Some words to describe Sister Cecilia might be: prayerful, strong faith and commitment, people oriented, high energy, determination, love of people and life, live until you die!
This was how Sister Joanne Peters, Co-Chapter Prioress of the Holy Rosary Mission Chapter, began her eulogy for Sister Cecilia Marie Brown at Cecilia Marie’s Ritual of Remembering on January 15, 2019.
Sister Cecilia Marie was born Barbara Jane Mary Brown in Rockford, Illinois, on November 23, 1923. She was the fourth of six children born to William and Grace (Taylor) Brown. The oldest, Cecilia Marie, was who Barbara Jane took her religious name for when she entered the Congregation. Next came Gordon and Robert; then after Barbara Jane came Marilyn and finally Rosemary.
Barbara Jane attended two Rockford parish schools, St. Patrick School through fifth grade and then St. Peter School for sixth through eighth grade, and then went to Muldoon High School, where she met the Adrian Dominicans. The thought of becoming a sister had long been in her mind, but in her senior year – inspired by her home room teacher Sister Grace Alma Glendenning – she made the decision.
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