Written on: April 4, 2016
Sister Eileen Murray (Sister Paul Francis) is remembered by many of her “boys” who lived at St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Ogdensburg, NY. For the more than 15 years that she served at St. Joseph’s, she was like a mother to many. Eileen was trained as a teacher and spent many years in the Atlanta area which became her “second home.” From 1986 until her retirement in 2010, she served as Pastoral Minister to the elderly at St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Atlanta. In her retirement, she lives at D’Youville Manor, the personal care facility on the property of the former Grey Nun Motherhouse in Yardley. She enjoys reading and the occasional television show. To see her is to know that she is content in these her elder years.
Jubilee, my 75th, sparks gratitude, memories and a deep awareness of the privilege of being a Grey Nun of the Sacred Heart: a perfect fit for me. I found fulfillment as full-time “Group Mother” at St. Joseph’s Orphanage, Ogdensburg, NY, and in my teaching assignments in Grey Nun schools. My love for science sparked my students to learn as we delved into ecology, space science and ornithology. The finale: Parish Minister to the Elderly, St. Jude’s Church, Atlanta. Heartfelt thanks to my parents Eva and Frank Murray, for nourishing my call to the Grey Nuns.
Thanks to family, friends, and Grey Nuns Sisters who have loved and encouraged me over the years. God’s abundant blessings enable me to delight in being a daughter of St. Marguerite d’Youville!
To read more about Sister Eileen’s ministry at St. Joseph Home, click here A Unique Mother and Child Reunion
2 thoughts on “Sister Eileen Murray- 75th Jubilee”
I’m 42 now but I remember you teaching science and sex Ed like it was yesterday. My love for Gods creation has always been with me and I often think of you. Your teaching sparked my ongoing curiosity about the universe and made me want to become an astronaut. I enjoy science fiction and became a total geek ever since and never regretted it. I tried explaining Higgs boson to my wife but she’s not quite there in terms of excitement level.
I hope you can forgive me when I asked you in sex Ed how you were qualified to teach if you were a nun. I only asked because you said no question was taboo or off limits and I only wanted to know. I really miss you and hope I can give you a big hug some day for the tough love you gave us and alway being patient with us.
Love you and miss you and thank you!!
Dearest Sister Eileen,
I was your student at CKS in the mid 70s. Not a day goes by that I don’t remember you in some way — as it turns out, I became a teacher. Although I’m a college English professor (retiring in 2 weeks to pursue full time writing) the love of science that you instilled through your love of God’s creation has stayed with me. So much so, in fact, that I work closely in the sciences through initiatives to bring the arts into Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics careers at my college. You were a blessing to me then (you used to make me play guitar at class masses and you pushed me in leadership roles I would not have taken — and when I graduated you gave me Sr Mary Margaret’s ukulele. I still have it and play it, never forgetting either of you). I am so pleased to see this article, and even more pleased to congratulate on this most amazing milestone of your 75th Jubilee. You are my hero.
with loving gratitude,
Maria Morera Johnson CKS ’77