Sr. Lillianne Murzyn (1916-2014)

Sr. Lillianne Murzyn (1916-2014)

Sept. 11, 1916—May 24, 2014 Sr. Lillianne Murzyn could trace her vocation back to a specific date and place: The Feast of the Presentation, Feb. 2, 1931, at St. Adalbert Parish in Whiting, IN. On that day, she had been “chosen with three other girls to serve at a...
Sr. Marie Rose Kotz (1924-2014)

Sr. Marie Rose Kotz (1924-2014)

Aug. 30, 1924—April 12, 2014 “I felt like I belonged with them.” That’s how young Rose Kotz described her vocation to religious life with the Sisters of the Holy Family of Nazareth (CSFN). Growing up in Detroit, Rose, the second youngest of 11 children, experienced...
Sr. Lauren Sosnowski  (1934-2014)

Sr. Lauren Sosnowski  (1934-2014)

June 9, 1934 – March 15, 2014 Pauline Theresa Sosnowski was the ninth child of Adolph and Vincenta Sosnowski, and her twin brother Paul was No. 10.  The twins were baptized at Assumption BVM Parish in Chicago, where they attended elementary school and first...
Sr. Michael Onley (1931-2014)

Sr. Michael Onley (1931-2014)

May 9, 1931—Feb. 23, 2014 On a sunny Saturday, May 9, 1931, people in Philadelphia were excited — the Empire State Building had just opened and the thoroughbred Mate had won the Preakness Stakes that day in nearby Baltimore.  Edward and Marie Onley were excited...
Sr. Redempta Kowalska (1920-2014)

Sr. Redempta Kowalska (1920-2014)

Feb. 9, 1920—Jan. 24, 2014 Apolonia Kowalska was one of the four surviving children of Francis and Maria Kowalski of Brooklyn, NY, all of whom entered religious life.  (Two daughters had died in infancy.)  Her two older brothers, John and Edmund, became Vincentian...
Sr. Aurelia Lopata (1931-2013)

Sr. Aurelia Lopata (1931-2013)

March 7, 1931–Nov. 26, 2013 A native of Bridgeport, CT, Evelyn Lopata was the sixth child of Polish immigrants Edward and Hedwig Lopata.  In the midst of the Depression, as employment rates in Bridgeport plunged, Evelyn’s father moved the family to Brooklyn, NY,...