Obituaries

Sister Roberta Furey

Sister Roberta Furey

“Christ leads us to go out from ourselves more
and more, to give ourselves and to serve others.”

Pope Francis

In this Spirit of Christ, Sister Roberta Furey gave continuously of herself — to her family, to the SCL Community, to her friends, and to the staff and many youth she cared for at Mount Saint Vincent, Denver. Generosity was her hallmark; she had love in her heart for everyone. . .

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Sister Jean Highberger

Sister Jean Highberger

“Whatever you do, do from
the heart, as for the Lord …”

Colossians 3:23

Whatever she did, Sister Jean Highberger did it from and with her heart for the Lord and in his Spirit, for others. Matters of the heart were important to her. Following a holy hour before the Sacred Heart shrine as a college student, she knew that she wanted to join the Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth. . .

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Sister Mary Ellen Beyhan

Sister Mary Ellen Beyhan

“The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness,
gentleness, self-control. … If we live in the Spirit, let us also follow the Spirit.”

Galatians 5: 22-23, 25

In her life and ministry, Sister Mary Ellen Beyhan modeled many of the traits identified by St. Paul as the outcomes of living in and following the Spirit. Students of all ages — from first-grade through college — benefitted from her gifts as a talented and versatile teacher. Friends, faculty. . .

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Sister Margaret Marie Mitchell

Sister Margaret Marie Mitchell

“Does anybody realize what life is while
they’re living it — every, every minute?”

Thornton Wilder, “Our Town”

In response to this question posed in a play that she treasured, Sister Margaret Marie Mitchell seemed to value the minutes and the minutiae of life and was able to weave them well into the unified whole of her ministry and service. She was an SCL for 71 years — an educator par excellence, and a pastoral minister in parishes and a healthcare facility. . .

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Sister Lillian Maguire

Sister Lillian Maguire

“May we always be joyful, pray continually and give thanks
whatever happens … In everything give thanks.”

From Sister Lillian’s reflection, Golden Jubilee Mass, 2003

SCL, teacher, principal, pastoral minister, evangelizer, daughter, sister, aunt, friend — all roles that Sister Lillian Maguire embraced with her special talents and gifts. Sister Lillian, 83, died on Dec. 18, 2017 in Ross Hall. She was a Sister of Charity of Leavenworth (SCL) for 64 years. . .

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