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OBITUARY

Ruth Mary Hennessey

January 5, 1936May 14, 2020
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SISTER RUTH HENNESSEY, (SISTER MARY JAMES) CSJ The Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Canada announces the death of our dear Sister Ruth Hennessey at Peterborough Regional General Hospital, Peterborough, May 14, 2020. Sr. Ruth is predeceased by her parents, James, and Evelyn (Simons) and by her brother Earl and sisters Helen (Baker), Florence and Evelyn (Tait). She is lovingly remembered by the members of her religious community, the Sisters of St. Joseph, her niece Ruth Tait (Dale), and her Baker family nephews, niece, and their families and the many friends she made during her years of service to others. Sister Ruth entered the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peterborough in September 1956, coming from her hometown of Lindsay. Her mission experiences were in the field of education as a teacher in Peterborough, Kirkfield, and Cobourg. While teaching she further served the Congregation in the role of Vocation Director. She was a beloved primary teacher and special education teacher. Following her retirement from teaching Sr. Ruth became involved in refugee ministry. Under her direction the congregation operated three refugee houses, Casa Maria Homes, which served as welcoming homes for many men, women, and children from all over the world. Sr. Ruth Hennessey was the inspiring energy and dedicated force behind the ministry there along with a cohort of volunteers and community support. In October 2018, the Peterborough Women’s Leadership Awards to celebrate women who serve as leaders in the community were initiated. Sr. Ruth was the recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with refugees and immigrants. Ruth, in collaboration with her co-workers and many volunteers was the lead consultant for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Peterborough in the role of the umbrella organization for sponsorship of refugees. She assisted parishes and groups as they established welcoming committees for refugees. As a primary school teacher, she reached out to students with special needs. She is fondly remembered for her gift of hospitality and the ability to make anyone and everyone feel welcome and special. Cremation has taken place and there will be a private interment at Highland Park Cemetery. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated later. Condolences can be sent to the Sisters of St. Joseph, 1555 Monaghan Rd.

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Jerome Gahire

May 24, 2020

Sister Ruth was very nice, lovely, kind and parent. She give more support and she helped my family more than a lot God remember her.

Maja and Metin

May 24, 2020

Sister Ruth was a blessing in our lives.
She gave us support, advise, respect, friendship and everything in between. Because of her, 378 Downie St. was our home away from home.
We will never forget Sister Ruth!
Rest forever in peace.

Elizabeth Rahman

May 23, 2020

My sincere condolences to Sister Ruth's family & the Sisters of St. Joseph. I knew Sister Ruth for many years, and she was instrumental in helping the Abraham Festival bring two Syrian refugee families to Peterborough. She was so calm, kind and compassionate... but she would not put up with any nonsense! I will miss her; rest in peace, dear friend.

Ann Hobday

May 23, 2020

Please accept my condolences for the family and friends and Sisters of St. Joseph . Sr. Ruth taught me so much during the Abraham Festival sponsorship of two Syrian families over the years between 2015 and 2020.
One memory of her humble service stands out. We were helping a family from Africa and she gave me the job of setting up an artificial Christmas tree. While the kids and I struggled to sort out the limbs and light for this fun activity, she laboured quietly upstairs cleaning the bathroom. I had no idea!
I shall treasure the memories and insights from Sr. Ruth .
God Bless
Ann

Bruce Taylor

May 22, 2020

Ruth will always remain an inspiration to me in so many ways. I am honoured to have known and befriended her.

Doug Peacock

May 22, 2020

Sister Ruth was a member of the Mayor's Poverty Reduction Committe from 2006-2010 . Her caring approach to the many problems we were trying to address was noticeable from day one. Sister Ruth was a good listener who when required presented her views with integrity and care. Enjoyed working with her during the foundation of this initiative. Truly a remarkable person . My condolences, Doug Peacock Committee chair

Shelley and Adair

May 22, 2020

I was honoured to have met Sister Ruth in my youth through mutual friends. She is truly one of the greatest women I have ever met.
She was such a firecracker, so determined, never deterred by obstacles, and so "Ahead of her time" in so many ways.  I was so shocked to hear of her passing because she seemed invincible! I can almost hear her saying, "I do not have time for this "Death stuff"; there are things to be done and people to be cared for!" But alas, God had other plans and now His humble servant is at rest.....or, is busy organizing and supporting people from Heaven above. God Bless, Shelley Adair.

Lina Maria Rincon

May 21, 2020

Our Guardian Angel is now in Peace. There are not words to describe an amazing person. She had a genuine kind to help people. We will never forget the months that we spent with you in Casa Maria where we felt like home. She will live forever in our hearts.

David, Lina & Danna

Helen Mcfadden

May 21, 2020

I first met Ruth when we both taught at St. Peter’s Elementary School. We hit it off instantly and soon became good friends. I was a member of the Casa Maria Board and from there was part of the famous bazaar group. I met so many wonderful people through Ruth and was in awe of her commitment to others. What I remember most and will miss, is that I could drop in any time without calling and she would make you feel so welcome. It was like going home to family. I will miss those precious times!

Spiroula Rakkas

May 21, 2020

Sister Ruth was such a kind lady with a gentle soul. I met her through a friend. Sister Ruth had a way of making you feel cared for when she spoke to you, and had genuine interest in your life. She will be greatly missed.

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