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Sister M. St. Paul Cafferty

Sister M. St. Paul Cafferty, I.H.M., of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Friday, Jan. 11, 2013, at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She was born on May 3, 1921, in Scranton, and given the name Josephine Romaine. She was the daughter of the late Michael and Catherine Kinsella Cafferty. She entered the I.H.M. Congregation on Sept. 8, 1944, and made her temporary profession of vows on May 8, 1947, and her final profession of vows on Aug. 2, 1950.

Sister St. Paul served as a nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital in Carbondale, from 1947 to 1953 and 1955 to 1959; St. Joseph's Center in Scranton, from 1953 to 1955; Marian Convent in Scranton, from 1959 to 1968 and 1989 to 1995; and Misericordia Hospital in New York, N.Y., from 1968 to 1984.

Sister also served on the faculty in the Nursing Department of Marywood College in Scranton, from 1969 to 1970. She was nursing supervisor at St. Agnes Hospital in White Plains, N.Y., from 1984 to 1988; and at Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, N.Y., from 1988 to 1989.

She then served on the staff at the I.H.M. Center in Scranton, from 1995 to 2008.

From 2008 until the time of her death, Sister St. Paul was a prayer minister at Our Lady of Peace Residence in Scranton.

She received a nursing diploma from the School of Nursing of the Scranton State Hospital; a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Marywood College; and a Master of Science in Nursing degree from Catholic University of America.

She is survived by two sisters, Betty O'Halloran of Menlo Park, Calif.; and Alice McGraw of Honesdale.

She was also preceded in death by three sisters, Mary Cavanaugh, Catherine Mahoney and Rita McKenna.

The funeral will be Friday at 11 a.m. with Mass of Christian Burial at Our Lady of Peace Residence, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton. Friends may call at Our Lady of Peace Residence on Thursday, from 3 to 6 p.m. A prayer service will be held at 4 p.m. Interment will follow Mass on Friday at St. Catherine's Cemetery in Moscow.

Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired I.H.M. Sisters, c/o the I.H.M. Sisters Retirement Fund, I.H.M. Center, 2300 Adams Ave., Scranton, PA 18509.

Published in Scranton Times on Jan. 16, 2013
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