SISTER JANE MARIE SMITH
Sister Jane Marie Smith, OP
Listing all the schools Sister Jane Marie graced by her teaching and administrative gifts would be an easy task. From Jersey City to Roseland, to Paterson and Upper Montclair and then to Clark, she demonstrated the reasons why the Archdiocese named her Teacher of the Year! Heeding another “call within a call” Sister Jane Marie served more than 15 years ministering to the frail sisters and other residents of St. Catherine Care Center. Compassion, Charity, and Competence marked her encounters with all. Each sister, each staff member, each resident, each delivery person – everyone who met Jane met the love of Christ! Not given to fussing, she met the multitude of demands on her time and energy with amazing calm and focus. Did she ever sleep?
Her “days off” were often spent with her beloved family who received the same gifts she shared with everyone else – and with the same gentle spirit.
Known as a lover of cats, the story-tellers at her wake service regaled us with kitty tales from over the years.
This lady in white marked patriotic holidays with a festive red, white and blue scarf – and for March 17th, it was green and white, and for Christmas, — well we can get the picture!
The source of her energy and boundless love was no secret: the Blessed Sacrament! From her early morning holy hours, to her faithfulness to Chapel prayers, even to the hymns she chose for her funeral Mass, the power of her Eucharistic Love was clear. She, too, was bread broken and life poured out for others!
We will miss her loving generous spirit!