Sister Hedwig (Sr. Matthew) Owsiak, OSU died August 16, 2014, at the Brookhaven Memorial Hospital in Brookhaven, NY. Sister was born June 23, 1937 in Norwich, CT. She entered the Congregation of the Ursuline Sisters of Tildonk on September 8, 1956, and professed her final vows six years later. She received a Bachelor of Science degree in Education, a Masters in Philosophy from St. John’s University and a diploma from Lumen Vitae in Brussels, Belgium.
Sr. Hedwig started her career teaching on the elementary school level at Our Lady of Grace in Howard Beach, NY; St. William the Abbott in Seaford, NY; and St. Maurice in Stamford, CT before beginning a time as Adjunct Lecturer of Philosophy at St. John’s University in 1966.
In 1969 she became the Coordinator of Parent & Sacrament Formation for the Diocese of Rockville Centre serving the diocese for five years. From 1971-1974 Sr. Hedwig was an Adjunct Lecturer of Catechetical Theology at Immaculate Conception Seminary in Douglaston, NY.
In 1975 she served as Provincial of the U.S. Province before serving 18 years as Assistant and General Superior in the Ursuline congregational government in Belgium. From 1999-2003, she served at the Sophia Center in Cleveland, OH. She retired from active ministry in 2004 and moved to St. Ursula Center in Blue Point where she continued to serve her community in spirituality and prayer.
She is survived by nieces, Anastasia Owsiak, Kasmira Owsiak, and Kateri Pilon as well as several cousins.
Her funeral mass was celebrated August 20th at the St. Ursula Center Chapel in Blue Point, NY followed by internment at the cemetery of the Ursuline Sisters in Blue Point.