Sr. M. Crescentia Duprey
Born In: Pictou, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed in: Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: May 6th, 2009
Sister M. Crescentia Duprey, 95, a Sister of St. Martha of Antigonish, died at (Bethany, the motherhouse, on May 6, 2009, in the 78th year of her religious life.
Born in Pictou, N.S., Sister Crescentia was the oldest of nine children of the late Joseph and Harriet (Melanson) Duprey. Sister entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha on Nov. 21, 1929, pronounced her first vows on Sept. 24, 1931 and her perpetual profession of vows on Aug. 24, 1935. After her profession of vows, Sister Crescentia graduated from the Provincial Normal College, Truro.
In Nova Scotia, she taught for four years at St. Andrewâ€™s, Antigonish Co., and at Sacred Heart Convent, Bras dâ€™Or. Following these experiences, she taught for one year in CSMâ€™s Novitiate, and then studied, receiving a diploma in social work at the Toronto School of Social Work. She ministered in this field from 1939 to 1968, then returned to complete her degree in Social Work from the University of Windsor in 1970. In Western Canada she served at Mercy Hospital and Martha House, both in Regina. In Nova Scotia, Sister Crescentia served in Sydney at Catholic Charities and Little Flower Institute, and in Antigonish at Family Welfare Service. Sister served as local leader in two of the convents in which she lived. When Sister Crescentia retired from active duty, she did parish visiting and volunteer work at Bethany, St. Marthaâ€™s Hospital, St. Marthaâ€™s Convent on St. F. X. University Campus, St. Andrewâ€™s Convent, and in Canso at Star of the Sea Convent. In 2008, because of failing health, Sister Crescentia was admitted to Bethanyâ€™s Extended Care Unit.
Sister Crescentia is survived by one sister, Sue Musial, Antigonish, and one brother, Joseph of Kelowna, B.C.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by sisters, Agnes and Margaret; brothers, Maurice, Cecil, Rev. Reginald and Hector.
The remains will be resting at Bethany, beginning Friday at 3 p.m., where a Celebration of Vigil will be held on that same evening at 7:30 p.m. Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m. in Bethany Chapel.