Parish shows its appreciation for retiring nun

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Father Yvans Jazon, administrator, and parish staff paid tribute to Sister Claire McNichol at last week’s ministry appreciation dinner as the Sister of Saint Joseph is retiring after more than nine years as pastoral associate at Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Collingswood.

Father Yvans Jazon, administrator of Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, Collingswood, presents a gift to Sister Claire McNichol, pastoral associate, who is retiring.

In remarks at the dinner, Father Jazon praised Sister “for her many years of ministry evangelizing to so many parishioners of all ages, especially in the formation stages of our parishioners, for all of her kindness, and for her example of God’s love and mercy.”

“She knows the truth in her heart and extends it to all of us through her zeal and love of Christ,” he said.

Addressing the gathered, he told all the best way to remember her legacy is to “continue to serve and teach what she has taught you with zeal and love. Sister’s ministry here will be greatly missed by all of us.”

Pat Lipperini, director of faith formation and safe environment, also spoke at the dinner, calling Sister Claire “completely open and hospitable,” and “gently but effectively present” to all parish ministries, “never forcing herself into any situation but always making a tremendous difference.”

“I’ve had the distinct privilege of working closely with Sister Claire for almost 10 years, so I’ve had a front row seat to watching her in action. And I’ve tried to figure out her magic!”