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