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Sr. Emma Johnson, S.S.Ch. (Sr.Therese Helene)

Sr. Emma Johnson, S.S.Ch. (Sr.Therese Helene)
  • December 3, 2017
  • Marlborough, Massachusetts
  • Sisters of St. Chretienne
    197 Pleasant St.
    Marlborough, MA 01752

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“I'll never forget Sr Emma's love and kindness. She was truly my best friend and I'm so thankful to have met her. ”
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Sister Emma Johnson, S.S.Ch. (Sr. Therese Helene), died Sunday, December 3, 2017 at Bethany Health Center in Framingham, MA. Born on August 2, 1931 in Rumford, ME, she was the daughter of the late Adolphe and Eva (Richard) Johnson. The Johnsons were a large loving family, very devoted to their Catholic faith.
Sr. Emma attended St. John's parish elementary school that was staffed by the Sisters of St. Chretienne. Responding to the Lord's call, she entered the novitiate in Giffard, PQ, pronouncing her first vows on August 15, 1950 and her final vows on August 15, 1955. From 1956 to 1971, Sr. Emma served many years as a devoted cook in our convents: at St. Chretienne Academy in Salem, MA, in Amesbury, MA, and in her hometown of Rumford.
In 1971, Emma began a new ministry caring for her elderly and frail Sisters, first in Salem and then in Marlboro in the infirmary. Emma learned to drive, rendering much needed service to the community. Emma loved children too and was an aide for infants at a local daycare for two years.
In 1993, Sr. Emma was missioned to our community at Grant Road in Salem. There she was a Eucharistic minister and cared for an older woman in the parish and her husband. In 1995, as the house on Grant Rd. was closed, Sr. Emma and her companion, Sr. Aurore, moved to an apartment complex. They found themselves with a whole new ministry of presence among the residents there. The Sisters brought Communion to the shut-ins, prayed with them, and listened with compassion to their troubles. After four years, with increasing age, they came to the retirement community where Emma continued to offer her time and help.
In 2012, Emma's health needs necessitated a move to Bethany with the Sisters of St. Joseph. With her characteristic joyful nature, she quickly adapted and endeared herself to staff and residents alike. She has waited patiently for her dear Lord to come, and she is now receiving the reward of all her good works in His heavenly Kingdom. Her Sisters are very grateful to the Bethany staff for their loving attentions and we now ask our dear Emma to watch over us all.
Sr. Emma is survived by her sister Pauline, a Sister of St. Marthe in St Hyacinthe, PQ, her nieces and nephews and her religious Sisters. She was predeceased by Jasmin, Arthur, Sr. Marie Therese, Adolph, John, Marie Rita, Marie Celina, and Pauline Helene.