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Sister Violet  Arsenault, S.S.Ch. (Sr. Catherine de Sienne)

Sister Violet Arsenault, S.S.Ch. (Sr. Catherine de Sienne)
  • December 2, 2017
  • Marlborough, Massachusetts
  • Sisters of St. Chretienne
    197 Pleasant St.
    Marlborough, MA 01752

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“I had Sr Catherine for an 8th grade teacher at Ste Anne's School in Castle Hill Salem, Mass in the early 1960's... we all loved her. I had the...Read More »
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“Sr. Violet was my mother's cousin. Such a nice lady. Up until my mother's passing last year at 89, they would keep in contact by phone. My mother...Read More »
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“I met St Voilet when I was a young girl. Her brother, Ivan, married my sister Patricia.When she came to visit her brother and my sister and their...Read More »
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“So sorry to hear about the passing of Sr. Violet. I knew her through Bethany as my Mom was a resident of the second floor with her. Sr. Violet was...Read More »
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Sister Violet Arsenault , S.S.Ch. (Sr. Catherine de Sienne), died Saturday, December 2, 2017 at Bethany Health Center in Framingham, MA. Born on January 1, 1925 in Rumford, ME, she was the daughter of the late Joseph A. and Catherine M. (Martin) Arsenault.
She attended the Juniorate for high school at St. Chretienne Academy in Salem, MA. She entered the novitiate and pronounced her first vows as a Sister of St. Chretienne on August 15, 1943 and her final vows on August 15, 1948.
After a year at the Scholasticat (Normal School), Sr. Violet's first ministry assignment was at Sacred Heart School in Amesbury, MA. She was a natural as a teacher. She loved her students and had a wonderful influence on them, even lasting until the present day. After a few years teaching in the lower grades, she taught Grades 6-8 at St. Anne's School in Salem. In 1968, she returned to Rumford, ME as 8th grade teacher and Principal of St. John's School. In the ensuing years, she became the Religious Education Coordinator for the parish and once again served as the school Principal.
Sr. Violet was deeply spiritual and her devotion to prayer informed her teaching and everything she did. She loved being a Sister of St. Chretienne, and she contributed greatly to the quality of community life among her Sisters. She had a special concern for the younger Sisters, encouraging them in their vocation and coaching them in their first years of teaching.
In 1995, Sr. Violet joined the team at Nazareth Center, our spirituality house in Newport, RI. There she welcomed many guests and cooked delicious meals to enhance their time with the Lord. She made many friends through this ministry as she had everywhere she went.
In 1998, fulfilling a lifelong desire to live with the poor, she went to Beauty KY in Appalachia where, with another Sister, she served the people of the area, bringing them God's love through her own welcoming ways.
In 2001, due to health problems, she joined the community at the retirement house in Marlboro MA. There too, Sr. Violet was known for her graciousness, her consideration for her companions as well as her devotion to prayer. With her increasing age, in 2012, she became a resident at Bethany Health Center. There she received the best of care from the Sisters of St. Joseph and their wonderful staff. She will be greatly missed but always remembered as a gracious lady and a dedicated religious woman.
Sr. Violet is survived by her Sisters in religious life and by her nieces and nephews. She is predeceased by her brothers Raymond, Ivan and Richard.