Sister Julia Marie, O.Carm. passed peacefully to eternal life on the morning of January 4, 2017 in the 59 th year of her religious life. Sr. Brigid De Lourdes was with Sr. Julia at the time of her death, and was immediately joined by Sr. Michelle Anne and Sr. Maureen McDonough. The Sisters from St. Patrick’s Manor and Marian Manor were a supportive presence during the last few days.
Mary Connolly was born in Boston, MA on February 18, 1938 to John and Julia (Burns) Connolly, who had come to the United States from Ireland. Having entered the Congregation on September 7, 1958, Sr. Julia Marie professed first vows on June 9, 1961 and perpetual vows on April 17, 1966. Her missions included Madonna Residence (Brooklyn, NY), Josephine Baird Home (NYC), Marian Manor (Boston, MA), St. Patrick’s Home (Bronx, NY) and St. Patrick’s Manor (Framingham, MA) where she was assigned from 1973-1997 and 2009-2017, and was a loving presence to the residents of both St. Patrick’s and Carmel Terrace.
Sr. Julia kept abreast of world events and politics, and often tuned in to Fox News. More importantly, her love for the residents was evident because when a resident spoke to Sr. Julia, she gave that resident her undivided attention and made each one feel as though he or she was the only person in the world. Many confided in her, sharing their burdens and cares because they knew she was truly listening. Sr. Julia Marie, affectionately called “The Jewel” by her Sisters, has left us for the longed for “pearl of great price” but will remain forever close in our minds and hearts.