Sister Philomena O’Brien, OSU died April 25, 2011 at the St. Ursula Center Convent in Blue Point, NY. She was born October 25, 1918 in Fethard, Co. Tipperary, Ireland. She entered the congregation of the Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk on August 22, 1935 and professed her final vows six years later. She was among the first group of postulants to enter the newly established American Novitiate in Blue Point. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Fordham University, a Masters of Arts degree in History and a PhD in Political Science from St. John’s University.
Sr. Philomena ministered for many years in Education where she served as teacher and principal. She began her teaching career in 1939 at Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach, NY. After serving 20 years at Our Lady of Grace, Sr. Philomena served as Principal at St. Maurice in Stamford, CT for six years.
In 1965 she began a ten year term as Provincial of her congregation. Following that she spent many years in retreat work serving as retreat director at Mt. St. Ursula Retreat Center in Oyster Bay, NY from 1975 to 1982 and St. Ursula Center in Blue Point, NY from 1982 to 1998.
After her retirement in Blue Point in 1998, Sr. Philomena continued to lead a busy and active life.
She is survived by many nieces and nephews in the United States and Ireland.
Her funeral mass was celebrated April 28th at the St. Ursula Center Chapel in Blue Point, NY followed by internment at the cemetery of the Ursuline Sisters in Blue Point.