Sr. Alice Desrosiers Sept. 12, 1919~May 14, 2017
Sister Alice Desrosiers, (Sr. Doris Marie) SUSC died at Marian Manor, Taunton on May 14 at the age of 97. She was born in Cambridge, MA on September 12, 1919, the daughter of Joseph and Eva (Verrier) Desrosiers. In addition to her Holy Union Sisters, her brother Leo, sister Helene Theriault and several nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews survive her.
Sister Alice graduated from Our Lady of Pity High School, Cambridge and entered the Holy Union Sisters in Fall River, MA on September 15, 1939. She pronounced her final vows on August 15,1947. Sr. Alice studied at Sacred Heart School of Education, Fall River and received a B.S. in Education from Catholic Teachers College, Providence. She received a certificate in Library Science from Regis College. She taught elementary grades in schools in Massachusetts, New York and Rhode Island and later served as librarian. As she approached retirement, Sr. Alice took courses in gerontology. When she retired from teaching, Sr. Alice began a ministry to the elderly and homebound in the former St. Jacques Parish, Taunton and participated in many of the parish activities.
In 2001 ill health necessitated her move to Marian Manor, Taunton. Sr. Alice reached out to many other residents, visited them regularly and shared stories and laughter. In 2003 she received the “Caring Heart Award”. The citation read: “Your kindness and special attention to residents of Marian Manor exhibit a special kind of caring.”
In 2014 she celebrated her seventy-fifth anniversary as a Holy Union Sister at a festive tea at Marian Manor where family members, Holy Union Sisters and Associates joined her.
The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated at St. Jude the Apostle Church, Taunton. Sr. Alice was buried with her sister, Sr. Doris Desrosiers, SUSC in St. Mary Cemetery, North Attleboro. Funeral arrangements were by the Riendeau-Mulvey Funeral Home, Taunton.
During her many years at Marian Manor, Sr. Alice embodied Article 62 of the Holy Union Sisters’ Constitution:
“When we are limited in active apostolic service by age or illness,
we believe that we contribute vitally to the fruitfulness
of the common mission through our prayer, presence and suffering.”
Posted on Wed, May 17, 2017
by Mary Lou Simcoe