Sister Josephine of Jesus St. Leger, SJC, 89, of Newport, RI, handed absent on August 16, 2021, at St. Clare House.
Josephine St. Leger was born in O’Callaghan’s Mills, County Clare, Ireland to Patrick and Mary Anne (Kelleher) St. Leger on December 3, 1931. Life began for minor Josie in the charming countryside. She was the youngest of 5 siblings, all of whom were educated at the nearby National Faculty exactly where faith and everyday living had been intently linked. Though the length from home to university was shut to two miles, the each day trudge by place roadways or through the fields have been times of development. Character at the distinct seasons gave plenty of scope for learning. Friendships to last a lifetime have been forged in the course of these early a long time.
Secondary college was in the large city of Dublin, a tradition shock in many means, still it proved past question the high quality of education in the National Colleges of Ireland. These many years were occupied and very good types and ready Josephine for separation from house and family members, and in which she figured out the worth of keeping friendships. This was her first true contact with sisters and she responded to the get in touch with that would assist her are living her reward of religion as a Cluny missionary. When Josephine’s final decision to enter the convent was acknowledged, it did lead to some wondering by these who understood her at the hurling matches and at the ceili dances. The simple fact that she celebrated 67 decades of religious job in January, 2021 is the solution to these wonderings!
Josephine entered the Cluny Novitiate in Ferbane, Eire in 1941, was been given as a beginner in 1942, and built profession of vows as a Cluny Sister in January, 1954. When Sister Josephine entered Cluny, she fully envisioned to be missioned to Africa, the South Pacific, or the Caribbean, as all through her high school several years she had sung “Go Ye Afar” with the Mt. Sackville choir in the ceremonies for the recently professed sisters placing out for distant missions. She could nicely have been surprised to be missioned to the Usa rather, but anywhere she went, she set about announcing the Very good Information of God’s all-embracing adore, in the missionary sprit of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey. Belonging to the worldwide Cluny family, sharing the mission and associations with the sisters was central to her everyday living. As a result of her interactions in community, in her a variety of ministries, in her adore for the youngsters, and her volunteer trips to Kentucky and West Virginia she had a light way of letting many others know that they were beloved and valued. Sister Josephine devoted her items for management not only to her many ministries but also to her Cluny neighborhood, serving as neighborhood leader at St. Joseph Convent on Brenton Road and afterwards, as the new neighborhood chief, collecting with three other sisters in the founding of Javouhey Property, the Cluny Sisters Local community on Carroll Avenue in 2003. From 1995-2003 Sister also served as Provincial Councilor and Trustee of Cluny College. To be ready to celebrate her golden jubilee, at St. Augustin Church on January 4, 2004 with Sisters Anne Grogan and Pius Moore the two users of her occupation group, and surrounded by Cluny Sisters, spouse and children members, friends and parishioners was a peak minute for her.
Sister Josephine held degrees in English and Philosophy, and Training from the University of San Diego, and analyzed at Weston Theological Institute, Cambridge, Boston.
Sister Josephine arrived in the United States in 1954. Following a temporary stay at Stella Maris Residence on Washington Road ,she was missioned to Torrance, CA. In 1958 she joined a few other sisters in founding the initially Cluny mission at St. Joseph Parish in Hamilton, Ontario. She future was assigned to Cluny University in Newport for the 1963-64 faculty yr right before returning to California exactly where she expended numerous yrs training at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Wilmington.
In 1979 Sister Josephine arrived to Newport as principal of Cluny College, a place she held for twelve decades. As principal, she inspired the instructors to be resourceful and establish their own design alternatively than suit into a mold. She mentored and supported, main, and commanding respect by her case in point. Of the most troublesome college student, she would say, “Beneath it all, he (or she) is a very good kid.” When correcting a miscreant, she could insert just the suitable note of humor and adore. As a person mischievous student, then a developed man mentioned, “We constantly knew you liked us.”
