July 31, 2017 Sister Gabriel Lena Suszko, OSBM of the Jesus Lover of Humanity Province, Fox Chase Manor, PA, USA was called home to the Lord in the 94th year of her life, having lived 76 years in the monastery.
“God grant her Eternal Memory!”
In July 31, 2017 Sister Gabriel Suszko, OSBM passed from this life to her eternal reward. Surrounded by her Sister in community Sister Gabriel had been hospitalized recently and returned home to the Motherhouse on hospice. Born October 17, 1922 in Marien Heights, PA Sister entered the Order on August 10, 1941. She pronounced her first vows August 28, 1944 and her final profession on August 27, 1950. Sister was baptized at St. Mary Ukrainian Catholic Church in Keiser, PA in presence of her mother Lena and father Ivan. Sister received her BA at Villanova University after which she entered in the ministry of teaching. Besides serving the Province’s institutions at St. Basil Academy and St. Basil School in Philadelphia Sister served as principal and/or principal in numerous parishes throughout the parishes of the Ukrainian Catholic Church in the United States. Her ministries included teaching in Chicago, IL, Chester PA, Cohoes, NY, Cleveland, OH, Olyphant, PA, Auburn, NY, Newark, NJ, and Watervliet, NY. Her longest tenure was at St. George School in New York City where she served from 1975-2001.
In 2002 she returned to the Motherhouse where her health steadily declined.
Recently Sister Gabriel shared with us her favorite quote – “Only when we meet the loving God, do we know what life is all about” (Pope Benedict). Surely Sister knows what life is all about having met her loving God. May her memory be eternal!