Sister Florence Patricia Kahler, CSJ 
(Sister Agnes Mary)

We Remember her
In the blowing of the wind and
in the chill of winter

April 4, 1934 – January 15, 2024

In the 73rd year of her Religious Life. 
Entered:  September 8, 1951

 

Every life has a story, and every story is sacred. When we celebrate a person’s life, we do so by sharing stories, and the stories of Florence have been rich and abundant. They fill this Chapel and go far beyond, and they live in our hearts.

Sister Florence Kahler (S. Agnes Mary) was born in Weymouth and grew up attending St. Joseph Parish in Quincy with her parents, William and Isabelle DeCoste Kahler, and her eight brothers and sisters, William, Rose, Michael, Mary, Henry, Elizabeth, Joseph and Theresa. From them, she received multitudes of nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews, and on and on.

She was a daughter, sister, Sister, aunt, friend, teacher, musician, and more. Her various ministries included serving as: a music teacher at many Archdiocesan schools, the Liturgy director for the South Region of the Archdiocese, the Community Life Coordinator at Bethany Health Care Center, a Support Services facilitator at St. Elizabeth Hospital Brighton, and Director of Mission at Caritas Christi Hospital, Norwood. She also played piano on so many occasions, for sacramental events and parties. Her reassuring presence behind the piano lifted our hearts and stirred feelings of praise and joy within us. God gave Florence the gift of music and asked her to be fruitful. With this gift, Florence offered praise to her God throughout her life and brought us closer to God with her music and to each other as well. 

There are countless stories of her goodness and kindness, her laughter and joy, her presence, and her witness to the Compassion of God. In all the places, she served, and in her relationships, Florence was an advocate of the charism of Unifying Love. She called us to be “Women of courage, women of pride, risk taking women with God at our side.” She promoted and protected the dignity of each person in her role as mission facilitator in Framingham, Brighton, and Norwood.

She had a beautiful friendship with Lois, a friendship that created ever-widening circles of communion and gave her a second family in Lois’s, one of the gifts that sometimes comes with friendship in community.

On the wall by Florence’s bed at Bethany was a frame naming the Fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, kindness, and generosity. A Fruit of the Spirit is described as a fruitful life in communion with God. As I read it by her bed, I thought it spoke so well of her life, and how pleased God must be with all the lives she touched. She plays now before the Lord, singing to God her melody, and I imagine there is dancing.

 

Given by Betsy Conway, CSJ

January 23, 2024