Sister Louis Marie Biechele, C.S.J., 94, a member of the Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph, died in Maria Regina Residence, Brentwood, April 2, in the 75th year of her religious life.
She entered the congregation in 1938 from St. Brendan parish, Midwood
After earning degrees in Math from St. John’s University and extended study in Modern Math from Manhattan College and the University of Maine, she taught at St. Martin of Tours, Bushwick, 1939-40; St. Angela Hall Academy H.S., Clinton Hill,1940-42, 1943-48; St. Augustine, Park Slope, 1948-1949; The Mary Louis Academy, Jamaica Estates, 1949-53; Bishop McDonnell H.S Annex, Flushing, 1953-64; St. Agnes Seminary H.S., Homecrest 1964-68; St. Patrick, Fort Greene, as Principal, 1968-71; Fontbonne Hall Academy, Fort Greene, as Administrative Assistant, 1971-73; and The Mary Louis Academy H.S., Jamaica Estates, 1973-2009.
She retired to Maria Regina Residence in 2009.
Burial was in Calvary Cemetery, Brentwood.
Sister Mary Louis (Jean Philomena Lo Bosco), C.I.J., a member of the Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor who was in her 64th year of religious life, died suddenly March 24 at Villa St. Joseph, Rockville Centre. She was 95.
She entered the congregation from St. John Evangelist parish, Sunset Park.
She spent 16 years with the Nursing Sisters Home Visiting Service and 23 years at Mercy Medical Center, Rockville Centre.
She received her nursing degrees from Mary Immaculate Hospital, Jamaica, and St. John’s University, Jamaica.
Burial was in Holy Rood Cemetery, Westbury.
Auxiliary Bishop Agustin A. Roman of Miami, the first Cuban exile to be made a U.S. bishop, died April 11 at the age of 83.
The Archdiocese of Miami reported that Bishop Roman suffered cardiac arrest at Our Lady of Charity Shrine, which he founded to honor the patroness of Cuba, and where he continued to spend much of his time in retirement. He died later at Mercy Hospital.
Bishop Roman was the son of Cuban peasants who never forgot his roots, according to a release from the Archdiocese of Miami. “His ministry in south Florida has been marked by humility, tenacity and unceasing devotion to his work,” said a biography on the archdiocesan website. The late bishop tended “to speak in parables, using stories full of everyday symbolism to illustrate his point. Yet in his quiet, unassuming way, he (got) things done.”
His death came two weeks after Bishop Roman watched on television from Miami with other Cuban-Americans as Pope Benedict XVI celebrated Masses in his homeland, part of celebrations of the 400th anniversary of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre. It also followed just days after the announcement on Easter Sunday that Father Felix Varela, an 18th-century Cuban priest who also had a long career in exile in the United States, had been declared venerable by the Vatican, which is the first major step in the process toward canonization.
Prior to becoming a bishop in 1979, he worked as a hospital chaplain; director of the Spanish-speaking Cursillo movement; spiritual director of the charismatic movement; and episcopal vicar for the Spanish-speaking people of the archdiocese.
Bishop Roman also served on the U.S. bishops’ Committee for Hispanic Affairs and the Committee on Migration.
Auxilairy Bishop Octavio Cisneros, a native of Cuba, represented the Brookyln Diocese at the funeral Mass which was celebrated at the Cathedral of St. Mary, Miami, on Saturday, April 14.
Father Edward (Ned) J. Murphy, S.J., 74, a Jesuit for 56 years, and a priest for 43 years, died April 4 at Montefiore Moses Hospital in the Bronx.
He was born in New York City, attended Regis H.S., Manhattan, and entered the Jesuits, at St. Andrew-on-Hudson, Poughkeepsie and then continued his novitiate and studies at Bellarmine College in Plattsburgh, NY.
After studying philosophy at Loyola Seminary, Shrub Oak, Ned taught Latin, Greek, and Religion at Brooklyn Prep from 1962 to 1965.
Most of his priestly ministry was dedicated to service with the poor. During this time he lived with various peace communities in Washington, Camden, Maryland, and Massachusetts, eventually relocating and being connected to Jesuit communities on the West Side of Manhattan and in the South Bronx.
He served several years as a counselor with “throwaway” youth in Times Square at Under-21, and then established a residence for them in the north Bronx.
Burial was in the Jesuit Cemetery, Auriesville, N.Y.
Vicente Orlando Gomez, brother of Deacon Guillermo Gomez of St. Gerard Majella parish, Hollis, died April 1.
A funeral Mass was celebrated April 4 at St. Gerard Majella Church.
Syrian-born Cardinal Ignace Moussa Daoud, died April 7 in a Rome hospital.
The 81-year-old cardinal was the retired prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches and the former patriarch of the Syriac Catholic Church.
The synod of the Syriac Catholic Church, one of the Eastern churches in communion with Rome, elected him patriarch of Antioch in 1998 and, following Syriac tradition, he took the name Ignace in honor of St. Ignatius of Antioch.
He resigned as patriarch in 2001 after Blessed John Paul II named him prefect of the Congregation for Eastern Churches, which oversees the Vatican’s care for the 22 Eastern Catholic churches that originated in the Middle East, Eastern Europe and North Africa and that continue to maintain distinctive liturgical and legal systems. He retired as prefect in 2007.
Cardinal Daoud’s death leaves the College of Cardinals with 211 members, 123 of whom are under the age of 80 and therefore eligible to vote in a conclave to elect a new pope.
Mary Capuano, aunt of Sister Maryann Lopiccolo, S.C., Delegate for Religious, died April 7. She was 90.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated April 13 at St. Bernadette’s Church, Dyker Heights.
Fait Palmira, the mother of Father Al Barozzi, parochial vicar of St. Mel, Flushing, died April 5 in Trento, Taly. She was 100.
The funeral took place in Italy. A Mass of Remembrance will be celebrated Saturday, April 28, at St. Mel’s Church.