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Sr. Patricia Ann Burke, rc
1946-2016


Sr. Patricia Ann Burke, rc, 69, a Religious of the Cenacle, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 surrounded by her beloved Cenacle Sisters, family members and friends. She had finished a six-year journey with cancer by slipping gently into the loving arms of her Jesus.

She was born September 17, 1946 in Brooklyn, NY to William and Mary Burke. She is survived by her sisters Eileen M. Burke and Kathleen F. Burke, niece Megan and nephew Liam, along with beloved cousins and extended family. At the time of her death, she was the Local Leader of the Cenacle Sisters in Houston and President of its Board of Directors.

She is a past member of the leadership team of the North American Province of the Cenacle Sisters, where she served as a provincial councilor. She also served as local treasurer in many Cenacle retreat centers. She often joked, “I’ve never taken a bookkeeping course in my life and I’m always put in the Finance Office!”

Sr. Pat entered religious life in 1969, professing temporary vows in 1972 and perpetual vows in 1978. She served in Cenacle ministries in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Illinois, Colorado, Minnesota and Ireland. She ministered on parish staffs in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston at St. John Vianney, Christ the King and St. Bartholomew. While caring for her aged father in Arizona, she served in a local parish.

As a Cenacle Sister, she also served in leadership with the Cenacle Auxiliaries (vowed laywomen who live their vocation in the world) and was involved in the spiritual formation of Cenacle Associates (women and men of any walk of life who live Cenacle heritage and spirituality in their own circumstances) around the country.

A cousin described her as “a compassionate woman, someone who could have done anything with her life, e.g. been a CEO of a major corporation, but instead she chose a life of service for others.” She gave 100% of herself right up to the time of her death.

Sr. Pat was also a member of Theresians International. She often moved around the country in her ministry with the Cenacle Sisters, and would always be able to find a Theresian community.  She was a member of Theresians du Matin in Mundelein and most recently Theresian VII in Houston.  She worked closely with Theresians in leadership for over ten years, serving as Facilitator of TI Board meetings, the USA National Leadership Team and serving on the Theresian Foundation Board of Directors.  After serving a full nine years on the Foundation Board, her presence was deemed so valuable she was invited to stay on as an Emeritus member. In 2013, Sr. Pat received the Woman of Vision recognition.   

Firmly proud of her Irish heritage, Sr. Pat enjoyed events at the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas. She held dual citizenship. Her love of travel and her EU passport came in handy on the many international trips she took for the Cenacle or for the Theresians: Brazil, France, Ghana, Ireland, Indonesia, India, Japan and New Zealand were just a few of the countries to which she traveled. Many of these she visited after she was diagnosed with cancer.

One of her joys was to participate in a pilgrimage to France in 2014 to pray at the origins of the Cenacle Sisters. The life and writings of St. Thérèse Couderc, Cenacle Foundress, gave her comfort as her cancer began to progress beyond treatments. On that pilgrimage, she also bathed in the grotto at Lourdes. Although she asked the Lord to heal her, she had surrendered herself to his gracious will, confident in his faithful love for her, whatever the outcome in the months ahead.

Health challenges from childhood and cancer did not stop her from anything she put her mind to. She received an undergraduate degree (Psychology) from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Religious Education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, a Master of Arts degree (Christian Spirituality) from Creighton University in Omaha. At the time of her death she was a Doctor of Ministry Candidate (Spirituality) at Barry University in Miami.

To love God and serve his people with all of her heart, mind and strength gave Sr. Pat the greatest joy. Relationships with a wide variety of people were a priority for her. She enjoyed good conversation, good music (especially if it was Irish) and a good meal with those whom she loved. We all will miss her, but she said that she wanted her death to be a celebration of God’s goodness and generosity to her both in this life and in eternal life.

The Cenacle Sisters and Sr. Pat’s family will be present to receive friends Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM with a Vigil beginning at 7:00 PM at Dettling Funeral Home, 14094 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77079.  The Funeral Mass will commence Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail, Houston, TX 77079.  A reception will follow Holy Mass on the church campus.  Interment at a later date in the Cenacle Sisters’ area at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Chicago. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in Sr. Pat’s memory to The Cenacle Retreat House, 420 N. Kirkwood Rd., Houston, TX 77079. Donate in Memory of Sr. Pat Burke, rc Visit www.DettlingFuneral.com to read more and leave online tributes.

