|Sister Romaine Welch
Sister Romaine Welch, OCD, of the Carmelite Monastery in Beacon, New York died Thursday, December 21, 2010 at St. Luke’s Cornwall Hospital of congestive heart failure complicated by pneumonia. She was 83 years old.
Born on January 4, 1927 in North Andover, Massachusetts, Sister Romaine was the daughter of Francis and Kathleen Harrington Welch. Her three brothers, Francis, Joseph and Lawrence predeceased her.
Sister Romaine was a graduate of Regis College in Weston, Massachusetts where she majored in science.
Sister Romaine entered the Carmel of Concord, New Hampshire where she was professed on May 7, 1950. In 1964, she became a member of the Carmel of Barre, Vermont. Then in 2000, when the Carmels of Barre, Vermont, Saranac Lake, New York and Beacon, New York united to form a new Carmel, the Carmel of the Incarnation in Beacon, Sister Romaine was on hand as a vibrant member and a great supporter of the community.
A gifted, trained and recognized artist who could say, “Beauty is my way to God,” Sister developed and shared her artistic gifts with her community and beyond.
Theologically astute, Sister Romaine as a lover of the Eucharist, attended the Eucharistic sacrifice well beyond her physical ability to do so, for she well understood its centrality.
Obvious too, was Sister Romaine’s genuine love of the sisters as well as her warm and welcoming ways with her personal friends and the friends of the community.
Sister Romaine is survived by her two sisters-in-law, Barbara and Dorothy and several nieces and nephews.
Friends may call at the Carmelite Monastery at 89 Hiddenbrooke Drive in Beacon from 3 to 5 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 29. There will be a wake service at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday evening.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated by Rev. David Nolan at 10 a.m. Thursday, December 30 at the Carmelite Monastery.
Interment will follow in St. Joachim Cemetery, 303 Washington Avenue, Beacon.
Funeral arrangements are under the supervision of Peter T. and Patrick J. Halvey.