|Birth: ||Mar. 3, 1915|
|Death: ||Dec. 27, 2007|
Sister Consuelo Maria (Elizabeth T. Aherne) 92, a beloved member of the Sisters of Saint Joseph, Chestnut Hill, for 75 years, died on December 27, 2007 at St. Joseph Villa, Flourtown, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated there on December 31, 2007.
Born on March 3, 1915, Elizabeth spent her childhood in St. Francis of Assisi Parish in the Germantown section of Philadelphia, with her late parents, Anna and John, and her siblings, John (Rev. John Aherne, OSA) , Jeanne( Mrs. Jeanne Brady) and Marion (S. Marion Aherne, SSJ). A graduate of John W. Hallahan High School, Elizabeth was awarded a scholarship to Mount Saint Joseph (Chestnut Hill) College, where she completed her first year before entering the Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1933.
Her first ministry in education was teaching children in elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. After receiving her PhD from The Catholic University of America, Sister Consuelo taught at Chestnut Hill College for 21 years. In 1968, she was elected a member of the General Council of the Sisters of Saint Joseph. She served as Assistant Superior General and oversaw the finances of the Congregation. During her tenure, she borrowed money to enable the Congregation's incorporation into Social Security, paid off the debt for Saint Joseph Villa and influenced the formation of the Saint Louis Team and the subsequent structures of dialogue, shared reflection, and collaboration that continue today. In addition, she furthered social justice awareness in the Congregation and promoted the United States Federation of the Sisters of Saint Joseph in its early years.
Among her contributions to the wider Church, she edited the three-volume The Encyclopedic Dictionary of Religion, which she personally presented to Pope John Paul II and wrote numerous articles for the New Catholic Encyclopedia and the Catholic Historical Review. Her many literary accomplishments include a volume of poetry, numerous reviews and a history of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Springfield. Sister Consuelo contributed to the Logue edition of the History of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia and helped in the beginning stages of the current history now in progress. She was a leader in ecumenism and served on many interfaith committees.
After completing her time in Congregational leadership, Sister Consuelo returned to Chestnut Hill College until she became a resident at St. Joseph Villa in 1993. In her diminishment, Sister was blessed to have the love, support and attention of her dear family, especially Sister Marion, her friends, and the Villa staff.
Sister Mary Helen Kashuba offered these insights about her friend and colleague: "A faithful Sister of Saint Joseph, she understood the history and the charism of the Congregation, and modeled it for others. Her memory will live on not only through her many accomplishments but most of all because of the compassionate, caring person that she remained through her long life."
Rest now in peace, dear Sister Consuelo Maria!
Saint Josephs Villa Cemetery
Created by: P. Reilly
Record added: May 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 70265446
~+++ Eternal rest grant unto her, Oh Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. +++~ Amen.|
JD STEPHENS, U.S. NAVY VETERAN
Added: May. 17, 2014
Mother Saint John Fournier, Pray for God's Servant, your Sister in Justice and Love. Also Pray for me, my Family and Friends…. + + +|
Added: May. 26, 2011