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Sr. Patricia Ann Burke, rc, 69, a Religious of the Cenacle, passed away Thursday, August 25, 2016 surrounded by her beloved Cenacle Sisters, family members and friends. She had finished a six-year journey with cancer by slipping gently into the loving arms of her Jesus.
 

She was born September 17, 1946 in Brooklyn, NY to William and Mary Burke. She is survived by her sisters Eileen M. Burke and Kathleen F. Burke, niece Megan and nephew Liam, along with beloved cousins and extended family. At the time of her death, she was the Local Leader of the Cenacle Sisters in Houston and President of its Board of Directors.

 

She is a past member of the leadership team of the North American Province of the Cenacle Sisters, where she served as a provincial councilor. She also served as local treasurer in many Cenacle retreat centers. She often joked, “I’ve never taken a bookkeeping course in my life and I’m always put in the Finance Office!”

 

Sr. Pat entered religious life in 1969, professing temporary vows in 1972 and perpetual vows in 1978. She served in Cenacle ministries in Texas, Florida, Louisiana, Illinois, Colorado, Minnesota and Ireland. She ministered on parish staffs in the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston at St. John Vianney, Christ the King and St. Bartholomew. While caring for her aged father in Arizona, she served in a local parish.

 

As a Cenacle Sister, she also served in leadership with the Cenacle Auxiliaries (vowed laywomen who live their vocation in the world) and was involved in the spiritual formation of Cenacle Associates (women and men of any walk of life who live Cenacle heritage and spirituality in their own circumstances) around the country.

 

A cousin described her as “a compassionate woman, someone who could have done anything with her life, e.g. been a CEO of a major corporation, but instead she chose a life of service for others.” She gave 100% of herself right up to the time of her death.

 

Sr. Pat was also a member of Theresians International. She often moved around the country in her ministry with the Cenacle Sisters, and would always be able to find a Theresian community.  She was a member of Theresians du Matin in Mundelein and most recently Theresian VII in Houston.  She worked closely with Theresians in leadership for over ten years, serving as Facilitator of TI Board meetings, the USA National Leadership Team and serving on the Theresian Foundation Board of Directors.  After serving a full nine years on the Foundation Board, her presence was deemed so valuable she was invited to stay on as an Emeritus member. In 2013, Sr. Pat received the Woman of Vision recognition.   

 

Firmly proud of her Irish heritage, Sr. Pat enjoyed events at the Center for Irish Studies at the University of St. Thomas. She held dual citizenship. Her love of travel and her EU passport came in handy on the many international trips she took for the Cenacle or for the Theresians: Brazil, France, Ghana, Ireland, Indonesia, India, Japan and New Zealand were just a few of the countries to which she traveled. Many of these she visited after she was diagnosed with cancer.

 

One of her joys was to participate in a pilgrimage to France in 2014 to pray at the origins of the Cenacle Sisters. The life and writings of St. Thérèse Couderc, Cenacle Foundress, gave her comfort as her cancer began to progress beyond treatments. On that pilgrimage, she also bathed in the grotto at Lourdes. Although she asked the Lord to heal her, she had surrendered herself to his gracious will, confident in his faithful love for her, whatever the outcome in the months ahead.

 

Health challenges from childhood and cancer did not stop her from anything she put her mind to. She received an undergraduate degree (Psychology) from the University of San Francisco, a Master of Religious Education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, a Master of Arts degree (Christian Spirituality) from Creighton University in Omaha. At the time of her death she was a Doctor of Ministry Candidate (Spirituality) at Barry University in Miami.

 

To love God and serve his people with all of her heart, mind and strength gave Sr. Pat the greatest joy. Relationships with a wide variety of people were a priority for her. She enjoyed good conversation, good music (especially if it was Irish) and a good meal with those whom she loved. We all will miss her, but she said that she wanted her death to be a celebration of God’s goodness and generosity to her both in this life and in eternal life.

