Theresa Donovan, CSJ

We remember her in the blowing of the wind and  in the chill of winter

 January 4, 1930 – February 4, 2019

Today’s second reading, chosen by Theresa for her funeral Liturgy, proclaims that “united in mind and voice you may give glory to God”.  Theresa was truly God’s glory on earth” bringing her music to numerous people of every age.  Two weeks before Theresa died, her dear friend Mary Claire asked her if she thought she could play on a keyboard if we located one for her.  Her response was an immediate “Absolutely”.  I came to find out that “Absolutely” was one of her favorite words – never missing an opportunity to play the piano for God’s glory and our great pleasure.

 Theresa Louise Donovan was born in Boston to Florence Alfred and Agnes.  She had three siblings:  Margaret, Francis and William.  Theresa was born with music in her heart and filled our lives with her music.  She grew up in Dorchester and loved all things “Savin Hill” and “Irish”. She entered the Sisters of Saint Joseph from St. William’s Parish on September 8, 1948.  She lived and loved her life as a Sister of St. Joseph for 71 joyous years.

 Her ministries included Walnut Park, Newton, St. Ann’s, Somerville, Sacred Heart, Roslindale, St. Theresa’s, West Roxbury, Immaculate Conception, Marlboro, St. Ann’s, Wollaston and Sacred Heart, Weymouth.  After leaving Sacred Heart in 2004, Theresa continued her music ministry at St. Helen’s Parish in Norwell.

 For many years Theresa shared life in her local community with her dear friends, Sadie and Mary Claire.  They were a dynamic trio.  After “retiring” from Sacred Heart in Weymouth, they continued to reach out to the “dear neighbor without distinction”!  They were, truly, impelled by God’s inclusive love. Theresa continued to share her gift of music in nursing homes all over the diocese.

 She never missed an opportunity to attend a concert at the South Shore Music Circus in Cohasset or concerts in and around Boston.  Thanks to her dear friend David Sheehan, she and Sadie got the best seats in the house at any event they attended.  She also loved all things “music”.  Besides the piano, Theresa played the violin and cello with gusto!!  She loved playing in her little band.

 Those who knew Theresa well describe her as talented, stylish, fun to be with, caring, kindness personified, a great sense of humor, generous, and faithful.  Music was Theresa’s heart and soul and her flourishing style brought such joy and happiness to so many.  She never tired of sharing her gifts everywhere she went.

 Today we know that God is embracing Theresa Louise Donovan in song and welcome.  The halls of heaven rejoice!  Theresa is home.  She is now playing her music and, at the same time, carrying on a conversation with Sadie and all those who have gone before her.  Heaven is enjoying the beautiful music this wonderful and accomplished woman brings to the heavenly choir.   Rest in peace dear Theresa.                            

Given by: Denise Kelly, CSJ

February 8, 2019