Memorial service honors woman religious - Catholic Courier

Memorial service honors woman religious

The School of the Holy Childhood community was deeply saddened by the recent death of Sister of St. Joseph Marie Concepta Branca, who had served as teacher, administrator, mentor and friend to many at Holy Childhood during her decades of service here. To honor her legacy, a memorial service was held at the agency, located at 100 Groton Parkway in Henrietta, on Sept. 13.

"When we learned of the passing of Sister Marie Concepta, we immediately knew we wanted to hold a memorial service at Holy Childhood as soon as possible. It is our desire that, together, our entire Holy Childhood family can celebrate her life — including the many students and adults whose lives she has touched," commented Donna Dedee, president and CEO of the agency. "We think it’s most appropriate that Father Bob Kennedy preside, as he is so much a part of the fabric of Holy Childhood and the work of the sisters here."

Although Sister Branca died in July, the service at Holy Childhood was held upon the start of the new school year so that staff, students and adults could be a part of it. The agency provides individual education, vocational training, clinical services, recreational services and sheltered employment for approximately 200 individuals with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Visit

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