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Sr. M. Ursula (Rosalia) Komorowski, 101, died April 5 at Immaculate Heart of Mary Convent, Monroe, CT, in the 79th year of her religious life. The oldest of 13 children, her fellow sisters surmised from her love for children that she helped her mother take care of her siblings. Sr. Ursula joined the CSFNs at age 22, professing final vows 10 years later. She surprised everyone at a gatherings of Associates when asked to relay her vocation story. Her trunk was packed and she was ready to join the Felician Sisters in Lodi, NJ. Then she attended Mass with an aunt in Paterson, NJ, saw the Nazareth sisters in the front pews and told her aunt, "I'm going to those sisters." After Mass, her aunt took Rosalia to the convent and her Nazareth story began.
She attended Holy Family College for teacher's training, and spent several years as a dorm mother at Little Flower Children's Services in Wading River, NY. After short assignments as a teacher at Nazareth Academy in Torresdale, PA, and Nazareth Hospital in Philadelphia, she returned to Little Flower as a dorm mother for 10 years. Sr. Ursula taught at St. Mary's Home in Ambler, PA, before heading to Australia, where she would serve for 21 years. Except for a short time in Stafford, Sr. Ursula spent her years in Australia in Marayong, about 41 KM northwest of Sydney. Her duties included childcare, sewing and handicraft, home econome, sacristan and work in the infirmary. She spoke with great love of her experiences "Down Under," and enjoyed telling her stories to anyone who would listen. Not many had a "joey" (a baby kangaroo) tied up in their front yard!
Her return to the States took her to Rome for a few months, where her skills as a seamstress were needed at the Generalate. Back in the U.S., she settled at the then new Provincialate in Monroe, CT, for Immaculate Heart of Mary Province. There she assisted retired sisters needing help with daily needs, and sewed and mended many garments for sisters.
Sr. Ursula was the first sister from Monroe to volunteer at the Bridgeport diocese's new John Paul II Center for Health Care. Before long, othersâ€”as many as 11 sisters -- joined her in bringing spiritual comfort and companionship to the Center residents. In her final years, Sr. Ursula resided in the Infirmary at Monroe, a place where her creativity and love of life had served so many of her fellow sisters.