In Memory

Sister M. Mario Killeen, IHM

June 7, 1915 – September 8, 1992

Sister M. Mario Killeen, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on Tuesday, September 8, 1992.

She was born on June 7, 1915 in Old Forge, PA, and given the name Margaret Mary. She was the daughter of the late John and Margaret Maughan Killeen. She entered the IHM Congregation on September 8, 1933, received the religious habit on April 24, 1934, and made final profession of vows on August 1, 1939.

As an accomplished musician, Sister Mario served as music teacher at the following schools: St. Paul School in Cranston, RI; St. Mary Elementary School in Manhasset, NY, St. Agnes Elementary School in Lock Haven, PA; St. Peter Elementary School in Scranton, PA; Epiphany Elementary School in Sayre, PA; Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Elementary School in Forest Hills, NY; and Most Holy Rosary Elementary School in Syracuse, NY.

Sister also served as a catechetical instructor and music teacher at St. Ignatius Catechetical Center in Kingston, PA.

For the past twenty years, Sister Mario served as a pastoral minister at St. Agnes Parish in Forest City, PA.

She is preceded in death by a sister, Kathryn Marie.

She is survived by two sisters, Mary Clare Rowland of Clinton, Maryland, and Jean Marie Killeen of Rapid City, South Dakota.

Interment is 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 a prayer from Sister Mario’s Funeral Mass:

Eternal Triune God in all the joys and sorrows of life we look to you for strength, consolation, and hope. Our hearts are filled with deep sorrow in the loss of our beloved Sr. Mario and yet full of joy in knowing that she is seeing you, her God, face to face for all eternity. You called her to life seventy-seven years ago and you called her to life in our Congregation fifty-nine years ago on Sept. 8, the feast of the Birth of Our Lady. How significant, O God, that on the same day, Sept. 8, you called her in­to eternal life to know the fullness of joys in your presence for all eternity. Throughout her life, O God, she gave you great glory and praise as she shared her gift of music with so many young people in Rhode Is­land, New York, and Pennsylvania. Her deep faith and hope was shared as she spread the Good News of our Re­demption in many C.C.D. classes and especially as she poured out her life these twenty years in her pastoral work at St. Agnes Parish in Forest City.

The gift of her redemptive suffering these past few weeks gave you the greatest glory of all as she united her sufferings and her passion with yours Lord. As she joins all the saints and angels in heaven to sing her holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, may she know your peace in all fullness now and forever.

Eternal life give to her, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon her. May her soul and the souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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