On Friday, December 16, at 8:08 pm, Sr. Mary Bernadette died. She was surrounded by family members and all the brothers and sisters, who were praying the litany of the dying when she breathed her last. All fifteen decades of the Rosary were prayed, the prayers of the dying, and then immediately after those, the office of the dead was commenced by Father Phillipson. It was a beautiful death.
This nonagenarian founding member of the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary — until her death, the oldest surviving sister in any of the houses — received Extreme Unction Wednesday, in very edifying dispositions. She had been in declining health for some months.
Family and long-time friends had been visiting her these last weeks at St. Philomena’s Convent, where she received wonderful care from her sisters in religion and from visiting nurses.
Wake: Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at the Center’s IHM chapel, from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm. The Rosary will start at 7 pm.
Funeral: Sung Requiem Mass on Thursday, December 22, 2011 at Saint Joseph Church in Hinsdale, NH. The Rosary will be said at 10:30.
Directions to Saint Joseph Church from SBC: Turn left on 119, stay on 119 through Winchester and Ashuelot to Hinsdale. The church will be on your left and is about 30 minutes from the Center. (Google map)
Saint Joseph Church
35 Brattleboro Road [Route 119]
Hinsdale, NH 03451-0046