Sister Jorene Cieciuch

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Sister Jorene Cieciuch, OP into the arms of our loving God.

With heavy hearts, we announce the passing of Sister Jorene Cieciuch, OP into the arms of our loving God.

Sister Jorene Cieciuch, OP (Sister Helen Roberta) of the Dominican Sisters of Hope, died on November 24, 2016 in the Wartburg, Mount Vernon, NY. She was 86 years of age.

The daughter of the late Leon Robert and Helen Marie Kaniecki Cieciuch, she was born on June 26, 1930 in Jersey City, New Jersey.

Sister Jorene entered the novitiate of the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh, New York on September 8, 1947, made her First Profession on June 25, 1949, and Final Profession on August 22, 1952. Sister Jorene earned her BS in Music Education from Nazareth College, her MA in Musicology from Catholic University, and her MA in Religious Studies from the Maryknoll School of Theology.

Sister Jorene taught at the elementary level at Casa San Jose in Newburgh NY (1949-50) and then at St. Joan of Arc School in Camden NJ (1950-56). From elementary school, Sister moved on to Gloucester Catholic High School in Gloucester, NJ (1956-64). Sister served as principal of Holy Rosary School in Hawthorne, NY (1964-65). The congregation appointed her formation director for the Dominican Sisters of Newburgh (1965-71). At the end of her term, Sister Jorene returned to secondary education and taught at St. Joseph High School in Toms River, NJ (1971-76). From 1976 to 1982, Sister Jorene provided pastoral services for the Dominican Reflection Center in Ossining, NY while also serving as director and co-director of the center. From 1989-2007 she ministered in the Patient Representative Program at Saint Vincent Hospital in Manhattan. Finally, in 2007, Sister Jorene retired and lived at Ossining before she moved to the Wartburg, in Mount Vernon, NY.

Sister was a passionate advocate for women and the marginalized; she was also an unwavering champion of the LGBT community. As she advocated truth, justice, and equality for all, Sister Jorene’s wisdom and insight inspired hope, comfort, and peace. She loved classical music, opera, theater, art and the New York Mets. Sister Jorene’s greatest joy was being surrounded by her loving family, friends, and her Dominican community.

Sister is survived by her loving brother Richard and his wife Bernadette of Ridge, Long Island; sister- in- law Barbara Charles of Manhattan, the wife of her late brother Robert Charles; beloved nieces and nephews and their families: Valerie Cieciuch, Frederick Cieciuch Charles, Catherine Cieciuch Welsh, Richard Cieciuch Jr, Stephen Cieciuch, Elizabeth Cieciuch Gillen, and beloved friend and adopted Cieciuch family member, Maria Barbera, OP.

Visitation: On Tuesday, November 29, 2016, beginning at 9:15 am, there was a viewing followed by a wake Service at 10:15 am and Mass of Christian Burial. All took place in the Chapel at the Dominican Sisters Center of Hope, Ossining, New York and the Dominican Sisters Cemetery in Ossining.

Donations in Sister Jorene’s memory can be made to the Dominican Sister’s of Hope Development Office: 299 North Highland Avenue, Ossining, New York, 10562.

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