Callista MacLeod

May 15, 1919September 22, 2013

Sister Callista MacLeod CND (Sister St. Callista) Sydney

Sister Callista MacLeod, 94, died peacefully on September 22, 2013, at the CND Health Center in Sydney.

Born in Antigonish, she was the daughter of the late John H. MacLeod and Agnes Elizabeth MacKeough. Besides her parents, Sister Callista was predeceased by her brothers, Malcolm and Neil and sisters Alice, Margaret, Rita and Theresa. She was the last surviving member of her family.

Sister Callista made her religious profession in the Congregation of Notre Dame on August 28, 1940. Her many years of service in the Congregation were spent as a dedicated educator in Sydney, Mabou, New Victoria and New Castle, NB. Her integrity and an immense sense of duty were the hallmarks of her service to the CND and to all those to whom she ministered as high school teacher and principal, as mentor to candidates for the Duke of Edinburgh Awards. Her accomplishments were acknowledged by Prince Edward. She was also spiritual guide to women who were among the first Associates of the Congregation. Countless numbers of students, parents and friends were influenced by her generosity, keen intellect and love of nature. In her final years her prayerful silence and gracious acceptance of service were an inspiration to those who ministered to her. She will be greatly missed by her Sister companions for her friendship, warm smile and kindness.

Visitation for Sister Callista will take place at T.W.Curry Parkview Chapel on Wednesday, September 25 from 2-4 & 7-9 pm with a Prayer Vigil at 7: 30 pm. Mass of Christian burial will be on Thursday, September 26 at 11 am at Holy Redeemer Church, Sydney. Interment at Resurrection Cemetery, Sydney Forks.

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Gwen Mac Donald-Udby

September 26, 2013

Sympathies to the CND family in the loss of a very nice person who has left her mark with all of the Duke of Edinburgh kids, myself in peace Sister Callista..Gwen Mac Donald-Udby

Michelle MacNeil

September 26, 2013

My deepest sympathies to Sr. Callista's fellow Sisters and friends. She was a wonderful person and an excellent teacher. So kind, loving and so willing to share her knowledge to help so many. She has always been remembered over the years with fondness and respect. RIP Sr. Callista - you were one of the best.

Callista (MacNeil)Burridge

September 26, 2013

I read Sister Callista's obituary in the Chronicle Herald today. I believe that I am called after Sister Callista. I think she is my namesake. My name is Callista. My mother(Mary (MacDonald) MacNeil, Creignish) named me (I was born in December 1956) after a former teacher of hers, a Sister, Mother St. Callista. I remember that my mother said that she decided to call her first daughter Callista, after a teacher of hers who had been very good to her and took her under her wing while a student, as my mother was very lonesome for home. I guess this would have been in Mabou, Cape Breton. My Aunt Fidelle says it like this: {A "Mother St. Callista" took her under her wing & was so good and kind and understanding and helpful, that your mother felt she alsolutely saved her, and in gratitude decided that if she ever had a daughter she would name her Callista.}
I have always been intrigued with the heritage of my name. Sadly, my mother passed away when I was just 13 yrs old, so I didn't get to know more about Sister Callista nor did I ever meet her. According to the description of her in her obituary, I can see how well respected and accomplished she was.
Please pass on this message to her family members and Sisters in CND.
Callista (Mac Neil) Burridge,
formerly of Creignish, Cape Breton, living and teaching in Deer Lake, Newfoundland.

Jeannie Northen-Oickle

September 26, 2013

Sister Callista made a big difference in the lives of many children who went to Rankin Memorial in Iona. I have many fond memories of her. May she rest in Peace!! Jeannie Northen-Oickle, Sydney, NS

Peggy Jordan

September 25, 2013

My sympathies to the Sisters of CND and friends of Sister Mac Leod. I was another student in Iona. She thought us so much. Rest in Peace.

Jack MacIsaac

September 25, 2013

To Mother St.Callista's Notre Dame family:
As one of her New Vic pupils it was my privilege to have had her steady and caring influence in those formative years when a steady hand guidance was so badly needed.She persevered with those of us who needed that extra 'care' and helped to launch us on the 'sea of life' better prepared to face the adversities yet unknown.Her teaching legacy lives on in all of us touched by her wonderful teaching and guidance.
New Glasgow

Denise MacDonald

September 25, 2013

My deepest sympathies, I am also a former student from Iona. Sister Callista started there in 1967 I believe, the year I was born and I will never forget the time I spent with her and my life being better for it. She was an amazing kind hearted woman. She had a personality that you just respected. God bless..

Peggy MacIntyre

September 25, 2013

My condolences to the Congregation and friends on Sister's passing.I have and always will have a special place in my heart for Sr. Callista. To her I owe a debt of gratitude as she had faith in me to hire me for my first teaching job at Rankin Memorial School in Iona. There was no interview just a call asking, "Can you be ready tomorrow?" Having taught me in high school I think she knew I would be up for the job and subsequently I spent my entire teaching career there. Firm but fair she turned Rankin into one of the top-notch schools in Nova Scotia where its students were sought for recruitment by Ryerson and other top Canadian universities. She was well-respected as an educator and I remember her giving her summer address so that we as students could write to her to let her know how we fared on the "dreaded" Provincial exams.Rest in Peace Sr. Callista in God's loving care.

September 25, 2013

My sympathies to the Sisters of Notre Dame on the death of Sister Callista. I am one of her former students from New Victoria. She was a wonderful teacher.
Anastasia Sweeney