Sister Eileen Byrne, OP

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Sister Eileen Byrne, OP

At the age of ninety-three and a few months after celebrating her 75th anniversary as a Dominican, Sister Eileen Byrne (formerly Eileen Raymond) entered the eternal embrace of the God she had served so well. Born and raised in Massachusetts, she entered the religious life in 1942 and, having earned an M.A. in French from Scranton University, she devoted her entire life to multiple roles in the education ministry: primary-grade teacher in St. Michael’s, Union; French teacher and forensics moderator in St. Mary’s High School, Rutherford; Principal of St. Philip’s Parochial School, Clifton; Mount Carmel Guild Special Education Teacher, and for the final decade of her active life, Director of the Apostolate for the Developmentally Disabled for Catholic Community Services, Newark. Faculty from St. Michael’s parochial school, Union, remember how she challenged gifted second graders with algebraic equations in the “new math,” while at the same time patiently assisting slower learners with respect and kindness. In all of her assignments, Sister Eileen exhibited a passion for professional excellence in the service of God and his people.

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