Sr. Sheila P. Callaghan, SND de Namur

February 1, 2020

Sr. Sheila P. Callaghan, SND de Namur

Sr. Sheila P. Callaghan,  devoted Sister of Notre Dame de Namur for sixty-three years, died peacefully, February 1st, after a brief illness, at the age of eighty-three. Beloved daughter of the late William and Julia (Lucey) Callaghan. Loving sister of William and John Callaghan of West Roxbury and the late Jeremiah Callaghan, his late wife Sandra Curtis. Very dear and special cousin of Maureen Walsh and her family of Hingham. Cherished aunt of Sheila Callaghan, her husband Kevin Scheeler of Wakefield and Kevin Callaghan, his wife Tawny of Marblehead. Adored great-aunt of Patrick, Kristen, Derrick, Dylan and Emma. Sr. Sheila is lovingly survived by many loving cousins, here and in Ireland, as well as numerous friends, colleagues and former students. A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated, Saturday, February 8th in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester with the Sisters of Notre Dame. Family and Friends are respectfully invited to calling hours; FRIDAY February 7th from 3-7p.m. IN St. Barbara Church. Please, at Sr. Sheila’s request, remembrances may be made in her honor to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, 351 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149 or Winchester Hospital Cancer Center ,620 Washington St., Winchester, MA 01890.  Arrangements under the direction of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

Sr. Sheila P. Callaghan, SND de Namur, passed away at the Kaplan House in Danvers early Saturday morning, February 1st, after a very brief illness.

The beloved daughter of Irish immigrants, the late William and Julia (Lucey) Callaghan, Sr. Sheila was born in Boston, one of four children. Raised and educated in Roslindale, she was a graduate of Archbishop Cushing High School, in South Boston, along with the Class of 1954

Sr. Sheila continued her education at a Secretarial School in Boston and had secured herself a position at the Nabisco Company.  Sr. also graduated from Emmanuel College, with a Degree in Education.  Her pursuit of knowledge and keeping up with the changes in education were always important to Sister Sheila.

Sheila had been discerning her future and the call to serve God as a religious. In 1956, she joined the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, becoming one with the Lord and with the Sisters. For over the last sixty-three years, Sr. Sheila P. Callaghan SND, dedicated her life to God and to the mission of the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur to proclaim the goodness of God.

Sr. Sheila’s sense of mission brought her to many places, situations, and events. She was a dedicated teacher and principal. She always brought out the best in her students, teachers and all those with whom she came in contact.

In the spirit of her life’s mission, Sr. Sheila traveled to New Mexico, where she spent almost a decade on the Navajo reservation; teaching her students life skills and a lot about love, life, and the presence of God in their lives.

Upon returning to the Boston Area, Sr. Sheila responded to the needs of the immigrant population in the Lowell and Lawrence areas. In teaching to this population, she opened many doors for all her students, assisting them in finding jobs, going to school, church and being able to not just help themselves, but others.

For over the past decade Sr. Sheila made her home here in Woburn, continuing her ministry, of proclaiming the God’s goodness to the local community and others.

For sixty-three years, Sr. Sheila gave of herself in every way possible, to every person she met along her way. Kindness, honesty, truthfulness, joy, and a sincere and loving nature are qualities that best describe Sr. Sheila. She exemplified these all throughout her life. She lived a life of integrity, prayer, and dedication to the spirit and ideals of Saint Julie Billiart foundress of the Sister of Notre Dame de Namur.

We know that Sr. Sheila is now, safely home in heaven, resting in God’s arms. Rest in Peace, our dear friend.

Beloved daughter of the late William and Julia (Lucey) Callaghan. Loving sister of William and John Callaghan of West Roxbury and the late Jeremiah Callaghan, his late wife Sandra Curtis. Very dear and special cousin of Maureen Walsh and her family of Hingham. Cherished aunt of Sheila Callaghan, her husband Kevin Scheeler of Wakefield and Kevin Callaghan, his wife Tawny of Marblehead. Adored great-aunt of Patrick, Kristen, Derrick, Dylan and Emma. Sr. Sheila is lovingly survived by many loving cousins, here and in Ireland, as well as numerous friends, colleagues and former students.

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated, Saturday, February 8th in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester. Family and Friends are respectfully invited to calling hours; FRIDAY February 7th from 3-7p.m. IN St. Barbara Church. Please, at Sr. Sheila’s request, remembrances may be made in her honor to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, 351 Broadway, Everett, MA 02149 or Winchester Hospital Cancer Center , 620 Washington St., Winchester, MA 01890.  Arrangements under the direction of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main St., Woburn, MA.

 

A Funeral Mass will be Celebrated, Saturday, February 8th in St. Barbara Church, 138 Cambridge Road, Woburn at 10 a.m. Interment in Calvary Cemetery, Winchester with the Sisters of Notre Dame. Family and Friends are respectfully invited to calling hours; FRIDAY February 7th from 3-7p.m. IN St. Barbara Church. Please, at Sr. Sheila’s request remembrances may be made in her honor to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur 351 Broadway, Everett, MA 01938 or to the Winchester Hospital Cancer Center 620 Washington St. Winchester, MA. Arrangements under the direction of Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home 263 Main St., Woburn, MA. For directions or to leave an online condolence, please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com or Facebook under Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home.

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  1. Cheryl (Cyr) White

    There are countless families from Tower Hill who thrived because of the love, understanding, compassion, and professionalism that Sr. Sheila brought to St. Augustine’s. The foundation that she helped to build in our lives has stayed strong through all of these years. “Well done, good and faithful servant!”

