Sister Lucy Vescera, MPF, 90, entered eternal life on Thursday, September 14, 2017, at St. Joseph Hall, Villa Walsh, Morristown, New Jersey. Her passing came unexpectedly.
Although a Mass of Christian Burial took place at Villa Walsh’s St. Lucy Chapel on September 18, with interment following at Ave Maria Cemetery, a Memorial Mass in Sister Lucy Vescera’s memory at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church in Bristol Rhode Island through the kindness of the pastor, Father Henry Zinno. The Memorial Mass will be offered on Saturday, October 21, 2017, at 10:30 a.m. Family and friends are invited to attend, including those from other parishes where Sister has been stationed in the Rhode Island area.
Born in Bristol, R.I. in 1927, Sister Lucy entered the Religious Teachers Filippini in 1945. She received her religious habit in 1946 and made her religious profession in 1949. Sister Lucy received a Bachelor of Science Degree from Central Connecticut State College in Elementary Education.
Sister Lucy’s mission centered on pastoral ministry and she was a staunch teacher of religious education. Her places of mission included St. Joseph, Newark, New Jersey; St. Mary, Cranston, Rhode Island; Our Lady of Mt. Carmel, Bristol, Rhode Island; St. Thomas, Southington, Connecticut; Holy Land, Waterbury, Connecticut; and Our Lady of Mercy, East Greenwich, Rhode Island, her last place of active ministry.
Through the years, Sister Lucy was recognized for her dedicated, faithful service. She was credited for her volunteer service at convalescent homes, hospitals and home bound visits, especially to the people of Waterbury, Connecticut, where she was honored for years of community service. She was acknowledged and praised for her teaching of religious education no matter where she was assigned. Sister Lucy’s strong faith and authentic religious witness gave credence to what she taught and how she lived.
In 2013, Sister Lucy retired at Mt. Carmel Convent, Bristol, and in 2014, due to poor health was admitted to St. Joseph Hall where she spent her last years.
Sister Lucy is the daughter of the late Vincenzo Vescera and Angela (Cirillo) Vescera, and sister of the late Oronzo Vescera. She is survived by her loving sisters Philomena Rao Bonomo and Mary Vescera; many dear nieces and nephews, and great-nieces and great-nephews.