Sister Jody Kearney; former Mercy Spirituality Center director - Catholic Courier

Sister Jody Kearney; former Mercy Spirituality Center director

Sister of Mercy Jody Kearney, who ministered for more than 30 years at the Mercy Spirituality Center and who celebrated her 50th jubilee as of Sister of Mercy this year, died Oct. 18, 2023. She was 72 years old.

Sister Kearney entered the congregation on Sept. 6, 1973. She earned a bachelor’s degree from SUNY Geneseo, a master’s degree in education from Nazareth College, and a master’s degree in pastoral counseling from St. Michael College in Colchester, Vt. She also was a certified spiritual director.

Sister Kearney served in several diocesan schools, including St. Thomas the Apostle, Irondequoit; Annunciation, Rochester; St. Louis, Pittsford; and St. Joseph, Penfield. She ministered at the Mercy Spirituality Center in Rochester for the past 34 years, serving in many capacities. She was the director of the center, spiritual director, program director and a frequent presenter. Sister Kearney also founded Kate’s Tea and Gift Shop at the Mercy Center, and she also was an integral part of the Sisters of Mercy music group.

She is survived by her sister, Mary Catherine (Christopher) Levitt; brothers, Dennis (Randy) Kearney and Patrick (Anne) Kearney; nephews and nieces, John and Gretel Kearney; Harrison Oaken; Patrick, Lillian and Winifred Rose Levitt; Nathan and Brendan Kearney; and her sisters in the congregation.

Her funeral liturgy was celebrated at the Mercy Center Chapel Oct. 28, 2023, with burial in Holy Sepulchre Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Sisters of Mercy, 1437 Blossom Road, Rochester, NY 14610, or the Mercy Spirituality Center, 65 Highland Ave., Rochester, NY 14620.

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