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“My thoughts are with Sister Martha at this time of her loss and the rest of the Sisters of Mercy Community. Her smile was infectious, and her kind...Read More »
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“Sr. Helen brought her many gifts and skills to Mercy Association and shared her love of theMercy Mission and Charism with us. We aremost fortunate to...Read More »
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“So very blessed to have had Sr. Helen in my life. Martha Helen Jahntz Hershkowitz ”
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“I loved her ”
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“My thoughts and prayers to the O'Brien family as they celebrate Sisters entry into her new life.Many years ago she and Sister Martha would come an...Read More »
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“MY condolences Sister Martha,you two were a lot of fun at ST.Joes religion classes.I Will be praying for both of you ”
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“My husband Paul and I have fond memories of Sr. Helen when we lived in Milton. She was a lovely, caring woman. I feel blessed to have known Sr. Helen. ”
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Sister Helen Jane O’Brien (Sister Mary Timothy, 90, of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Northeast Community, died at Our Lady of Providence Residence in Winooski, VT on April 16, 2018. Sister Helen was born in Burlington, VT on November 14, 1927, the daughter of Alice Anna (Powers) and Francis Robert O’Brien. She was educated at Sutton Elementary School in Shelburne, VT and Mt. St. Mary’s Academy in Burlington, VT. She received her Bachelor's Degree in Business Education from Trinity College, Burlington, VT, and her Master’s Degree in Business Education from Catholic University, Washington, DC. Sister Helen entered the Sisters of Mercy at Mount St. Mary on September 8, 1945 and was professed on April 28, 1948. She taught at various Catholic schools in Vermont: Cathedral Grammar in Burlington, Rice High School in South Burlington, St. Monica’s Elementary and Marian High Schools in Barre, St. Michael’s Elementary and High Schools in Montpelier. She later taught at Trinity College of Vermont and was Director of Admissions for a number of years. She ended her career at Trinity in Campus Ministry and moved on to Parish Ministry and Religious Education in parishes in Milton, Colchester, Burlington, Brattleboro and Stowe. She also spent some summer months in Appalachia where she taught students religion and brought Vermont students with her to experience the poverty of that area. Sister Helen also served her Mercy Community as the Director of Mercy Associates, Member of the Mercy Northeast Vocation Team and Chair of the 125th Anniversary Committee for the Sisters of Mercy in Vermont. As her religious community's Spiritual Life Coordinator, she was also instrumental in bringing Taize Prayer to area colleges and the wider community in northern Vermont. Sister Helen was known for her gentle spirit, great Irish wit and love for her family. She was a gifted photographer and captured many beautiful nature scenes. She is survived by her sister, Sister Martha O’Brien, RSM, her sister-in-law, Louise (McKenzie) O’Brien and numerous nieces and nephews from three generations as well as her Sisters in Religion, the Sisters of Mercy. She was predeceased by her parents, Alice Anna (Powers) and Francis Robert O’Brien; her brothers and their wives: John William O’Brien (Elizabeth McKenzie), William Powers O’Brien, George Gerard O’Brien (Helen Bennett McKenzie), James David O’Brien (Pauline Perreault), Robert Francis O’Brien (Mary Grace) and her sisters and their husbands: Mary Alice O’Brien Jahntz (Will Jahntz), and Marjorie O’Brien Ernst (Frank Ernst), as well as Mary Agnes O’Brien and Timothy Joseph O’Brien who died as infants. We are grateful to our McAuley II staff at Mt. St. Mary’s, the staff at Our Lady of Providence, and the VNA Hospice Team for their wonderful care of Sister Helen. Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on April 20, 2018 at 11:00 am at Mt. St. Mary Chapel. Visiting hours will be from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm with a prayer service at 7:00 pm on April, 19, 2018 at Mt. St. Mary’s. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Sisters of Mercy in support of their ministerial works, in care of the Local Coordinator, 100 Mansfield Avenue, Burlington, VT 05401.

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