Sister Eileen Schulenburg, S.C., a Sister of Charity, Halifax, Nova Scotia, for more than 50 years, died at her convent in Richmond Hill, Jan. 20. She was 75.
Born in Ozone Park, her family moved to Mineola and she attended St. Aidan School, Williston Park.
Formerly known as Sister Catherine Arthur, she taught fifth grade at Our Lady Help of Christians School, Midwood, 1965-70; eighth grade at St. Sylvester School, City Line, 1970-72; and was a guidance counselor at St. Nicholas of Tolentine School, Jamaica. She did formation work for the NY Province and pastoral work on Long Island.
After receiving a master’s in pastoral studies/counseling at Loyola University, Chicago, Ill., she worked at a parish in Tennessee, where she co-founded a safe house for victims of domestic violence. In 1990 she returned to New York, and began a ministry with women, first in a shelter for abused women and then as a chaplain at the women’s jail on Rikers Island. She received training in spiritual direction and for the past decade had used these gifts to guide people. Two years ago, she began working with the Christian Life Community, an association of laity who adopt an Ignatian model of spiritual life.
She is survived by her brother Rob, and her cousins Diane and Jean.
Burial was in the Sisters’ plot at St. John’s Cemetery, Middle Village.