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Sister Constance Ann Sophy


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Sister Constance Ann Sophy

AGE: 80 • Merion, PA

Sister Constance Ann Sophy, RSM a member of the Mid-Atlantic Community of the Sisters of Mercy died at McAuley Convent in Merion, PA on Thursday, March 9, 2017 surrounded by her loving family. Born July 10, 1936 in Pottsville, PA, she was the daughter of Peter and Madelon Deghar Sophy.

Sister Constance (Sister Connie) graduated from Pottsville Catholic High School and received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Misericordia University, and her Master of Science Degree from Villanova University.

Sister Connie entered the Sisters of Mercy on September 8, 1955 and professed her vows on August 16, 1958 in Dallas, PA.

After teaching science in high schools in the Harrisburg Diocese, Sister Connie became the Pastoral Assistant at St. Theresa Parish in New Cumberland, PA and then Spiritual Life Counselor at Lancaster Catholic High School. She then pursued studies in Theology and Spiritual Direction at Theological College in Washington, DC. With her new learnings, Sister Connie was asked to be part of group who directed young women in preparation for a life of service as a Sister of Mercy. In 1996, Sister Connie became Program Director at the Precious Blood Spiritual Center in Columbia, PA. Sister Connie continued her ministry as retreat and spiritual director in Millersville, PA until her recent illness.

Having shared the spiritual journey with many persons, Sister Connie embraced her own spiritual journey with gratitude, courage, and acceptance of God's plan for her. Her wonderful family was always a comfort and inspiration to her, especially during her last months of illness.

Sister Connie is survived by her sisters Elizabeth O'Malley, Madelon Sophy, Mary Lang, Catherine Chisholm and her husband Arthur, Patricia Sophy, her sister-in-law Louisa Sophy, brother-in-law Robert Morris, devoted nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and nephews, all of whom were the light of her life, and her Sisters of Mercy.

She was preceded in death by her parents, her sisters Ann Marie Smith, Bernadette Sophy, Margaret Morris, and Judith Simpson, her brother Anthony Sophy, her brothers-in law Thomas O'Malley, Arthur Lang, Robert Smith, Robert Morris and Richard Simpson"and her maternal Aunt Sister Mary Aloysius Thomas, RSM.

The Celebration of her life will begin on Thursday, March 16, 2017 at Mercy Center Chapel in Dallas, PA at 9:00 am followed by Visitation until 10:15 am. The Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10:30. Burial will be in Pottsville, PA at Calvary Cemetery at the convenience of the family and the Sisters of Mercy.

A memorial Mass for Sister Connie will be celebrated on Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 11:00 am at St. Elizabeth Church, Cedar and Clayton Streets, Wilmington, DE

The family of Sister Connie wish to express abiding gratitude to the Sisters of Mercy of Dallas, and of Merion Station, PA for their loving care of their sister. They are deeply appreciative of the caregivers at McAuley, and found comfort in the expressions of love and gratitude from friends and extended family.

Memorial contributions in Sister Connie's memory may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Center, 301 Lake St. Dallas, PA 18612 or to the Sisters of Mercy, McAuley Convent, 517 Montgomery Ave. Merion, PA 19066. Condolences can be sent to: www.eblakecollins.com.
Published in The News Journal on Mar. 16, 2017
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