In Memory

Sister M. Cleophas Lynn, IHM

August 24, 1867 – November 24, 1957

Sister M. Cleophas Lynn, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Sunday, November 24, 1957 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

She was born on August 24, 1867 in Scranton, Pennsylvania, and given the name Mary. She was the daughter of the late Walter A. and Catherine McHale Lynn. She entered the IHM Congregation on May 3, 1887, received the religious habit on October 4, 1887, and made profession of her vows on May 13, 1890.

Sister Cleophas served in child care for resident children at St. Patrick’s Orphanage in West Scranton, PA; and later as a teacher at St. Cecilia Academy in Scranton, PA.

She is preceded in death by four sisters, Anna, Bridget, Ella and Kathryn Kelly, and a brother, Walter A., Jr.

She is survived by two nephews, John Russell Lynn and Joseph Alphonsus Lynn, both of Scranton, PA.

Interment is at St. Catherine’s Cemetery in Moscow, Pennsylvania.

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 a prayer from Sister’s funeral:

In this month dedicated to the Holy Souls, we are especially mindful of the devoted the Sister whom God recently called to Himself, Sister M. Cleophas. This beloved Sister had borne the burden of ill health for long years; and she lovingly awaited the call of her divine Spouse and judge. She spent her days at Saint Patrick’s Orphanage, where her piety edified all.

In the doctrine of the Communion of Saints, heaven, earth, and purgatory form one great family, the Church. In the family of our Congregation, our deceased Sisters are our best beloved members. On them, let us lavish our fervent prayers and our generous acts of sacrifice. Above all, let us breathe their names in our memento for the dead, as we assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Our holy Mother, the Church, never forgets these Holy Souls. While these loved ones were with us, we spoke with them, and they spoke with us. They are our friends. Let us continue to speak to them now, and thus keep open the wall of separation that death has built between us and them. “They that have done good shall come forth unto resurrection of life.” God grant eternal rest to this dear Sister who has “gone before us with the sign of faith, and rest in the sleep of peace.”

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