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One of 11 children, Jane Piusinska grew up in Holy Trinity Parish in Utica, NY, where the CSFNs were her teachers. She attended Nazareth Academy in Philadelphia for high school, and joined the congregation upon graduating. She served in a variety of ministries—as a teacher, school administrator, school supervisor, child care and parish ministry, and leadership positions within the congregations. As CSFN school supervisor for nine years, Sr. Beatrice became acquainted with the teaching sisters in eight different dioceses. During this time, she also prepared a pre-retirement program, based on Henry Nouwen’s Living Life to Its Fullest for the sisters in the then Immaculate Heart of Mary Province based in Monroe, CT. In 1986, she was appointed provincial superior.
Sr. Beatrice held a BS from Villanova University, a master’s from Fairfield University in Connecticut, a certificate for Catholic School Principals from the Diocese of Brooklyn, NY, and a graduate certificate in theology from Providence (RI) College. Over the years, she ministered in Brooklyn, NY; Ansonia, CT; Riverhead and Wading River, NY; Philadelphia, PA; Worcester, MA, and Utica, NY. After retiring from school administration at her beloved Holy Trinity School, Sr. Beatrice continued to serve the parish in religious education and other parish programs. In 2009, she finally moved to the CSFN retirement community in Monroe, CT.
Sr. Beatrice was known for her willingness to listen and her guidance to members of the community, her family, her ministries. One CSFN associate who had felt called to the community and learned this was not God’s call for her noted, “She told me how doubly blessed I was to have been part of the sisters and family life and how important my job was to hold onto them both and to be true to them both.”