SISTER CATHERINE THERESE JEWELL, O.P.

 

Sister Catherine Therese Jewell, OP

A woman of wisdom, kindness, patience, and unending gratitude, Sister Catherine Therese Jewell, died on November 9, 2018, at St. Catherine of Siena Healthcare Center. She ministered faithfully for 75 years.

Sister Catherine Therese was one of six children born to Kathleen and Peter Jewell in Wharton, New Jersey. She first learned of God’s love from her parents and was forever grateful that she was blessed with a caring family. She loved life and enjoyed sharing stories about family and friends.

Her joy for life ran deep. There was always “room at the table” for someone to sit and chat, share a meal or talk about a good book. Her life was not about her own happiness, but about what she could do for others to encourage, support, and call them to enjoy life, as well as to have a deep faith in God. 

Sister entered the Dominican Sisters of Caldwell on August 30, 1944, received the Dominican habit on September 3, 1945, made first profession on September 4, 1946, and final profession on September 4, 1952. She earned her bachelor’s degree in English and education from Caldwell University and certification in administration and supervision from Kean University. 

A devoted elementary school teacher, Sister Catherine Therese taught in the following parish schools: St. Aedan, Jersey City; Nativity, Midland Park; Sacred Heart, Dover; and St. Mary, Wharton. A skilled administrator, Sister Catherine

Therese was principal at St. Peter the Apostle, Parsippany; Blessed Sacrament, Bridgeport, Connecticut; St. Aedan, Jersey City; and St. Paul the Apostle, Irvington. She was known as a thoughtful, generous, hard-working, and dependable teacher and administrator.

Sister Catherine Therese also served as librarian at Paul VI High School, Clifton. In her later years she volunteered to be receptionist at Marian Manor, Caldwell. Wherever present, she was a preacher and teacher of truth, a woman immersed in God’s Word, a woman in love with God’s creation; she was truly Dominican. We will miss you, Catherine!

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