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Sister Trinity Kenny

January 11, 1926 — April 8, 2017

Sister 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

Previous Events

Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel R.C. Church

10 County Road
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Visitation at Mt. Carmel Church on Tuesday April 18, 2017 from 7-9 PM.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel R.C. Church

10 County Rd.
Tenafly, NJ 07670

Funeral Mass on Wednesday April 19, 2017 at 11 AM.

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