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Sister Irene Christopher Keene, O.Carm.- R.I. P

Saturday, June 10, 2017 | Comments (5) | Permalink

Sister M. Irene Christopher, O.Carm. passed away peacefully on the afternoon of June 6, 2017 in the 52 nd year of her religious life.

Julia Margarette Keene was born on September 2, 1945 in North Wildwood, New Jersey to the late Walter and Margarette (Schellinger) Keene. She was pre-deceased by her brother, Walter, and remained close to her sister-in-law, Sandra, who had visited during her illness. She is survived by her twin brother, Elden.

Sr. Irene entered the Congregation on September 8, 1965, professed first vows on April 15, 1968 and perpetual vows on July 22, 1974.  Her early assignments were all very brief and included St. Joseph’s Seminary, Sacred Heart Home, Madonna Residence, and Josephine Baird Home.  Her lengthier assignments were Ozanam Hall (1971-1986), Little Flower Manor (1986-1998), Villa Teresa (1998-2006), and finally, Carmel Manor where she had been since November 10, 2006.

Sr. Irene worked in activities for most of her religious life, but she spent the past 3 years providing pastoral care to the residents. She loved music, especially country music, and played both the organ and guitar. She also loved word puzzles, birds and all animals, especially “bunnies”. Material things meant nothing to her and she gave away everything she received. May the Lord’s words “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth….but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” ring true for all of us, as it did for Sr. Irene Christopher, who knew and understood that “where your treasure is, there is your heart.”


Wednesday, June 14, 20172:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Mother of God Chapel  Evening Prayer at 7:00 p.m.

Carmel Manor

100 Carmel Manor Road

Fort Thomas, KY41075


Thursday, June 15, 201710:00 a.m.

Mother of God Chapel

Carmel Manor

Fort Thomas, KY 41075


Monday, June 19, 201711:30 a.m.

Queen of Carmel Cemetery 

St. Teresa’s Motherhouse

Germantown, NY 12526


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deborah vermilyea (sr.maria damian) commented on 10-Jun-2017 04:43 PM
May sister Irene christopher,rest in peace,my prayers are with sr.and family
Anonymous commented on 10-Jun-2017 05:14 PM
The gates of Heaven are crying with joy! For she is with Our Maker.
Anonymous commented on 11-Jun-2017 07:44 PM
A wonderful friend and prayer warrior! Always saw God in everything and everyone. She will surely be missed. Sister Irene, I love you always and I am glad God brought us together ❤️
Anonymous commented on 12-Jun-2017 01:08 AM
Sr. Irene and I were both in The Mary Category. She was sweet and unassuming and even though I had not seen her in many years, Sr. Irene, as with the rest of the Marys. never strayed far from my thoughts. Rest in peace
Anonymous commented on 12-Jun-2017 05:31 PM
Sister Irene and I were both in the Mary Category, and despite not having seen her for a while, I always had wonderful thoughts about her and her gentleness. She will be missed. Rest in Peace, Sister.
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