Anticipation Builds for Sister Evelyn Hurley’s 109th Birthday Celebration

Posted by Spalding Hurst

February 6, 2024

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The Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, along with friends and family, are eagerly preparing for a momentous occasion on March 7, 2024 – the 109th birthday of Sister Evelyn Hurley. This upcoming celebration, to be held at the Motherhouse on March 10, promises to be a joyous event, honoring the extraordinary life of one of the oldest living women religious in the United States.

Sister Evelyn, affectionately known as Sister Evie, is also looking forward to her 90th profession of vows to the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. Her commitment to her faith and community continues to inspire many, both within and outside of her religious family.

As Sister Evie approaches her 109th year, she reflects: “Each year brings more joy and love. I am blessed to be surrounded by such a caring community. The journey has been long, but every moment is a treasure.”

Born in 1915, Sister Evelyn entered the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth as a teenager. Her life has been a demonstration of service, having held various roles in the Congregation, especially in education. Sister Evelyn’s life has spanned significant historical events, technological advancements, and societal changes, yet her dedication to her vocation has remained strong.

Last year, Sister Barbara Flores, during the Eucharistic celebration for Sister Evelyn’s 108th birthday, remarked, “Sister Evelyn’s life is a beacon of faith and joy. Her presence among us is a gift that continues to enrich our lives.”

In honor of Sister Evelyn’s upcoming birthday, her family will embark on an unforgettable journey to Belize City, where they will be building a home in collaboration with the Sisters of Charity og Nazareth. From Feb. 18 through Feb. 26, they will join the SCN Lay Mission Volunteer Program to construct a home for a family in need. Immersed in the vibrant Belizean culture and forging deep connections with the locals during this home build, relatives will show their love and support to Sister Evie.

The upcoming celebration on March 10 will be further highlighted by the presence of Sister Evie’s family members, including her nephew Kevin Richards, his wife Donna, and niece Maureen Richards. Father Robert Casey of St. Brigid Parish in South Boston, where Sister Evie served for over five decades, is also expected to attend virtually. Last year, he brought citations from state and national leaders, including a declaration from City Council member Mike Flaherty, marking March 7 as Sister Evelyn Hurley Day in Boston.

Father Casey, reflecting on last year’s celebration, shared heartfelt messages and birthday cards from the community, including charming notes from first graders of South Boston Catholic Academy, showcasing the deep impact of Sister Evie’s legacy.

“109 is amazing! You taught my grandma. Happy Birthday!” – A first-grade student of South Boston Catholic Academy.

Father Casey highlighted Sister Evelyn’s remarkable memory and her enduring connection with her former students. Although retired, Sister Evie remains actively involved in the Community, offering support and prayers to those around her.

Last year, at the end of Mass, Sister Evie was presented with an Apostolic Blessing from Pope Francis. In his homily last year, Father Casey said, “Sister Evelyn, your life is a testament to faith and love. Your journey as a religious Sister continues to illuminate the paths of many.”

Sister Evie will be honored on Feb. 11 at St. Gregory Parish during a celebration organized by the Archdiocese of Louisville for all Jubilarians. These events are evidence of Sister Evie’s significant impact and the high esteem in which she is held by the community and the Church.

To learn more about Sister Evelyn Hurley and her incredible life, please visit the following links:

10 Comments

  1. Tessie Cecil

    Happy Birthday Sister Eve, enjoy this wonderful celebration of your life.

    You are an inspiration .

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  2. Theresa Robinson

    Happy Birthday Sr. Evie! I don’t know if you remember me, Theresa but I drove you & Sr. Pat Hill to the Kentucky Center when Sr. Pat was honored for her ushering service and she had her name placed on one of the seats. It was an honor to meet you. I believe you were 100 then. I worked with Sr. Pat at Montessori. Have a blessed birthday!

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  3. Mary Proulx

    Sister Evelyn and my mother, Mary Santry Skinner, born in 1919 ,were friends, neighbors and colleagues. Both were born and raised in what was then St Eulalia’s Parish in South Boston . Both attended what as then Nazareth school in the 1920’s. . Sister Evelyn was my first grade teacher in 1958/59.. Nazareth school was renamed St Brigid’s in the late 1960;s, where my mother taught 2nd grade across the hall from Sister Evelyn. Sister Evelyn and my mother were colleagues from in the late ’60’s, through the ’70’s, and 80’s. My mother used to tell us she could tell which of her students had come from Sister Evelyn’s 1st grade as they were well behaved and eager learners. Sister Evelyn as not only my1st grade teacher, she continues to teach by her example all there years later.

    Happy Birthday Sister Evelyn!
    Mary Ellen (Skinner) Proulx

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  4. Dallis and Betty Hill

    Happy Birthday to a wonderful lady, we enjoy every minute at the convent when you are there. We can’t Waite to return to Ket. to see you again. We both value our time spent at the convent.

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  5. Rosemary Terstegge

    Happy birthday dear Sister. My husband Paul and I met you at Nazareth a few months ago while having lunch with Sister Maria Vincent and Mary Gene Frank. Your joy of life was most evident then as I am sure it still is today. Congratulations on your long faith filled life. Rosemary Terstegge

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  6. Cindy and Mark Rhonemus

    We are so blessed to have had many conversations with Sr. Evie! And maybe a nip of bourbon as well! What a beautiful lady and May you have a blessed and beautiful celebration!

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  7. David K Karem

    Sister Evelyn taught my sister Virginia Karem Brown at St, Agnes. We had a conversation probably 3 years ago and Sister remembered where my sister sat in the classroom and who sat near her. Sister is a marvel and a blessing to all she meets.

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  8. Manisha Azhakath SCN

    You are fondly remembered by many of us in India, Sister Evelyn. You definitely inspire us to live joyfully, leave an impact in our ministry and give the best. Thank you and God for your presence among us.

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  9. Connie Blake, SCNA

    I am so very blessed to share a birthday with Sister Evie! She’s definitely one of a kind and a beautiful role model. I’ll raise a glass from TN on “our” day.

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    • Sr. Deepti SCN

      HAPPY BIRTHDAY Sr. Evie. So glad to have been with you during my short global exchange in Kentucky. Your radiating joy is contagious. Grateful to God for your gift of life to Scn family. You are truly a treasure!

      Reply

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