February 3, 2018
Sister Mary Victorine Brenon died Saturday morning, February 3, 2018, at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse at the age of 94.
She was born Catherine S. Brenon in Carthage, NY on February 4, 1923, daughter of Florence McAvoy Brenon and Victor Brenon. She entered the Sisters of St. Joseph on September 8, 1941. She received the habit on April 7, 1942 and made final profession on July 1, 1947. Sister Victorine celebrated her 75th year in 2017.
A graduate of Augustinian Academy, Carthage, she received her Bachelor’s Degree from Marywood College in Scranton, PA, and her Master’s Degree from Plattsburgh State Teachers College. She also attended Michigan State, Regina Maria College, and the Gregorian Institute in Rome for further studies.
Sister Victorine taught at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Holy Family Schools in Watertown, Bishop Conroy in Ogdensburg, Champlain Academy in Port Henry, and St. Joseph’s in Dannemora.
After holding administrative positions in the Diocesan Schools, she became Major Superior for her order from 1973-1981.
In 1983, Sister Victorine was called by the late Bishop Brzana to be the first woman to serve as secretary in the Matrimonial Tribunal. She held that position until 1990. From 1990 until 2000, she served as Pastoral Associate at St. James Parish in Carthage. She retired from active ministry in 2000 and since then has resided at the Motherhouse in Watertown.
Besides her parents, she is predeceased by one brother, Francis J. Brenon and six sisters: Sister Geraldine, SSJ, Sister Rita Marie, SSJ, Anna M. Scott, Rose Cartin, Dorothy Boughton, and Margaret Tracey. She is survived by two brothers: Victor Brenon of Midland, TX, and Robert Brenon of Henderson, NY.
Funeral arrangements are with Cummings Funeral Service, Inc., Watertown. Waking hours will be at the Sisters of St. Joseph Motherhouse Chapel from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm on Tuesday, February 6, with the wake prayer service at 7 pm. The funeral mass will be celebrated at Our Lady of the Sacred Heart Church, on Wednesday, February 7, at 11am. Bishop Terry R. LaValley will be the celebrant. Burial will be in the spring in Glenwood Cemetery. Online condolences to her family may be posted at www.cummingsfuneral.com.