  2. Herman Livingston

    Sr. Shelia
    You were a Great Teacher
    Tough and yet loving to her students 👊🏽

    Taught me
    faith hope and to believe in myself

    And to become a good reader
    You would always tell me I want your voice to bounce off that wall
    While reading Scripture for Mass

    After I left St. Bonaventure
    You were still in my life with guidance and love
    And was so ❤️ when you were there to see me graduate from HS
    A teacher who had a impact on my life and have a place in my ❤️

    Thank You
    Sr. Shelia

    RIP 🙏🏽

  3. Sr. Sheila, my dear friend. Your smile was contagious, your love for life and accepting everyone for the unique beautiful gift they were from God. I have known you for 50 years and I always knew you had my back. My gift to you will be my daily challenge to live my life as you did, helping people, listening to people, acceptance of all types of people, living in the moment, enjoy spending time with those you love, pray for others and always tell people you love them. Rest In Peace your job here on Earth is done and what a beautiful job you did. Watch over Sr. Nancy she will need to know you are still with her. ❤️

  4. Charmaine Harkins

    I loved Sr. Sheila and her contagious enthusiasm for life. She was one in a trillion and lived by example. She will be missed but never forgotten. Peace to you, dear one, and thank you.

  5. Sheila We adored your visits to Ireland and were heartbroken when ye all left. No you have left this world and we again are heartbroken. I know there is a Cead Mile Failte a thousand welcomes in heaven how lucky is everyone in heaven. How blessed were we for having you in our lives we now know and Angel in heaven to mind us all. All my love and sympathies to my cousins Deirdre (Coppinger) Wiseman

  6. The Burba, McQuarrie, Copley, Landers Families (St. Augustine Parish, Tower Hill)

    Sr. Sheila was a key figure and role model for many. She touched so many lives in a positive way creating lasting memories across generations. Our families will truly miss her gentle presence and caring support. Our sympathies and prayers are with the Callaghan family and the Sisters of Notre Dame.

  7. Fr. Bill Waters, OSA

    It certainly was a privilege to minister in the Church with Sheila, She had a very positive influence on me as a newly ordained priest when I arrived at St. Augustine Parish on Tower Hill in 1971. It was truly the beginning of a friendship over 48 years. I am especially grateful for her support, encouragement, affirmation and prayers, even in her sickness. She was truly one of “the beautiful people especially as a prayerful person living in community serving the people of God in many ways. As she shared in sufferings and ministry of Jesus, may she now share in his resurrection.

  8. Tears sprang to my eyes this morning when I heard of Sr. Sheila’s passing. They were quickly replaced with a memory of Sheila smiling that wide, warm, welcoming smile that would light her face and beam on the faces of all around her. She was my friend and mentor as I began teaching ESL in Lawrence. Sheila was an “includer,” drawing the people around her into the circle of community. Now God has drawn her into the company of Saints that we call Heaven. How good is the Good God!

  9. You will be missed Sr. Sheila, but you are our newest angel and will be praying with you now…hugs, Bill, Ruthie, Eric & Sean

  10. Karen Lydon Peckham

    Sr. Sheila was a very special lady. Many beautiful memories … God Bless her beautiful soul and all who mourn her loss.

  11. Sister Shelia was my confirmation sponsor and my late mother’s dear cousin. She had such a loving presence and a true Godly woman. Special hugs to Billy and Jackie, and all of the Callaghan clan.

  12. May your going be sheltered
    And your welcome assured.
    May your soul smile
    In the embrace
    of your Anam Cara. (j. o’donohue)

    You will be missed dearly Sheila.
    My sincere sympathy to all the Callaghan family.

  13. Sister Sheila was the principal at Saint Augustine’s school when I started there in 1968 and was there until I graduated in 1976. She was loved by everyone and I will miss her very much. We recently have been meeting her every July when I am up in the New England area. It will not be the same this year, but the love and care shared with everyone around her will never be forgotten. God Bless You Sister Sheila.

  14. Sheila made sure to connect with us every time we came to the cape or any other time we were in Boston. Her smile lifted me up. Everything about her lifted me up.

  15. Gerry and Mary Pothier

    Sr Sheila – a beautiful, caring, devoted, wonderful woman and religious sister who will be forever remembered by many from St. Joseph’s School in Somerville where she led the children who attended the school. She was loved immensely.

  16. Mal and Mike McDonough

    It was a privilege and honor to know Sr. Sheila. Her dedication to teaching, her love for the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur and her faith in the Good God will be remembered with love. She made a difference in the lives she touched,including ours.

  17. Claudia(Haddad) Feeney

    Sr. Sheilagh was my principle at St. Agustine’s in Tower Hill. An amazing leader and woman. She always made her staff feel special; always had the best interest of her students at heart. I will cherish those. memories

  18. Sister Sheila, thank you for your ever present smile over all these years! Seventh grade at St Patrick’s School in Lowell was a joy with you teaching us in 1968! Rest in peace, you’ve earned it!

  19. Susan O’Neill

    I was fortunate to have Sr. Sheila as my teacher in the 7th and 8th grades at St. Patrick’s In Lowell. She was a kind and wonderful teacher who inspired me to do my best. I was fortunate to catch up with Sr. Sheila several times over the years; she seemed to never change, always sharing a kind word, a smile and genuine interest in my life story. Rest In Peace Sr.Sheila.

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