Sr. Priscilla Paradis, DHS enters life eternal


Priscilla ParadisOn the evening of Saturday, February 20th, Sr. Priscilla Paradis (Priscilla Joseph) responded to the Lord’s final call and entered life eternal.

Priscilla Vivienne Paradis was born to Emmanuella (Varieur) and Lionel Paradis on October 31st, 1934 in Norwich, CT. She graduated from Putnam Catholic Academy in 1952 and, after working for a couple years, entered the Congregation of the Daughters of the Holy Spirit in 1954 and professed her first vows in April of 1955.

Soon thereafter Priscilla earned her Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education from the Putnam Branch of the former Diocesan Sisters’ College and an MA degree in Religious Studies from the Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. She then embarked on a teaching career that found her in elementary and secondary classrooms in Connecticut, California, Vermont and Massachusetts.

In 1987 Sister experienced some health issues that required her to leave the classroom setting and to rest and recuperate. That she did, and the following year began to share her gifts of sociability, caring, compassion and joy serving as a home health care giver for the Day Kimball Hospital system in the greater Putnam area. Her numerous clients quickly grew to love her and to appreciate her kindness and understanding towards them and she found her services requested over and over again. She continued in this line of work until her retirement .

Sister Paradis moved to the Provincial House in 2010 where she participated in many ongoing activities dedicating the bulk of her time and energy to transporting the Sisters in residence to varied and sundried appointments, a service she rendered faithfully until her physical health quickly deteriorated three weeks ago.

Priscilla will be remembered for her availability for service with a smile and always a good conversation. Her presence will be missed at the annual PCA alumni reunions and other community gatherings which she always anticipated and thoroughly enjoyed.

Besides her Sisters in the  DHS Family, Priscilla leaves her blood sister Jeanne Lucier, her brother in law Joseph and several nieces and nephews to whom she was extremely close. Family and friends will gather to honor Sister at the Provincial House Chapel on Friday, February 26 from 6-8 p.m.with a prayer service at 7:15. The Funeral Mass will be at the same location on Saturday, the 27th at 11:00 a.m. followed by interment in St. Mary of the Visitation Cemetery Providence Street in Putnam. Memorial donations and prayer intentions may be offered to the DHS Retirement Fund and dropped off at the Provincial House or mailed to the Office of Development 72 Church St. Putnam, CT 06260.

May our God be praised by the generous gift that was Sr. Priscilla’s life to one and all!


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