Dear Our Lady of Holy Cross Community:
It is with great sadness that I inform the Our Lady of Holy Cross Community of the death of Sr. Theresa DuRapau, RSM. Sr. Theresa, a beloved member of the Sisters of Mercy, and a member of our academic community for approximately eight years in the Department of Mathematics, was a model of scholarship and spiritual presence. Her love for the community and students of Our Lady of Holy Cross College was exceptional. The College Community will never forget her.
On a personal note, I had developed an incredible relationship with Sr. Theresa. Her sensitivity and deep love for the College and her religious community was palpable. Before I left for Massachusetts, I saw her briefly. Even in her pain, she was so optimistic about the future. Her future was to be with the Lord, her God and Savior. She was a woman of faith and now she is a woman in knowledge of the beauty that is God.
It is time now for us to welcome Sr. Theresa into the kingdom of God, a life she will share with all the saints in heaven. My only regret is that I cannot be present for her Mass of Resurrection. As soon as I return, we will have a special Mass for Sister Theresa. Let us all remember her in our prayers.
Funeral arrangements are as follows:
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Greenwood Funeral Home, 5200 Canal Boulevard, New Orleans
Visitation from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Thursday, June 12, 2008
St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, 444 Metairie Road, Metairie
Visitation from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Mass of Christian Burial at 11:00 a.m.
Interment at St. Patrick #3 Cemetery, New Orleans
(Rev.) Anthony J. De Conciliis, C.S.C., Ph.D.