80-Year-Old Catholic Nun Killed In Head-On Crash

On Saturday, New York State Police told that an 80-year-old nun died in a head-on accident that happened in Westchester County on Friday, 4th of March at about 3:45 p.m.

Sister Barbara Heil was riding in a motor vehicle which was operated by her colleague, 83-year-old Sister Marie Murphy, when their Honda was hit head-on by a motor vehicle that had veered into their lane.

They both were teachers at a Catholic school and Barbara served the school for almost half a century. Barbara started working in the school from the 1st day of the school, which was opened in September 1967; she taught Latin and math.

Father Mark Vaillancourt, president and principal, said about Barbara, “We as a school are sad and still grieving her loss, but we thank God for her many years of service. Sister Barbara was a very kind, dedicated religious woman.” He added, “She embodied the call of compassion and kindness, and through her life and example, she taught that to generations of students who have gone through our school. I’ve always said she loved God and lived for God, and now she lives with God”.

48-year-old Christina Deagan was behind the wheel of the other motor vehicle and was rushed to Westchester Medical Center. Deagan sustained minor injuries in the accident.

Murphy was also taken to Westchester Medical Center and was admitted in ICU due to the serious injuries.

According to the police, Deagan was going westbound in her Suzuki when she entered the eastbound lane for no reason and collided with the vehicle in which the Catholic school teachers were travelling.

The notice from the school about the crash stated, “Sister Barbara has been a beloved part of the Kennedy community since its opening in 1967. She will be profoundly missed by everyone whose lives she touched, from her countless students in her Latin classes, to the boys and girls who went with her to Goshen to work with the Mustard Seed Migrant Ministry, to the works of art she created with her sewing machine for the auction and play”.

Barbara was a graduate of Good Counsel College and she got her master’s degrees from Villanova and Notre Dame University. She was also known by the name of Sister DeLourdes Marie and she entered the Sisters of the Divine Compassion.

Sister Carol Wagner, R.D.C., president of the Sisters of the Divine Compassion said, “As Sister Barbara knew and lived, divine compassion holds us, heals us and is what we share and offer to each other and the world. We will miss her deeply. May we walk together in her legacy of love and peace, embracing all! We are united in shared pain with the Kennedy Catholic Community. We hold in our hearts and prayers Sister Marie Murphy and the second driver in this tragic accident”.

Sister Barbara left behind her brother.

Her funeral was planned for 11th of March at Good Counsel Campus in White Plains.

News Source: www.NBCNewYork.com

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