Sister Mary Irene Cecil, OSU: April 11, 1927-Dec. 22, 2018

Sister Mary Irene Cecil, 91, an Ursuline Sister of Mount Saint Joseph, died Dec. 22, 2018, at Mount Saint Joseph, in her 72nd year of religious life. She was a native of West Louisville, Ky.

Sister Mary Irene was a “quiet fire,” a prayerful, gentle woman who possessed strong skills as a servant leader.

She was a teacher for 21 years at Immaculate Conception School, Earlington, Ky., (1948-50, 1962-65), St. Brigid School, Vine Grove, Ky. (1950-55), Holy Cross School, Loretto, Ky. (1955-59), Good Shepherd School, Hillsboro, Mo. (1959-61), St. Joseph School, Leitchfield, Ky. (1961-62) and Seven Holy Founders School, Affton, Mo., (1965-69). She was supervisor of schools for the Archdiocese of Louisville (1969-76).

She was elected as a councilor on the Ursuline Leadership Council (1974-80), then was elected major superior of the community (1980-88). She was coordinator of staff, director of lay ministry and director of adult formation for the Diocese of Owensboro (1989-95). She was director of postulants for her community (1995-96), and minister to the sick at Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Owensboro (1996-2002). She was co-director of pastoral care at Saint Joseph Villa at the Motherhouse (2002-2009), and daily annalist for the community (2010-14). From 2009-2018 she was a seamstress for the senior sisters at the Motherhouse.

Survivors include the members of her religious community; her brother, Tom Cecil, of Owensboro; and nieces and nephews.

The funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at Mount Saint Joseph, where visitation will begin Thursday at 4 p.m., with a wake service following at 6:30 p.m.

Glenn Funeral Home and Crematory, Owensboro, is handling arrangements.

Donations in memory of Sister Mary Irene may be made to the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph, 8001 Cummings Road, Maple Mount, KY 42356.


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