Sister Catherine Grace, ASSP – +13 November 2020

Of your charity, please pray for the repose of the soul of Sister Catherine Grace.  She was one of the sisters I got to know well during my years at Mount Calvary, Baltimore (1981-1986).

The All Saints Sisters in Catonsville, Maryland, were Episcopalian since coming to the U.S. from England in the 1800s. (They were founded at All Saints’ Margaret Street, one of the Anglo-Catholic slum parishes in London.) They entered into full communion with the Catholic Church in 2011. Though they began–as did nearly all Anglican religious communities that revived the religious life in the CofE–as an active order, the All Saints Sisters in Maryland became more and more contemplative. Their rule is a variation of the Rule of St. Augustine. But during my retreats there in the 1980s, my anima naturaliter Benedictina (naturally Benedictine soul) always felt very much at home.

Br. John-Bede Pauley, O.S.B.

The obituary from the All Saints Sisters:

“On Friday, November 13th [2020] our Sr. Catherine Grace entered into eternal life. She was 91 and in her 56th year of Professed Life. Baptized Charlene Florence Bowen, Sr. CG, as she was fondly called, was a registered nurse before entering Religious Life. She served the Community in many ways including Infirmarian, Guest Mistress, Assistant Superior, and Superior for seventeen years. She conducted many retreats and Quiet Days and became a spiritual guide for numerous individuals including seminarians, priests, and lay people. For years she was in charge of our St. Gabriel’s Retreat House from which her heart never left.
She shared a concern for the dying with the late Dr. Robert Irwin, which led to the co-founding of the Joseph Richey Hospice with then Mt. Calvary Episcopal Church.

“Sr. CG had a ready smile, was very soft spoken, and loved canning pickles and all manner of produce for use in the Retreat House kitchen. She could laugh easily, could not sing, and loved the Lord with all her heart. She will be greatly missed. May she rest in peace and rise in glory.”

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