Throughout her several years at Cluny University, she also contributed to parish existence at St. Augustin Church, Newport as spiritual education and learning instructor, Confirmation coordinator, and Eucharistic Minister.
Very pleased of her American citizenship, Sister Josephine’s adore for Eire and its tradition never ever waned. Sister’s involvement in The Irish Heritage Culture was very much element of her lifestyle. Cluny College assisted to bring in the Irish Month with their choir, strolling in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade, and singing for the Masses in honor of St. Patrick at St. Joseph Church to start out the Parade and at St. Augustin’s Church on the feast itself. Sister Josephine served on the Board of Directors of the Irish Heritage Society for a lot of several years, and chaplain of the Females Ancient Purchase of Hibernians for seven many years. She liked the ceili dancing on every celebration. Who far better to be the Grand Marshall of the Saint Patrick’s Day Parade in the yr 2000?
Soon after leaving Cluny Faculty, Sister Josephine began ministry as Pastoral Assistant in St. Augustin Parish. Sister Josephine inspired quite a few initiatives and knew how to draw out the presents of parishioners to serve in many capacities in the existence of the parish. Sister educated little ones as altar servers, and the freshly verified and grownups in the liturgical ministries. She organized partners for marriage and then for the baptism of their kids. She accompanied the unwell and homebound in their ultimate illnesses, comforted grieving family members, and helped them plan funerals. During those decades, she also served as a trustee of the parish. All this she did unassumingly with really like and devotion until finally her retirement November, 2019. Immediately after her retirement she ongoing to serve by conducting graveside solutions when requested, supporting the bereaved, staying in touch with parishioners, and such as them in her ministry of day-to-day prayer.
Down via the decades, even in the midst of chaotic times of ministry and community obligations, Sister Josephine remained close to her family members, celebrating the joys and supporting them by means of complications and loss.
Deep down, Sister Josephine was often the basic female from O’Callaghan’s Mills who could marvel at a daisy on her path and locate pleasure in the minor issues. Despite the fact that she will be remembered for her many achievements, she was additional importantly a female accurate to herself, her God, her loved ones, her sisters in neighborhood, and the a lot of friendships cast wherever she lived. There was always a twinkle in her eye, and a completely ready smile on her face. And when the music begun, you would listen to a tapping toe. We will generally be grateful for the gift of Sister Josephine among us. Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis.
Sister Josephine is survived by her sister, Sister Bernadette St. Leger, SJC of Tauranga, NZ, nieces Martina St. Leger, North Syracuse, NY, Marian Habbib, Durban, ZA, Jo and Frances Browne, Mariette St. Leger, Phil Ryan, Jo O’Sullivan, and Patricia St. Leger all in Eire, and her nephews John Browne, Ennis, Co. Clare, and Michael St. Leger, Cazenovia, NY, 16 good nieces and nephews, and 2 excellent-terrific nephews, along with a lot of cousins in Eire and in the United States, and by her spiritual local community with whom she lived, prayed, and ministered.
She was preceded in demise by her dad and mom, Mary Anne (Kelleher) and Patrick St. Leger, her brothers James and Michael St. Leger, her sister Mary Browne, and her niece Martina Browne.
Viewing hrs will be held at St. Augustin Church on Tuesday, August 24 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM with a prayer provider at 6:30 PM. On Wednesday, August 25, at 11:00 AM, a Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Augustin Church with Pastor Emeritus Fr. John McNulty officiating. Burial will comply with at St. Columba Cemetery, Brown’s Lane, Middletown. Reception will abide by at the AOH Corridor, 2 Wellington Avenue, Newport.
Memorial donations might be designed to Sisters of St. Joseph of Cluny, PO Box 66, Newport, RI 02840 or www.clunyusandcanada.org. The Cluny Sisters and the St. Leger loved ones wish to lengthen their gratitude to all who have supported Sister Josephine and all of us, primarily in the course of her last disease.
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