Lift Up Your Hearts

Please pray for the soul of Felician Sister, Mary Naomi Suba, who died last month on July 31. Sister Naomi was the last Felician Sister to serve as principal of Saint Louise school. She was 71 years old and a member of the Felician Sisters for 53 years.

Born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Ann Marie was the middle child of the three girls born to Frank and Anna (Sikora) Suba. In 1959, Ann Marie came to Coraopolis to spend four years as an aspirant at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Academy. She was admitted to the novitiate in 1963 and received the name, Sister Mary Naomi. Sister Mary Naomi pronounced her first vows in 1965, sealing her commitment forever by pronouncing her final vows in 1971.

A gifted educator, Sister Mary Naomi served for more than forty years as a teacher and administrator, teaching elementary through secondary students at a number of schools throughout the Pittsburgh Diocese, including Saint Germaine in Bethel Park, Quigley High School in Baden and Our Lady of the Sacred Heart High School in Coraopolis. Sister Mary Naomi ministered as principal at the former Saint Joseph School in Coraopolis for twelve years and at Saint Louise de Marillac for eight years.

Sister Mary Naomi was respected by her peers and recognized as a sister who loved teaching and her work with youngsters in the classroom. Among others, her teachers affirmed her for her many gifts and made the following comments: “… A very efficient and competent principal … provides an atmosphere conducive to a good, working relationship among the faculty…fair and objective in her judgments. . . open and available to all … She is interested in new ideas … She makes a difference in the lives of the students … Sister Naomi is truly a school person!”

Eternal rest grant unto her, O Lord. May she rest in peace.

Thank you for your generous response to this year’s Missionary Co-op collection on the last weekend of July. Our parish gave $9,431.10 in support of the missions. I hope you will keep Bishop Vincent Mar Paulos who was with us from his diocese in Southern India in your prayers. His witness and the work of evangelization which his priests and people are committed to in their own country is an inspiration to us.

Yours In Christ,
Fr. Joe

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