In Memory

Sister Jean Marie Swift, IHM

March 19, 1890 – April 12, 1957

Sister Jean Marie Swift, IHM, (formerly known as Sister M. Rosaire) of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Friday, April 12, 1957.

Daughter of the late John E. and Catherine Stephens Swift, she was born on March 19, 1890 in Dunmore, Pennsylvania; and given the name Marie. She entered the IHM Congregation on August 15, 1918, received the religious habit on August 2, 1919, and made profession of her vows on August 2, 1921.

Sister Jean Marie enjoyed many years of teaching in our IHM mission schools.

Interment will follow the Mass of Christian burial at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, PA.

Memorial contributions may be made to support the retired IHM Sisters c/o the IHM Sisters Retirement Fund, IHM Center, 2300 Adams Avenue, Scranton, PA 18509.

Below is an archival reflection about our Sister Jean Marie Swift:

Five years of illness gave Sister Jean Marie the holy opportunity of doing God’s will in retirement from the active apostolate of teaching. She had been a fine teacher, conscientious and kind. Her former pupils recall her as a painstaking, cultured educator, who looked for perfection in her students, and labored hard to achieve it. Naturally, she had found joy in her active life. When no longer able for school work, she humbly submitted to God’s plan for her. Resignedly, she went apart “to rest awhile.” She brought to it the same gentle, refined spirit by which she is remembered in health. Through these years, she drew herself and others closer to God. Sickness is an index of character, and by this standard, Sister Jean Marie exemplified the virtues of a true religious. Her patience and gratitude were always in evidence. Those who cared for her, as well as her devoted family, were inspired by her holy example. She calmly and peacefully faced her death. Surely God and His Immaculate Mother must have welcomed this good Sister who waited so patiently for His final call.

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