Sr. Stephanie MacNeil
Born In: Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
Born: September 22nd, 1933
Passed in: Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada
Passed on: June 10th, 2009
Sister Stephanie MacNeil, formerly Sister Stephen Marie, 75, a Sister of St. Martha of Antigonish, died at Bethany, the motherhouse, on Wednesday, June 10, 2009, in the 53rd year of her religious life.
Born in Sydney, Nova Scotia, Sister Stephanie, was born on September 22, 1933, one of five children born to James Hugh and Elizabeth Anne (MacLean) MacNeil.
Sister Stephanie entered the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Martha on August 15, 1951, pronounced her first vows on August 15, 1953 and her perpetual profession of vows on August 15, 1956.
Sister received her Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish in 1956, and her Masters degree in Social Work from Boston College in 1958. In 1969/70, Sister did Post Graduate work at the Post Graduate Center for Mental Health in New York. Sister Stephanie carried out her ministry in social work for 20 years. During those years she served as case worker in Glace Bay, case worker and executive director of Catholic Family Services of Regina, Saskatchewan, and case worker and supervisor at Family Services of Eastern Nova Scotia in Sydney.
Sister Stephanie served the Congregation as Apostolate Director, General Councillor and as Director of Vocation Ministry. She also served as community leader in three of the houses in which she lived. For several years Sister worked in the field of spirituality, ministering in spiritual direction and retreat work at Siena House in Kamloops, B.C. and at Bethany Centre in Antigonish. She also served as human formation counsellor at St. Augustineâ€™s Seminary In Scarborough, Ont., and in parish ministry at Little Dover, N.S.
Sister Stephanie is survived by one sister, Betty MacLean in Michigan.
Besides her parents, she was predeceased by one sister, Marguerite MacLean and by two brothers, Malcolm and Ronald.
The remains will be resting at Bethany, beginning Monday, June 15, 2009 at 1:15 p.m., where a Celebration of Vigil will be held on the same evening at 7:30 p.m. Liturgy of Christian Burial will take place on Tuesday, June 16, 2009, at 2 p.m. in Bethany Chapel.
Arrangements are under the direction of C L Curryâ€™s Funeral Services of Antigonish.
Online condolences www.clcurry.com.