouse in 2004 and entered a ministry of prayer and presence at the Sansbury Care Center in 2007.

In her reflection at Sr. Margaret Philip’s funeral, Sr. Chris Loughlin, OP, noted that everyone who knew Sr. Margaret Philip was struck by her gratitude, She said thank you for each act of kindness, for every caring effort – and was grateful always for God’s hand in her life.

Sister Margaret Phillip is survived by several nieces and nephews.

A Vigil Service was held on June 1, and the Mass of Christian Burial on June 2, both at the Sansbury Care Center Chapel.  Sister Margaret Philip Shaw was buried at the St. Catharine Motherhouse cemetery.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Frances’ memory may also be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH  43219.

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Dominican Sister of Peace Kevin Clavin, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Kevin Clavin, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Kevin (Mary Therese) Clavin, OP (83), died on April 20, 2022, at the Kansas University Med Center in Kansas City, Kansas.

One of eight children born to Mary Mulligan and James Clavin of Kilbeggan County Westmeath, Sr. Kevin heard God’s call in the form of a priest from Great Bend visiting Ireland.  She followed that call across the sea, then across the country to Great Bend, where she entered the community in 1955 and took her final vows in 1964.

Sr. Kevin earned a Bachelor of Science in Education and Theology from Newman College in Kansas. She spent most of her 64 years of religious life in ministry as an educator, working in Kansas and Colorado. She also spent four years as a religious educator in Pueblo, CO.

In 1983, she moved to St. Columba School in Durango, CO, where she, along with Sr. Edith Marie, taught children for 27 years. The two taught their pupils to love and support the work of our missions, and the generations of students and families were devoted supporters of Hope for the Village Child.

From 2010 to 2021, Sr. Kevin volunteered at the Great Bend Motherhouse, including daily work in the finance office. She loved to help prepare for and work at the Annual Bazaar, decorate the dining room for special celebrations, and visit Sisters in the infirmary.

She was also devoted to her family and loved to visit Ireland to see her many grandnieces and nephews.

Sister Kevin was preceded in death by her parents and a brother, Bro. James Clavin.  She is survived by four brothers, Pat (Evelyn) Clavin, John (Susan) Clavin, Lian (Fidelma) Clavin, all of Ireland, and Rev. Oliver Clavin of Springfield, MO, and two sisters, Joan Young of Overland Park, KS, and Evelyn (Richard) Hefferan of Ireland, numerous nieces and nephews, as well as the Dominican Sisters of Peace.

A Vigil Service was held on April 28 and the Mass of Christian Burial on April 29, both at the  Sisters’ Convent.  Sr. Kevin is interred at the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery.

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Memorials in honor of Sr. Kevin may be sent to Hope for the Village Child (benefits the Sisters’ Nigerian Mission), Dominican Sisters of Peace, 2320 Airport Drive, Columbus, OH 43219-2098.

 

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Dominican Sister of Peace Frances Biernacki, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Frances Biernacki, OP

Dominican Sister of Peace Frances (Dorothea Therese) Biernacki, OP (94), a native of Garden City, KS, died on March 28, 2022, at the Great Bend Motherhouse in Kansas.

Born to Frank J. and Rose Mary Wolf, Sister Frances entered the Congregation in 1943. She made Final Profession in 1946. She earned a Bachelor of Science in Homemaking from St. Mary College in Leavenworth, KS, and a Master of Science in Social Work from Catholic University in Washington, DC.

Sr. Frances spent the early years of her 75 years of consecrated life as an elementary school teacher in Kansas. In 1955, she heard God’s call to a new mission, and after a year of preparation, she departed for ministry in Nigeria. She served there for three years until a car accident caused severe injuries that caused her to move back to Kansas to recover.

As she regained her strength, she returned to her ministry in education, serving as a teacher and administrator in Kansas and Colorado, while earning her master’s degree in social work. She put that degree to work as a psychotherapist in Liberal, KS, and as a counselor in the Dodge City Diocesan Catholic Service Agency. She even served her Congregation as a General Councilor from 1968 to 1978.

In 1981, Sr. Frances was able to return to Africa, where she ministered in formation programs, lay leadership programs, and even as Prioress for the Sokoto Dominicans. Her ministry in Kenya and Nigeria lasted for more than 15 years, and she returned to Kansas to enter her final ministry of prayer and presence in 2000.

During her first ministry in Africa, Sr. Frances told a priest that she hoped to be a martyr. He replied, “We don’t want you dead; we need you alive.” Her long life of service reflects the value of the life that Sr. Frances devoted to God and God’s people.

Sr. Frances was preceded in death by her parents; five brothers (John Fred, Leroy, Edmond, Raymond Charlie, David); and two sisters (Rosella Billinger, Evelyn Biernacki). She is survived by a brother, Ivan Biernacki of Picayune, MS, several nieces and nephews, as well as the Dominican Sisters of Peace. A Vigil Service was held on March 30 and the Mass of Christian Burial was held on March 31, both at the Sisters’ Convent. Sr. Frances was buried in the Sisters’ Resurrection Cemetery.

To donate in Sr. Frances Biernacki’s memory, please click here.

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Memorial gifts in Sr. Frances’ memory may also be sent to the Dominican Sisters of Peace, Office of Mission Advancement, 2320 Airport Dr., Columbus, OH  43219.

 

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