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Sister Ellen Hickey

Frances Connell and Marjorie Vautour

Although I did not live with her or teach with her or attend her classes, I feel privileged to have known her brilliant mind and sparkling personality in her final years even though old age was taking its toll. Meeting her was like stepping into a warm sunbeam. She was always upbeat, smiling, greeting me warmly and reciting some lines from a song or poem and always with the remarkable ability to make you laugh. She introduced me to many fine writers and poets from the past and also those from our present day and shared great literature and stories of her family and childhood and days of teaching. I always took great delight in listening to her.

She believed each one of us is the architect of our own destiny. She often said, "We must always be open to a capacity for wonder and discovery. At every age the human imagination must be nourished, cultivated and enriched." She was always very optimistic about the future of the church and religious life and said that we must experience pain and loss before anything great and beautiful can arise. We must never lose hope in ourselves and in our future. Thank you dear Sister Ellen for bringing so much joy and laughter, positive thinking and hope for the future into our lives. We shall long remember you.

Funeral Celebration for Sister Hickey

On March 5, 2015, the Family of Sr. Ellen Hickey, Congregation of Notre Dame sisters and associates and friends met at Davidson’s Funeral Home for a Prayer Service. Stories were told, condolences read and pictures were on display. On March 6, a Celebration of her life was held at St. Mary’s Church in

Miramichi with the Pastor, Fr. Tom Fowler officiating. It was a beautiful celebration of her spiritual journey on earth in the steps of St Marguerite. Congregation of Notre Dame sisters Marie St. Coeur, Eleanor McCloskey, Karen Kelly and Catherine Walker were the Ministers of the Eucharist.

 

 

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