Mother Mary Jordan of the Holy Face, O.P., Prioress for many years at Union City’s Blue Chapel, died on February 24, 2015 at St. Catherine’s Infirmary in Caldwell. Mother Jordan was 96.
Baptized Johanna Christie in Astoria, New York, Mother came from a large and loving family. It was from there that Mother entered the cloister of Blue Chapel on the Feast of the Assumption in 1942 and faithfully remained enclosed until her transfer to the infirmary at St. Catherine’s Convent in Caldwell in 2004.
Mother Jordan was a self-taught artist who worked in variety of media during her lifetime. An expert seamstress, she designed and made a number of vestments for the support of the Community. She loved to paint, and in her early years painted the Mass cards that were one of the mainstays of the Community’s income. Mother loved music, enjoyed singing, and appreciated opera. In addition to her artistic talent, she was often called upon to fix the boilers or air conditioning, supervise a financial transaction, or discuss baseball. A little known fact about Mother was that before entering religious life, Mother Jordan was one of the first female sports reporters on Long Island. Her love of games and sportsmanship made Mother an avid board game enthusiast, a hobby she continued to enjoy with the Caldwell Sisters at St. Catherine’s.
Mother leaves two Religious of her monastic community, Sister Maria Aquinas O.P. of Corpus Christi Monastery in the Bronx, and Sister Carol Marie, O.P., whose devoted care for Mother Jordan spanned almost 10 years, In addition, she will be fondly remembered by loving lay members of the Blue Chapel family, a large number of relatives, and devoted friends Carol Wilson, Elizabeth Bogert, and Mary Jean Hayek. During her last years she greatly appreciated the love, kindness, and friendship of the Caldwell Dominican Sisters who resided at St. Catherine’s Their constant good humor, care, and concern made her stay with them a truly enjoyable experience.
Visitation will be on Sunday, March 1 from 12:30 pm in the chapel of Corpus Christi Monastery in the Bronx, followed by the Mass for Christian Burial 3:00pm.