Sister Theresa Labrecque, SCIMSister Theresa Labrecque, SCIM

Please join in praying for the soul of Sister Theresa Labrecque, SCIM, formerly known as Sister St. Robert of Milan, who died at St. Joseph Convent on April 11, at the age of 98. 

She was born to Eugene Labrecque and Ludivine Roy Labrecque on October 6, 1923, in Lawrence, MA, the second child in a family of eleven children.  She received her education at St. Anne School and St. Anne High School in Lawrence, MA.

On August 25, 1942, she entered the Congregation of the Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, also known as the Good Shepherd Sisters of Quebec, in Biddeford.  After her initial training, she spent one year at the motherhouse in Quebec, where she studied and readied herself for teaching.  She taught in the Van Buren schools from 1945 until 1954 when she began her missionary service in Lesotho, Africa. where she functioned as an educator until 1994.

Upon her return from southern Africa, Sister Theresa began her ministry as assistant director of Bay View Villa in Saco, welcoming visiting and vacationing guests. In 2008, upon the closure of Bay View Convent, she moved to St. Joseph Convent in Biddeford.

Sister Theresa is survived by two brothers. She also leaves two sisters who are members of different religious communities: Sister Lillian, an Oblate of Bethany in Quebec, and Sister Pauline, an auxiliary of the Blessed Sacrament in Wisconsin. She is predeceased by four brothers: Roger, a Marist priest who died in 1987, Robert, a Marist priest who died in 1992, Raymond, and Richard; and by two sisters: Sister Jeannette, SCIM. who died in 2000, and Sister Cecile, SCIM, who died in 2013.

Sister Mary Anastasia Skwara, RSMSister Mary Anastasia Skwara

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Mary Anastasia Skwara, RSM, who died on April 4, 22, at the age of 93. 

Sister Anastasia was born in Niagara Falls, NY in 1928 to Anthony and Agnes (Filaroska) Skwara. She attended Farmington High School, before entering the Sisters of Mercy from St. Joseph Parish in Farmington. She began her religious formation at Our Lady of Mercy College, now Saint Joseph's College of Maine in Standish, and spent several years teaching before being assigned to Mercy Hospital in Portland to assist in EKG and the pharmacy. She continued her education at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy in Boston, Mass., graduating first in her class. She went on to serve as a pharmacist at Mercy hospital for nearly 40 years. She then served as coordinator of resident services at Deering Pavilion for more than 20 years before retiring from active ministry.

Sister Anastasia also worked to help those battling the disease of alcoholism. She served on the Maine Council on Alcohol and Drug Prevention Treatment, and received a degree with an emphasis on addition from Rutgers University School in New Jersey.

Sister Mary Bernadette Hayden, RSM

Please join in praying for the repose of the soul of Sister Mary Bernadette Hayden, RSM, a member of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, who died on January 27, 2022, at the age of 92.

Sister Bernadette, formerly called Sister Mary Berchmans Rose, was born in South Brewer to Harry Milton and Rose Elizabeth Hayden. She attended St. Teresa School in Brewer and Brewer High School before entering the Sisters of Mercy in 1949, making her first profession in 1951.

Sister Bernadette earned a degree in business education from St. Joseph’s College of Maine in Standish and went on to teach at Catholic schools across the Diocese of Portland including St. Patrick and St. Joseph in Portland, St. Mary and St. John in Bangor, St. Mary in Houlton, St. Mary in Westbrook, St. Teresa in Brewer, Immaculate Conception in Calais, and Catherine McAuley High School in Portland.

From 1974 until 1997, Sister Bernadette held the position of executive secretary to the president of St. Joseph’s College and served as a staff person on the college’s Board of Overseers. After her retirement from active ministry, she volunteered as an extraordinary minister of holy Communion at Maine Medical Center, visited the elderly and sick, and did some tutoring. She was described as one of the kindest people you could encounter.

Sister Mary Kelley, RSM

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Mary Kelley, RSM, who died January 14, 2022. Sister Mary Kelley was born in Westbrook and was a 1962 graduate of Cathedral High School in Portland. She entered the Sisters of Mercy that same year, and in 1970, she received a bachelor's degree from St. Joseph's College of Maine.

Sister Mary Kelley served in many capacities through her years of service as a Sister of Mercy, but she really found her calling in social ministry. She spent many years at the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Parish in Presque Isle working in the food pantry and at the Sister Mary O’Donnell Shelter. Sister Mary Kelley also ministered to the homebound, helped to establish an ecumenical food pantry called GIFT, and was involved in ACTS retreats, providing training. No matter where she was, Sr. Mary Kelley was active in the parish and the community.  Her love for the poor and underprivileged was evident. and she challenged everyone she came in contact with to also be active. Sister Mary Kelley also loved to sew, make crafts, and she wrote a children's book.

May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace.  Amen.

Sister Irene Platt, COC

Please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Irene Platt, COC, who died on November 16, 2021, at the age of 61. Born on May 9,1960, to Lawrence and Jeannette Platt, Sister Irene was raised in Chester, PA, where she attended Catholic schools. In 1980, just two years after graduation, she entered the Companions of Christ in Portland, answering a call to serve the Lord. Sister Irene served in various ministries in the Portland and Auburn/Lewiston areas, most recently at St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion Senior Living Center in Lewiston as a CNA and at Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish in Auburn.

May her soul and the soul of all the faithful departed rest in peace.