The Bridegroom has come!

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!



7 thoughts on “The Bridegroom has come!

  1. All of you will be in my prayers, as you celebrate the life of your last surviving foundress, Sr. Marie Bernadette! How happy she must have been to shed her tired earthly shell and be ushered into the presence of her Bridegroom, who she loved and served so faithfully. What an example and a blessing to us that she entered into her heavenly home with her “hands full.”–the precious treasures earned by one who lives soley for Jesus and others.
    I know that she will be missed by her sisters and family, and I trust that The Comforter will minister to all of you, comforting you in your loss. Heaven is all the sweeter knowing that she will be there to meet all of you one day.

  2. I wish that I could be with you today to say farewell to Aunt Theresa, but all her sisters are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Dear Sarah, We too wish you could have been with us. The family just left. It was so good seeing all of them. Your dad Mike did a great job reading the Prayer of the Faithful during the funeral Mass this morning. You have a lovely family! He proudly displayed the photos of your sister’s recent wedding. God bless you, Mary keep you close…and may Aunt Theresa (Sr. Mary Bernadette) make you a saint!

  3. My heart is with you. Your entire community will be in my prayers as you go through this very difficult transition of living without Sr Mary Bernadette.

  4. Thank you so much Sister! Mom and Dad got home safely last week and had only nice things to say about their time with you. They both said how beautiful the services were and what a wonderful sendoff it was. Dad was reminiscing about his visits to Benita Ave with his father and grandfather when he was a little boy. The whole family was grateful for your hospitality at such a busy time.

    Aunt Theresa and all the Sisters continue to be in my thoughts and prayers.

    Thanks Sarah, we can always use those prayers!


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