It is with the heaviest of hearts that we share the news that our dear Sister Kristin Funari passed away on Friday, November 11, 2016, after a private and rapid battle with cancer. She was at peace and comfortable at home with the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, surrounded by a circle of love far and near. Words cannot adequately capture the sadness we are feeling nor especially the light that she was to everyone who was blessed to have known her.
Longtime friend of Kristin’s, The Project, and the poor, Jack Egan comes close through his reflection, Sister Kristin Was a Shining Light in the Darkness, that was shared in the Jersey Journal. He closes, “The musical Les Miserables includes the line: “To love another person is to see the face of God”. If our eyes and hearts are open fully, we can see the face of God gloriously present and transfigured in Kristin’s face, and feel the embrace of God…”.
Not surprisingly, Kristin credited the people she served and ministered with as providing the most crucial part of her education and her legacy will live on in the countless lives she touched. We also know that Kristin will be a guiding light for us all as we continue the mission of The Project and to live the Sisters’ charism of peace through justice in our daily lives.
Let us hold Kristin’s family, Congregation of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace, dear friends, and the entire community of those who loved her deeply in our prayers. We know that many of you, too, have been moved deeply by Kristin over the years and we will work every day to keep her passion alive here at the York Street Project.
We are pleased to share some additional reflections:
Sentiments from Sister Susan Francois, CSJP – shared on csjp.org
Sentiments from Fr. James McDonald’s funeral Mass homily – shared on csjp.org
Obituary from Congregation of Sisters of St. Joseph of Peace – www.csjp.org
Social Justice Advocate Dies After Battle with Cancer – article in the Jersey Journal
Letter to the Editor by Jack Egan – article in the Jersey Journal