QUINN, SR. HELEN SSA
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(Sr. Mary Desmond)
Born September 17, 1918 in Bainsville, Ontario. The eldest in a family of ten, died peacefully May 25, 2012 at St. Ann's Residence in Victoria, B.C. She entered the Sisters of St. Ann in 1937 and pronounced her vows on February 10, 1939 in Lachine, Quebec. Helen prepared for ministry by obtaining a BA from Anna Maria College in Paxton MA, a teacher's diploma from University of Montreal and a theology diploma from Loyola College. Helen's extensive teaching ministry began in 1939 and for 39 years she taught primary through secondary students in the Catholic School system of Montreal. For another 5 years Helen concluded her teaching career by serving as a school chaplain. In 1983, following her dedicated teaching ministry, Helen moved to St. James Parish in Vernon, BC and enjoyed Pastoral Ministry visiting the sick and the elderly. Sr. Helen retired to Victoria in 1996 where one of her great joys was serving as Eucharistic Minister to her Sisters. Predeceased by her parents, Thomas Quinn and Pearl (McGarry), siblings: Regina, Patrick, Carmel, Desmond, Norah and Alice. Survived by her sisters Isabelle Saunders, Sheila Cashion and Mary McGillis, many nieces, nephews and her own community of Sisters of St. Ann. Prayers will be held at 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 29th, 2012 at St. Ann's Residence, 2474 Arbutus Road, Victoria, B.C. The Mass of the Resurrection will be at 10:00 a.m. Wednesday, May 30, 2012 also St. Ann's Residence. Interment: Hatley Memorial Gardens, Victoria, BC.
Published in The Gazette on May 29, 2012