Former superior general of Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur dies at 94

Sr. Catherine Hughes, a Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for 69 years and a former superior general for her congregation, died March 22 in Liverpool, England, after a brief illness. She was 94.

Her funeral Mass will be celebrated March 30 at a Redemptorist parish church in Liverpool, Our Lady of the Annunciation-Bishop Eton. Hughes will be buried in the cemetery of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur in Parbold, England.

Sr. Teresita Weind, congregational leader, will attend the funeral, according to a statement issued by the Congregational Mission Office in Ipswich.

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"Taking this all in, I realized the only thing truly standing between my neighbor and me was the border of my own being. And yet, on the margins, that being is exactly what unites us. It is our brokenness, our blessed and broken being that draws us together in communion and community." 

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