Sister Rachel Philippe of Our Woman of Dolors Racine, 91, went dwelling to the Lord on Thursday, August 26, 2021, at Grand Islander Nursing Home, Middletown, RI.
Diane Racine was born to Philippe Henri Racine and Rachel Talbot in Slide River, MA. As a person of a significant French-Canadian family members and coming as she did in the center of her many siblings, Diane lacked neither companionship nor great periods. She was both of those mother’s helper with the more youthful ones and small sister to the more mature types. The escapades of her brothers had her both of those laughing at their daring and praying for their daredevil methods. She noticed her brothers off to serve their country and prayed for their protected return. She seemed forward to dances and outings with her huge and small sisters, and she could jitterbug and do a neat Lindy.
Increasing up, Diane experienced a peaceful, contemplative facet. Along with her appreciate of new music and art, she experienced a adore for character, particularly butterflies, birds, and bouquets. She was the first to detect the robin earning her nest and listen to the tiny phoebe’s contact-in early spring. She created certain her feathered buddies had been cared for. The time she expended at the Rhode Island School of Structure assisted to deepen this enjoy.
Slowly the imagined of religious lifestyle started to speak to her. Diane entered the Cluny Novitiate in Newport, RI on May possibly 6, 1956, and took the identify Sister Rachel Philippe of Our Girl of Dolors when she received the behavior on December 8. Sister Rachel produced her initially vows on July 15, 1958, and remaining to be a part of the Cluny neighborhood teaching at St. Catherine Laboure School in Torrance, CA. Lifestyle in Los Angeles was fairly a adjust from the peacefulness of Newport. Lessons ended up extremely large, the climate was hotter, and the pupils shell out a lot more time outdoors. But small children, are nevertheless little ones. And Sister Rachel knew how to communicate to their hearts. Her area of interest was with the small ones. She understood how to dry their tears on their very first day of faculty and introduce them to the interesting adventures of studying. Her creative skills, her appreciate of songs, and her delight in nature were being all presents that blossomed and served her grow into a gifted and loving mentor to the younger. She passed on to them her like of nature, taught them about a loving God, and grounded them in the essentials of the educational curricula.
Immediately after eleven many years, Sister Rachel moved again throughout the state to Cluny College in Newport, RI the place she not only excelled in instructing Grades 1 by way of 4, but also taught French and art in diverse courses. She cherished the bucolic setting on Brenton Highway and availed of the environment to go on her adore of mother nature to her pupils.
Sister Rachel visited the Mom Home of the Sisters of St Joseph of Cluny twice: once in 1964 when she also built a pilgrimage to Lourdes, and once again in 1974 when she also visited the birthplace of Blessed Anne Marie Javouhey, Founder of the Cluny Sisters.
In 1990, Sister Rachel traveled back again to California, this time to train at Sts. Peter and Paul School in Wilmington. Once again, this was a total new earth for now she labored with Hispanic youngsters rising up in the harbor of Los Angeles. Following eleven many years, she returned to Newport again, this time serving the tiny ones at Cluny Faculty as a gifted tutor, whilst also aiding the teachers with enthusiasm amid the endless planning of classes in reading, writing and arithmetic.
In 2006 Sister Rachel remaining the classroom to be a reading through resource instructor at the school. That was also the 12 months she remaining Brenton Street for Javouhey Property on Carroll Avenue. In 2011 Sister slice again on her several hours, volunteering at the faculty as a looking through useful resource trainer. It was only in her late 80s that Sister Rachel totally retired from teaching. Living at Javouhey Property nonetheless provided a lot of options to get pleasure from the new music of chattering birds outside the chapel, or to depend the new monarch butterflies alighting on her butterfly bushes.
Sister Rachel always kept in touch with her substantial family and savored browsing with them in their households when possible. She also welcomed them for a pay a visit to and released them to the sisters at the convents anywhere she lived. Sister Rachel was a dwelling case in point of the spirit of prayer.
In her retirement, Sister appreciated her day-to-day wander around the block “praying my rosary for my neighbors,” she said. She would frequently be noticed praying in the chapel, eyes closed, a peaceful expression on her experience. Statues and monuments to poets and professors abound, and we honor them, but they are unable to substitute the loving fingers and heart of the main trainer whose terms and actions discuss of us of God.
Sister Rachel was pre-deceased by her moms and dads, Philippe Henri and Rachel (Talbot) Racine, her sisters, Joan D’Arc Racine Jones, Theresa Racine Jansen, Lillian Racine Lachapelle, Antoinette Racine Canuel, Murielle Racine Caisse, her brothers, Andre Racine, Normand Racine, Roger Racine, Roger Racine, Fernand Racine, Marcel Racine, Raymond Racine, and her nephew, Leo Canuel.
Sister Rachel is survived by her sister Madeline Racine Theroux, her nieces Rita Jansen Touchette, Sharon Theroux Lantz, Diane Racine, Denise Racine Hattub, Linda Racine DePina, Annette Racine Cain, Claudette Racine, Lisa Racine Moreira, Rachel Racine Holmes, Catherine Racine Kimball, Carol Racine Gregoire, Susan Racine Passmore her nephews, James T. and William P. Jones, David Lachapelle, Fabien Canuel, Glenn Theroux, Daniel and Roger Caisse, Peter, Paul, Mark, Steven, Daniel, David, Philip, and Raymond Racine, and quite a few great-nieces and nephews.
Viewing hours will be held Wednesday, September 1, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM with a prayer services at 6:30 PM at St. Augustin Church, corner of Carroll & Harrison Avenue, Newport. On Thursday, September 2, 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 observe at St. Columba Cemetery, 465 Brown’s Lane, Middletown. Reception will abide by at the Hibernian Corridor, 2 Wellington Avenue, Newport.
In lieu of bouquets, 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 Racine family members want to lengthen their gratitude to all who have supported Sister Rachel and all of us, primarily in the course of her remaining health issues. For extra info and on the web condolences, you should go to www.oneillhayes.com.
Printed by Newport Daily News from Aug. 30 to Sep. 1, 2021.