Sister Joan Bourne

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Sister Joan Bourne

January 13, 1931 - August 10, 2018

Sister Joan of the Cross (Joan Kennedy Bourne), 87, a member of the Discalced Carmelite Nuns of Danville, passed peacefully to God on Friday, Aug. 10, 2018, at Emmanuel Center, Danville.

She was born in Easton, Md., on Jan. 13, 1931, a daughter of the late Thomas and Edith (Humphreys) Bourne.

Sister Joan graduated from Mount St. Agnes Academy in Baltimore, Md., and a year later on Sept. 8, 1950, entered the Carmelite Monastery at Loretto. She received the Habit of the Order on April 21, 1951 and made Profession of Vows on April 26. 1952. In September of 1953 she joined five other Loretto nuns to make the foundation of the Carmelite Monastery in Mount Carmel.

Sister Joan was a council member in the monastery and a generous community member. She served as soloist in the liturgies of the Holy Mass and Divine Office, was an excellent cook and baker, a seamstress, did much care of the monastery grounds and offered service in whatever was needed. She held leadership roles in the Carmelite Communities Associated and in the Association of Contemplative Sisters. Dedicated to the ecumenical movement , she assisted the local Churches in prayer services at the monastery for several years in promotion of this and was a signer of a covenant for unity among the Churches.

In addition to her brother, Michael (Ann) and sister, Patricia (Bryant), she is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and grandnieces and grandnephews.
She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, Thomas, Rev. Peter Bourne, and James.

A viewing will be held from noon to 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22, in the Chapel of Maria Hall, Danville, where the Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 2:30.

Interment in All Saints Cemetery, Elysburg.

Arrangements have been entrusted to Brady Funeral Home Inc., Danville.
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Gail Mackley
Aug 19, 2018
I had the privilege of being a caregiver for Sr. Joan when she lived at Maria Hall. She was a wonderful warm and very patient human being who always had a smile. In her words....the Kentucky Derby was the most exciting 10 minutes in television all year! She had quite the sense of humor as well. To the Carmelites, I am sorry for your loss. Her gentle nature and warm personality will be missed by anyone who knew her.
Patricia Connelly
Aug 14, 2018
Knowing Sr.Joan was such a blessing in my life; she helped me through the grief of losing my husband. She prayed for everyone in my family; now I can pray to her. Once a few years back when she was still in Elysburg, I was in the garden and she came outside dressed in camouflage pants, a penn state sweat shirt, and tennis shoes. I laughed and told her that I loved the new habits. She laughed right back and told me she was going to pick corn then she got into a truck and drove off. I admired and loved her. My son lived in Church Hill and taught in Chestertown; I believe he taught a niece of Sr. Joan's. I will never forget her kindness to me and her family must be so proud of her. I am ...sorry for your loss but u know she loved her lord enough to give him her life; surely she will look after all of you.Read more