delivered by Carol Wagner, RDC
Welcome to our chapel of the Divine Compassion – where Sr. Mary Virginia first became a postulant and then made profession as a Sister of the Divine Compassion over 60 years ago.
Virginia touched the lives of so many during her years in ministry as an educator, principal and pastoral care director at St Agnes, always patient, kind and full of compassion to those she took care of AND cared for so deeply.
She was truly an instrument of God’s compassion in the lives of so many young children, their parents and families, and then later in her pastoral ministry and compassionate presence to patients and family members facing medical problems and their own end of life issues.
Throughout her years in our congregation, Virginia was a woman of deep faith, gentle humor and, more important, a compassionate presence to each of us. She was filled with kindness and gratitude to all our staff and all who cared for her during her own illness for so many years.
Her quiet, peaceful, gentle and holy presence will be missed by each of us who knew her and loved her.
Sr. M Virginia was someone whose smile and gentle kindness made us all feel special, welcomed and at home. Today we celebrate that welcome she received on Thursday afternoon from her parents, brother and sister… back into the arms of Divine Compassion – as she returned home to God.
As we celebrate this Liturgy of Resurrection for Sr M Virginia, let us smile like she did, filled with gratitude to God for the gift she has been to us, and for the legacy of compassion we carry from her in our hearts and lives.