Sister Celine Foy, age 71, a member of the Sisters of the Presentation, Fargo, died
August 10, 2004, in the infirmary at Sacred Heart Convent, Fargo, North Dakota.
Sister Celine (Therese) was born May 19, 1933, in Fargo, North Dakota, the youngest of four children born to Edward and Susan Foy. She attended St. Mary?s Grade School and Sacred Heart Academy high school, from which she graduated in 1951. Therese Foy, as she was known in school, was taught by the Sisters of the Presentation and entered the Order in Fargo in 1952 and received the name, Sister Celine. She made her final Profession of Vows in January, 1958, and celebrated her Silver Jubilee of Profession in 1979. She would have celebrated her Golden Jubilee of Profession December 31, 2004.
Sister graduated from Alverno College, Milwaukee, with a Bachelor of Music Degree in 1964.
Sister Celine had begun Nurses? training in September, 1951, before entering the Presentation Sisters. She worked as a nurse aide at St. Ansgar?s Hospital, Park River, ND from 1955-1957. She taught classroom music and piano at Holy Spirit and St. Mary?s Schools, in Fargo. She also gave private piano lessons at St. Anthony?s School, in Fargo. Other ministries in which Sr. Celine served included Rural Ministry in 1989, and Administrative Assistant in the Sacred Heart Convent Business Office from 1985 to 1989. Since 1990 Sister was an Advocate in Marriage Annulment cases for the Diocesan Marriage Tribunal.
In 1986 Sr. Celine became the Social Justice Coordinator for the Presentation Sisters, a position she held at the time of her death. In this capacity Sister became the Justice contact person of the Presentation Sisters with IPA (International Presentation Association) and was a delegate to the international meeting held in Cebu City in the Philippines in 1998. She was a member of the convent Liturgy Committee and helped plan Community liturgies and served as an accompanist.
In her work in the Social Justice Office, Sr. Celine served on a number of committees and advisory boards, including the North Dakota Peace Coalition, the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition, ND Wind Energy, Fargo-Moorhead Area Social Justice Group, and the ND-Seed project of the Dakota Resource Council. In 2003 Sr. Celine was selected as Prairie Peacemaker for 2003 by the North Dakota Peace Coalition.
Sister is survived by the members of her religious Community, her sister, Sr. Antonine Foy, and her brother Edward (Brandi), Fargo; two nieces and one nephew.
Sr. Celine was preceded in death by her father, her mother, and a sister, Margaret Mary.
Visitation is at 6:30 Thursday evening at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel with a prayer service at 7:00 PM. There will be visitation on Friday at 3:00 PM at Sacred Heart Convent Chapel, followed by the funeral at 4:00 PM. In place of flowers, donations may be made to Presentation Sisters Foundation.
Arrangements by Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo