In Memory

Sister M. Victorine Seery, IHM

August 29, 1883 – October 24, 1965

Sister M. Victorine Seery, IHM, of the Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary died on October 24, 1965 at the Marian Convent in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

Daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Buckley Seery, she was born on August 29, 1885 in Scranton, Pennsylvania; and given the name Belinda. She entered the IHM Congregation on July 2, 1905, received the religious habit on December 27, 1905, and made profession of her vows on July 16, 1909.

Sister Victorine served as a teacher at the following schools: St. Joseph in Spokane, WA, from 1912 to 1915; St. Joseph in Renovo, from 1915 to 1925 and 1955 to 1956; All Saints in Masontown from 1925 to 1927; Immaculate Conception in Lock Haven, from 1929 to 1933; St. Ann in Scranton, from 1933 to 1943; St. Charles in Sugar Notch, from 1943 to 1948; St. John in Bellefonte, from 1948 to 1952; St. Mary of Mt. Carmel in Dunmore, from 1952 to 1955; Our Lady of Good Counsel in Inwood, NY, from 1956 to 1958; and St. John the Evangelist in Scranton, from 1959 to 1960.

Sister also served as superior of the following convents: St. Charles in Sugar Notch, from 1943 to 1948; and St. John in Bellefonte, from 1948 to 1952.

She also served as a housekeeper at St. Lawrence in Portland, OR, from 1908 to 1912.

From 1960 until the time of her death, Sister Victorine served as a prayer minister at the Marian Convent.

Interment will follow the Mass of Christian Burial 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 an archival reflection about our Sister M. Victorine Seery:

It is as a sweet, gentle, holy nun that Sister M. Victorine is best remembered. She was quiet, reserved, prayerful, and because of these attributes, she was loved by all. Sister Victorine’s influence was evident in both elementary and secondary levels of learning; she was an excellent teacher and her fine mind enriched her spiritual and professional life. These and other outstanding qualities with which God endowed her enabled her to fill the post of Superior in Sugar Notch and Bellefonte. Her final five years at the Marian Convent were tranquil and serene. May God grant to her gentle, zealous soul the eternal rest which He has promised to those who serve Him faithfully.

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