“We gather this morning to remember a good and a kind and a loving woman who reminded us to live life fully even as her full life began to diminish.”
These words came near the beginning of Sister Mary Sue Kennedy’s homily for Sister Anastasia McNichols, a woman who Sister Mary Sue called “a preacher with her life.”
Anastasia Catherine McNichols was born on November 24, 1928, in Chicago to Leo John and Stasia (Ryan) McNichols. She was the couple’s only child. Leo, who worked as a contractor, died in an accident when Anastasia was just nine months old. Although she never knew her father, she said in her 2016 “A Sister’s Story” video that she grew up hearing stories about what a fine man he was. Her grandparents, with whom Stasia and her young daughter went to live, helped raise – and, by her own admission, spoil – the little girl for the first eight years of her life.
“I was very blessed with a very good family,” she said, not only her grandparents but her uncles and aunts and cousins.
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Sister John Leo (Anastasia) McNicholsShe was the Principal of Queen of Heaven Parochial School in the late 1960's to the early 1970's approximately 3 years in Albuquerque, New Mexico. One day, She one caught all the 5th Grade boys trashing the bathroom back in 1969. She had all the boys line and slapped everyone of us to make her point clear to have respect for the school facility. She was an awesome Educator and I will never forget her. Lets keep her in our prayers where she can seat at table of Our Lord Jesus who sits at the right hand of the Father Almighty and with the Holy Spirit who reigns over the Universe forever as one GOD.
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