Catherine Ann Lloyd, CSJ

We remember her in the opening of the buds and in the rebirth of spring.

July 28, 1930 – May 9, 2020

“I have loved you with an everlasting love.  I have called you and you are mine.”  These words, taken from the writings of the prophet Jeremiah speak to the life of Sister Catherine Ann, whom we remember today. 

Ann Ricci Lloyd was one of six children born to George and Ethel Lloyd.  With her two brothers and three sisters, Catherine grew up in the parish of St. John, Winthrop.  After graduation from Holy Redeemer High (Fitton) School in East Boston, Catherine followed her sister Mary Alice (Sister Ricci) to become a Sister of St Joseph. 

Catherine’s early ministry centered on elementary education.  After a number of years of teaching in several parish schools, Catherine became a licensed practical nurse. She began ministry at Bethany Health Care Center, where she ministered for thirteen years.  Catherine later returned to education as an art teacher at St. Columbkille Elementary School.  Her gift of art was shared not only with the students but also with others beyond the classroom.  Many of us recall receiving from Catherine Ann beautifully crafted greeting cards for a birthday or special occasion long before the advent of virtual greeting cards. Each card was individually designed and drawn with care.  Catherine took great pride in being able to express her care for others in this manner.

Catherine also became a familiar sight at the Motherhouse where she performed numerous tasks as a support person.  The days of various celebrations were enhanced by the colorful, artfully arranged decorations that Catherine produced.  She labored intensely with the desire to please the recipients of her gifts.

When Catherine transitioned to Bethany Health Care Center, she made new friends, not only among the residents and staff but also among visitors who recalled her fondly. Shortly before the pandemic forced a quarantine, a group of Catherine’s nieces and nephews visited her and took a picture in which Catherine’s joy is apparent.  May she now know the joy of reunion with her family and friends who have gone before her.

Given by Judith Costello, CSJ

May 16, 2020