 

The Cenacle Sisters and Sr. Pat’s family will be present to receive friends Wednesday, August 31, 2016 from 6:00 PM until 9:00 PM with a Vigil beginning at 7:00 PM at Dettling Funeral Home, 14094 Memorial Dr., Houston, TX 77079.  The Funeral Mass will commence Thursday, September 1, 2016 at 2:00 PM at St. John Vianney Catholic Church, 625 Nottingham Oaks Trail, Houston, TX 77079.  A reception will follow Holy Mass on the church campus.  Interment at a later date in the Cenacle Sisters’ area at Queen of Heaven Catholic Cemetery in Chicago. In lieu of flowers, please consider contributions in Sr. Pat’s memory to The Cenacle Retreat House, 420 N. Kirkwood Rd., Houston, TX 77079.  Visit www.DettlingFuneral.com to read more and leave online tributes.

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Sr. Patricia A. Burke, rc

September 17, 1946 – August 25, 2016

Sr. Pat died peacefully at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston.

The Cenacle Sisters give thanks to God for her life, witness

and service to so many people.

 

We thank all of you for your love and prayers for her

in her journey with cancer these past six years.

Funeral arrangements are pending.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to her sister:

Eileen Burke
646 West Moorewood St.

Green Valley, AZ 85614

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Thank you all for a wonderful turnout for Sr. Mary Guido, rc! Here are some pictures, feel free to share if you have pictures of your own! Please email as an attachment to development@CenacleRetreatHouse.org

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Calling all Men!

The Men’s Rites of Passage (MROP) program is a four-night/five-day deeply prayerful and soulful experience that builds on the classic patterns of male initiation through moving rituals and teachings. Each day includes group prayer, major teachings on central themes in masculine spirituality, quiet time for reflection, and sharing in the context of a small group.

The Texas event takes place September 28 - October 2, 2016 at Ebert Ranch in the hill country near Harper Texas.

You can see on the flyer,
Illuman_MROP, contact person is:
William Bedell

and website is:
www.texasmalespirituality.org

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This one night retreat is an invitation to discover and embrace the fits of grief and use it for transformation and healing as you journey through the wilderness to a promised life.  Through presentations, guided prayer and silence, participants will come to an understanding of their particular losses in the journey of lie and find ways of embracing the pain and confusion of grief as their pathway through the wilderness to emotional and spiritual growth.  Dr. Tim VanDuivendyk's book the The Unwanted Gift of Grief will be available for participants to purchased.

Minimum Offering: $95.

Register Online  or call Breeanna at 281-497-3131

 

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Our popular series hosted by Sr. Lois Dideon, rc starts again Tuesday, September 13th, 9:30am. This film series will focus on the theme of Spiritual Transformation. Each month a different film will be presented and we will dialogue on how we find God's spirituality in film.  The series runs monthly from September to May. Cost for materials is $10 per month or you can register for the series for $60 for a savings of $30.

Register Online  or call Breeanna at 281-497-3131.

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Training in giving the Spiritual Exercises in Daily Life is open to experienced Spiritual Directors who have made the full spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius of Loyola either as a 30 day retreat or 19th Annotation Retreat.

An application must be completed along with a $25 application fee.  If accepted the a fee of $200 is required and does include books.

For information and to register, contact Sr. Pat Burke, rc (281) 497-3131.

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National Rosary Novena Kicks Off August 15!

During this critical time in our nation's history, the faithful are being asked to join a new nationwide prayer campaign entitled, "Novena for our Nation" which will begin on August 15 and end on the Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary on October 7.  For more information please follow click on the following above.

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The Cenacle Sisters in Houston are pleased to share that Sr. Mary Peters, rc
has been appointed by Sr. Rose Hoover, rc, Cenacle Provincial, to become the new Director of Ministry at the Cenacle Retreat House.

Sr. Mary is a native of Texas and joined the Cenacle Sisters through the Houston Cenacle.She is a graduate of St. Agnes Academy, Houston and the University of St. Thomas, Houston.

She has ministered in Cenacles in several US cities (including Houston) and was Provincial of the Province of North America from 2000-2009. In 2010, she was elected by the Cenacle Sisters’ General Chapter to serve the Cenacle congregation on the international leadership team as a General Councilor and Vicar General, residing at the Cenacle Generalate in Rome.

Her term will conclude in late September 2016. After a short period of renewal in Chicago, she will arrive at the Houston Cenacle in late December 2016 to become the Director of Ministry.


Please join the Cenacle Sisters in welcoming Sr. Mary back to the United States and to the Houston Cenacle!

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