Sr. Mary McGuinness, MSC (AKA Sr. Mary Perpetua) was born November 14, 1926 in Brooklyn, New York. She died at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Nursing Home in Opelousas, Louisiana at 4:30 PM on November 12, 2017.
She was preceded in death by her father, Francis McGuinness and Loretta Wolfe McGuinness of Brooklyn, New York; and 3 siblings: Sr. Frances Marie McGuinness, MSC; Joan Darcy and Regina Smith. Survivors include her brother, Joe Bissonnette and wife, Margaret; her sisters, Helen Kanciruk and Dorothea Bartlett and their families.
Sr. Mary entered the Marianites on August 31, 1941 and pronounced perpetual vows August 11, 1948. She received a Master’s Degree in Education from Incarnate Word College in San Antonio, Texas. She served in various positions in education in Catholic schools in Plaquemine, New Orleans, and Opelousas. During a part of this time, she was a member of the Marianite formation team. After twenty years in education, she was the supervisor of maintenance and personnel at Our Lady of Holy Cross College in New Orleans. Later she ministered at Our Lady of Princeton Marianite Provincial House in New Jersey in community service. Following her time in New Jersey, she returned to Our Lady of Holy Cross College as a member of the library staff. Before moving to Opelousas, she was an assistant in the Congregational finance office in New Orleans. To each of her ministries, she brought a keen attention to details and a generous and steadfast commitment to the fulfillment of the many and various responsibilities entrusted to her care.
All who entered her life circle experienced a faith-filled woman of prayer whose fidelity manifested itself in kindness, gentleness, and compassion. She was eager to listen and generous in responding in whatever way she could. Her attention to others was evident, not so much in words, but primarily in her actions. Throughout her life, she lived in a spirit of gratitude always acknowledging even the smallest assistance rendered to her.
To celebrate her life, a wake service will be held on Thursday, November 16th from 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM in the chapel at Our Lady of Prompt Succor Nursing Home followed by the Mass of the Resurrection at 10:30 AM.
In lieu of flowers, the Marianites of Holy Cross request that memorial donations be made to the Marianites of Holy Cross, Congregational Center, 21388 Smith Road, Covington, LA 70435.
God bless our dear sister, Mary. Your like was dedicated to God. We will miss your kindness and loving ways.
Joe and Margaret BissonnetteBethpage, NY
our loss is heavens gain. your loving sister, Helen
Helen Kancirukcolumbus\langhorne, PA
Adding my prayers and love.
Maurice E. BrownPlaquemine, LA