Sister Carmen Flores, RGS., 80, of Danville, PA, passed away on Saturday December 3, 2022
DANVILLE, PA ~ Sister Carmen Flores, RGS., 80, of Danville, PA, passed away on Saturday December 3, 2022, at Emmanuel Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Danville, PA.
She was born October 16, 1942, in Rock Island, Illinois and named, Carmen Lee. Sister Carmen is the daughter of the late Frederick Flores and Leona Secura Flores.
She attended grade school in Rock Island and graduated from Rock Island High School on June 5, 1961. Soon after graduating, Sr. Carmen relocated to Los Angeles, California. Here, Sr. Carmen gained valuable work experience. It was in Los Angeles, that Sr. Carmen became acquainted with, and drawn to, a life of dedication to the Mission of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. After a period of discernment and a short period of lived experience, in 1965, Sr. Carmen was invited to enter into their formation program on August 28, 1965.
Initially, Sister Carmen took the religious name, Sr. Mary Jude on August 22, 1966. She made her first vows on August 22, 1968, and final vows on December 18, 1976. In generosity, and responsiveness to the call of Mission, Sr. Carmen served in the varied ministries to young women in need provided by the Sisters. Sr. Carmen was drawn to care for and teach children and adolescents. She was asked to serve in a variety of programs in the U.S., i.e. As a Child Care Worker and/or Director of Child Care in: Los Angeles, California; Los Vegas, Nevada; Phoenix, Arizona; Memphis, Tennessee; St. Louis, Missouri; and Baltimore, Maryland. Carmen also assisted in ministries for victims of domestic violence and their children in Chicago, Illinois, Los Angeles, and Guam.
Sr. Carmen was committed to ongoing formation and training. She received a B.A. degree in Child Development from Mount St. Mary College, Los Angeles California in December 2001. She continued her education as she sought opportunities to participate in various in-service training programs related to improving her skills with childcare, domestic violence and supervision of direct service personnel, etc.
Sr. Carmen will be remembered for her tenaciousness, personal warmth, deep desire for connectedness with others, sense of humor, fun and laughter, and the gift of making and sustaining friendships.
Sr. Carmen was an only child. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers and 1 sister, who died as infants.
Sr. Carmen took a period of leave from her Congregational responsibilities to care for her Mother and Father, Leona and Frederick who preceded her in death. She is survived by a loving extended family.
A Mass of Resurrection will be offered at Maria Hall Chapel and burial will follow at All Saints Cemetery in Elysburg, PA.
Arrangements are under the direction of Visneski Funeral Home, Inc 42 West Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821.
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