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Sister Trinity KennySister Trinity Kenny, MFIC, 91 years of age, died peacefully at Holy Name Hospital in Teaneck, NJ, on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Sister was a member of the Missionary Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception and lived at Our Lady of the Angels Convent since 1957. Born in Hillswood, Kilconnell, Co. Galway, Ireland, to Thomas and Sarah Kenny, Sister's given name was Helena. She entered the Convent in 1947 in Bloomfield, Ireland. Then in 1955 Sister came to the United States and worked on our Community Publication called The Annals of Our Lady. In 1957 Sr. Trinity began her life-long ministry of the St. Francis Gift Shop located in Tenafly, NJ. She reached out to many in the community of Tenafly and beyond, especially through the Bergen Irish Association. So many people came as volunteers to help with her shop, the Soup Suppers to help the poor, raising money for Food pantries in the area, the devastated countries like Haiti after natural disasters, and Covenant House for runaway teens. The annual Christmas display of Nativity scenes in the shop and the large Crèche outside of the convent were an inspiration to all. The outdoor Rosary procession, the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday were all ways that Sr. Trinity carried out her ministry. As a young sister, Sr. Trinity had three fingers removed from her left hand due to cancer. This never stopped her from all of the crafts, sewing, baking and retail work she accomplished in great style. She was awarded many honors because of the good works she performed for the poor and her inspiration to many. One of her fondest honors was being named the Grand Marshal of the St. Patrick's Day Parade held in Bergenfield, NJ in 2013. Sister is survived by one sister in England, Rita, and a brother in Ireland, Jim, and many loving nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, both in the US and in Ireland. The funeral for Sr. Trinity will be on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 11:00 in Mount Carmel Church, Tenafly, NJ, celebrated by Fr. Brendan Darcy, SMA. There will be calling hours Tuesday evening from 7-9 p.m. in Mount Carmel Church. Arrangements are being handled by Riewerts Memorial Home, Bergenfield, NJ, 201-384-0700. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Missionary Franciscan Sisters Retirement Fund, 790 Centre Street, Newton, MA 02458-2530.
Funeral Home: Riewerts Memorial Home 187 So. Washington Ave. Bergenfield, NJ US 07621
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
10 County Road
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Visitation at Mt. Carmel Church on Tuesday April 18, 2017 from 7-9 PM.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
10 County Rd.
Tenafly, NJ 07670
Funeral Mass on Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 11 AM.
I will miss Sr. Trinity at the gift shop of the Franciscan Sisters of Tenafly. She impressed me with her humility, dedication to service, and the trust she placed in the shop's customers. Her longevity at her post was reassuring. She was a stalwart presence. May God grant Sr. Trinity eternal joy!
Robert Faraci May 10 2017 12:00 AM
My deepest sympathy to the family of Sr. Trinity Kenny and the Missionary Sisters. Knew Sr. Trinity through her Soup Suppers, Outdoor Rosary Procession and the Stations of the Cross on Good Friday and volunteering a few times at Garage Sales when my husband & I lived in Bergenfield. Agnes (Farrell) DeSantis - High Point, N.C.
Agnes DeSantis Apr 28 2017 12:00 AM
We are so sad to hear of Sister Trinity's passing. Our deepest sympathy to her family and Franciscan Sisters. We have many fond memories of Sister Trinity. When our son was 18 months we purchased a beginning Fontanini Nativity Set. Then each year on the first Sunday after Thanksgiving we went to the gift shop to choose one Fontanini piece from Sister Trinity to add to the Set. We also enjoyed the Nativity display on the outside and inside the gift shop. Sister was always very engaging and enjoyed seeing us every year for our tradition. Our son is now 21 and the Nativity Set is so big my husband built a seperate table to display it. One of our favorite conversations with Sister Trinity is when she told us about Tommy Powers lending her his car. Sister Trinity explained that she was scheduled to visit a Sister in Long Island, her car was in the repair shop and she didn't have wheels. She said Tommy Powers lent her his white Corvett. She had us laughing as she explained that a police officer pulled her over on the highway, he walked up to the car and said Sister I thought my eyes were deceiving me. I just really needed to see if a Nun was driving a Corvett. Sister Trinity touched many lives, she was very kind, caring, giving person, devoted to caring for the poor. We will miss her! Sincerely, Therese, Dan & Matthew Ascolese
Therese, Dan & Matthew Ascolese Apr 20 2017 12:00 AM
My dear Sister Trinity, so many warm memories of you, my mother loved visiting your shop and after she died I continued to cherish your kindness and prayers and advice when visiting. May God bless you for your many services to us all. Truly an angel here on earth for us all. With my deepest sympathy...sincerely, Lenore Villavecchia and family
Lenore Villavecchia Apr 19 2017 12:00 AM
DEEPEST SYMPATHY TO THE FAMILY OF SR. TRINITY. AND THE MISSIONARY FRANCISCAN SISTERS OF THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION. SHE WAS SURELY A WONDERFUL,LOVING PERSON, WHO YOU COULD NEVER SAY NO TO, WHAT EVER SHE ASKED OF YOU. SHE HAD THE LOVE, SPIRIT,TO SHARE AROUND THE WORLD. FONDLY JOAN S WYPLER- OUR LADY OF MT CARMEL.
JOAN S. WYPLER- Apr 17 2017 12:00 AM
Tough as nails with a heart of gold! Trinity is certainly with God, now we have someone on the inside to pray to!!
patty Apr 13 2017 12:00 AM
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