Written on: April 30, 2014
Sister Helen O’Hara (Sister Rosemary), though born in Buffalo, NY, spent her childhood in Fort Erie, Canada and is always quick to remind you that she is Canadian! Fort Erie’s close proximity to Buffalo allowed her to attend Holy Angels Academy where she met the Grey Nuns. She was an educator for many years of her religious life until receiving an associate degree in Occupational Therapy. She spent thirteen years with the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers as both an Occupational Therapy Assistant and a Rehabilitation Therapist. In her early retirement years, she began ministry to home residents as a part of the outreach of Holy Angels Parish, Buffalo, NY. Parents of children with cancer found a temporary residence at Kevin House near Roswell Cancer Institute and there they also found Sister Helen, who served as a volunteer. She was a dancer and lover of music and used these gifts to bring joy to many. She resides at D’Youville Manor but has not retired from life as she continues to share her gifts with the sisters and the residents of D’Youville Manor. This Irish colleen is especially fond of St. Patrick’s Day!
70th Jubilee is…gratitude for all that has been…trust in the present as well as the future…A love that embraces as life continues to change…Growth in wisdom, age and grace…Security in relationship with God, family, friends…response to life as it unfolds…recommitment to God through the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart…acceptance of life that will never end as death approaches…
We will be featuring all of our 2014 Jubilarians prior to the Congregational Jubilee celebration May 17 in Yardley, PA. Collectively these 15 women have served God and His People for 900 years! God Bless them and their families for the gift of their generous hearts and lives.