Sister Jorene Cieciuch, who taught in Camden and Gloucester, dies

Sister Jorene Cieciuch, OP (Sister Helen Roberta) of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, died Nov. 24, in Wartburg, Mount Vernon, N.Y. She was 86 years of age.

She taught at Saint Joan of Arc School in Camden (1950-56) and Gloucester Catholic High School (1956-64).

Sister Jorene entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh, New York on Sept. 8, 1947, made her first profession on June 25, 1949, and final profession on Aug. 22, 1952. In addition to her teaching ministry, she served for a time as formation director for the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh and provided pastoral services for the Dominican Reflection Center in Ossining, N.Y. while also serving as director and co-director of the center. From 1989-2007 she ministered in the Patient Representative Program at Saint Vincent Hospital in Manhattan. Sister Jorene retired in 2007.

She is survived by her brother Richard and his wife Bernadette of Ridge, Long Island; sister-in-law Barbara Charles of Manhattan, the wife of her late brother Robert Charles; nieces and nephews and their families: Valerie Cieciuch, Frederick Cieciuch Charles, Catherine Cieciuch Welsh, Richard Cieciuch Jr., Stephen Cieciuch, Elizabeth Cieciuch Gillen, and friend and adopted Cieciuch family member, Maria Barbera, OP.

The Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Nov. 29 in the Chapel at the Dominican Sisters Center of Hope, Ossining, N.Y. The burial followed at the Dominican Sisters Cemetery in Ossining.

Donations in Sister Jorene’s memory can be made to the Dominican Sister’s of Hope Development Office: 299 North Highland Ave., Ossining, NY 10562.

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