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Sister Mary Victorine Brenon

February 3, 2018

Sister Mary Victorine Brenon died Saturday morning, February 3, 2018, at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse at the age of 94.

She was born Catherine S. Brenon in Carthage, NY on February 4, 1923, daughter of Florence McAvoy Brenon and Victor Brenon. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 8, 1941. She received the habit on April 7, 1942 and made final profession on July 1, 1947. Sister Victorine celebrated her 75th year in 2017.

A graduate of Augustinian Academy, Carthage, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Marywood College in Scranton, PA, and her Master’s Degree from Plattsburgh State Teachers College. She also attended Michigan State, Regina Maria College, and the Gregorian Institute in Rome for further studies.

Sister Victorine taught at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Holy Family Schools in Watertown, Bishop Conroy in Ogdensburg, Champlain Academy in Port Henry, and St. Joseph’s in Dannemora.

After holding administrative positions in the Diocesan Schools, she became Major Superior for her order from 1973-1981.

In 1983, Sister Victorine was called by the late Bishop Brzana to be the first woman to serve as secretary in the Matrimonial Tribunal. She held that position until 1990. From 1990 until 2000, she served as Pastoral Associate at St. James Parish in Carthage. She retired from active ministry in 2000 and since then has resided at the Motherhouse in Watertown.

Besides her parents, she is predeceased by one brother, Francis J. Brenon and six sisters: Sister Geraldine, SSJ, Sister Rita Marie, SSJ, Anna M. Scott, Rose Cartin, Dorothy Boughton, and Margaret Tracey. She is survived by two brothers: Victor Brenon of Midland, TX, and Robert Brenon of Henderson, NY.

Funeral arrangements are with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown. Waking hours will be at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse Chapel from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm on Tuesday, February 6, with the wake prayer service at 7 pm. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, on Wednesday, February 7, at 11am. Bishop Terry R. LaValley will be the celebrant. Burial will be in the spring in Glenwood Cemetery. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.


#8 Sr. Anne Boyer, gnsh 2018-02-18 09:51
I have known Sr. Victorine for many years.
Sr. Victorine was a person of great compassion for people. She has touched many lives with her presence, surely mine. My sympathy to you on your loss in this world. I'm sure she is continuing to help you.
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#7 John K. Stenard 2018-02-04 21:42
Dear Sister, thank you for your lifetime of loving service to our faith community. Your calm, wise, and firm but loving manner helped many of us school children along our spiritual paths, and doubtlessly, helped many of us as adults as well. One of your beloved sisters once remarked to our 8th Grade Class at Holy Family in Watertown, that, "There must be a God, as it is a miracle that 30 women can live as closely as we do in such a peaceful manner." I think your goodness and guidance had a lot to do with that too, as God certainly works through our hands. You have run the good race. May the Peace of Christ be with you!
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#6 Sister Helen Hermann 2018-02-04 19:46
Sister Victorine, may you rest in peace. You are an incredible woman and I was blessed to have you as my fourth grade teacher. For that I am grateful. I know you wanted the Lord to take you home. May you now enjoy the reward of your labors. The Sisters of St. Joseph are proud to claim you as one of us.
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#5 Cecile White Murray 2018-02-04 17:09
My deepest sympathies to this dedicated and powerful woman
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#4 Cecile White Murray 2018-02-04 17:05
Sr. Victorine was a force to us Elementary kids at Holy Family. I am thankful to have known her.
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#3 Francis J. BNurke 2018-02-04 15:35
I offer my sympathy and condolences to the family. CAA 1953

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#2 Martha Cook 2018-02-03 19:21
My deepest condolences to the family. I have great memories of sister while she was at Holy Fsmily in the 60’s. She was kind yet all business when necessary!!
Her sweet reward of Heaven is obvious!!!!! God Bless.
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#1 Margaret Cleland 2018-02-03 13:11
Heaven has a truly dedicated angel and she will truly be missed by all those whose lives she has touched. RIP Sister, you have served your Maker well.
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