Written on: April 22, 2021
Sister Eileen Murray is a North Country girl brought up in Ogdensburg, New York, a town with a close-knit population, nestled on the southern shore of the St. Lawrence River. Educated by Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart, she entered the Grey Nun community after graduating from St. Mary’s Academy.
Over her years in ministry, she was a teacher and principal at schools in Buffalo and Jackson Heights, New York, in Lowell, Massachusetts and in Atlanta, Georgia. Her lessons and classroom experiments in middle school Science are still remembered by many of her former students. She made Science exciting!
Sister Eileen’s ministry years (1945-1960) at St. Joseph’s Orphanage in Ogdensburg are dear to her heart because they provided her with the experience of mothering children. One man remembers her “calmly and lovingly” tending to the boys in her care. He always sends flowers to her on Mother’s Day.
From 1986 until her retirement in 2010, Sister Eileen engaged in a Ministry to the Elderly at St. Jude the Apostle Parish in Atlanta, bringing the Eucharist, friendship and encouragement to the homebound and to nursing home residents.
At age 97 Sister Eileen is a beloved member of the Grey Nun community who remembers in prayer all of those whose paths have crossed hers.
In my 80 years as a Grey Nun, I have taught at almost every grade level. At Holy Angels Academy, I taught young women the beauty of art, design, watercolor, oil and other mediums. These were blessed years. In my retirement at the Motherhouse, I was a willing chauffeur for many. Eventually, it was time to slow down. Now I spend time in prayer and reading. I muse often at how blessed we all are to be here and to have each other Being a Grey Nun and sharing my everyday life for these 80 years is a blessing. I consider myself most fortunate!
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My mother Betty Yrizarry was wondering about Sister Eileen, so I looked her up on the computer and I came across this lovely tribute. Congratulations! She sang “Eye is on the Sparrow” at my father Ted’s funeral in 1992, and a bird actually flew in and then flew back out when she was done1 We wish her many blessings!
Sister Eileen the Browne’s are so grateful for your service and friendship!!
Dear Sister Murray,
In what was to be your retirement, you never wavered in teaching or sharing Gods love for us. I am forever in debted to you for your prayers, love, and friendship. Your kindness, and gentle spirit touches us all who know you . Giving thanks to our Father, for your influence in my life. Thank you Sister Murray
Sr. Eileen, I want you know I still have the eukele you gave me, the one that belonged to Sr Mary Margaret. I remember you every time I hear Morning Has Broken, lol. My fond memories of my years at Christ the King begin and end with you 🙂
Congratulations on such an extraordinary jubilee!
love, Maria Morera Johnson
Congratulations from the Potsdam Associates.
Wishing you blessings and best wishes, Sister Eileen! My brother, Leigh, remembers you fondly from Christ the King and I enjoyed getting to know you at Campbell-Stone during Saturday evening Mass in the years before your retirement. My mother, Bettie, will celebrate her 93rd birthday in October. Sending hugs to you!
Glad to have known her at CKS in Atlanta. God bless her