Sister Mary Bernadette holding the “Little Bambino”
during the Christmas Season about 5 years ago
Yes, our King Jesus came for his spouse, our Sr. Mary Bernadette, this past Wednesday. She was the last of the group of foundresses that came to Owensboro, Kentucky in 1946 to begin Passionist life in this diocese. She has gone home to join the rest of those pioneering Sisters! Please pray for her and us. The visitation and prayers will be Tuesday afternoon and the funeral will be on Wednesday at 9 a.m. with our dear Bishop McRaith offering the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Fr. Ed Bradley as homilist.
It is quite appropriate that Sister should enter into eternal life during the novena of St. Paul of the Cross. Today is actually his death anniversary.
The following is an excerpt of a short history we wrote a few years ago in honor of our 60th foundation anniversary.
“Sister Mary Bernadette, our only surviving foundress, now 93, is proof that hard work accomplished with a generous heart and joyous spirit, doesn’t injure one’s health! Sister was the Assistant Superior, chief gardener, and in charge of the kitchen and all that pertains to the food. She had the patience of Job in working with new members to get the grounds looking more like a monastic garden. She had a “green thumb” which some of the younger ones entering the monastery had been denied when God distributed his gifts and talents. Often mistaking for a weed a beautiful flower-to-be, her helper would pull it up! Each time this happened, Sr. Mary Bernadette, suppressing her regret, and to the astonishment of a postulant or novice, would muster all her detachment of spirit and say, ‘Blessed be God!’
“Throughout the years Sister was known for her great love for Passionist spirituality and St. Paul of the Cross. Now in her weakened state, Sister continues to inspire the new members simply by her gentle, courteous and respectful attitudes. A long life of faithful love and commitment to Jesus Crucified is bearing much fruit in her golden years.”
Sister Mary Bernadette and Sister Therese Marie out exploring “the new property” in the early 1990’s before our relocation.
May the Holy Angels lead you into paradise dear Sister! And please do not forget us wayfarers here below!